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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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CR011
Horticulture

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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Horticulture is the science and technology of plant cultivation. There are two distinct areas within horticulture.
Amenity: This includes landscape design along with constructing and maintaining parks, public areas, sports grounds, recreation facilities and roadsides. Interior landscaping is a specialism within amenity horticulture which is concerned with the design, installation, and maintenance of plantings in shopping centres, office buildings, hotels, residences, etc.
Commercial: This involves growing crops for sale. Crops include fruit and vegetables, nursery stock and bedding plants.

The course is unique in its mix of knowledge and skill in three normally distinct disciplines – business, science and art.


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CR011 - Horticulture
Cork Institute of Technology

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CR011 - Horticulture
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or LCE Maths

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Career options in Horticulture include:
> Garden Centre Manager
> Organic Producer of Vegetables or Fruit
> Greens Keeper
> Landscape Construction Manager
> Market Gardener
> Landscape Designer
> Plant Propagator
> Researcher
> Nursery/Floral Production Manager



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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food

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