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Horticulture reaches many aspects of peoples’ lives from the food that they eat, to the flowers and plants they purchase for themselves or as gifts, to the gardens, parks and sports facilities they use for relaxation and recreation.Horticulture is a significant contributor to the Irish economy with Bord Bia suggesting that the Irish Horticultural Industry has an estimated annual farmgate value of €380 million with over 6,000 employed in the sector (full time, part time and seasonal workers).



The hands-on and practical horticulture courses are designed to develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work in the dynamic and developing horticulture sector.



Many horticulture careers involve physical activity and working outdoors — so if you’re the active, creative, entrepreneurial type, who enjoys challenging and hands on work; if you’re interested in biodiversity and the environment, how and where your food is grown and how parks and golf courses are designed and cared for, then you should consider a career in horticulture.



Incorporating both the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture, our courses introduce students to the basic concepts in first year. Expanding and developing this knowledge into more advanced theories and ideas in subsequent years. Students study modules on vegetable and fruit production, organic and sustainable growing, floristry and interior landscapes, food product development, tree management, landscape design and turfgrass management as well as information technology skills for horticulture, starting and managing small businesses and research skills.We offer hands-on opportunities to develop skills through real life practical projects, often engaging with local community groups, to design and build gardens to a brief and within a set budget. In June 2018, Fingal County Council and the Horticulture Department won a gold medal at the Bloom Festival for “The Greener Way for Fingal” garden in the large garden category and its theme highlighted the potential for the development of multi-functional public spaces across Fingal. Work placement is an essential part of these courses, immersing students in the workplace, practicing the skills they have learned and gaining valuable experience in the industry to improve their employability in the future.


Career Opportunities

A qualification in horticulture offers graduates a wide range of interesting and challenging career options; previous graduates have secured employment in landscape design, stadia groundskeeping, garden centres and nurseries, organic and conventional food production, golf course management, parks and gardens management and teaching horticulture. There are numerous employment opportunities in Ireland and worldwide for qualified horticulturists. Many graduates have also successfully established their own businesses in these sectors.


See our "Fingal Be Positive" Gold Medal Show garden at BLOOM 2019:

State-of-the-art Horticulture facility.

Our state of the art Horticulture 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



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