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Before applying for the study programme Horticulture & Business Management, check out the admission requirements, language requirements and course choice check below.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirement for this 4-year Bachelor programme is a secondary school diploma, equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma, with the final-year subjects mathematics and chemistry. Practical (work-) experience is beneficial but not obligatory. The level of your diploma will be assessed after HAS has received your complete application form. If you want to know how your high school diploma is valued in the Netherlands before you apply, check the information in the Nuffic Foreign education systems.

Students from England and Wales

Requirements British students

GCSE in at least 4 subjects (grade A-C) and GCE with at least 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level (in 6 different subjects).

Specific requirements

  • Mathematics and Chemistry should be at least GCSE level.


  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (sector Land-based and Environment)

Please note that we always need to assess the value of your diploma. Nuffic will check your diploma for authenticity and academic level.

No mathematics or chemistry in your final year?

If you are deficient in Mathematics and/or Chemistry as an international student you have the opportunity to participate in an online Mathematics and/or Chemistry deficiency test of HAS University of Applied Sciences. You will receive more information about the test from the International Office if you are deficient.

Once you start the test you will have 1 hour to complete it. You need a reliable internet connection to take the test. Costs of the test are €35,-. You will need to pay this fee at least 1 week before the start of the test. Please note that you can only take the test once, there is no re-take possibility.

Please note that after you have passed the deficiency test(s) you will not receive a diploma or certificate. To pass the test you need to have obtained at least 5.5 points on a scale of 1-10. If you pass the test(s), you will meet the admission requirements of HAS University of Applied Sciences and will therefore be admitted to the programme if you also meet all other admission requirements. The results of the test(s) cannot be used to meet the admission requirements at other universities in the Netherlands.

If you want more information about the deficiency tests please contact International Office.

Language requirement

If your previous education was not completely taught in English, you also need to be able to prove that you are proficient in the English language. HAS University of Applied Sciences accepts the following language tests:

  • IELTS (Preferred)
    Academic programme: 6.0 (overall band score)
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    Internet-based test: 80
    Computer-based test: 213
    Paper-based test: 550
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  • Cambridge ESOL Certificate: B2
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  • Exemption English language test
    International students are exempted from having to take a mandatory language test in case  the student obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associations of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the Code of Conduct


Maud Putters-Bruurs

Maud Putters-Bruurs

Student Adviser Horticulture & Business Management
International Office

International Office

HAS University of Applied Sciences