• Code: DG
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Award in Horticulture (6M4334)
  • Duration: One Year


This advanced course in Horticulture/Garden design will give students an opportunity to upgrade their skills with intensive training for another academic year. The learner has the opportunity to hone their skills and focus on subjects and areas needed in the industry.

It will enable learners to spend a  further  year  working  full-time  on  their  career structure or open up for them a wide variety of career and educational opportunities

Programme of Study
  • Landscape Design and Construction
  • Nursery Stock Production
  • Plant Identification
  • Sketch-up
  • Sustainable Horticulture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Communications
  • Supervisory skills

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

  Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Full QQI Level 5 Award in Horticulture
  • Mature Applicants-experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Applicants must bring a portfolio/collection of work to the interview. Garda vetting may be required for work experience.

Career Opportunities
  • Landscape Gardening
  • Nursery Management
  • Horticultural Retail
  • Garden Design
  • Parks supervision
  • Estate management
  • Self employment
Higher Education Progression*

Waterford IT:

  • BSc in Horticulture (BN022)


  • BSc in Land Management Agriculture / Forestry (DN120)

College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin:

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


  • Planning and Encironmental Management (DT106)

*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...

"I am a graduate of BIFE’s course in garden design. I found the course to be great and it inspired me to pursue a career in this area. I am now running a successful business in garden design." - Anne Marie Walsh



"Having studied in BIFE for two years, I have done everything from looking at plant cells, to studying the history of garden design. The staff in BIFE are outstanding in their field at supporting students. From working with tree surgeons, to producing bedding plants as part of our work experience, we were all given the opportunity to explore the industry.work in places around the country that really interested me." – Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis from Wicklow was a finalist and prize-winner in the 2015 Kilsaran Student Garden Design Competition. He has gone on to set up his own garden design business.

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