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, or continuing to study in further and higher education. The course provides learners with a strong foundational knowledge of horticulture with an emphasis on practical skills.

Organic Horticulture explores environmentally friendly methods of practicing gardening, including garden maintenance, plant propagation and carbon footprint. The course is useful to anyone interested i sustainable horticulture, community development, environmental education and sustainable resource management in ensures learners carry out any horticultural tasks with a holistic approach that introduces caring for the environment, people and our landscape.

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
  • Plant Identification and Use
Elective Modules
  • Biological Diversity
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Ecological Field Methods

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, 20 working days during the academic year and a further 20 days during the springtime. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Employment opportunities

General employment opportunities in the Horticulture sector

Progression opportunities

Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to:

  • DCFE – Sustainable Parks Supervision level 6
  • UCD: DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (LC Ordinary Level Maths required)