Cornwall College

FdSc Heritage and Botanical Collections

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORB1001 Plant Propagation, Production and Research

      This module allows students to investigate and understand a range of recognised propagation techniques to develop their understanding of the research process that underpins contemporary plant production practice.

    • CORB1002 Soil and Plant Science

      The functions of plants and their relationships with soil are an important part of horticulture. This module will provide the knowledge to understand these and their wider importance to plant health and distribution.

    • CORB1003 Plant Identification and Ecology

      The identification and use of plants as well as their role in the environment is a key skill in horticulture and widely valued by employers. This module will equip students with this knowledge and the concept of ecological processes and factors that drive the evolution of biodiversity

    • CORC1013 Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORB1004 The Evolution of Garden Plant Collections and Landscapes

      This module examines the development of gardens and landscapes from the past to the present day. It considers the influence of fashion, conservation and restoration on the evolution of the managed landscape and explores how this may appear in the future given the need to work sustainably in a changing environment.

    • CORB1008 Heritage and Botanical Collections in Practice I

      The module allows the students undertake a period of work not less than 80 hours within estate enterprises. Prior to commencing work students will complete a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status

    • CORB2001 Garden Resource Management

      This module develops the student skills in gardens and landscapes management. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding to manage gardens and landscapes as a resource and to understand the complexities of how this is achieved sustainably

    • CORB2004 Research Project

      This module allows students to select a topic for examination, to undertake a review of the literature on the subject and a conduct a detailed original investigation.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORB2002 Managing the Visitor Experience

      This module examines the means by which custodians of plant collections and landscapes balance the needs of visitors with the mission of the specific organisation and how the facilities and resources are used by a range of stakeholders including the public and professional.

    • CORB2003 Contemporary Issues in Botanical Gardens and Landscapes

      To critically examine a selected topic within the genre of managing plant collections and the Landscape approved by the module leader and from this, generate questions or suggestions for further study that will progress understanding, innovation and development of new knowledge including Global Strategy in Plant Conservation and Convention of Biodiversity.

    • CORB2010 Heritage and Botanical Collections in Practice II

      The module allows the students undertake a period of work not less than 80 hours within estate enterprises. Prior to commencing work students will complete a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status.

    • CORD2051 Habitat and Species Management

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College