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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. 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 Hort 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.


Now open for application.
Our summer courses are Garden Design and Plant Propagation and will now be fully online due to Covid19. For further details please click on the relevant subjects below.
To apply please fill out and return application with the relevant documentation by email to botanic.college@teagasc.ie

Summer Application Form 2020

See below for payment methods. Deadline for applications is Friday the 5th of June 2020.  

Payment Method



Open for application from the 8th June - 31st July 2020.

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 Component Information Sheet


Open for application from the 8th of June 2020.

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.

L6 Component Information Sheet

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