Horticulture (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Horticulture (RQF)

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Welcome to your BTEC Higher Nationals in Horticulture, an ideal choice for anyone wanting to start their career in the horticultural sector, fast-track their 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 supporting the horticultural industry. 

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 both today’s students and the industry’s future. To help our students develop in their chosen specialism, we developed 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. 

Support while you study

As a BTEC Higher Nationals student you will have access to a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that you’ll have the best possible experience during your course. These are available on our free dedicated platform for Higher National students - HN Global.

You’ll be able to access free online learning to develop your study skills to support your higher education learning, and career development resources to support you with preparing for the real world. With HN Global, you can also participate within a community of other BTEC Higher National students from around the world, via online forums, to discuss anything relevant to your course.

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. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

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

Where to study BTEC HNs in Horticulture?

If you'd like more information, or to find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Horticulture, you can search your area on our handy map or visit any the following sites:

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Or download our brochure for more information about BTEC Higher Nationals, other subjects and pathways available, and where these qualifications can take you.