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: 6M4334
Entry requirements: FETAC Level 5 Horticulture or equivalent; interview selection process. Mature students welcome. Mature applicants will be considered on their own merits.
Course Duration: 1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Course Co-ordinator: Mr. Donal Chambers
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The FETAC Level 6 Sustainable Horticulture/ Permaculture Award provides a strong base for developing professional skills in market gardening, nursery stock production, landscape design and sustainable resource management.

The course allows students to develop a broad range of practical skills in a variety of horticultural-related areas as well as obtain a thorough grounding in the scientific, sociological, political and legal aspects of food production, human ecology and sustainability.

Students are given the opportunity to visit a wide range of different commercial enterprises, including some successful local market gardens and nursery businesses that have been established previously by Kinsale’s past Horticulture/Permaculture students.

There is a substantial Work Placement component of this award. Students are required to find 220 hours of Work Placement in a suitable commercial enterprise over the duration of the course. Two weeks Work Placement release from class are arranged to help facilitate this and full support is provided in finding hosts.

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Modules info & codes:

Tree and Shrub Management: 6N3624
Sustainable Horticulture: 6N3626
Nursery Stock Production:
Market Gardening: 6N3614
Leadership: 6N2191
Supervisory Skills: 6N2104

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.


Click here 'Apply Online' to our FETAC LEVEL 5 and 6 Courses



Career Opportunities


The college has contacts with the following centres that may offer internships or employment opportunities: 

  • Irish Natural Forestry Foundation, Manch Estate, Balineen, Co Cork 
  • The Village, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary 
  • The Hollies, Enniskeane, Co Cork

Further Studies Opportunities


Those completing a Level 6 Award in Sustainable Horticulture may be eligible to enter directly into 2nd year of the Horticulture Degree in Cork Institute of Technology via the Cork Colleges Progression Scheme.

Student Experiences


“The two years I spent doing the Practical Sustainability/ Permaculture Course 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.”
Sophie, Past Student

Other Info


Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information.
Example course outline:

  • Monday: Leadership; Supervisory Skills 
  • Tuesday: Market Gardening 
  • Wednesday: Sustainable Horticulture; Tree and Shrub Management 
  • Thursday: Nursery Stock Production




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