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CertHE Urban Horticulture

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Horticulture is an integral part of urban planning initiatives. Gain the knowledge and skills to work in urban settings, with our Certificate of Higher Education course at ARU Writtle.

The 21st century has seen human urban populations exceed those of rural populations for the first time in history. This trend has driven a rapid expansion of cities, with horticulture becoming an integral part of urban planning initiatives.

As a student at ARU Writtle you’ll prepare to work effectively in urban settings, focusing on the restitution of green infrastructure through restorative environmental and ecological design and practice. You’ll also be introduced to aspects of food security and production in urban areas.

We're a specialist educator of horticulturists in the UK and, as well as learning in the classroom, you’ll benefit from activities such as site visits and case studies that draw on the experience of industry professionals.

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Hands-on learning

Study a horticultural degree at ARU Writtle and enjoy:

  • access to an extensive plant collection on campus
  • visits to enterprises, parks and gardens
  • experience of commercial trial work.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


There's a demand for trained horticulturalists and it's an exciting time to be entering the profession .

Research by Lantra, the sector Skills Council, indicates that over the next few years there will be 3,000 vacancies at graduate level in the horticultural industries. Issues such as food security, climate change, and the relationship between access to green space and the health agenda means the need for trained landscapers and horticulturists will increase.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. This CertHE is a route into further study, and you might decide to at ARU and study for a degree, such as our BSc (Hons) Horticulture.

A high proportion of horticulture graduates find full-time positions within six months of graduating. Some of the roles that our BSc Horticulture students have gone on to work in include:

  • local authority parks officers
  • education officers with the Royal Horticultural Society and local authorities
  • technical officers in research establishments
  • field trial officers
  • journalists
  • self-employed landscape gardeners.

Apply now for CertHE Urban Horticulture

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Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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