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.
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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms and more information on the Level 5 Component Awards starting in September 2020 will be updated here in April 2020.
|Level 6||€||Schedule||Start 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 5||€||Schedule||Start 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
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.
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.
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.
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.