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.
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!
Dr. Cara T. Daly
Phone: 051 302076
Email: [email protected]
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|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Communication Skills and Computer Applications||Chemistry for Land Scientists|
|Horticulture Skills 1||Horticulture Building Construction|
|Plant Biology||Horticultural Mechanisation and Safety|
|Plant Knowledge 1||Horticulture Skills 2|
|Plant Protection||Plant Knowledge 2|
|Soil and Growing Media||Plant Propagation|
|Semester 3||Semester 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|
|*Nursery Stock Production|
|*Lab Skills for Plant Micro-Propagation (Waterford Only)|
|* = elective module|
|Electives are run subject to class sizes and timetable constraints. Some electives require prerequisites||Transfer students who have already undertaken placement as part of their previously completed qualification, will be required to complete semester 2 modules|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Horticulture Sales and Marketing||Arboriculture|
|Introduction to Scientific Writing and Data Analysis||Horticulture Project and Seminar|
|Managing your Business||Law for Horticulturists|
|People Management||Tax for Horticulture|
|Electives - choose one of the following which must be different from the choice made in year 2||Choose 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 2017:
Minimum entry requirements
5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: 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:
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
Garden maintenance contractors
Employment as gardeners in public parks and grounds
Gardeners in private and heritage gardens
Follow on study
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