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DN272
Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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Horticulture is the art, science, technology and business of plant cultivation for human use. If you like biology or other science subjects, or you’re interested in business studies, home economics or languages, then this course may be for you.

The course covers the sciences, environmental studies, business management and communications, as well as growing food and non-food plants.

Students study core sceince subjects in first year, and then develop their horticultural knowledge with specialist modules in subsequent years.

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It will give you an appreciation of the importance of plants for human life and well-being. The course covers the sciences, environmental studies, business, management and communications, as well as growing food and non-food plants. Landscape & Sportsturf Management focuses on the science behind developing and maintaining Ireland’s designed landscapes, golf courses, tennis courts and sport pitches. The objectives of this degree are to give you:

  • Knowledge of the growth, development and protection of plants, and use of plants for food, leisure, sports, social and environmental benefits
  • An understanding of horticultural plant production systems and how their components are integrated and managed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner
  • The skills to become a competent, competitive and confident leader who will excel in the national or global horticulture community as a professional horticulturist or horticultural scientist


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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
COHOR  5M2586  Horticulture
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CASHX    Horticulture

Essential Module Requirements:
CASLT - LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
5M3807 - LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:


C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or min O6/H7 in LCE MathsAnd any two from:


C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics


CASHX - HORTICULTURE
5M2586 - HORTICULTURE

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:


C20049 - Plant Science
or 5N2528 - Plant Science

C20055 - Soil Science & Growing Media
or 5N2530 - Soil Science and Growing Media

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or min O6/H7 in LCE Maths
C20190 - Plant Identification & Use
or 5N2527 - Plant Identification and Use

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This degree maintains strong links with the horticulture industry. Career opportunities include management, technical advisory, consultation, research, quality assurance and sales or marketing positions, working for companies or within your own business.

Opportunities also exist in state, semi-state, EU and international organisations. Your transferable skills will make you highly employable in other industries. Master’s and PhD degrees are also available.



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