HNC Landscape Management candidate information

HNC Landscape ManagementThe HNC Landscape Management will give you the knowledge and understanding and the practical skills you will need to work in the horticulture sector.

You will gain a broad knowledge of horticulture and landscape, and of employment sectors in horiculture. You will develop a familiarity with the main theoretical concepts and terminology, an outline knowledge of areas of specialism, and a growing appreciation of the evolving nature of knowledge and understanding of horticultural science and practices.

You will be introduced to research processes, and gain a clear understanding of the social relevance of horticulture and landscape. You will also develop you skills in problem-solving, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HNC will provide the knowledge and understanding and practical skills you will need to work at a junior level in the sector.

On achieving the HNC Landscape Management, you will have opportunities to progress to the HND Landscape Management or the HND Horticulture.


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

  • two Highers (Grade C or above) together with three Standard Grade passes (band 3 or above) and evidence of Numeracy and Communications Core Skills at Intermediate 2
  • an appropriate vocational qualification, eg an SVQ/NVQ 3 in a relevant subject, such as Amenity Horticulture or Intensive Crop Production

Other combinations of National Qualifications, vocational Qualifications and qualifications from other awarding bodies may be acceptable for entry.

You may be accepted for entry if you have suitable work experience, provided the centre thinks you are able to cope with the course and are likely to benefit from the course.