Horticulture

Free online taster horticulture courses content

Free online taster horticulture courses

This collection of courses introduces you to a wide range of topics including propagation, cultivation, design and plant biology.

These courses were developed by the Horticulture department at UHI Argyll.

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An Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture content Hand holding a sapling

An Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture

Spend a day a week with us in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Stuart and benefit from one of the healthiest hobbies you can develop. Work with our experienced lecturers who’ll show you the basics of organic gardening and over the course of 4 months you’ll gain several SQA level 5 awards in horticulture.

  • Where? Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time - all day Tuesday from Jan 2024
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Garden and Planting Design

 A mix of theory and practical applications - ideal for you if you would like to develop your design skills and improve your ability to identify plants. 

  • Where? Helensburgh, Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time - all day Wednesday from Jan 2024
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Horticulture NC

Whether you simply want to improve your skills in the garden or are considering a career in horticulture, this highly practical course will equip you with all the essentials you need to succeed. 

  • Where? Helensburgh, Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time, starts Jan and Sept 2024
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Horticulture HNC

The HNC Horticulture is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of horticulture and landscape and develop – at a practical level – an understanding of plants' characteristics, growth, and use.

The course will be delivered by very experienced horticulture lecturers and an award-winning garden designer.

  • Where? The theory part of the course is available in all centres. The practical part of the course is available in Helensburgh and Rothesay. 
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Horticulture HND

The HND Horticulture will develop your skills in plant and crop physiology and breeding, planting design, soil management and landscape surveying, as well as experience in the care, maintenance and management of plants. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in ecology and plant habitat conservation.

  • Where? The theory part of the course is available in all centres. The practical part of the course is available in Helensburgh and Rothesay. 
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page