The Horticulture Industry offers many different career opportunities. The industry is constantly evolving and the course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa provides a broad reaching education to those interested in a career in Horticulture. Students make several field trips to horticultural businesses, public and private gardens, and higher education colleges throughout the year.
The college provides excellent facilities to enable a practical application of the theory being delivered in class. There are five hectares of landscape on site; including Nursery Stock, Vegetable Allotment, Glasshouse, Micro Propagation Lab, and Natural and Synthetic Sports Pitches.
QQI Level 5
Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture
One year full-time
Leaving Certificate, L.C.A. or equivalent, with some practical experience in horticulture desirable. Mature students without formal qualifications are welcome to apply for places on this course. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Plant Protection
Equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to protect horticultural plants and crops from the effects of weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and to select appropriate control measures.
- Plant Science
Examines plant structure, plant processes, and growth & development in a horticultural context.
- Plant Identification & Use
Covers identification of a wide range of horticultural plants, their characteristics, and their use in different horticultural situations.
- Soil Science & Growing Media
Examines soils and growing media with regard to their utilisation in a horticultural context.
- Garden Design
This module examines the history of garden design and its principles. It also equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to carry out basic garden design.
- Turf Grass Establishment & Maintenance
Equips the learner with the knowledge and skills to establish and maintain amenity turf grass.
Covers verbal and non-verbal communication in relation to the horticultural industry.
- Work Practice
Prepares the learner for work in the horticultural industry.
- Word Processing
Equips the learner with the knowledge and skill to use a word processing application to complete a variety of tasks.
Career opportunities exist in Landscape Construction and Maintenance, Landscape Design, Garden Centre or Nursery Operations, Fruit and Vegetable Production.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CSN: Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Management (6M4330)
- CSN: Landscape & Nursey Management (6M4234)
- CIT: BSc Horticulture (CR011)
- CIT: BSc Herbal Science (CR330)
- WIT/Kildalton College: BSc Horticulture (WD096)
- WIT/National Botanic Gardens: BSc Horticulture (WD097)
- UCD: BAgrSc Hons Horticulture, Landscape and Sports Turf Management (DN272)
- UCD: BSc Hons Landscape Architecture (DN120)
For the duration of the course students are provided with the opportunity to work with a commercial enterprise for a minimum of one day per week. This work placement will take place under the supervision of a qualified Horticulturist. Students propagate plants at a commercial glasshouse throughout the year and organise a plant sale in May of each year.