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Programme Details
Programme Name
Soil Science and Growing Media QQI Level 5, 5N2530
Programme Code
Programme Aim
This programme has been designed to help enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be familiar with origins, characteristics and properties of soils and soil - less growing media, be capable of manipulating the properties of soil to support crop production, have practices of soil nutrition and cultivation and have safe working practices with agrichemicals
5 Days
Credit Value
10 Credits
Horticulture 5M2586
Specific Entry/Access and Exemptions Requirements
Participants applying for this award should hold a level 4 and/or have relevant life and work experience. Applicants will have the opportunity to advise of any special learning requirements on application/registration
QQILevel 5 in Soil Science and Growing Media
20% Assignment, 60% Examination, 20% Skills Demonstration
Programme Content
  • Define soil and differentiate between the rock types
  • Learn the of physical, chemical and biological factor in soil formation
  • Identify the inorganic and organic components of soil
  • Complete soil samples and measure the percentage of different soils air water and organic matter.
  • List the major nutrients and micronutrients required for plant growth
  • Compare the following fertiliser types inorganic, organic, straight, compound, liquid and controlled release
  • Prepare suitable media for the production of sidelines container grown nursery stock and rooting cutting
  • Evaluate the following as a growing medium, peat, bark, coir, hydroponics and john inns composts no. 1, 2 and 3
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