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Part Time Courses in Horticulture (starting September 2017)

See our ‘Flúirse Fingal’ Show garden at BLOOM 2017

Horticulture is a significant contributor to the Irish economy with an output of approximately 370 million in 2009 (Food Harvest 2020). The sector has a current retail value of € 1.18bn and employs over 6,000 people on a part/full-time basis. Our hands-on and practical courses are designed to help develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work in the dynamic and developing horticulture sector.



Previous graduates have moved into a variety of careers, from landscape design, stadia grounds-keeping, garden centres and nurseries, to organic food production, golf course management, parks and gardens management and even teaching. Many have gone into business for themselves in these areas too.



If you’re the active, outdoorsy, entrepreneurial type, who’s creative and hands-on; if you’re interested in the environment, where your food is grown and how parks and golf courses are designed and cared for; then you should probably look no further than Horticulture.



Designed to incorporate both the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture, courses include modules on organic production, sustainability, landscape design and turf-grass management as well as computing, business and personal development.
We offer practical hands-on opportunities to develop skills and we engage with the local community on real life practical projects, designed and built by students, to a budget. This allows students to get to know each other and their lecturers in a working environment and for skills to develop naturally as
the course progresses. Work placement is an essential part of this course.


State-of-the-art Horticulture facility.

Our new state of the art Horticulture facility is now ready. This new facility includes geodomes, poly-tunnels, workshops, welfare facilities as well as a range of outdoor practical work areas for fruit and vegetable production and sports turf management.

This investment shows our continued commitment to the development of horticulture education for full time, part time and work based students.


Garda Vetting Requirements

As part of the course content, each student is required to successfully complete work placement in Year 2 of our Horticulture course.

In order to commence work placement, each student must undergo a Garda vetting process. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts of the programmes. Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students will be unable to complete the work placement and thus will not be able to complete the programme or receive an award. All places on the Horticulture course are provisional and subject to the student obtaining satisfactory Garda vetting from the Central Garda Vetting Unit.  The current legal minimum age for application for sole application for Garda vetting is 18 years of age.  In the event of an applicant being between 16 and 18 years of age, written consent is also required from a parent or guardian.

In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal references may be required in regard to suitability for placement



View our full range of full time and part time Horticulture courses...

Full time Horticulture course list

Part time Horticulture course list

What our students say...

Rachel ITBDublin

"I had been working in the legal profession for 17 years and had grown tired with the office environment. I always had an interest in gardening and growing my own vegetables. The course offers students a wide range of academic and practical modules. The practical learning placement is an essential component of the learning experience. The lecturers are very supportive and approachable. Pardon the pun, but it is a growing industry with plenty of career opportunities! My advice to school leavers and to more mature people is, go for it, learning feeds the mind and opens doors that you may not have even yet considered "
Rachel Gerrard-Shouldice,
Horticulture Student

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