QQI level 5 - Award in Horticulture - Code 5M5028


1 Year Full-time


The emphasis of the course is on practical skills that learners can apply in their own lives and gain professional qualifications to access employment, developing their careers or continuing to Third level courses in horticulture, landscape design or related subjects.

The course is useful to anyone interested in landscape design, sustainable horticulture, community development, environmental education and sustainable resource management and can lead to work or further training in these areas.

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
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
Elective Modules
  • Biological Diversity
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Ecological Field Methods
  • Ecology & the Environment

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

Work Experience

Practical experience is an integral part of the course. Participants will be required to undertake 40 days of work placement in a suitable environment. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to Universities. Examples of progression courses included: UCD: DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (LC Ordinary Level Maths required)