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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education


PLSS Code 370143 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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Our hands-on and practical course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed to work in the dynamic and developing Horticulture sector. Students will study areas such as Plant Identification, Plant Science, Soil Management and Fruit & Veg Production. Students on this course are assisted with work experience placements.

Study areas

Plant Identification & Use.
Soil Science and Growing Media
Work Practice.
Plant Protection.
Plant Science.
Ornamental Horticulture.
Plant Propagation.
Fruit and Vegetable Production

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally.

How will I learn? How will I be assessed?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, practicals and work placements. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year and exams for some modules will take place at the end of the year.

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.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What qualifications will I get when I finish the course?

QQI Level 5 Award in Horticulture 5M2586

Career opportunities and progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 or Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in Higher Education, such as, Teagas and Apprenticeship programmes -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

This course will also provide you with a variety of career opportunities such as working in Landscaping and Gardening Centres, Parks/Grounds Keeping (OPW or City/Council Councils), Organic Food Production and even Starting Your Own Business.

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1 Year

Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board