Glenealy IT Centre

Biodiversity And Organic Horticulture Courses

Biodiversity and organic horticulture courses at Glenealy IT Centre

Here at Glenealy IT Centre we are passionate about organic horticulture and biodiversity. We have been developing and running accredited horticulture courses in Wicklow for 10 years. Our accredited biodiversity courses reflects our belief in the natural world as a sustainable resource. 

We run the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Organic Horticulture, which includes a biodiversity module. In addition, we now run the biodiversity module – Biodiversity and the Natural Environment QQI Level 5 – as a 12 week, part-time course delivered via blended learning. This short course will also include the study of horticultural science. 

Students will develop organic gardening skills by growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.  Learning also involves demonstrations, field trips and classroom lectures (in addition to online learning for the Biodiversity short course). 

Bloom Gold Award garden

Glenealy IT Centre students and their tutor (from the KWETB funded QQI Level 5 Major Organic Horticulture course) were involved in the award winning “Moving Forward” Cheshire Homes garden at Bloom.

Check out the Organic Horticulture and Biodiversity course page to see a video of their tutor, Mike, talk about this award winning garden’s design concept.

Bloom award winning garden students from horticulture courses at Glenealy IT Centre were involved with

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The skills learned on this course will include knowledge of organic production, plant propagation, fruit and vegetable production, biodiversity and the natural environment and a broad range of horticultural skills. There will be a particular focus on organic and environmentally sensitive techniques and varieties relevant to the Wicklow area. 

The modules on this course are components of QQI Level 5 Organic Horticulture Major Award 5M2586.

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Biodiversity is the variety of all life on earth, its communities and habitat. Each species depends on the services provided by other species to ensure survival, and declining biodiversity is a concern. Our biodiversity course explores the natural environment as a sustainable resource, with particular reference to the Wicklow area. Students will also study horticultural science.

This is a 12 week, part-time course. It will be delivered via blended learning, a combination of in-class and online learning. Students will be taught how to use the digital media required for online learning. Find out more about blended learning at Glenealy IT Centre.

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded two minor QQI awards- Level 5 Biodiversity and the Natural Environment and Level 4 Horticulture Science.

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DEASP funding available dependent on criteria. Please contact us for further details.