Course Description

Level 7 BSc in Horticulture

Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture

BSc in Horticulture (Level 7)

This is a 3 year full-time course designed to train you as a professional horticulturist. Horticulturist work in many different areas – managing garden centres, designing gardens, growing fruit and vegetables, maintaining parks, working on golf courses or as horticultural therapists.

What are the aims of the course

This course is based in the College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin and Ashtown Horticultural Research Centre. This provides the perfect setting for a horticultural course and is run in collaboration with the State funded National organisation, Teagasc. We train professional horticulturists for the industry.

What subjects will I study?

Year 1

Plant biology, soil science, plant identification, pest control, propagation and horticultural machinery along with introductory modules of computers and communication skills.

Year 2

Biodiversity and plant use along with one major elective in the following categories.

  • Landscape design
  • Nursery stock production
  • Market gardening
  • Turfgrass

Along with a minor elective in floristry, protected crops and garden management.

Year 3

Horticultural business subjects, along with extensive research in an area of interest. A choice of a different major elective from year 2 and two of the following minor electives.

  • Garden centre operation
  • CAD
  • Greenkeeping
  • Landscape Design Advanced
  • Horticulture quality assurance
  • Interior Landscaping
  • Field Crop Production
  • Horticulture Therapy.

These electives are offered subject to adequate class numbers. Please note some electives require prerequisite modules.

What are the unique features of the course?

The collaboration with WIT and Teagasc allows the student to benefit from the skills and expertise of Teagasc staff who have trained horticulturists for over 30 years. There is unique access to the Botanic Gardens Plant collection, opportunities to work on the grounds in a range of plant habitats both indoor and outdoor. If you want to learn about plants and gardening from the experts, then this is the course for you. In year two you will spend a semester on placement with a registered company either in Ireland or abroad. This is an opportunity for students to implement key horticultural skills learnt in college. There are links with Ohio State University and every year students work abroad.

Students who already hold a qualification who wish to upskill may be eligible to fast track into year 2 or 3 of the programme. Please contact us for more information.


Please apply through CAO.

Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code WD097
College Name Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture
Course Category Agriculture & Veterinary, Horticulture
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Course Location Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 9
Course Start Date 24th August 2020
Course End Date 31st May 2021
Course Duration 5 days a week.
Course Times Academic year Sept to May.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding BSc
Entry Requirements Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Horticulture: 5 subjects: O6/H7 English or Irish: O6/H7 Mathematics: O6/H7 Students with a Level 5 or Level 6 with merit of distinction in the new Common award in Horticulture and who sucessfully complete bridging studies, can apply to transfer into Year 2 of the BSc. in Horticulture Students who have completed the old National Diploma or Certificate in Horticulture under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, ACOT or Teagasc can apply to transfer into Year 3. Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Horticulture: Advanced Entry - Years 2,3,4 or 5 Non-EU Applicants QQI FET/FETAC Entry QQI FET Progression Entry Route Mature Entry Route
Career Path Horticulture is a diverse industry and there is an increasing demand for trained horticulturists. Roles of graduates include •Gardeners in public parks •Landscape design •Landscape construction •Greenkeeping – sportsfields & golf courses •Nursery stock production – producing plants for the horticultural industry. •Garden maintenance contractors •Food production •Gardeners in private and heritage gardens •Garden centres.
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Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture

Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin, Dublin D09 VY63 (our college is located on the grounds of The National Botanic Gardens), Dublin, Ireland

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Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin, Dublin D09 VY63 (our college is located on the grounds of The National Botanic Gardens), Dublin, Ireland