Course Information and Fees

ND: HORTICULTURE (No new intake for 2022. Returning students only) national diploma

HORTICULTURE (No new intake for 2022. Returning students only)

ND: (national diploma)

Horticulture is the science of the propagation, cultivation and maintenance of plants and the use of plant material for the improvement of the environment. With population growth, new scientific and technological challenges present themselves daily in a career that can lead to rich rewards and excellent job opportunities.

Training takes place in modern, on-campus growing facilities with motivated and well-qualified staff having a wealth of industrial and teaching experience. This facilitates the training of practically-oriented graduates for a role in the development, production and maintenance of environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing gardens, playing fields and commercial garden retail centres.

Career Opportunities
Graduates apply proven techniques and procedures to the production, propagation, displaying, marketing and application of appropriate plant material for the commercial market. This involves a range of technical, engineering and managerial techniques appropriate to the industry.

Graduates may find work in production nurseries, garden centres, landscape maintenance enterprises, parastatals and municipalities. In addition, for those students with a desire to do research, the National Botanical Institute (Kirstenbosch) and the Agricultural Research Council are important employers.

Whilst the demand for horticulture graduates is high, the University encourages an entrepreneurial spirit amongst its students through the integration of appropriate business skills and incentives within the mainstream programme. The technical skills acquired should enable entrepreneurially-minded graduates to identify and develop viable business entities.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
640 ZAR

Third Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
10220 ZAR
Total number of subjects to obtain the National Diploma: 23

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / Three years, including one year of experiential learning

Course is offered on Bellville Campus. (In the process of consolidating on the Belville campus)

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Louise van Wyk (Faculty Office)
Telephone: +27 21 959 6818
Fax: -

Contact: Mrs D Daniels
Telephone: +27 21 959 6512
Fax: -

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.