Coláiste an Chreagáin



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Course Outline

Our QQI Level 4 Horticulture Major Award introduces the learners to the science, technology, art and business of cultivating and using plants to improve human life. Horticulturists and Horticultural Scientists create global solutions for safe, sustainable, nutritious food and healthy, restorative and beautiful environments.

This course at QQI Level 4 is aimed at learners who wish to know more about gardening, either for hobby purposes or to pursue a career in the Horticulture Sector. This course provides learners with an excellent foundation for progression to further education/training and employment in this sector.

It is a practical ‘Hands On’ course which will teach you about growing vegetables, plants, planting, seed choices, managing pest control, pruning, composting and soil matters. Practical work takes place in a 20 Metre Polythene Tunnel. Strong emphasis on growing food crops, tree and shrub identification and garden maintenance.


The modules are chosen so learners are well equipped to implement all the basics required to know about Horticulture in Ireland. Students will have to complete 7 modules for the major award

  • Plant Identification Care in Maintenance 4N1186
  • Growing Vegetables 4N0671
  • Growing Fruit 4N0668
  • Safe Horticultural Practice 4N0719
  • Establishing Trees & Shrubs 4N0666
  • Communications - 4N0689
  • Work Experience - 4N1168

Work Experience

Work practice takes place throughout the academic year. Learners find their practice in various garden centres, nurseries, organic vegetable growers, florists, private and public gardens.

How this Course is Taught

The course is delivered through ongoing practical projects and tutorials. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated and disciplined through ongoing academic achievement and tutor feedback.

Colaiste and Chreagain has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.
  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course, learners will be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the Horticulture Sector.

Third Level Progression

Students that complete the Level 4 in Horticulture have the option to progress to a QQI Level 5

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


  • fees for this year have been waivered by the government so there are no fees to complete this course

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact GRETB.

Please Note

Colaiste an Chreagain reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.


"I found the Erasmus program thought provoking, educational, immersive and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Without the Erasmus program I would probably never have visited Malaga. I am grateful to all concerned who gave me this wonderful opportunity and I plan on returning. I loved experiencing the Spanish food and culture and the people are really special."

-Madeleine Shinnick, Horticulture

"The college as a whole was so welcoming. The teachers were so encouraging and supportive and I really feel they invested a lot of extra time and energy in helping me progress and succeed on completing the course. It was great to be in a creative and positive environment, gaining new friendships with like-minded people"

-Aileen Heverin, Horticlture

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25 2024
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