Horticultural Correspondence College Reviews - www.hccollege.co.uk

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Under new ownership since Spring 2014

A lot has improved and we are determined to give every student a quality learning experience.

We're proud to offer 30+ quality courses developed by leading horticultural experts, including many that follow a syllabus set by external awarding bodies.

If you've any questions or would like support, please contact us and we'll do all we can to help.

Courses include:
  • Become a Gardener
  • Become a Garden Designer
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Horticulture
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
  • The Principles of Gardening
  • Allotment Gardening
  • Leisure Gardening
  • Organic Gardening
  • Enjoy Herbs
  • Market Gardening
  • Garden Landscape Construction
  • Interior Landscaping
  • ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture (in partnership with RFS)
  • ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry (in partnership with RFS)

Summary

The business would like to make the following comment:
The founder and owner of the Horticultural Correspondence College sadly passed away in March 2013. It was a small family run college. In Spring 2014, we took over the Horticultural Correspondence College and it is effectively a new company. It has been relocated and thoroughly reorganised. There is a new management team and a student services team, as well as an invigorated and updated tutorial department.

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“RHS Level 2 Certificate”

Written on: 14/03/2019 by drPorterfield193 (1 review written)

The course material itself was incredibly detailed and helpful, though I did notice in some instances that the pages repeated themselves in some sections. The reason I wouldn't reccommend this college is because the "tutor support" they offer is fairly subpar. Tutors may take a week to respond to your questions by email, and mine even complained that I'd asked too many (I sent 8 across for the entire first lesson of 200 pages) and that he did not have the time to answer them. When I emailed… Read Full Review

Hccstudentadvisor's Comment

Written on: 18/06/2019

The student politely requested a new tutor on 06/03/2019 and we were happy to appoint our head tutor to help her. The student’s issue is now resolved and we are happy that she is continuing with her studies.

Kind regards

Charlotte
Horticultural Correspondence College

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Natalilly's Comment

Written on: 29/06/2019

Can I ask if the student had completed a level 1 before studying level 2?

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“Conservation studies- countryside”

Written on: 16/02/2019 by dgOwens68 (1 review written)

Well since my last review, I am on the last lesson of my conservation studies-countryside course. I have enjoyed studying with the college again. The college staff have obviously changed due to the founder passing away and staff moving on to new jobs, I have found that the new staff are just as easy to get on with. As for people saying that the admin staff and tutors don't reply or it takes ages for completed and marked work to come back, well that's just not true, I've never had any… Read Full Review

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“Great service, very helpful”

Written on: 18/10/2018 by ASBarnard1 (1 review written)

I attended the HCC as an external RHS Level 3 student. I was studying the theory certificates via distance learning and the HCC is an exam centre close to Plymouth, where I was based last year. I took 4 exams at the HCC and found the staff there very helpful over the phone, via email and in person. The exams were well organised and overall I was very pleased with the service I received. I would highly recommend the HCC for this purpose… Read Full Review

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“Absolutely amazing”

Written on: 05/09/2018 by slRandall1960 (1 review written)

I have reviewed this college before, and as I'm doing the Conservation studies - countryside and OMG I'm loving it. It is the second time I've done this course and I wasn't able to finish it the first time round, but I'm on lesson 7 and just loving it. I'm a full time mummy to an amazing little boy who loves walking in the woods and love nature just as I have always done. The college is super helpful and the tutor that i have is just amazing. As i knew the costs of the courses before i re… Read Full Review

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“Great Course !!”

Written on: 24/04/2018 by JayleneJarvis (1 review written)

I am currently studying ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture. I started my studies last July and am onto my 4th unit. The course is really interesting and I have gained a lot of knowledge from my studies so far. I work full time so during work time when my work is complete I can study within work which I have found really helpful. If you work full time but are looking at doing a distant learning course, I would highly recommend doing a course like this, really easy to follow and you will… Read Full Review

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“Great Course with lots of choice”

Written on: 23/04/2018 by KatlovesOrchids (1 review written)

Studying with HCC the "pick ten units" Course. Lots of choice so you can pick the sections that are most relevant to you and what you want to learn. The Tutor comments on the assignments are most helpful to aid "better gardening" for a hobbyist. The way the study sections are sent out (next segment with each marked assignment, two at the start) never overwhelms you but ensures that you always have something to work on is great. I would thoroughly recommend the HCC to anyone wanting the… Read Full Review

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“Who’d have thought learning could be this enjoyable”

Written on: 23/04/2018 by MJASS (1 review written)

Fantastic, easy to read material and supported by a personal tutor backed by experts. What’s not to like. I thoroughly enjoyed the Become a Gardner course and am now actively putting the theory gained into practice. Whilst I don’t personally need to sit the RHS examinations, this course provides all the material to prepare for this - and my Hoticultural Correspondence College certificate has pride of place in my study… Read Full Review

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“Happy gardening”

Written on: 12/03/2018 by Elsie246 (1 review written)

Gardening Pick and Mix Good choice of topics from which to pick 10. All very enjoyable to read with good practical tips as well as background detail. Good to have a correspondence course that still comes with hard copy instead of on-line. End of topic assessments were rigorous and for full answers some extra research was required. Tutor support and feedback was excellent. Clearly marked and extra added comments. The best feedback I have received on any correspondence course, and I have… Read Full Review

Tuftylou's Response to Elsie246's Review

Written on: 25/05/2019

Great to hear course is in hard copy format, I've not been able to find this information until reading this review! So thanks!

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“Excellent Horticultural Course”

Written on: 19/02/2018 by CaroHodges (1 review written)

Cannot rate this horticultural course highly enough - RHS, attention to detail, no pressure, fabulous resources. … Read Full Review

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“Really enjoyable and learning loads ”

Written on: 18/02/2018

Really enjoying the course. At last so many things are starting to make sense. I like that I can work at my own pace and can research as I go along if I think I don't understand something. Does take self-discipline. Tutor has been very supportive and feedback has been very helpful. I haven't had RHS exam results back yet and not having sat written exams for decades it was a bit daunting - not sure how I've done. Very happy though with support provided so far and looking forward to… Read Full Review

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“Beyond the Basics is the best”

Written on: 15/02/2018

Excellent choice of assignments to complete, i had trouble choosing 10 out of the 30 on offer! I chose a wide range of elements in Horticulture, some that i knew very little about. After completing each assignment i felt i had learnt a lot and this will be helpful to me going forward. As i am an avid gardener there are times of the year when the consistency of my coursework did vary and, although there are no time restrictions on each lesson you are aware of the overall period that is allowed… Read Full Review

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“The most informative material I've come across”

Written on: 18/01/2018 by Ema55 (1 review written)

I have attempted to study elsewhere before starting our plant nursery. I found other material lacking in quality or enough detail. On reflection it was like reading a rubbish book with little explanation or suggestions. The material for RHS level 2 arrived yesterday and I've already started. I'm looking forward to the level 3's to come.....I've as yet to contact my tutor, but so far the material reads like a lesson. like someone is actually talking you through the subject. I'm doing this to add… Read Full Review

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“Get More gardening”

Written on: 11/01/2018 by Tritonch (1 review written)

After reading about the course, I looked into some previous reports on the internet which were not as good as they could be, however after contacting HCC direct, felt comfortable in taking the course -Start Gardening – The Basics and Beyond. The course arrived with a decent sized folder, a guide to studying, the first two chapters and tips & hints on how to progress. The material is clearly laid out and is easy to follow. Being home study, you are able to pick up and put down as your time… Read Full Review

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“Turned my hobby into a passion”

Written on: 11/01/2018 by 1946Martin (1 review written)

I took on a home study course with the Horticultural Correspondence College and opted for its flexible modular gardening course “Beyond The Basics’ which allows you to choose ten study areas from some 30 options. I am now half way through and it has hugely extended not just my knowledge of horticulture but my passion for a subject that is key to me in retirement. I have been particularly impressed by the quality of the support I am getting from my tutor who goes through my work in… Read Full Review

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“When it came to the first Unit being delivered to me I...”

Written on: 10/01/2018 by Jermaineg413 (1 review written)

When it came to the first Unit being delivered to me I flicked through it with a slight panic as it took me straight back to the biology lessons in school. Having referred to my tutor (who continually assists and supports me) and thoroughly reading the material, I was surprised by how much I have retained and enjoyed. This was completely new to me, and when I signed up to the course I had been a full time gardener for all of 3 months and so felt as though someone, somewhere was looking at me… Read Full Review

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“Brillent informative course”

Written on: 17/11/2017 by oiDaugherty260 (1 review written)

Working full time and embracing a worth while new healthy hobby . The information I have not only received ,the back up amazing ,if I had questions, I have enjoyed doing my course tremendously,and am considering enrolling on another ,to improve my knowledge and skills further. There wasn’t anything I found unsuitable about my course in fairness,so I can not say any thing negative about it ?… Read Full Review

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“Great Value Studying!”

Written on: 14/11/2017 by RHSlevel3GardenDesignStudent (1 review written)

Recently completed an RHS level 3 in garden design and learned a lot! The course was broken down into 4 modules and required you to complete the coursework for the 1st module before being sent the 2nd etc. Which is great as it makes it more digestable and helps to ensure you have at least partly learned the module (there is also room for further study and extra past papers!!). The next module was sent as soon as the college recieved your coursework for the module and then completed coursework… Read Full Review

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“Great courses, Great Stuff.”

Written on: 09/11/2017 by Caseg237 (1 review written)

The horticultral correspondence college have great courses for anyone interested in many different areas of gardening to enrol onto. The courses are very detailed but also easy to understand with help from a personal tutor who marks your assignments who is also there for you to ask any questions regarding the course and what you are studying. Your tutor is an expert in the area you are studying so has lots of knowledge and they are very friendly also! The application proccess is extremely easy… Read Full Review

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“Level 2/3 gardening ”

Written on: 26/09/2017 by 108Hill (1 review written)

Well worth the money...… Realy good feedback and correspondence from the course tutor. A good coverage of everything you need to know and more. It took me 18 months to complete , but could be done faster if not so busy. Definitely reccomend if you are interested in gardening. … Read Full Review

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“Really enjoyed the course!”

Written on: 25/09/2017 by Fearofthedark (1 review written)

I thouroghly enjoyed my course work to which I received a certificate of Distinction once completed. I would highly recommend HCC & in fact a friend of mine is currently studying an HCC course on my recommendation . I liked that there was no deadline to have the lessons returned by & I could fit my studying in around my family & work life. I also liked that there was an option of a payment plan as trying to find the full amount in one go is not always easy… Read Full Review

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