Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
Progress from Horticulture 1. This course is designed for students to advance their knowledge and skills. While the emphasis of the programme is on landscape maintenance and nursery stock production, students are encouraged to explore their own particular niche within horticulture. This QQI Level 6 course will provide learners with skills and knowledge to secure employment in the areas of landscape and nursery management. In addition, it will have a focus on business management which will prepare the learners to set up their own firm or to manage existing firms. Students produce a crop of bedding plants which are sold at the end of year plant sale. Graduates may take up employment or may transfer into second year of a degree programme.
QQI Level 5-Level 6
One Year Full-time
The following subjects may be offered:
- Ecology and the Environment
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to assist in management of the natural environment.
- Tree and Shrub Management
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the species selection, planting and maintenance of trees and shrubs.
- Sports Turf Mechanisation
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to supervise the use of a range of sports turf machinery and equipment.
- Sports Turf Science and Maintenance
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to manage factors that influence the development, quality and maintenance of sports turf.
- Nursery Stock Production
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to supervise operations in a nursery stock production unit.
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles and practice of financial planning, reporting and analysis within an organisation.
Career opportunities exist in Landscape Construction and Maintenance, Landscape Design, Garden Centre or Nursery Operations, Fruit and Vegetable Production.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this Course.
- CSN: Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Management (6M4330)
- CSN: Landscape & Nursey Management (6M4234)
- CIT: BSc Horticulture (CR011)
- CIT: BSc Herbal Science (CR330)
- WIT/Kildalton College: BSc Horticulture (WD096)
- WIT/National Botanic Gardens: BSc Horticulture (WD097)
- UCD: BAgrSc Hons Horticulture, Landscape and Sports Turf Management (DN272)
- UCD: BSc Hons Landscape Architecture (DN120)
For the duration of the course students are provided with the opportunity to work with a commercial enterprise for a minimum of one day per week. This work placement will take place under the supervision of a qualified Horticulturist. Students propagate plants at a commercial glasshouse throughout the year and organise a plant sale in May of each year.