QQI level 5 – Award in Applied Ecology – Code 5M5028
1 Year Full-time

Environmental and Biodiversity Studies


This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and competence to independently and under supervision analyse, quantify and report on the physical and biological diversity of an eco-system in order to provide sustainable changes and or to progress to further education or training.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Plant Science
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
  • Biological Diversity
  • Permaculture Design
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Ecological Field Methods
  • Environmental Studies

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Practical experience is an integral part of the course. It includes a forty day placement. The College has established the following practices to enhance learners’ exposure to horticulture:

  • Garden maintenance in public parks, private gardens and college grounds
  • Exciting learning through practical science experiments
  • Community support: Designing and helping to build a garden for St. Michael’s House


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to Universities.

DN 240 – Sustainability Degree – UCD

DN240 – General Sciences – UCD

DN 240 – General Science – UCD


Direct progression to employment at conservation organisations such as:

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Irish Wildlife Trust
  • Irish Peatland Council
  • Birdwatch Ireland
  • Bat Conservation Ireland
  • Native Woodland Trust