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


Are you passionate about the environment and biodiversity, but worried how to pursue a career in this field? Fear not! Our Applied Ecology course welcomes both young and mature students, providing you with the knowledge, skills, and competence to independently and under supervision analyse, quantify, and report on the physical and biological diversity of an ecosystem. Our Applied Ecology programme enables you to make sustainable changes and progress to further education or training, all while making a positive difference in the world.

Entry Requirements

Don’t let a lack of formal education hold you back from pursuing your passion. Our Applied Ecology course welcomes mature students with work or life experience, as well as Leaving Cert or equivalent qualifications. So whether you’re just starting out on your educational journey, or you’re looking to make a career change, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Programme of Study

Our Applied Ecology programme is designed to be both engaging and informative. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and learn about a wide range of topics, including:

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

Our Applied Ecology programme includes a 2 week work placement that provides practical experience.


We’re not just here to help you learn – we’re here to help you achieve your career goals! Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to Universities, such as UCD for the Sustainability Degree (DN240) or General Science (DN240) programmes. Or, if you’re ready to get to work, you can take advantage of direct progression to employment at conservation organisations such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Wildlife Trust, Irish Peatland Council, Birdwatch Ireland, Bat Conservation Ireland, and Native Woodland Trust.

Are you ready to make a difference in the world and turn your passion for the environment and biodiversity into a career? Join our Applied Ecology programme and start your journey today! Whether you’re young and just starting out or a more mature student looking to make a career change, we welcome you with open arms.