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Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture

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.

Course Topics:Permaculture Design - Market Gardening - Woodland Management - Green Building - Plant and Soil Science
Course Code:5M2586
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered
in lieu of formal qualifications.
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum
entry requirements set out and attended for interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2017
Course Co-Ordinator: Mr. Donal Chambers
Contact information:info@kinsalecollege.ie

About The Course

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.

The practical aspects of the course includes:
 • 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. 

Modul Info & Codes

Permaculture Design: 5N1617
Biodiversity and the Natural Environment: 5N2547 Organic Production: 5N2549
Plant Protection: 5N2546
Plant Science: 5N2528
Plant Identification & Use: 5N2527
Soil Science & Growing Media: 5N2530
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 2017 for all courses commencing in September 2017.

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

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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.

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Further Studies

Opportunities

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

• 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 

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Other Info

Course Targets

Participants will be required to undertake 40 days of work placement in a suitable environment. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

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Student Experiences

“The two years I spent doing the Permaculture/Sustainable Horticulture 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. The college has a very supportive atmosphere and a great community feeling to it. I’m glad I chose to do the course.” 

“This course is of the highest importance for those who have an interest in earthcare .It is taught by teachers who have not only knowledge but also experience that is invaluable when it comes to teaching various methods and skills to an international group of students of varying experience all of whom contribute to a very unique and sought after course”

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