Level 5

RefCourse titleFT/PTHubElectives
5M2586 Market Gardening FTHorticulture
5M2586 Gardening & Landscape Design FTHorticulture

Market Gardening

Full time


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
  • Garden Design
  • Plant Propagation
  • Communications
  • Work Practice
  • Plant Science
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Plant Protection
Elective Modules
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
  • Fruit & Vegetable Production
  • Ornamental Horticulture

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

Level 6

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


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
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)