Cost €595

inc. Govt Charge


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Note: This course costs €395 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge


QQI Level 5 Award in Horticulture 5M2586                          Duration: 1 year
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What will I study?

  • Plant Identification & Use
  • Soil Science
  • Work Practice
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Science
  • Communications
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Start your Own Business

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.

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 responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course. 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), Blanchardstown IT, 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 and Landscaping and Gardening centres.

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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 advantageious for admission to the programme:

  • 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)
  • Mature students  (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding
  • QQI Award e.g. QQI level 4
  • Interview

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.

Garda Vetting Required   Yes

ENQUIRIES For further information please contact Eimear Joyce (Course Tutor) by email

Course Code 115