The general aim of these Skills to Compete courses is to provide students with a proficient practical knowledge and understanding of horticulture practice at a supervisory level:
This is a new course created to embrace the current societal trends and environmental obligations that relate to the running of a green open space, encouraging collaboration, education in a sustainable manner.
Learners will complete a total of 220 hours of work placement in the specific area of Garden and Parks Supervisory, once the module’s outcomes have been achieved.
- 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.
Programme of Study
- Market Gardening
- Supervisory Skills
- Sustainable Horticulture
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:
- 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
A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in domestic private gardens and public parks in a supervisory capacity
- The National Botanic Gardens Level 7 Horticulture
- UCD – DN272 Horticulture