**Why you should study Horticulture at WUC…** - We have an unparalleled reputation in the horticulture industry for producing highly employable graduates who have the necessary attributes to succeed in a growing and dynamic industry. - Our horticulture courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. - We have respected teaching experts who engage with the industry to provide you with the latest knowledge and insight into horticultural practices. - You will be able to participate in industry visits as part of your course, including trips in the UK and overseas. - We provide a green environment with extensive landscape and plant collections for you to explore during your studies, as well as dedicated research glasshouses and laboratories to further your knowledge and research. - Our course content reflects our experience of teaching and supporting students from a diverse range of backgrounds. - You will be encouraged to access a range of scholarships, travel bursaries, internships and work placements in order to enrich your learning experience. - You will have the opportunity to explore the science of plants in a laboratory, the application of technology to horticulture, learn about the care of plants and help answer present and future challenges facing horticulturists in the 21st century. - You will be able to develop and enhance your own interests and specialism within horticulture as part of your course. - There is a strong emphasis on practical skills within our courses and this is demonstrated through a Writtle Skills Award which recognises your practical abilities and confidence in order to boost your employment prospects. This Level 4 qualification would be attractive to people returning to education; combining work with part-time study; looking at a career change or for those wishing to study Horticulture and Professional Gardening at Higher Education level. The course which leads to the Higher Certificate in Horticulture provides a good introduction to the Art and Science of professional gardening. Students learn not only the principles and practices of Horticulture, but also how plant function is supported by Biology and Horticultural Science. The course explores the life of the plant from propagation and production, through to establishment and maintenance. In parallel students consider the way plants grow, use water and absorb nutrients.