BSc in Horticulture (Kildalton College)

Bachelor of ScienceHorticulture (Kildalton College)

Full Time
2018 CAO range:
        191 - 544
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

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

Kildalton College - WD096

Students on this course study both at WIT and at Kildalton College, Piltown. The laboratory-based scientific and business modules are taken at WIT and the horticulturebased modules are taken at Kildalton. A free bus service operates between Kildalton and WIT.

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.

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.

Course Coordinator on the 'Sod Show'

Listen to what Cara Daly, course coordinator, has to say about studying the BSc in Horticulture at WIT.  A must-listen for all prospective students.

WIT students on the 'Sod Show'

Have a listen to the Sod Show, where Eddie Byrne, a third year student on horticulture course at WIT is interviewed.

Peter talks to Maura Clarke, horticulture student at Waterford Institute of Technology. She talks about what drives her to study horticulture and her continuous drive for knowledge and education. A pretty inspiring interview!

Course Coordinator                          

Dr. Cara T. Daly

Phone: 051 302076

Email: [email protected]

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Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Communication Skills and Computer ApplicationsChemistry for Land Scientists
Horticulture Skills 1Horticulture Building Construction
Plant BiologyHorticultural Mechanisation 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 Marketing Arboriculture
Introduction to Scientific Writing and Data Analysis Horticulture Project and Seminar
Managing your BusinessLaw for Horticulturists
People ManagementTax for Horticulture
Electives - choose one of the following which must be different from the choice made in year 2Choose one elective from group 1:
*Sustainable Food Production*Field Crop Prodution
*Landscape Design*Garden Centre Operations
*Nursery Stock Production*Greenkeeping
*Sportsturf Science*Landscape Design Advanced
*Lab Skills for Plant Micro-Propagation (Waterford Only)*Plants and Society
Choose one elective from group 2:
*Beekeeping and Pollination Studies
*Computer Aided Design
*Interior Landscaping and Floristry
* = elective module*Protected Crop Production
Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites*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 Level 5 and 6 with merit of distinction in the new Common award in Horticulture and who successfully complete bridging studies, can apply to transfer into Year 2.
  • 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 BSc in Horticulture (Kildalton College) 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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