• Code: DK
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Horticulture (5M2586)
  • Duration: One Year


This course will provide learners with unique training and educational opportunities to become part of the horticulture profession. The Institute has extensive grounds and gardens, where the students can learn plant identification as well as landscape construction and maintenance, including a large poly-tunnel in which learners can study plant propagation and protection. Botany and soil science classes take place in our well-equipped science laboratories. Students undertake an eight week work placement which provides valuable access to the horticultural industry. The course has a good mixture of theory based lessons and practical work, which aims to facilitate all learning styles.

Programme of Study

•Plant Propagation
•Plant Protection
•Landscape Construction and  Maintenance
•Plant Identification
•Soil Science
•Plant Science
•Garden Design
•Work practice

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

•Leaving Certificate (minimum of five  06/H7’s or combination of five 06/  H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating  circumstances may be considered
•Leaving Cert Applied
•Full QQI Level 4 Award in Horticulture
•Mature applicants-experience will  be considered in lieu of formal  qualifications

Places are offered following successful  interview. Garda vetting may be required  prior to work placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Landscape Construction

  • •Garden Maintenance
    •Nursery Management
    •Garden Design
    •Parks Maintenance
    •Estate Management
    •Self Employment
    •Community Gardening
    •Allotment gardening
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

Horticulture Level 6 award (6M4334)
College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin:
QQI Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 7 in collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology) WD097
• Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin: Qualification (CASLT)
Planning and Environmental
Management (DT106)
BSc in Land Management, Agriculture/
Forestry (DN120)
Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (DN272)
Waterford Institute of Technology:
BSc in Horticulture (BN022)

Course Co-Ordinator

Anne-Marie Walsh

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"Since I can remember I have always had an interest in gardening. Doing this course at BIFE has allowed me to gain more knowledge and experience, strengthening my interest in this area. The work experience I completed as part of the course introduced me to work maintaining private gardens, public gardens and nurseries. Through  this work experience  I am currently employed in a commercial garden and also work on private gardens." - Alan Murphy

"Doing this course gave me the confidence to go out into the community to develop edible public planting in the town where I live.  The work experience I did during the course was a wonderful opportunity to work in places around the country that really interested me." - Kristin O Donovan

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