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QQI Level 5 Award in Horticulture 5M2586                          Duration: 1 year
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€50 DISCOUNT for medical card holders
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding.

What will I study?

  • Plant Identification & Use
  • Soil Science & Growing Media
  • Work Practice
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Science
  • Communications
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Word Processing

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, practicals, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year. Course work will consist of a combination of onsite & online learning.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant nine components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment)On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

Applicants with a passion for working with nature, a willingness to work hard, an interest in plants and gardening and a basic knowledge of maths. You will be expected to provide your own work-wear and safety boots. A list will be provided at course commencement.

Particular Resources Required

Students will be provided with a number of class manuals.

Career/Progression Opportunities

Students may progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  This Award is a recognised and respected link with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Teagasc at the National Botanic Gardens and some UK Colleges.  Click this course code 5M2586 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

This course can also act as a gateway into the horticultural industry. Past students are working in Nurseries, Golf Courses, Landscaping, Grounds maintenance, Gardening centres, private gardens and local councils.

See what our Students say

“I wish I did it sooner”, is the recurring thought in my head! I was 50 years of age when I made the bold decision to study horticulture going in at level 5. I chose Killester College as it had built a reputation as a centre to educate creatively and inspire vision. With the encouragement of my tutors at Killester, I was spurned to go further. They had inculcated in me a yearning to study level 6 horticulture at the National Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin. WOW! Me… studying at the centre of all things botanical in Ireland! Fantastic, a dream come true.I owe so much to my inspiring tutors at Killester College. They helped open a door to a new, green, sustainable and hopeful future in which I can play an important part.
Joan McHugh 2018-’19

Entry Requirements

A student over 16 years seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification. However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Cert/LCA
  • QQI level 4
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)

Note:  Students should note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort and direct contact with soil and plants.  Consequently, students with any back problems, respiratory illnesses or allergies or indeed any other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course coordinator at enrolment.  You will be interviewed and required to write a personal statement at interview.


Course Code 115

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