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Part Time Courses in Horticulture

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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...

“I chose this course as I liked how the course is varied covering all aspects of horticulture from the basics like ‘soil science’ and ‘plant nutrition’ to ‘start and manage your own business’ and industry placement. The newly constructed horticulture facility is a great resource and has all industry standard equipment such as the new computer controlled irrigation system installed in 2016. In second year, we do work placement which is a fantastic opportunity to experience the commercial reality of life in the horticulture industry. Don’t be afraid of getting your hands
dirty, this is a very practical course that’s not too difficult especially if you are interested in the subject.”

Shane Halpin
Horticulture Student

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