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FdSc Heritage and Botanical Collections

For 2020 start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture

The FdSc Heritage and Botanical Collections (FdSc HBC) acknowledges zoological gardens as an important horticulture programme.  This programme is designed to develop high-level skills in heritage and botanic narratives and interpretations where public education is an essential component.

The programme will be situated in an English Heritage-registered Grade 1 Landscape of Special Historic Interest, which forms an integral part of the physical infrastructure of the Bicton College campus.  Students have access to the £3.6m Animal Centre at Bicton College which houses 250 species of animals, plus the resources at Paignton Zoo to help them to develop practical skills in zoological gardens.  Several modules will be co-taught with FdSc Conservation and Countryside Management, FdSc Estate and Farm Enterprise Management and FdSc Animal Science programmes.   Students on the FdSc HBC will, therefore, be able to gain knowledge in a wider context and applications.  The management of habitats for animals, resource management and business planning is part of the provision alongside operational practical work.

The programme is linked to other available facilities within The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) such as the Micropropagation Unit at Rosewarne campus in West Cornwall and resources at both the Eden Project Learning and its sister project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan particularly during work placement.

Students enrolled in this programme will also be part of the wider horticulture student community based at Eden Project Learning.

Possible progression (subject to availability) after successfully completing this programme: 

  • Level 6, BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science) (Top-up) at Eden Project Learning
  • Level 6, BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management (Top-up) at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland

Possible careers: 

  • Zoo Gardens Supervisor / Horticulturalist
  • Estate Garden Supervisor
  • Municipal Parks and Gardens Supervisor
  • Landscape Horticulturalist
  • Nursery Stock Grower
  • Propagator
  • Horticultural Produce Grower / Supervisor
  • Horticultural Researcher

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: HABC
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, i.e. BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, and mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Modules - Year 1

  • Personal and Employability Skills Development
  • Plant Propagation, Production and Research
  • Soil and Plant Science
  • Plant Identification and Ecology
  • The Evolution of Garden Plant Collections and Landscapes
  • Heritage and Botanical Collections in Practice 1

Course Modules - Year 2

  • Garden Resource Management
  • Managing the Visitor Experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Botanical Gardens and Landscapes
  • Research Project
  • Habitat and Species Management
  • Heritage and Botanical Collections in Practice 2

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Heritage and Botanical Collections

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdSc Heritage and Botanical Collections

Start Date





3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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