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WD096
Horticulture (Waterford - Kildalton)

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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Horticulture is a very diverse industry and career opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas, from producing plants for garden centres, working on golf courses, landscaping, through to fruit and vegetable production. Many horticulturists are managers or self-employed and need business as well as horticultural skills.

This is a three year full-time course designed to train professional horticulturists. The course is run in conjunction with Teagasc. Students can choose to study in Waterford at WIT and Teagasc, Kildalton College OR they can study in Dublin at the Teagasc College in the National Botanic Gardens. There are separate CAO codes for the Waterford and Dublin locations.

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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Graduates from this course may find employment in fields such as:

  • Greenkeeping - maintenance of golf courses and sports fields

  • Nursery stock production - producing plants for  the horticultural industry           

  • Landscape construction                                                               

  • Landscape design

  • Garden maintenance contractors

  • Employment as gardeners in public parks and grounds

  • Gardeners in private and heritage gardens

  • Food production

  • Garden centres



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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food

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