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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.

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture
 
General Information & Course Schedule 7
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.
 
Course Content
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
 
Course Aims
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.
 
Application Procedures and Entry Requirements
  • This course is currently open for application.  Closing date is 19th August 2020.
  • This course runs Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm from September to May.
  • Open for application online at Apply Online
  • 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
Cost
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.
 
Progression
Progression opportunities from the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture include the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Level 6) and the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree (Level 7).
Yasmin Bonner - Teagasc Horticulture Student

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.


Ian Lawlor - Teagasc Horticulture Student

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.


QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture  
 
General Information & Course Schedule
This course is offered over a 32 week period and will consist of either 24 or 16 weeks of College based course work and 8 or 16 weeks of a practical learning period (PLP) depending on the chosen stream.
 
Course Content
Subjects included in the QQI Level 6 course will vary with the stream chosen. Students select one stream and take appropriate modules. The four streams offered in the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture include:
 
The Advanced Certificate in Horticulture provides 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 parks and gardens, sportsturf and commercial horticultural enterprises. The course is suitable for those who are;
  • Seeking employment as supervisors, technicians or unit managers
  • Seeking employment in the horticultural business service sector
  • Transferring to the BSc in Horticulture (Level 7)
Admission, Entry Requirements and Application Procedures
  • This course is currently open for application.  Closing date for the landscaping stream is 21st August 2020.  For all other streams closing date is 19th October 2020.
  • 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
  • Landscape Design and Construction - Start Date 31st August 2020 
  • All other streams - Start Date 2nd November 2020
Cost
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.
 
Progression
Students who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture Level 6 with a merit or distinction are eligible to apply for advanced entry to year 2 of the BSc in Horticulture Level 7 (WIT) which is conducted at the College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens.
 

 

Level 7 BSc in Horticulture (WIT) (WD097)
 
Overview
This is a three-year, full-time BSc in horticulture which consists of lectures, integrated practicals, projects and a practical learning period. The course is run in partnership with the Waterford Institute of Technology. All components of the course are delivered and examined in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens and Teagasc Ashtown.
 
YEAR 1
Focuses on the core of horticultural science and provides students with a sound knowledge of all the sciences underpinning plant cultivation.
Semester 1
  • Communication Skills & Computer Applications Horticulture Skills 1,
  • Plant Biology Plant Knowledge 1,
  • Plant Protection Soil & Growing Media
Semester 2
  • Chemistry for Land Scientists Plant Knowledge 2
  • Horticulture Mechanisation and Safety Horticulture Skills 2
  • Horticulture Building Construction Plant Propagation
 
YEAR 2
Students will have an opportunity to specialise in a particular area and perfect new skills with a practical learning period either in Ireland or abroad. Major elective subjects in year 2 include:
Semester 3
  • 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)
Semester 4
  • Placement (Horticulture) (M)
 
YEAR 3
Provides a range of business subjects prepares graduates to become self-employed and develop management skills. Students in year 3 can also choose from a wide range of minor elective subjects across all horticulture sectors.
Semester 5
  • Horticulture Sales & Marketing (M) Managing your Business (M)
  • Intro to Scientific Writing & Data Analysis (M) People Management (M)
Semester 6
  • 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)
What are my Career Opportunities?
Horticulture is a diverse industry and there has always been a demand for highly trained horticulturists. Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas including greenkeeping and sportsturf management, private and heritage gardens, nursery stock production, landscape construction, landscape design, garden maintenance, food production, garden centres and horticulture service sector.
 
How do I apply for the Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture?
  • 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
Minimum Entry Requirements for BSc in Horticulture:
5 subjects: O6/H7 English or Irish: O6/H7 Mathematics: O6/H7
Students with a Level 5 and Level 6 in Horticulture with merit of distinction in the new Common award in Horticulture and who successfully complete bridging studies, can apply to transfer into Year 2 of the BSc. in Horticulture
 
Information for Mature Students
If a student is aged over 23 by January 1st in the year in which they intend starting the course, they do not need the normal entry requirements. But they still have to apply through the CAO before February 1st.
Further information on the Level 7 BSc in Horticulture
Contact the course leader at WIT on Tel: 051 302185 (email ygrace@wit.ie)
Visit the website at https://www.wit.ie/courses/bsc_in_horticulture_national_botanic_gardens

 

Holly McQuillan - Botanic Gardens Student

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.