Level 3 : Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production

ECO-UNESCO has become widely acknowledged as an expert training organisation in sustainability in Ireland.

ECO-UNESCO is an accredited QQI centre operating under the qualities and standards set out by QQI, the National Awarding Body.

Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production 
Programme and Award Name: Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production 
Award Type: Minor
Awarding Body: QQI
Code: 3N0890 
NFQ Level: 3
Credit Value: 10  
Duration: 100 hours (normally over 12 weeks)



Programme Purpose and Learning Outcomes

Programme Purpose: To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to produce a crop of outdoor vegetables under supervision. 

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of the course, learners will be able to; 

  • List the tools, materials and equipment required to grow outdoor vegetables 
  • List the stages of ground preparation for vegetable sowing 
  • Explain pH levels in the soil 
  • Explain the purpose of and techniques for thinning, transplanting and weeding 
  • Describe a range of preventative methods for controlling vegetable diseases and pests organically or with chemicals 
  • Carry out a soil test 
  • Prepare the ground for growing vegetables including clearing the ground organically or with chemicals, single digging, improving soil fertility, cross-digging the area, forking over, raking and levelling, marking out and preparing drills 
  • Sow a vegetable crop from seeds or transplant a crop to outdoors 
    • Use a range of techniques to maintain the vegetable crop including thinning, transplanting, watering, feeding, weed-control, mulching, disease and pest control 
    • Harvest the crop at the correct stage of maturity 
    • Demonstrate the application of communications, team working and quality awareness in a horticulture environment 
    • Apply appropriate health, safety and personal hygiene procedures when producing a crop of vegetables.

Entry Requirements, Assessment and Transfer

Entry Requirements:  

  • Must be able to demonstrate the levels of knowledge, skill and competence associated with NFQ level 2 
  • Competent in written and spoken English  
  • Be comfortable studying in a virtual learning environment (VLE)  

Portfolio/Collection of work: 20% 
Skills Demonstration: 80%

Transfer and Progression 
This minor award can be used to meet the requirements of the following major award; 3M0874 | Level 3 | General Learning 


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