QQI Level 5 – Horticulture Code 5M2586
1 year Full-time


This award is designed to introduce learners to general horticulture practices with a strong emphasis on organic, sustainable methods. This hands-on course focuses on the importance of the environment and respecting the balance of nature. Our core modules look at understanding the relationship between plants and soils and how to best provide the correct conditions for healthy growth and prevent future horticultural  problems.

Our course centres around a professional maintenance program along with propagation methods providing  our learners with the perfect ingredients for employability. This course is a mixture of practical activities and theory that takes place  in outdoor settings such as within our college grounds, our allotment along with other private estates that have become our gardening partners for many years.

Entry Requirements          

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

Work Placement/Gardening Projects

Work placement takes place on a weekly basis plus a full month working in the industry in Spring. 

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Garden Design
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Landscape Construction & Maintenance

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • communications-2
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
  • Plant Protection
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Placement/Gardening Projects

Practical experience is an integral part of the course. And includes a 440 hour placement. The College has established the following practices to enhance learners’ exposure to horticulture:

  • Garden maintenance in public parks, private gardens and college grounds
  • Community support: Designing and helping to build a garden for St Michael’s House,
  • Maintaining the gardens of Simpson’s Nursing Home and helping with the Airfield

Career Opportunities

A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in Domestic Landscaping, Private Gardens, Public Parks and Nurseries, market gardens, managing your allotment and Garden Centers. The Design elective allows students to look after large gardens while the market gardening elective prepares learners to cultivate a site suitable to food crop production, have acquired skills in propagation, cultivation and harvesting of food crops.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to our two year part-time programme in Horticulture Supervision or Market Gardening Supervision at level 6 or alternatively graduates may be eligible for advanced progression procedures to year 2 of Higher Certificate/Degree programmes in Horticulture through the CAO application process

  • IT Blanchardstown, BN113 Horticulture
  • National Botanic Gardens, Horticulture
  • UCD, DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (LC Ordinary level Maths required)