We offer a range of full-time courses from level 5 to level 7. We combine classwork with practical skills training in the National Botanic Gardens and external practical learning placements. Students receive a balanced approach to the work of amenity horticulture.
This course involves 28 week of college work and skills training and a four week practical learning period (PLP) in a Teagasc approved horticultural unit. In an average week, students will spend three days at the college and two days skills training in Botanic Gardens or Dublin Local Authority Park.
Topics included in the QQI Level 5 course include:
Horticultural Mechanisation Plant Protection PDF Plant Propagation Plant Science Plant ID & Use Soil Science Landscape Construction and Maintenance Fruit & Vegetable Production Garden Design Biodiversity in the Natural Environment Leadership Work Practice
By combining class work at the National Botanic Gardens with horticultural work and skills training at the Dublin Local Authority Parks, students receive a balanced approach to the skills and knowledge required to start a career in horticulture or to progress on to a higher level horticulture course.
- This course runs Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm from September to May.
- Student must be aged over 17 or over on January 1st following entry to the course
- Horticulture can be a physically demanding career path
- Applicants should have a keen interest in learning and working in horticulture
- Teagasc supports access for students with disabilities
Currently the fees for this course are €990. This fee does not include accommodation and food costs. Please note: Where an applicant is the holder of a major award at Level 6 or higher, an additional course charge of €1,000 is applied.
Thinking of a career in horticulture? Yasmin Bonner is currently studying Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture. In this short clip hear how she is finding the course and also why she chose to study in the Horticulture.
Thinking of a career in horticulture? Ian Lawlor is currently studying the part-time Level 5 course in Landscape Construction & Maintenance in the Botanic Gardens while working full time. In this short clip hear why he chose this course and how he is finding it.
Update - QQI Level 6 in Horticulture Teagasc Botanic Gardens.
All four streams in the QQI Level 6 in horticulture including Landscaping, Nursery, Food Production and Sports Turf will now run from January 2021 to August 2021. Each stream will run subject to sufficient numbers. (In the case where a stream does not go ahead a second preference stream will be offered.) The closing date for applications for both full time and component modules for the QQI level 6 in horticulture is Friday the 30th of October 2020. Offers will then be sent out in November to confirm your place.
- Seeking employment as supervisors, technicians or unit managers
- Seeking employment in the horticultural business service sector
- Transferring to the BSc in Horticulture (Level 7)
- This course is currently open for application.
- Students who have successfully achieved a Certificate in Horticulture QQI Level 5 may progress to the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture QQI level 6
Teagasc supports access for students with disabilities
Please click here to apply online for Level 6 courses Apply-online
- Communication Skills & Computer Applications Horticulture Skills 1,
- Plant Biology Plant Knowledge 1,
- Plant Protection Soil & Growing Media
Chemistry for Land Scientists Plant Knowledge 2
Horticulture Mechanisation and Safety Horticulture Skills 2
Horticulture Building Construction Plant Propagation
- Biodiversity and Horticulture (M) Landscape Design (E)
- Garden Management and Plant Selection (M) Sportsurf Science (E)
- Financial Analysis for your Business (M) Lab Skills for Plant Micro-propagation (E)
- Nursery Stock Production (E)
- Sustainable Food Production (E)
Placement (Horticulture) (M)
- Horticulture Sales & Marketing (M) Managing your Business (M)
- Intro to Scientific Writing & Data Analysis (M) People Management (M)
Arboriculture (M) Beekeeping & Pollination Studies (E)
Law for Horticulturists (M) Field Crop Production (E)
Horticulture Project & Seminar (M) Greenkeeping (E)
Tax for Horticulture (M) Landscape Design & Floristry (E)
Plants & Society (E)
Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (E)
Garden Centre Operations (E)
Interior Landscaping & Floristry (E)
Landscape Design Advanced (E)
Protected Crop Production (E)
*(M) = Mandatory *(E) = Elective Computer Aided Design (E)
- Apply through the CAO – Course Code: WD097 www.cao.ie
- Apply for advanced entry on the WIT website (www.wit.ie ). Details available from the College of Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens.
- Third level grants available (www.susi.ie)
- Points vary from year to year but are usually in the range 210 – 250
Thinking of a career in horticulture? Holly McQuillan is currently studying Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. In this short clip hear how she is finding the course and also why she chose to study in the Botanic Gardens.