Horticulture: Garden Design (FdSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
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All study options

About Horticulture: Garden Design at Nottingham Trent University

This degree enables students to translate creative designs into reality, and to understand garden design in a wide range of environments, from new private spaces to mature parkland. The horticulture team have worked with students to win multiple Gold Awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and are heavily involved in local community design projects.

Why choose this course?

  • Our guest speakers hold workshops and activities to showcase career opportunities. Our latest guest, James Wong, is an ethnobotanist, television presenter and garden designer.
  • Assessments are completed through strong community involvement.
  • Large glass houses are situated on campus alongside the historic gardens on the country estate.
  • You'll have access to our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus eco-library opened in 2013.
  • Brackenhurst campus is home to an entrepreneurial cut-flower business called the Flower Pod, run by the Southwell Care Project and supported by student and staff volunteers.

Did you know?

  • NTU won a prestigious Gold Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Centenary in 2013.
  • Students from this course achieved a Silver Gilt garden design award at the Harrogate Flower Show.
  • NTU is one of the largest providers of land-based courses in the UK, with Brackenhurst having over 60 years' experience in the sector.
  • A show garden inspired by horticulture students at Nottingham Trent University scooped a hat-trick of awards at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017.

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (17%) and practical (0%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (62%) and placements (11%).

A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.

Careers and employability

Graduates of this course go on to a wide range of careers including:

  • technologist
  • landscape manager
  • garden designer
  • self-employed roles
  • horticultural therapist
  • historic landscape management
  • green space adviser
  • nursery manager
  • agronomist.

The course includes an optional sandwich year placement between Year One and Year Two or during Year Two. Students develop their skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers. Recent students have taken paid placements in garden centres and nurseries, landscape contractors, and organisations like the National Trust.


Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst campus has been delivering high standards of horticultural education since 1955 and offers a friendly study environment with excellent specialist facilities set in 200 hectares of parkland.

Brackenhurst facilities

Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst Campus has been delivering high standards of horticultural education since 1955 and offers a friendly study environment with excellent specialist facilities set in 200 hectares of parkland. New facilities include teaching, laboratory, design and CAD studios, state-of-the-art glasshouses, covered practical areas, and a historic walled garden.

  • Teaching, laboratory, design and Computer Aided Design studios.
  • Ultra-modern glasshouses, covered practical areas.
  • A historic and enclosed garden.

Brackenhurst Campus has recently featured in national and international press coverage and horticulture related TV productions.


Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.

Green Flag status

Brackenhurst Campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James's Park.

  • Brackenhurst exterior with students
  • New Orangery at Brackenhurst
  • IT facilities - Brackenhurst
  • Southwell Leisure Centre
  • Glasshouse - Brackenhurst
  • Outdoor classroom - Brackenhurst

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFdScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out
  • The awardFdScHow you will studySandwichHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University‚Äôs current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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