• 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 poly-tunnel 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 
  • QQI Level 5 award in a related discipline 
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualification.

Garda vetting may be required prior to work placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Garden Design
  • Nursery Management
  • Parks Maintenance
  • Estate Managemen
  •  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 SETU (Waterford Campus):

  • 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)

*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

Karen Ryan

Where are they now?

alan murphy"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

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