QQI level 5 – Award in Horticulture – Code 5M5028
1 Year Full-time


Join our Applied Ecology programme and learn about general ecological practices with a strong emphasis on wildlife and sustainable methods. Develop a hands-on understanding of the importance of the environment and respecting the balance of nature. Our core modules focus on the relationship between plants and soils, providing the correct conditions for healthy growth, and preventing ecological problems.

This award is designed to introduce learners to sustainable ecological practices, providing learners with the perfect foundation for progression.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Biological Diversity
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Ecological Field Methods

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Work Experience
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 2 weeks of work placement in a suitable environment. The college will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Career opportunities

Our programme provides a strong foundation for further studies in environmental sciences and career opportunities.


We’re not just here to help you learn – we’re here to help you achieve your career goals! Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to Universities, such as UCD for the Sustainability Degree (DN240) or General Science (DN240) programmes. Or, if you’re ready to get to work, you can take advantage of direct progression to employment at conservation organisations such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Wildlife Trust, Irish Peatland Council, Birdwatch Ireland, Bat Conservation Ireland, and Native Woodland Trust.

Are you ready to make a difference in the world and turn your passion for the environment and biodiversity into a career? Join our Applied Ecology programme and start your journey today! Whether you’re young and just starting out or a more mature student looking to make a career change, we welcome you with open arms.