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.
- Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
- Year 2 coursework (83%), written (17%) and practical (0%).
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:
- landscape manager
- garden designer
- self-employed roles
- horticultural therapist
- historic landscape management
- green space adviser
- nursery manager
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.
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