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Course Details

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture

CAO code: BN113 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2017 Points: 233
Award title: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6; 60 @ NFQ Level 7; 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a H5 in any two higher level subjects and a 06/H7 in four other 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

Year 4
Semester 7

Final Year Project (Part 1)


Automation in Horticulture or Health, Recreation and Green Infrastructure or Plant Treatment Regulation or Sports Surface Management or Post Harvest Technology or Social & Therapeutic Horticulture

**** Four electives must be selected from Semester 7  

Semester 8

Final Year Project (Part 2)


Environmental Management or Golf Course Design & Management or Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development or Culinary & Medicinal Plants or Historical & Contemporary Parks & Gardens or Food Product Development 2

*****Four electives must be selected from Semester 2

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...

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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