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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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DK810
Accounting and Finance

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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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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting & Finance provides you with an opportunity to gain a broad education through the study of accounting and related disciplines. The programme will give you a sound basis for future employment in Accountancy and will give you the option of further study in accounting and related areas.

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This course includes training in management and finance and will earn some exemptions from examination by professional accountancy bodies. There is a choice between auditing and financial services in the final year.


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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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3 Distinctions

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3 Distinctions

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

Points Calculator for QQI Awards
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE
Essential Module Requirements:
3 Distinctions

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

Points Calculator for QQI Awards
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE
Essential Module Requirements:
3 Distinctions

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

Points Calculator for QQI Awards
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE

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Career Options: 

  • Professional Accountant (on Qualification)
  • Banker, Financial Consultant
  • Work with Insurance Companies, Building Societies
  • Financial functions in industry, commerce, private & public sector
  • Small Business Management
  • Secondary Teaching (Postgraduate Diploma in Education required - Please check teaching application process and the Teaching Council requirements.



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