/, Level 5/Horticulture

QQI Level 5
This course creates an awareness of the viability of growing your own. The course has been very successful in the College for the past number of years. The course concentrates on the growing of food crops, trees, shrubs and decorative plants. It gives an introduction to Plant Identification and Landscaping, which could lead to a career in garden design. This course is designed for applicants who wish to progress to degree level to study horticulture or landscaping. It will also suit the hobby grower who may be considering expanding into a viable area of business and it is ideal for wishing to work in General Horticulture. The emphasis will be on practical work with the use of the school garden and poly-tunnel for growing food and ornamental crops. Chemical use will be kept to a minimum for personal and environmental safety.


Michael Burke

(028) 21644

1 year

QQI Level 5 Award

€500 including QQI examination fees (Medical Card holders are exempt from €250)

  •  Plant identification and use 5N2527
  •  Soil Science and growing media 5N2530
  •  Plant Science 5N2528
  •  Work Practice 5N1433
  •  Plant Protection 5N2546
  •  Landscape Construction & Maintenance 5N1908
  •  Fruit & Vegetable Production 5N2552
  •  Word Processing 5N1356
  •  Communications 5N0690
  •  Leaving Certificate or equivalent/Mature students
  •  Interview
  •  Short written account of a home garden/any aspect of horticulture (optional)

This is a one year full time course from September to May. Candidates must complete work experience as this is an integral part of the course where students get an opportunity to sample the work environment.

The full QQI Level 5 award facilitates entry, on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. These include:

  • BSc Horticulture, CIT
  • BSc (Hons) Herbal Science, CIT
  • BSc Horticulture, WIT

Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

Other courses: Agriculture, Planning and Environmental Management.

Employment in a garden centre and plant nurseries/Garden and park maintenance/self employment.

“I had worked in the gardening and landscaping industry in the past but had no formal qualification in the area. The horticulture course in West Cork Campus provided me with the opportunity to secure that qualification as well as work in an area I enjoyed and had some previous knowledge of. I found the course to be very beneficial and as well as improving my practical skills such as pruning and planting, the course opened my eyes to the science behind the work I was involved in. Since completing the horticulture course I am working in Lissard House and gardens in Skibbereen where I use the knowledge I gained in Rossa College on a daily basis.”

Garret O´Driscoll, Horticulture

I completed the FETAC level 5 Horticulture course in Rossa College in 2016. I found the course to be well organised, fascinating and fun, giving a good grounding in all areas of horticulture.

I also found it to be an excellent re-introduction to education and the discipline necessary for successful study. It inspired me to go on to further education and I am now studying for a Level 8 Degree in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology in GMIT, Galway, as a mature student. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in horticulture.

Joe Kane, Horticulture