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Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture

Sustainable Horticulture/Permaculture is a science based course offering a practical and wide-ranging learning experience in a unique and thriving college community. Kinsale has a strong tradition of food and farming, as well as providing a near-idyllic environment for exploring ecology and the natural environment. The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, master classes from a range of visiting specialists and group project work.

Course Topics:Permaculture Design - Market Gardening - Woodland Management - Green Building - Plant and Soil Science
Course Code:5M2586
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered
in lieu of formal qualifications.
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum
entry requirements set out and attended for interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Mr. Donal Chambers
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture Kinsale Campus

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Graduates from the course will be well equipped to pursue a range of employment and business opportunities. Several past students now supply fresh vegetables from their market gardens to customers and restaurants around the Kinsale area. Other opportunities are available in diverse fields including ecology, environmental education, plant nurseries, garden centres, landscape design and sustainable resource management.


Further Studies


Students who successfully complete the Level 5 Award in Sustainable Horticulture will be eligible to apply for the Level 6 Award in Kinsale College.

• BA in Sustainable Resource Management, Tipperary Institute
• BSc Horticulture, Cork Institute of Technology
• BSc Herbal Science, Cork Institute of Technology
• WIT/Kildalton College: BSc Horticulture
• WIT/National Botanic Gardens: BSc Horticulture
• UCD: BAgrSc Hons Horticulture, Landscape and Sports Turf Management
• UCD: BSc Hons Landscape Architecture 


Other Info

Course Targets

Participants will be required to undertake 40 days of work placement in a suitable environment. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


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Student Experiences

“The two years I spent doing the Permaculture/Sustainable Horticulture Course at Kinsale Further Education College were an amazing experience of learning in new creative ways, with lots of practical experience and an exciting mix of classroom lessons, guest speakers and field trips. The college has a very supportive atmosphere and a great community feeling to it. I’m glad I chose to do the course.”
Sophie, Permaculture.
“This course is of the highest importance for those who have an interest in earthcare .It is taught by teachers who have not only knowledge but also experience that is invaluable when it comes to teaching various methods and skills to an international group of students of varying experience all of whom contribute to a very unique and sought after course”
James Daly