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Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 7)

Duration: Three Years
Awarding Body: QQI
Course Code: WD096 (Kildalton College) WD097 (National Botanic Gardens)
Location: Two Horticultural Colleges / Waterford Institute of Technology
Application: CAO or advanced entry
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested)
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Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Recruitment to the course is through the CAO. Applicants must have passes in five Leaving Certificate subjects at ordinary level, Grade D3 or better. The subjects passed must include Mathematics and either English or Irish. Holders of QQI awards at Level 5, and mature students may also apply. The standard points system is used to rank applicants.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide the student with a firm grounding in technical skills in the areas of landscape design and construction, sport turf management, nursery stock production and food crop production. Throughout the course students acquire knowledge of the identification and use of plants in the environment. They also gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of management and information technology.

Location

The course is offered jointly by two horticultural colleges and Waterford Institute of Technology. The two partnerships offering the course are:

  • Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny and Waterford Institute of Technology (Code:WD096)
  • College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin and Waterford
  • Institute of Technology (Code:WD097)

Course Structure and Content

The course is semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take five to six modules per semester. On successful completion, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Level 7. This award meets the training requirement for Stamp Duty Exemption.

Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny & Waterford IT

During Year 1 students spend four days per week at the Kildalton College and one day per week at the Institute of Technology. In Year 2, students spend one day per week at the Institute of Technology in Semester 1. Students spend Semester 2 on a 15-week placement training programme on approved horticultural placement units. In Year 3, students spend one to two days per week at Kildalton College and four days at the Institute of Technology.

College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin & Waterford IT

During Year 1 students are based at the College of Amenity Horticulture. In Year 2, students spend Semester 1 at the College and Semester 2 on a 15 week placement training programme. In Year 3, students are based at the College.

Progression

Holders of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Level 7 may progress to:

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Land Management (Horticulture) Level 8 at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 8) at Dublin City University (DCU) run in association with Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens
  • Transfer to University College Dublin (UCD) degree programmes in Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management. Further information is available from the relevant provider.