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Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture

The QQI Level 6 Sustainable Horticulture/ Permaculture Award provides a strong base for developing professional skills in market gardening, nursery stock production, tree and shrub management, sustainable landscape design, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Course Topics: Tree and Shrub Management - Market Gardening - Nursery Stock production - Leadership - Sustainable Horticulture
Course Code:6M4334
Entry requirements:1. For entry to Level 6 a full QQI Level 5 in a complementary area or relevant experience
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 here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Donal Chambers
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture Kinsale Campus

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Career Opportunities

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Nurseries, Market Gardens, Landscaping, Conservation, Start your own business, Environmental Education, Garden Centres, and Sustainable Resource Management.



Education Progression Opportunities


Those completing a Level 6 Award in Sustainable Horticulture may be eligible to enter directly into 2nd year of the Horticulture Degree in Cork Institute of Technology via the Cork Colleges Progression Scheme. The following courses can also be applied for;

• Tree surgery course available in Tree Care Ireland, Chainsaw Training, Forestry and Treecare Training, Treeclimbing and Expert Tree Services, Safety Services
• 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 


Work Placement/Experience

Work Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 220 hours of work placement in a suitable area. The college will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


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Student Experiences

“I have found the course at Kinsale to be very helpful in giving me practical skills and theoretical knowledge on all aspects of horticulture from propagation to harvest and skills from coppicing to cobbing. The available indoor growing space has doubled this year and I plan to return for the second year Level 6 course in 2014. It has given me a lot of confidence with growing and grown my understanding of not only plants and soil but also the larger decisions and technologies driving sustainability and horticulture around the world. The field trips to a coppice, smallholdings, native woodland and practical craft introductions were personal highlights. ”
James Bermingham Galway
“It has been a real life-changing experience, learning invaluable skills thanks to the top quality teachers, meeting friends for life, and turning a hobby into an occupation. Now I am at the beginning of a career as a tree surgeon/ arborist and in the near future as a part time tree nursery manager aiming to grow and sell up to 50,000 native Irish trees annually. ”
Dave Foley, L6 graduate 2014, Cork