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Course Details

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

CAO code: BN022 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET(formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 3 years
NFQ level: 7
Method of application: CAO
2017 Points : AQA*
Award title: Bachelor of Science
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6; 60 NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body: ITB Transfer and Progression:
BN406 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a grade O6/H7 in five subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved.

Mature students may be admitted without meeting these formal minimum requirements.

Minimum entry requirements for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates, see


Additional 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. Read more.


Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • IT & Professional Development
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Identification and Classification
  • Horticultural Calculations & Measurements
  • Plant & Landscape Skills
  • Plant Biology
Semester 2
  • Plant Identification - Use & Management
  • Machinery & Equipment Skills
  • Graphics & CAD for Horticulture
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Horticulture in the Community
  • Plant Propagation
Year 2
Semester 3
  • Vegetable Production
  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Turf Grass ID & Establishment
  • Integrated Crop Management
  • Nursery Stock Production
  • Landscape Construction
Semester 4
  • Industry Placement
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Contracts, Specifications & Tenders
Year 3
Semester 5
  • Horticultural Project Management
  • Marketing a Horticultural Enterprise
  • Trees & Woodlands
  • Fruit Production


Organic & Sustainable Horticulture or Landscape Design or Floristry & Interior Landscape

Note : Two electives must be selected from Semester 5

Semester 6
  • Research Methods for Horticulture
  • Manage Your Own Business
  • Crops Under Protection


Advanced Landscape Design or Retail Horticulture or Apiculture or Food Product Development 1

Note : Two electives must be selected from Semester 6


Note : The choice of electives are dependent upon learner demand and resource availability and may vary from year to year.

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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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