QQI Level 5

This course creates an awareness of the viability of growing your own. The course has been very successful in the college for the past number of years. It concentrates on the growing of food crops, trees, shrubs and decorative plants.   It gives an introduction to Plant Identification and Landscaping which could lead to a career in garden design. The Plant identification module is further enhanced by the continual development of schematic /thematic plantings on campus
The course is designed for applicants who wish to progress to degree level to study horticulture or landscaping. It will also suit the hobby grower who may be considering expanding into a viable area of business and it is ideal for those wishing to work in General Horticulture. The emphasis will be on practical work with the use of the college grounds and polytunnel for growing food and ornamental crops. Biocide use will be kept to a minimum for personal and environmental safety. Students are introduced to Biodynamics and are encouraged to use the Thun planting and sowing calendar

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1 year

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture 5M2586

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)

€320 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from QQI examination fee of €50)

  • Plant Identification & use         5N2527
  • Soil Science & Growing Media 5N2530
  • Plant Science                                5N2528
  • Work Practice                               5N1433
  • Plant Protection                            5N2546
  • Biodiversity and the Natural Environment 5N2553
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production 5N2552
  • Plant Propagation 5N2547
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirements. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this courses is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirement set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English

This is a one year full time course from September to May. Candidates must complete work experience as this is an integral part of the course where students get an opportunity to sample the work environment.

The full QQI Level 5 award facilitates entry, on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. These include:

  • Great progression opportunities to Higher Education colleges.  Special arrangements in place with MTU (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course.

Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

Other courses: Agriculture, Planning and Environmental Management.

Garden centres, formal gardens, self employment. All students can Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

My name is Renatas and I had an enjoyable time, while studying the QQI Level 5 Horticulture course at the West Cork Campus.  It gave me the knowledge and confidence to undertake all the duties of a gardener. This qualification provided me with the confidence and skills that have enabled me to secure a full-time landscaping job locally and I know that I could definitely say it was an excellent investment of my time.

Renatas Odinbergas, Horticulture

I completed the QQI level 5 Horticulture course in Rossa College in 2016. I found the course to be well organised, fascinating and fun, giving a good grounding in all areas of horticulture.

I also found it to be an excellent re-introduction to education and the discipline necessary for successful study. It inspired me to go on to further education and I am now studying for a Level 8 Degree in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology in GMIT, Galway, as a mature student. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in horticulture.

Joe Kane, Horticulture