BTEC Higher Nationals in Horticulture (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Horticulture (RQF)

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These qualifications are an ideal choice if you're wanting to start your career in the horticultural sector, fast-track your existing career or learn more about the realities of managing and operating a garden design or market garden business, propagation units, sports grounds, formal or social gardens or working within the horticultural ancillary services. 

Through exploring the multi-faceted aspects of horticulture, from plant and soil sciences and production processes to finance and business management disciplines, you will be gaining invaluable insight into the world of work while developing fundamental skills required to succeed in this sector.

Pathways within this qualification

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Garden Design
  • Public Grounds Management
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Arboriculture.

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Horticulture

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*     Some typical jobs after completing the HND*    
Crop Enterprise Manager, Assistant Nursary Manager, Self Employed Contractor, Garden Centre Assistant Manager, Forester, Gardener, Retail Supervisor, Horticultural Sales Representative, Horticultural Instructor, Laboratory Technician, Plant Research Officer, Horticultural Business Administrator, Land-based Promotions and Marketing Supervisor, etc. Plant Breeder, Crop and Plant Production Manager, Landscape and Garden Designer, Landscape Contractor, Tree Surgeon, Country Parks and Heritage Manager, Sports Grounds Manager, Horticulture Lecturer, etc.
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Horticulture with experts from organisations, including: Landex, Andersplus, Shropshire Country Council, the National Farmers Union, the Institution of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators and Wrexham County Council. 

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.


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