QQI Level 6 – Horticulture Code 6M4334
2 years Part-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/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.

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

  • Nursery/Organic Stock Products
  • communications-2

Core Modules

  • Market Gardening
  • Team Leadership
  • Sustainable Horticulture
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Parks Supervision
  • Tree & Shrub Management
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 Opportunities

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

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