QQI Level 6 - Horticulture Code 6M4334


2 years Part-time


The general aim of these courses is to  provide students with a thorough practical knowledge and understanding of two major areas in the horticulture industry: The Landscaping industry and plant production suitable for amenity and consumption in a sustainable way or alternatively supervising the preparation and cultivation of a site suitable to food crop production including propagation, cultivation and harvesting of food crops. These two course are perfect to gain employment at a supervisory level with landscapers, public parks, large estates and the allotment industry and the  specialist modules on offer allow students to select based on their chosen area of interest.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent or progression from the level 5 programmes. 
  • For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Market Gardening
  • Team Leadership
  • Sustainable Horticulture
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Parks Supervision
  • Tree & Shrub Management
Elective Modules
  • Nursery/Organic Stock Products
  • Work Practice

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Placement/Gardening Projects

Practical experience is an integral part of the course. The College has established the following practices to enhance learners’ exposure to horticulture:

  • Experience with Landscape Design real projects
  • Garden maintenance in public parks, private gardens and college grounds
  • Exciting learning through practical science experiments
  • Regular experience growing vegetables in college Allotment
  • College trips to include Botanic Gardens, Hook Head, Nurseries, Parks etc
  • 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 a commercial horticulture organisation.

Progression Opportunities2

  • The National Botanic Gardens level 7  Horticulture
  • UCD – DN272 Horticulture