• 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
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Communications
  • Work practice

Mathematics will be offered as an extra subject if learner requires it for further study

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered

  • Leaving certificate 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
  • Arboriculture
  • Greenkeeping
  • Community Gardening
  • Allotment gardening
Higher Education Progression*

Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin:

  • Qualification (CASLT)


  • Planning and Environmental Management (DT106)


  • BSc in Land Management Agriculture / Forestry (DN120)
  • Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management (DN272)


  • Horticulture Level 6 award (6M4334)

College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin:

  • QQI Batchelor of Science in Horticulture (Level 7 in collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology) WD097

Waterford Institute of Technology

  • BSc in Horticulture (BN022)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

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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