College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens
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|Higher Education Course
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture WD097 - Level 7
This Course is run in association with Waterford Institute of Technology
This is a three year, full-time BSc in Horticulture. All components of the course are delivered and examined in the Teagasc College in the Botanic Gardens .
The College of Amenity Horticulture is located at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. We are the longest established College of Horticulture in Ireland. There is a rich tradition of training people which stretches back to 1812 when the first apprentices were taken on in the gardens to learn the craft of Horticulture. This tradition continues to this day with a strong collaboration between the OPW gardening staff and the Teagasc students who work hand in hand on the Botanic Gardens campus.
Our aim is to train students for employment in the amenity horticulture industry. We provide our training in association with OPW, Dublin Municipal Parks departments and the Golfing Union of Ireland.
Currently we are providing training for 300 students between all our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students. The College of Amenity Horticulture is non-residential with students finding accommodation in the locality.
While on courses, students are trained in the theory and practice of horticulture and get an opportunity to work in a practical way alongside skilled horticulturalists as part of their training.
Graduates of our courses contribute in many sectors of the horticulture industry, such as, landscape design and construction, garden centres, parks, estate gardens, grounds maintenance and greenkeeping.
All aspects of Horticulture are being studied on our programmes at all levels and prospective students should contact the college directly or attend a careers and course day to find out more information.
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Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds including both school leavers and adults who are looking to change career. We welcome all students from all backgrounds who have a passion for horticulture and wish to engage in seeking employment in the field of horticulture. All students of Glasnevin become part of a large community of learners that have trained in the National Botanic Gardens and develop lifelong friends and colleagues as a result of their time spent there.
Work opportunities in the Hort sector are very strong currently. Jobs in Landscaping, nurseries, garden centres, golf courses and in the commercial food sector are available to students. We have found through student surveys that up to 88% of students got employment within three months after graduating from the college in the Hort sector. This is a very positive indicator of what employment opportunities are available in Horticulture currently.
As horticulture is a very practical discipline we have a period of work placement built in to the delivery on each of our full time programmes. We are fortunate that the National Botanic Gardens is a close partner that facilitates our students on their work experience. The students work side by side with the gardening staff on the grounds in first year of their programme. We also have a large number of host companies that take students as part of their work experience in the degree programme in year two. These companies are spread across the Hort sectors in landscape, nursery, amenity and commercial areas.
Each year we hold a career’s fair in the college in March which allows students to connect with industry and network about possible employment opportunities when they graduate. Companies from each of the major disciplines are represented and talk to students about prospective employment in their respective areas. The college through its placement links would have a large network of industry links which serves as a very strong resource when promoting employment opportunities with students.
Our college is located on the grounds of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and Ashtown. We have new classrooms, science laboratory, drawing studio and computer suite. Students have access to the botanic library and a designated study area.