Project Description

Horticultural Science

5M-Science Faculty

PLSS Code: 281922
Coordinator:Martin Quigley

If you love the outdoors, plants and gardening then Horticultural Science is an ideal foundation for you. This course can lead you to careers in a myriad of land-based enterprises.

Through practical workshops and classes, you will learn about plants, horticulture, landscaping, organic practices and many other skills. You will learn how to design and landscape, and how to grow and manage plants in our professional standard glasshouse.

This course can lead you to careers in many sectors including landscape design and construction, garden centres, parks, estate gardens, grounds maintenance and greenkeeping

What Makes This Course Special

  • Practical skills learning with expert staff
  • Access to our professional polytunnel
  • Explore the science and discover wider career opportunities
  • Lead your own practical projects
  • Join field trips and visits
  • Ideal for stepping-up to HE or direct to work

Course Content

  • Fruit & Vegetable Production
  • Landscape Construction & Maintenance
  • Plant Identification & Use Design
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science & Growing Media
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Agriculture Nursery
  • Garden Centres
  • Garden Designer
  • Gardening Services
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Green Keeping
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscaping Contractor
  • Plant Growing
  • WIT & UCD for further study, Teagasc, Botanic Gardens
  • gardening-landscape-testimonial v2
  • Gardening

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 5
Certificate in Horticulture 5M2586

Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs (see costs, fees and finance)

Additional Costs
PPE Clothing Pack Required
€30 average price

Optional Extra Qualifications
Safe Pass
€75 average price

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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Early Interview Option

Apply before 29 April 2020 for the opportunity of an early interview, Eartly interviews normally take place in May.

Apply before August 2020 for a later interview. An offer of a place does not guarantee a place – only full payment of fees will move an applicant to registered status. If an offer is not accepted in time and a course is full then applicants will be added to a waiting list and have the opportunity to apply for another course.