Renewed Emphasis Specially on PERMACULTURE & New Course Co-ordinator


Sustainable Horticulture- Permaculture Design- Market Gardening- Woodland Management- Green Building- Plant and Soil Science
Course Code: 5M2586
Entry requirements: Leaving Cert or equivalent. Mature students welcome.
Course Duration: 1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Co-ordinator: Mr. Donal Chambers
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Sustainable Horticulture/ Permaculture is a science based course offering a practical and wide-ranging learning experience in a unique and thriving college community.

Kinsale has a strong tradition of food and farming, as well as providing a near-idyllic environment for exploring ecology and the natural environment.

The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, master classes from a range of visiting specialists and group project work.

Practical Aspects of the Course:

  • The development of the college grounds along permaculture design principles.
  • Working in the college herb and vegetable gardens.
  • Landscaping and practicing green building techniques.

The emphasis of the course is on practical skills that students can apply in their own lives and gain professional qualifications to access employment, developing their careers or continuing to 3rd level courses in horticulture, landscape design or related subjects.

The course is useful to anyone interested in landscape design, organic horticulture, community development, environmental education and sustainable resource management, and can lead to work or further training in these areas.

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Modules info &codes:

Permaculture Design: 5N1617
Plant Protection: 5N2546
Plant Science:
Plant Identification & Use: 5N2527
Soil Science & Growing Media: 5N2530
Organic Production: 5N2549
Biodiversity and the Natural Environment: 5N2547
Work Practice: 5N1433
Team Working: 5N0690

How to apply/Application deadline:

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2016 for all courses commencing in September 2016. Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June. To apply, simply download an application form and forward to the College.


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Career Opportunities


Graduates from the course will be well equipped to pursue a range of employment and business opportunities. Several past students now supply fresh vegetables from their market gardens to customers and restaurants around the Kinsale area. Other opportunities are available in diverse fields including ecology, environmental education, plant nurseries, garden centres, landscape design and sustainable resource management.

Further Studies Opportunities


Students who successfully complete the Level 5 Award in Sustainable Horticulture will be eligible to apply for the Level 6 Award.

  • 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

Student Experiences


“The two years I spent doing the Practical Sustainability Course/Permaculture at Kinsale Further Education College were an amazing experience of learning in new creative ways, with lots of practical experience and an exciting mix of classroom lessons, guest speakers and field trips. The college has a very supportive atmosphere and a great community feeling to it. I’m glad I chose to do the course.”
Sophie, Permaculture.

Other Info


Full Award FETAC Level 5 Horticulture:

Plant Protection-Permaculture Design- Plant Identification and Use- Plant Propagation; Organic Production; Work Practice; Plant Science; Soil Science; Communications. Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information.




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