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Horticulture Courses

Teagasc provides full time and part-time education and training for the horticulture sector.

Aim: To equip the graduate for a career in horticulture  or to further develop knowledge and skills in horticulture. There are various job opportunities in the business and service  sectors of the horticultural  industry for skilled graduates  be as technicians, supervisors or managers. There are also opportunities to progress to higher education programmes through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Programmes: Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture plus Teagasc offers four discrete Advanced Certificate in Horticulture programmes at Level 6: Teagasc Level 6   Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Food Production)  or Teagasc Level 6   Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Landscape)  or Teagasc Level 6   Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery)  or Teagasc Level 6   Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Sports Turf).

Duration: Two years.

Qualifications: These programmes are validated by QQI and lead to a Level 5 Certificate in  Horticulture Award  (5M2586) and a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture  (6M4334).

Entry Requirements: There is no minimum educational entry requirements . Applicants must be 17 years old or over on 1st January following entry to Year 1. Students who have successfully completed the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture are eligible to apply for a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture programme .   Applicants with relevant prior learning and/or life experience will also be considered. 

Application Process:   The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture Programme. Enquires should be made locally to Teagasc colleges and centres.  Subsequently applications are made online through the Teagasc public website: https://www.teagasc.ie/education/going-to-college/apply-online/horticulture-courses/

Locations

This course is currently provided at two Teagasc horticultural colleges:

  • College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny

Progression

Students can progress to the BSc Horticulture offered by Waterford IT subject to meeting requirements available. Applicants should check this process with the relevant Institute / University.

What will I study?

 

Sample content from the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture Programme (* Choice of module will be at the discretion of the college / centre)
QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N1433 Work Practice 5 15
5N2546 Plant Protection 5 15
5N2528 Plant Science 5 10
5N2527 Plant Identification and Use 5 10
5N2530 Soil Science and Growing Media 5 10
  Personal Development module* 5 15
  Wide range of elective modules* 5 45