Higher Cert in Professional Horticulture Practice (TU Dublin Year 2)

Running in conjunction with Technological University Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus), NOTS are providing reduced-cost funding for the 2-year, part-time Higher Certificate in Science in Professional Horticulture Practice (NFQ Level 6).

This 2 year course will be delivered via a blended hybrid of online / distance learning classes and on-site learning.


NOTE: This course page is for Year 2 students. For Year 1 Enrolment, please click here.

Schedule: Online Lectures (synchronous/live and also recorded & available after lecture session) : Tues & Thurs 6pm-9pm; Classes on site every 2nd Saturday, 9am-4pm ; 1 week per Summer (in June) 9am-5pm

Course Aims:

The purpose of the Higher Certificate Award in Horticulture is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to embark upon a rewarding career in the Horticulture industry and in the wider Horticulture sector. Successful practice in this area requires a combination of scientific knowledge, technological know-how, and creative design skills – all in the context of an understanding of the industry perspective.

This programme aims to provide this combination of skills and knowledge, and in doing so to put it certificate holders in an ideal position to operate effectively within the sector.

Cost: €1,970 per year (The price is all inclusive and includes all course material and exam entry fees. Please contact our office on 071 9640688 if you have any queries.)

PLEASE NOTE: Before registering, please contact TU Dublin to inform them that you are applying for NOTS funding.

The full cost of the course is €2,625 per year. However, with NOTS funding, members will only pay the reduced fee of €1,970 payable directly to NOTS. Places and NOTS funding are limited, and enrolment is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so we encourage you to register as soon as you can.


Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • A pass in five subjects (ordinary level) to include Mathematics and English or Irish. Foundation level maths at B2 or higher counts as a subject towards the five passes. Or any full level 5 award.
  • Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.
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