PLC (Further Education)



Course Code
NFQ Type
1 Year
Full Time

Course Summary

This introductory horticultural course is suitable for people who wish to:

  • Make their careers in horticulture
  • Assess their area of preference in horticulture
  • Develop knowledge and skills in horticultural areas
  • Progress to an Advanced Certificate in Horticulture
  • Transfer to linked courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

The course consists of 28 weeks course work at a horticultural college and a four- week practical learning period with an approved horticultural unit. Course work concentrates on scientific and economic principles underlying horticulture and the application of these principles to particular enterprises.

The four-week practical training period may be in garden centres, nurseries, amenity parks, golf courses or fruit and vegetable production units.

This course prepares you for working in the following Career Sectors:

What will you study?

    Work Practice 5N1433
    Plant Protection 5N2546
    Plant Science 5N2528
    Plant Identification and Use 5N2527
    Soil Science and Growing Media 5N2530
    Personal Development module
    Wide range of elective modules
  • Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.
  • Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award
Note - results will show courses in the same Career Sector for your conveinence

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
COHOR 5M2586

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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