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The QQI component level 5 and level 6 courses are offered part-time bases at our college in the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin and at our college campus at Ashtown, Dublin 15. These courses run Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 4.30pm. Please note all component award courses are subject to numbers.

The current pandemic will have a huge impact on all service delivery in Ireland. Everyone is aware of the impact that social distancing will have on the provision of all services in the country and education delivery is no exception. In the event that the Government and the HSE issues further guidelines in relation to social distancing and consequent classroom usage we will be following these appropriately. Our current plan for horticulture course delivery in September 2020 will include a combination of online theory classes which may be taken by the student in real time or at a time that suits them, and for the purposes of practical instruction and assessment, small practical groups will be held in the National Botanic Gardens or Teagasc Ashtown that consist of socially distanced groups wearing appropriate PPE. Students will have the capacity for learning online remotely and taking appropriate exams in a similar way. Students will need a suitable device to access the internet for this purpose. Practical schedules and class programmes will be outlined at the start of the academic programme in order that students can plan around this.

Part Time Courses Booklet 2020


Applications now closed for level 5 components 2020/2021

These courses are intended for those who have a keen interest in horticulture and who wish to improve their skills and competence in these areas. These courses include:
Please click the L5 Component Information Sheet which will give details of course time, location, cost etc. 

L5 Part-Time Courses Information Sheet


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. 
These courses are intended for prospective students who are currently employed in the horticulture industry and who wish to further their career development in their chosen sector. These courses will enable the student to develop a greater understanding of the sciences underpinning their sector and will also help them improve their skills and competence at a practical level. These courses include:
Note the landscaping modules run from September to March. All other modules run from November to March. Closing date for application for landscaping is the 21st August 2020. Closing date for all other part-time level 6 modules is the 19th of October 2020. All our Component Award courses are subject to numbers. Please click the L6 Component Information Sheet which will give details of course time, location, cost etc.
Please contact us by email for information on applying to level 6 components.

L6 Part-Time Courses Information Sheet

For information on progression from part time minor awards to major QQI award click here >>