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Horticulture Certificate
Leading to a full award at QQI Level 4 Horticulture

This course is for those who wish :

  • To return to education and give themselves the opportunity to explore the options available to them, while gaining valuable skills and confidence.
  • To explore new vocational areas such as Horticulture
  • Develop confidence in your ability to progress on to further education and employment


Entry Requirements:

    Applicant should:
  • Be confident at reading, writing and spelling.
  • Have Level 3 Certificate, Junior Certificate or equivalent qualification
    Recognition of prior learning or work experience in the field may be taken        into account should you not have a QQI Level 3 or Junior Certificate


Additional Requirements:

  • Be reasonably competent and comfortable with reading, writing and spelling in English
  • Basic computer skills e.g. word processing, internet and email are required
  • Be able to work effectively - in a group situation and independently
  • Attend all timetabled classes for the duration of the programme
  • Participate in all planned programme activities
  • Study at home regularly and appropriately for the duration of the programme
  • Attend Study Revision Skills Course

Eligibility Criteria: 


The course is free to participants who:


·         Are in receipt of any DSP payment or have a medical card.

·         Do not have a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

·         Are on a very low income.


A limited number of places may be available to other participants.  See Co-ordinator for further details.

Programme Content:


90 credits required for Major QQI Level 4 Award.             




Plant Identification Care & Maintenance - 4N1186    

Establishing Trees & Shrubs – 4N0666

Communications - 4N0689

Growing Fruit - 4N0668

Information Technology Skills - 4N1125        

Growing Vegetables - 4N0671

Teamworking - 4N1169

Customer Service 4N1989

 Components subject to change

Safe Horticultural Practice - 4N0719






Learner Supports:

The following supports are available to learners who participate on this course:

  • Study Skills Revision Class will be provided and is recommended for all participants.
  • Access to KWETB Adult Guidance Service.
  • Support for students through the Adult Basic Education Service if required.
  • Wheelchair accessibility.


Application Procedure:

Places are allocated based on successfully meeting the eligibility criteria, learner need, learner suitability for the programme and places available.


Prospective students will:

  • Fill in an Application Form.
  • Attend for interview.

Progression Options:

Please contact: 

Anne McGrath
VTOS/BTEI Co-ordinator West Wicklow,
Blessington Further Education Centre,
Mobile: 086 8503833
Phone: 045 851490