• 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, a large poly-tunnel and laboratories in which the learners can study botany and soil science together with propagation and design theory and practice. 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 or equivalent.
  • Leaving certificate applied
  • Full QQI level 4 Award
  • 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...

"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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