This programme module aims to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to design simple garden plans using basic design principles. Learners will be encouraged to develop their own style while producing a range of standard design drawings suitable for presentation purposes.

This programme module will be offered as a standalone module leading to certification in a QQI Level 5 component award. This module may also be used as 15 credits towards a QQI Level 5 Horticulture QQI Level 5 Award (5M2586).


  • Class sizes are small, and learners receive regular feedback on how they are progressing 
  • Additional one-to-one support is available. 
  • This course is a great foundation for further studies at QQI Level 5. 


  • Education: NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners) *Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course
  • Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.


  • 1 Year Part-time – 2.5 hours a week.
  • Fridays 11:am to 1:30pm.
  • Beginning September 2023.


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On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to undertake horticulture operations independently under direction in a range of fields.


Classes are scheduled to be delivered on-site and timetabled over 1 afternoon. Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre provides a friendly and supportive learning environment with experienced tutors. There are no tuition fees.


Horticulture Level 5


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: 11/09/2023                 

End Date: 31/05/2024

Duration: 37 weeks


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager




(057) 873 1127


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the General Studies Level 4 course at Abbeyleix FETC

When I made a decision to return to education as a mature student, I decided to do the General Studies Course (with Craft, IT and Healthcare options) in Abbeyleix FETC. I felt that the combination of practical and academic modules best suited my learning needs. I thought this was a good starting point for me as I had been out of the Education system for over 25 years. The greatest learning for me was the interaction between my class mates and tutors. The General Studies class of 2019-2020 were a UNIQUE BUNCH OF PEOPLE and it was my privilege to get to know them. I now have a new family that I call friends (All different ages, nationalities and creeds) and I know I will continue to have these friendships for years to come. The bonding we had as a class was unreal, and the learning we did was far more than academic - It was more about human kindness. “A FRIEND IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF” I am pleased to say I completed all of my modules both in class and by remote learning during the Corona Virus (Covid-19). This course has been a huge stepping stone and learning curve for me. It has created a hunger and passion in me to progress onto the Level 5 Art, Craft & Design course in the Centre. Thanks to all my Tutors for your excellence in teaching, guidance, understanding, helpfulness and most of all believing in ME.
Margaret Conroy
General Studies 2019-2020
From the very first day to the last day I enjoyed every second of this course. The year was one of the best in my life so far. I got to not only spend the whole year learning, being creative, being pushed out of my comfort zone on a daily basis but I have made lifelong friends with my classmates and teachers. I am leaving having gained so much in terms of a new found confidence and new lease of life. I would definitely recommend this course as it provided a wide ranging curriculum that has something there for everyone. The course exceeded my expectations in that I got so much out of it personally and developed so much as an individual.
Jenny Lawless
General Studies 2019-2020