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 900, 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.
- Certificate in Horticulture - QQI Level 5
- Advanced Certificate in Horticulture - QQI Level 6
- Bachelor of Science in Horticulture - QQI Level 7
- BSc in Land Management in Horticulture – QQI Level 8
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.
- Plant ID and Use Level 5 (PDF) - QQI Level 5
- Plant Propagation Level 5 (PDF) - QQI Level 5
- Landscape Design and Construction Level 6 (PDF) - QQI Level 6
- Sports Turf Science Level 6 (PDF) - QQI Level 6
- Nursery Stock Production Level 6 (PDF) - QQI Level 6
- Market Gardening Level 6 (PDF) - QQI Level 6