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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 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.

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.

Course Duration Code
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 2018/19

Applications for component awards are made through the Teagasc website: Horticulture Courses. Applicants will need to upload a copy of their birth certificate, proof of PPS number and a passport type photo (head and shoulders with a white background)

Level 5ScheduleStart Date
Landscape Construction and Maintenance 175 Mondays 9.15 to 1.00 10th September 2018
Plant identification and Use 125 Mondays 2.00 to 4.15 10th September 2018
Fruit and Vegetable Production* 175 Tuesdays 9.15 to 1.00 11th September 2018
Horticultural Mechanisation 175 Tuesdays 2.00 to 5.00 11th September 2018
Plant Propagation 175 Thursdays 9.15 to 1.00 6th September 2018
Plant Protection 175 Thursdays 2.00 to 4.30 6th September 2018
Soil Science and Growing Media 125 Fridays 11.15 to 1.00 7th September 2018
Plant Science 125 Fridays 9.15 to 11.00 7th September 2018

* This subject will run subject to sufficient numbers

All of the above modules run from September to May

Level 6**Schedule
Ecology and the Environment 195  Day of week to be confirmed. All modules run from January to May Modules begin week of 7/1/19
Garden Centre Operations 370
Landscape Design and Construction 370
Market Gardening 370
Nursery Stock Production 370
Sportsturf Science & Maintenance 370
Tree and Shrub Management 195
Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Food production) 370
Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Sportsturf) 370

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

Kildalton students carrying out general horticultural work


Kildalton College - Hard Landscaping


Kildalton Horticulture Courses Brochure (PDF)