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Cultivate Your Career in Horticulture & Landscape Design at CFE Dundrum

Certificate in Horticulture (Garden and Landscape Design)
QQI (FETAC) Level 5: Horticulture Code 5M2586
Duration: 1 year full-time

This course will provide students with a thorough practical knowledge of Horticulture
specialising in the Landscape and Design Industry.

Entry Requirements:
Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. For mature students, experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. People suffering from a physical disability such as back/knee injury would not be considered suitable for this course. Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview

Programme of Study:

  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Identification & Use
  • Work Practice
  • Communications
  • Garden Design
  • Landscape Construction & Maintenance
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)

Work Placement:
Practical experience is an integral part of the course. The College has established the following practices to enhance learner’s exposure to horticulture:
Regular horticultural practice and design advice at the National Garden Exhibition Centre Kilquade
Building of a real garden for a charitable organisation
Weekly garden maintenance in different locations throughout the year
Possible participation in Bloom at the Phoenix Park

QQI (FETAC) Level 5: Horticulture Code 5M2586

Career Opportunities:
A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in Domestic Landscaping, Private Gardens, Public Parks and Nurseries

Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Institute of Technology Blanchardstown or to a degree programme in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture or Botany. 

Testimonials from past students: 

Milan Orlovic

CFE Dundrum has a well organized team of lecturers. Adequate support from CFE staff was excellent ignition for our burning passion! Garden design course is tailored perfectly to balance theory and practical work. I enjoyed it every single day and strongly recommend to everyone! After completing the Fetac Level 5 at CFE Dundrum I furthered my career in Senior College, Dun Laoghaire

Charles Kennedy

The education that I received in C.F.E. Dundrum both in theory and practical application was absolutely excellent. The course tutors were excellent in every module that was covered on the course and in my opinion they operated at way above Level 5 and left me with great confidence to apply for further study with Teagasc on a level 6 course.

I would strongly recommend to any person who is looking for a change of career or to improve their knowledge of Garden Design to apply for this course.

Eamon Byrne

"I studied Garden and Landscape Design in Dundrum College of Further Education in 2011/12 and really enjoyed it. It gave me a great introduction to horticulture and garden design. Last year I progressed to study Horticulture Level 6 with Teagasc in the National Botanic Gardens Dublin and found my prior studies in Dundrum a great advantage with this new course. This year I am looking forward to entering the second year of the degree in Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens Dublin."

Source: Cultivate Your Career in Horticulture & Landscape Design at CFE Dundrum