HND Landscape Management at SCQF Level 8

HND Landscape Management at SCQF Level 8

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HND in Landscape Management (SCQF level 8) builds on the knowledge and skills of the HNC — constructing hard landscape features, the design process and composition, fundamentals of landscape surveying, plant recognition, and planting design. The HND also covers information technology in landscape design and management, landscape design history, and landscape management and maintenance.

This HND will develop the learner’s ability to identify key aspects of their own performance for comment and evaluation, and to take significant responsibility for the supervision of others in the management of work and resources.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some universities. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The Unit-based structure supports flexibility. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional Units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression). 

Who does this qualification suit

The HND Landscape Management is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • an SVQ at Level 3 in a relevant area
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.


The HND Landscape Management will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills required to work at a senior level in horticulture.

HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HND in Landscape Management allows direct entry to some third year programmes.

Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For example, SVQ Level 3 in Landscaping. 


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification from SQA's secure website.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

HND in Landscape Management

Group Award code: GJ9R 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND in Landscape Management at SCQF level 8 consists of 13 mandatory Units (104 SCQF credit points) and a number of optional Units (136 SCQF points).

For further information on the Units and structure of this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification.

Group Award Specification (0.97 MB)