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Horticulture Courses

Teagasc offers courses in horticulture at its two horticultural colleges.

These full-time courses provide students with the opportunity to acquire management knowledge and skills to effectively manage and carry out day-to-day tasks and long term management of commercial horticultural enterprises. The QQI accredited courses are suitable for those seeking employment as supervisors, technicians and unit mangers or for seeking employment in the horticultural business service sector.

For those who wish to obtain a higher qualification Teagasc offers a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture which provides students with a firm grounding in technical skills in areas of landscape design and construction, sport turf management, nursery stock production and food crop production. Students also gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of management and information technology.

Full time

A range of full time courses in Horticulture are offered at Kildalton College, from level 5 to level 7. A combination of classwork and practical skills training are provided along with a period of external practical learning placement. Students receive training in commercial and amenity horticulture while on these courses.

Course Duration Code
Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture 1 year 5M2586
Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture 1 year 6M4334
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 7) 3 years  WD096 / WD097 

For more information on our level 7 and level 8 horticulture degree courses click the following link: https://youtu.be/jp4XGn-X8-4

Part time courses

Modules from our full time horticulture courses are also offered on a part time basis, alongside full time students. Therefore it is possible for a student to complete all Level 5 & 6 modules over a number of years.

Kildalton Horticulture Component Awards 2018/19

Applications for component awards are made through the Teagasc website: Horticulture Courses. Applicants will need to upload a copy of their birth certificate, proof of PPS number and a passport type photo (head and shoulders with a white background)

Level 5ScheduleStart Date
Landscape Construction and Maintenance 175 Mondays 9.15 to 1.00 10th September 2018
Plant identification and Use 125 Mondays 2.00 to 4.15 10th September 2018
Fruit and Vegetable Production* 175 Tuesdays 9.15 to 1.00 11th September 2018
Horticultural Mechanisation 175 Tuesdays 2.00 to 5.00 11th September 2018
Plant Propagation 175 Thursdays 9.15 to 1.00 6th September 2018
Plant Protection 175 Thursdays 2.00 to 4.30 6th September 2018
Soil Science and Growing Media 125 Fridays 11.15 to 1.00 7th September 2018
Plant Science 125 Fridays 9.15 to 11.00 7th September 2018

* This subject will run subject to sufficient numbers

All of the above modules run from September to May

Level 6**Schedule
Ecology and the Environment 195  Day of week to be confirmed. All modules run from January to May Modules begin week of 7/1/19
Garden Centre Operations 370
Landscape Design and Construction 370
Market Gardening 370
Nursery Stock Production 370
Sportsturf Science & Maintenance 370
Tree and Shrub Management 195
Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Food production) 370
Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Sportsturf) 370

Applicants for level 6 modules must have a level 5 or have a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience and a reference from employer)