Land Based Industries




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Horticulture NC

This highly practical NC course will give you a broad introduction to the study of horticulture and will equip you with the essential skills required for a career in horticulture and landscaping.

The course has two pathways and you can choose to study either Landscaping or Plant-Based horticulture.  You will be asked to select one of these during your interview.

If you enjoy being creative, getting outdoors, and working in a team, then this could be an ideal course for you.

Locations: Arran, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Horticulture HNC

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

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

 Locations: Arran, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Horticulture HND

potting plantThe 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.

Locations: Arran, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay


Land Based Skills

Introduction to Land Based Skills

If you want to work outdoors, but want to know more about what options you have, this could be the course for you.

You'll learn about Agriculture, Animal Care, Estate Skills, Fishery Management, Forestry and Horticulture.

Locations: Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay




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Agriculture NC

The course will introduce the following areas:

  • Livestock Husbandry, Health and Welfare
  • Livestock Reproduction and Digestive Systems
  • Tractor Operations and Attachments
  • Farm Maintenance
  • Grassland Production
  • Dairy Production
  • Calf Rearing Systems
  • Forage Crop Production
  • Crop Production
  • Accident and Emergency Procedures
  • Agricultural Environmental Awareness

Locations: Campbeltown

Agriculture HNC

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Subjects include:

  • Arable Crop Production
  • Crop Protection and Harvesting Mechanisation
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Farm Power
  • Grass and Fodder Crop Production
  • Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  • Livestock Breeding
  • Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare
  • Livestock Husbandry and Recording
  • Livestock Production Systems
  • Soils and Crop Establishment
  • Agriculture: Graded Unit 1

Locations: Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Agriculture HND

The aim of the HND Agriculture is to develop practical and core skills and build competence and understanding in the areas of applied science and technology, business management, economic policy and the environment.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding of animal and crop production technology, farm mechanisation, business management and managing people, which are necessary for a position as a trainee/assistant farm manager or equivalent. You will also develop your awareness of relevant health and safety, animal welfare and environmental issues.

Locations: Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay