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We asked Paul Dowling from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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LY916
Health and Social Care

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
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The Course links learning and experiences from professional practice areas such a work with children, young people, people with disabilities and older people in a variety of Health and Social Care settings in order to facilitate learners progress into responsible positions in the growing area of professional social care. In addition the course incorporates academic subjects linked to Health and Social Care that would be required for post-graduate study in such areas as social work and other allied health professions, teaching and others.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
EASSX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions which must include one of the following:


D20003 - Care Provision and Practice
or 5N2705 - Care Provision and Practice

D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development

D20163 - Care Skills
or 5N2770 - Care Skills

D20164 - Care Support
or 5N0758 - Care Support

D20165 - Safety and Health at Work
or 5N1794 - Safety and Health at Work

G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications


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On completion of this programme learners will have a wide range of transferable skills applicable to a broad spectrum of areas to include residential childcare, intellectual disability services, respite services, adult services, older people, health promotion, Women’s Aid, nursing homes youth work and community development.



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