FETAC Horticulture Level 5- course code: 5M2586
Come and study for the FETAC Level 5 and 6 Horticulture Awards the unique learning environment and college community at Kinsale.
Level 5 is delivered in the first year, acceptance is on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications may be made from the beginning of January.
Level 5 Horticulture provides a practical and science-based training in a broad range of horticultural skills including:
how to grow fruit and vegetables;
propagation of fruit and shrubs including apple tree grafting;
tree-planting and woodland management;
soil and plant science.
The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, masterclasses from a range of visiting specialists, and group project work.
The practical aspect of the course involves the development of the college grounds along Permaculture design principles, including landscaping and green building techniques. In previous years students have constructed straw-bale, cordwood and timber-frame buildings; planted edible hedges; developed kitchen gardens, forest gardens and tree nurseries; made a pond and created living willow sculptures.
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.
A unique feature of the college is the remarkable amphitheater which is used by the college drama course for performances several times through the year. Horticulture students will have the opportunity to help develop and improve on the building throughout the course.
The course is useful to anyone interested in landscape design, horticulture, community development, environmental education and sustainable resource management, and can lead to work or further training in any of these areas.
There is a substantial Work Practice component of this award. Students are required to find 40 days 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.
May be subject to minor changes for 2014-15
Full Award FETAC Level 5 Horticulture
Monday/Tuesday: Plant Protection-Permaculture Design- Plant Identification and Use- Plant Propagation
Wednesday: Organic Production; Work Practice;
Fridays: Plant Science; Soil Science;
Graham Strouts B.A. (Sociology) has been working in horticulture, landscape and permaculture design, woodland management and green building for the past 20 years. He lives on a small holding in West Cork where he is developing a food forest and tree nursery and has built a small cordwood roundhouse and timber-framed cabin. He has wide experience of teaching gardening and craft projects to children and adults. He takes a science-based and pragmatic approach to teaching and writes a blog on environmental policy issues www.skepteco.wordpress.com
Paul O’Flynn N.C.H. N.C.A. has 23 years of practical experience of arboriculture, landscaping and commercial cut-herb and salad production. He is a passionate advocate of sustainable food production. Along with his work at Kinsale CFE he also teaches gardening in Cork with autistic children and in Mallow with special needs groups.