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Horticulture Courses

Kildalton College has been providing horticultural education since 1971 and is the largest land based college in Ireland. With a total student population of approximately 1200, there is a great mix of young and mature students from all parts of the country and beyond. The campus comprises of modern facilities including lecture theatres, laboratories, library, IT rooms and student recreation and catering facilities.

Horticulture attracts a range of people from different backgrounds and experience and classes are generally a mix of young and mature students. Kildalton welcomes horticultural enthusiasts of all ages to participate in courses and the college offers students a unique opportunity to experience a diverse range of horticultural sectors through the extensive horticultural unit and classroom learning.

Graduates have developed small enterprises such as specialised nurseries, niche food crop production or cut foliage production while others have set up their own landscaping businesses. Our students at Kildalton College experience a vast amount of training inside the classroom and learning techniques employed by the industry while working in the college horticulture units.

Whether you want to work in a laboratory, an arboretum or a golf course, those with green fingers can find a suitable outlet in horticulture.

Full time

A range of full time courses in Horticulture are offered at Kildalton College, from level 5 to level 7. A combination of classwork and practical skills training are provided along with a period of external practical learning placement. Students receive training in commercial and amenity horticulture while on these courses.

CourseDurationCode
Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture 1 year 5M2586
Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture 1 year 6M4334
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 7) 3 years  WD096 / WD097 

For more information on our level 7 and level 8 horticulture degree courses click the following link: https://youtu.be/jp4XGn-X8-4

Part time courses

Modules from our full time horticulture courses are also offered on a part time basis, alongside full time students. Therefore it is possible for a student to complete all Level 5 & 6 modules over a number of years.

Kildalton Horticulture Component Awards 2019/20

We are now taking applications for the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture component awards directly through the college. Application forms are available here Level 6 Component Award in Horticulture Application (PDF). For further information on these component awards please contact the college directly 051 644400 or kildalton.college@teagasc.ie

Application forms and more information on the Level 5 Component Awards starting in September 2020 will be updated here in April 2020.

Level 6ScheduleStart Date
Ecology and the Environment 220 Mondays 12.30 to 4.45 6th January 2020
Garden Centre Operations 420 Tuesdays 9.15 to 4.00 7th January 2020
Landscape Design and Construction 420 Thursdays 9.15 to 4.30 9th January 2020
Market Gardening 420 Tuesdays 9.15 to 4.30 7th January 2020
Nursery Stock Production 420 Thursdays 9.15 to 4.30 9th January 2020
Sportsturf Science and Maintenance 420 Thursdays 9.15 to 5.00 9th January 2020
Tree and Shrub Management 220 Mondays 9.15 to 12.00 and
Wednesdays 9.15 to 11.00
6th January 2020
Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Food Production) 420 Thursdays 9.15 to 4.30 9th January 2020
Garden and Parks Supervision 420 Tuesdays 9.15 to 4.30 7th January 2020
Entrepreneurship 220 Wednesdays 11.30 to 4.00 8th January 2020

Applicants for level 6 modules must have a level 5 Certificate in Horticulture or have a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience and a reference from employer)

Level 5ScheduleStart Date
Landscape Construction and Maintenance 200 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Plant identification and Use 140 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Fruit and Vegetable Production* 200 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Horticultural Mechanisation 200 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Plant Propagation 200 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Plant Protection 200 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Soil Science and Growing Media 140 To Be Confirmed September 2020
Plant Science 140 To Be Confirmed September 2020

* This subject will run subject to sufficient numbers

All of the above modules run from September to May

Kildalton Horticulture Courses Brochure (PDF)

David Hannon - Teagasc Horticulture Student

Thinking of a career in horticulture? David Hannon is currently studying Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture specialising in Sportsturf Management in Kildalton College. In this short clip hear why he chose this course and also how he is finding it.


Louise O'Toole - Teagasc Horticulture Student

Thinking of a career in horticulture? Louise O'Toole is currently studying Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture specialising in Food Production in Kildalton College. In this short clip hear how she is finding the course and why she chose to study horticulture.


Paul Merrigan - Teagasc Horticulture Student

Thinking of a career in horticulture? Paul Merrigan is currently studying Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture specialising in Nursery Production & Garden Centre. In this short clip hear why he is chose to study horticulture and how he is finding the course.


Eoin Kelly - Teagasc Horticulture Student

Thinking of a career in horticulture? Eoin Kelly is currently studying es: Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture in Kildalton College. In this short clip hear how he is finding the course and also why he chose to study in the Horticulture.