Horticulture QQI Level 5

This full time course is designed to incorporate both the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture.  Our course looks at production and amenity horticulture and includes elements of design and commercial awareness.

horticulture at CDCFE

Course Content

  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Identification
  • Plant Protection
  • Work Practice
  • Communications
  • Safety & Health at Work

To fulfil the requirements of the Work Practice module, students spend one day per week in a horticultural setting. Students may source their own placements for this, or they may be assisted by course staff.


Certificate in Horticulture QQI Level 5 (5M2586)


Students may progress to a full Level 6, and higher awards, in a number of institutes, such as The National Botanic Gardens. Students may also move forward by undertaking various short niche programmes which are designed to facilitate specialisation in a variety of areas, such as market gardening, organic horticulture, soil management, etc.

Career Opportunities

This course will equip students with the skills to engage in various areas of horticulture including nursery work/garden centres, grounds maintenance, community projects, fresh food production, landscaping, urban farming. Social and therapeutic horticulture is another expanding area of interest.


“As an adult, going back to school was a daunting thought. But walking up to the admissions office to register as a mature student, all the apprehension was soon gone, having met the friendly and helpful staff who were on duty. I enrolled for the QQI level 5 Horticulture course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE.

With the unwavering help and support of the tutors, I gained the knowledge and confidence in my chosen subject. The facilities were easily accessible, and the core subjects covered gave me the confidence to progress to a higher level and to consider a possible career in horticulture.”

– Patrick.


1 year

Course Charges

Year 1: €50

Applicants in receipt of a Social Welfare payment will keep their payment whilst studying on the course under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page.

Email caroline.farrelly@cdcfe.cdetb.ie or call 831 4677 for more information.