Fulltime Classroom Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary

Mount Congreve Horticulture 5M2586 – 2024/25

This one-year course will prepare students to work in the Horticulture industry. This is the ideal starting point for a successful and fulfilling career in horticulture which covers a varied range of individual sectors and specialisms.

Students will study and be located fulltime at the newly established Mount Congreve School of Horticulture with its dedicated training facilities and classroom located in a wing of the main house. Be among the first generation of horticulturalists to study and qualify at the world-famous Mount Congreve Gardens. Undertake your training in one of the “Great Gardens of the World” and study amongst the vast botanical plant collections, four acre walled garden, Georgian glasshouses, wetlands, and beautiful woodland gardens all of which presents unique opportunity to experience a variety of microclimates and plant growing conditions.

Target Award

QQI Horticulture – 5M2586

Start Date: 22-04-2024 Hours/week: 33 Hrs 15 Mins Duration: 48 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English
Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway
Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners)
*Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Age Requirements
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)

Learning Aptitude
The programme will suit learners who have identified their career pathway and are seeking to further develop their key employment-related, transferable and vocational skills, knowledge and competence.

Previous Experience

Module Award Body
Work Practice – Generic (Community) Work Practice (5N1433) QQI
Soil Science And Growing Media Soil Science & Growing Media (5N2530) QQI
Plant Protection Plant Protection (5N2546) QQI
Plant Identification And Use Plant Identification & Use (5N2527) QQI
Plant Science Plant Science (5N2528) QQI
Teamworking 5N1367 Teamworking (5N1367) QQI
Plant Propagation (5N2547) Plant Propagation (5N2547) QQI
Fruit And Vegetable Production (5N2552) Fruit & Vegetable Production (5N2552) QQI
Ornamental Horticulture Ornamental Horticulture (5N2548) QQI
The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the relevant knowledge, skills, and competences to carry out common horticulture operations independently under direction in a range of horticulture sectors linked to local employment opportunities.

The course covers key areas of horticultural theory alongside practical skills training while also seeking to enhance students’ professional, creative and inter-personal skills. It is an intense 48 week programme, which requires a high level of commitment, attendance and enthusiasm for horticulture and working outdoors.

Graduates will gain a broad range of knowledge of horticultural and plant care techniques working with historical plant collections. The programme will provide students with understanding of the needs of a range of plant types and horticultural contexts and provision for them in accordance with recommended best practice.

The programme has been developed to enable students acquire the relevant knowledge, skills, and competences to carry out horticulture operations independently across a core range of horticulture skills linked to employment opportunities in the Horticulture industry with local employers.


Mount Congreve


Mount Congreve Gardens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford, X91PX05

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Dominika McCarthy


087 7191422