Galway Community College
Further Education




QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M2586

Co-ordinator: Sean O'Loughlin


Course Outline

This PLC horticulture course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of horticulture and the skills to pursue a career in this sector.


  • Landscape Construction and Maintenance - 5N1908
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production - 5N2552
  • Soil Science and Growing Media - 5N2530
  • Plant Identification and Use - 5N2527
  • Ornamental Horticulture - 5N2548
  • Communications - 5N0690
  • Plant Protection - 5N2546
  • Plant Science - 5N2528
  • Work Practice - 5N1433


€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

Work practice takes place throughout the academic year. Students find their practice in various garden centres, nurseries, organic vegetable growers, florists, private and public gardens

Special Features

Suitable for beginners and those who want to broaden their knowledge of horticulture. Practical hands on course to learn how to grow your own vegetables, trees and shrubs. Practical work takes place in a 20 Metre Polythene Tunnel. Strong emphasis on growing food crops, tree and shrub identification and garden maintenance.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

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 091 755464
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