Glenealy IT Centre

Organic Horticulture And Biodiversity

A student tending plants on the Organic Horticulture course at Glenealy IT Centre Wicklow
6 students sowing seeds on the Organic Horticulture course at Glenealy IT Centre Wicklow
5 students and tutor in polytunnel Organic Horticulture course at Glenealy IT Centre Wicklow
8 students and tutor in garden Organic Horticulture course at Glenealy IT Centre Wicklow
2 students tending plants in polytunnel on Organic Horticulture course at Glenealy IT Centre Wicklow
Organic vegetables produced by students on the Organic Horticulture course at Glenealy IT Centre Wicklow

QQI accredited

The modules studied on this organic horticulture course are components of QQI Organic Horticulture Major Award 5M2586. Credits can be carried forward for participants who wish to progress.

Course aim

The aim of this organic horticulture course is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for employment in horticultural production and environmental management. 

Course content

This course is practical and hands on, enabling the student to develop organic growing skills, growing fruit, vegetables and herbs the healthy organic way, as well as pollinator and environmentally friendly ornamental horticulture. It features classroom-based lectures, demonstrations, field trips and tours.

The QQI Modules included in this organic horticulture course are:

  • 5N2553 Biodiversity and the Natural Environment. Click here for more information
  • 5N2530 Soil Science and Growing Media. Click here for more information
  • 5N2547 Plant Propagation. Click here for more information
  • 5N2552 Fruit and Vegetable Production. Click here for more information

Dates & times

Ongoing.  30 weeks,  18 hours per week. Days and times to be confirmed, subject to the ongoing Covid 19 situation.

Cost & funding

Students can participate on this organic horticulture course for free, subject to criteria. Fully funded by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB). Please enquire for further details. 

Cheshire Ireland "Moving Forward" garden - Bloom 2019 Gold Award winner

This short film was made by Mark Hetherington, a graduate of our Film Production Course.

Our Organic Horticulture tutor and students were involved in building the Cheshire Ireland garden. Their tutor, Mike, talks about this Bloom award winning garden’s design concept.

Testimonial

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. There was a perfect balance between practical and theory work and a lovely atmosphere between staff and students of varying backgrounds and abilities. I gained a lot of confidence, knowledge and experience which enabled me to secure work in this area and instilled in me a passion for horticulture and biodiversity. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone with an interest. 

Donna Carolan