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
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 5||€||Schedule||Start Date|
|Landscape Construction and Maintenance||200||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Plant identification and Use||140||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Fruit and Vegetable Production*||200||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Horticultural Mechanisation||200||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Plant Propagation||200||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Plant Protection||200||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Soil Science and Growing Media||140||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
|Plant Science||140||To Be Confirmed||September 2019|
* This subject will run subject to sufficient numbers
All of the above modules run from September to May
|Ecology and the Environment||220||All modules will begin in January 2020 and finish in May 2020. Day of week to be confirmed.|
|Garden Centre Operations||420|
|Landscape Design and Construction||420|
|Nursery Stock Production||420|
|Sportsturf Science & Maintenance||420|
|Tree and Shrub Management||220|
|Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Food production)||420|
|Horticultural Production Mechanisation (Sportsturf)||420|
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)
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.