Horticultural Correspondence College (HCC)
Founded in the 1930s, HCC was one of the first specialist horticultural distance learning colleges, enabling people from anywhere to gain rewarding skills in horticulture and gardening. They are proud that people consider them to be one of the most respected colleges for gaining horticultural skills whilst studying at home.
HCC provide a comprehensive range of fulfilling courses and career pathways across gardening, garden design, floristry, arboriculture, forestry, and farming.
Their course materials are straight-forward to understand and break topics down into simple steps, making them easy to digest. This style enables students to study at times and places that suit them – with the convenience of being able to fit their studies around their work and family commitments.
Upon successful completion of your course you will either be awarded the HCC Certificate which, because of HCC’s reputation, can be a useful addition to your CV or a qualification issued by one of the awarding bodies below.
Some of our courses also prepare learners for exams or produce portfolios towards qualifications from respected external awarding bodies, including:
- Royal Horticultural Society
- Royal Forestry Society
- ABC Awards
- Ideal for learners who wish to pursue a horticultural career and want to study towards prestigious examination-based qualifications.
- Also popular with keen amateur gardeners who want to develop their horticultural knowledge and skills.
Are you a leisure gardener who wants to learn more? Thinking of gardening as a profession? Or would you like to take your gardening career to the next level? They offer highly flexible gardening courses suitable for all abilities – from complete beginners to advanced – so whatever your job or family commitments, and no matter where you live, they can help you become a better gardener!
A discipline that bridges art and science, and requires knowledge of practical gardening skills too, their flexible garden design courses are aimed at all levels. Their learners range from complete beginners – whether studying for a new career or for leisure – to professional garden designers and gardeners looking to enhance their knowledge and prospects. Wherever you live and whatever your job/family commitments, they can help you plan and create beautiful spaces!
Wood is good! Trees and shrubs are an essential element of both our rural and urban landscapes, and learning to maintain them can be hugely fulfilling. Arboriculture focuses on the care of individual trees, or groups of trees (rather than management of large acreages of land). Suitable for career or leisure learners, their flexible, home-study courses cover topics such as the biology of woody plants; tree identification; selection, planting and care; tree management; conservation and ecology; and health and safety.
There is rising awareness of the role of forests and woodlands in enhancing the landscape, and they are important resources for timber, biomass production, amenity, tourism and biodiversity. Forestry focuses on the management of trees on a large scale, and – with UK woodland levels and timber production increasing* – it’s a growing industry. Their flexible, home-study courses are ideal for those starting or progressing a forestry career, and include topics such as principles of woodlands, forestry and ecology; soil environments; selection, planting and care; and the law relating to trees.
The show-stoppers of any garden, flowers offer the opportunity for a fabulous career or absorbing hobby, that combines your creative talent with practical skills. Their flexible, home-study floristry courses will develop your skills in professional floristry or botanical illustration.
They bought The Agricultural Correspondence College, founded in 1904, some years ago so we could help learners interested in this important and diverse subject area – key to our food production, preservation of our countryside and the rural economy. Their flexible, home-study courses cover both crop production and livestock practices, and – reflecting current farming trends – also focus on topics such as organic farming, sustainability and animal welfare.