BSc in Horticulture (National Botanic Gardens)

Bachelor of ScienceHorticulture (National Botanic Gardens)

Code:
WD097
Delivery:
Full Time
2018 CAO range:
        219 - 555
Level:
7
Campus:
Botanic Gardens
Duration:
3 years
Credits:
180 ECTS

Lectures and course delivery takes place in Dublin (National Botanic Gardens)


What is Horticulture?

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.

What is the BSc in Horticulture course?

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.

Graduates are deemed to have achieved the equivalent of the Green Cert for Stamp Duty exemption or land transfer for young farmers

National Botanic Gardens - WD097

Students on this course will be based in the Teagasc College at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Please note that some modules may be delivered at other Teagasc facilities such as Kinsealy or Ashtown.If you want to study in Waterford there is a separate course taught jointly with Teagasc at Kildalton College - WD096.

BSc in Horticulture placement

In year 2, one semester is spent on placement either in Ireland or abroad. This is an opportunity for you to see and implement the key horticultural skills you have learnt in college.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Communication Skills and Computer ApplicationsChemistry for Land Scientists
Horticulture Skills 1Horticulture Building Construction
Plant BiologyHorticultural Mechanization and Safety
Plant Knowledge 1Horticulture Skills 2
Plant ProtectionPlant Knowledge 2
Soil and Growing MediaPlant Propagation
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Biodiversity and Horticulture Placement
Financial Analysis for Your Business
Garden Management and Plant Selection
Choose one of the following Major electives:
*Sustainable Food Production
*Landscape Design
*Nursery Stock Production
*Sportsturf Science
*Lab Skills for Plant Micro-Propagation (Waterford Only)
* = elective module
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisitesTransfer students who have already undertaken placement as part of their previously completed qualification, will be required to complete semester 2 modules
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Horticulture Sales and MarketingArboriculture
Introduction to Scientific Writing and Data Analysis Horticulture Project and Seminar
Managing your BusinessLaw for Horticulturists
People ManagementTax for Horticulture
Electives - choose 1 of the following which must be different from the choice made in year 2Choose one elective from group 1:
*Sustainable Food Production*Field Crop Production
*Landscape Design*Garden Centre Operations
*Nursery Stock Production*Greenkeeping
*Sportsturf Science*Landscaping Design Advanced
*Lab Skills for Plant Micro-Propagation (Waterford Only)*Plants and Society
Choose one elective from group 2:
* = elective module*Beekeeping and Pollination Studies
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites*Computer Aided Design
*Interior Landscaping and Floristry
*Protected Crop Production
*Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

Leaving Certificate 2018:

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:

Graduates from the BSc in Horticulture may find employment in fields such as:

  • Greenkeeping - maintenance of golfcourses 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

Follow on study for BSc in Horticulture graduates:

WD158 - BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Horticulture

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