Market Gardening

/, Level 5/Market Gardening

QQI Level 5

This course creates an awareness of the viability of growing your own. It concentrates on the growing of food crops, trees, shrubs, decorative plants and flowers for commercial enterprise. The emphasis will be on practical work in general horticulture and floriculture with the use of the college grounds and polytunnels for growing food and ornamental crops. Students will learn how to design and create effective retail displays of their produce, including the production of trade stands and floral display designs. The knowledge of Plant identification and the protection of plants will enable students to work confidently in their work experience and in the work place.


1 year

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Floristry  5M2686

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

  • Plant Identification & use         5N2527
  • Soil Science & Growing Media 5N2530
  • Plant Science                                5N2528
  • Work Experience                       5N1356
  • Floriculture                                  5N1481
  • Retail Floristry                            5N1896
  • Fruit & Veg Production             5N2552
  • Word Processing                       5N1356
  • Retail Display                              5N1861
  • Customer Service                      5N0972
  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirements. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this courses is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirement set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

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:

  • CIT: Agriculture (CR010)IT Tralee: Agricultural Science (TL748)WIT: Horticulture (WD096 and WD097)

Further details are available from the relevant institutions.

Other courses: Agriculture, Planning and Environmental Management.

Garden Retailing, Market Gardener, self-employment, garden maintenance, commercial production of fruit & vegetables, commercial production of floriculture, plants & forest, trainee florist

“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