Level 5

RefCourse titleFT/PTHubElectives
5M5028 Sustainable Horticulture FTHorticulture and Gardening
5M2586 Organic Gardening FTHorticulture and Gardening
5M2586 Gardening & Landscape Design FTHorticulture and Gardening

Organic Gardening

Full time

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These courses lead to Horticulture QQI level 5 5M2586. Students are provided with practical knowledge of horticulture, landscape design, garden maintenance and plant propagation making it the perfect course for those wishing to gain employment with Landscapers, Public Parks, Nurseries and Garden Centers.

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
  • Fruit & Vegetable Production
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Garden Design
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Plant Propagation

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

Level 6

RefCourse titleFT/PTHubElectives
6M4334 Market Gardening Supervision PTHorticulture and Gardening
6M4334 Garden & Parks Supervision PTHorticulture and Gardening

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These courses lead to Horticulture QQI Level 6 6M4334. These two courses are perfect to gain employment at a supervisory level with landscapers, public parks, large estates and the allotment industry and the specialist modules on offer allow students to select based on their chosen area of interest. The general aim of these courses is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of two major areas in the horticulture industry namely supervision in the landscaping industry, or alternatively supervising the preparation and cultivation of a site suitable to food crop production and harvesting. Some courses are offered on a part-time basis (criteria apply).

Core Modules
  • Market Gardening
  • Team Leadership
  • Sustainable Horticulture
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Parks Supervision
Elective Modules
  • Nursery/Organic Stock Products
  • Ecology & the Environment
  • Tree & Shrub Management
  • Landscape Design and Construction

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

Horticulture Hub General Information
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:

Experience with Landscape Design real projects
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

Employment and Career Opportunities Examples
A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in Domestic Landscaping, Private Gardens, Public Parks and Nurseries, market gardens, managing your allotment and Garden Centers. The Design elective allows students to look after large gardens while the market gardening elective prepares learners to cultivate a site suitable to food crop production, have acquired skills in propagation, cultivation and harvesting of food crops.
Progression Examples
Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to our two year part-time programme in Horticulture Supervision or Market Gardening Supervision at level 6 or alternatively graduates may be eligible for advanced progression procedures to year 2 of Higher Certificate/Degree programmes in Horticulture through the CAO application process

IT Blanchardstown, BN113 Horticulture
National Botanic Gardens, Horticulture
UCD, DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (LC Ordinary Level Maths required)