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Horticulture

Horticulture

Horticulture

Course Code: 5M2586

QQI Level 5

Course Details

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Horticulture €250.00 Open - Apply Now

Course Outline

This PLC horticulture course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of horticulture and the skills to pursue a career in this sector.


Work Experience

Work practice takes place throughout the academic year. Students find their practice in various garden centres, nurseries, organic vegetable growers, florists, private and public gardens

Special Features

Suitable for beginners and those who want to broaden their knowledge of horticulture. Practical hands on course to learn how to grow your own vegetables, trees and shrubs. Practical work takes place in a 20 Metre Polythene Tunnel. Strong emphasis on growing food crops, tree and shrub identification and garden maintenance.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Course Modules

This programme module aims to facilitate the learner to develop the academic, vocational & personal language, literacy and/or numeracy skills related to Communications. It will assist the learner in understanding the use of modern information and communications technology integrated with the role played by communications and relevant legislation in human interaction.
This module is a practical course which aims to provide the learner with the competence, skills and knowledge to grow a range of fruit and vegetables of marketable quality.
This programme module aims to equip the learner with the competence, skills and knowledge to learn about hard and soft landscaping , and to work the landscape construction and maintenance industry.
This module aims to equip the learner with the skills and knowledge to select, plant and grow a range of ornamental horticultural plants in a variety of planting situations.
This module aims to give the student the skills and knowledge to identify a wide range of plants and to become familiar with their characteristics and use.
This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills to identify a wide range of weeds, plant pests, diseases, disorders and the control measures used to protect horticultural plants and crops from their devastating effects.
This programme module aims to introduce the learner to the science of plants, their life cycles and their role in horticulture practice.
This module aims to introduce the science of soil and growing media to the learner and to develop an appreciation of the role of soil and growing media in horticulture.
This module aims to provide the learner with the practical knowledge, personal skills and ability to work in the horticulture industry.

Progression Routes

Advanced Certificate in Horticulture - QQI Level 6 College
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture - HETAC Level 7 Kildalton College
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Honours Degree - HETAC Level 8 University
Advanced Certificate in Greenkeeping - QQI Level 6 Kinsealy Centre
BSc in Land Management in Agriculture/Forestry/Horticulture - HETAC Level 8 Waterford Institute of Technology

Career Opportunities

Past students have found work as Garden centre assistants, landscapers, nursery operatives and vegetable growers.

Other students have set up their own businesses as landscapers and Garden centre owners.

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