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.