• 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 developing their garden design and ornamental horticulture skills, including a large polytunnel in which learners can study protection and propagation. Plant and soil science classes take place in our well-equipped science laboratories. Students undertake 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 
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Plant Identification 
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science 
  • Garden Design 
  • Communications
  • 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
  • Garden Design 
  • Nursery Management 
  • Parks Maintenance 
  • Estate Management 
  • Self-employment 
  • Garden Maintenance 
  • Landscape Construction 
  • Arboriculture 
  • Green Keeping  
  • Allotment Gardening  
  • Community Gardening
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:


  • Horticulture Level 6 award (6M4334) •

College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin (in collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology):

  • BSc in Horticulture QQI level 7 WD097 •

Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co.Kilkenny (in collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology):

  • BSc in Horticulture QQI level 7 WD096 •

TU Dublin:

  • BSc in Planning and Environmental Management QQI Level 8 (TU835)  


  • BSc in Horticulture-Agricultural Science QQI Level 8 (DN250)
  • BSc in Forestry QQI Level 8 (DN271)
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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