QQI level 5 - Award in Applied Ecology - Code 5M5028 - (Apply under Science, Ecology and Eng)


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/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. 
  • For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Communications
  • Work Practice
Elective Modules
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
  • Ecological Field Methods
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Biological Diversity
  • Permaculture Design
  • Plant Identification and Use

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