- 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
•Landscape Construction and Maintenance
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
- 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
BSc in Land Management, Agriculture/
Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management (DN272)
• Waterford Institute of Technology:
BSc in Horticulture (BN022)
- Course Co-Ordinator
- 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