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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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MH101
Arts - History

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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 HETAC 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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 Years
Duration of course
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330

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330

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Also available in degree stream MH101 HIS - History: specialise in History from second year.

The options open to History students are wide enough to cater for all interests while at the same time providing real focus in certain areas, notably Irish, European and American and transnational history, so that students get a true sense of what the professional historian does.

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MH101 - Arts - History
Maynooth University

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MH101 - Arts - History
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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
  5M0528  Media Production
  5M0529  Software Development
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
BEBXX  5M0828  eBusiness
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
  5M18294  Office Informatics
  5M18518  Media Production
  5M18519  Film and Television Production
BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
EPAMX  5M2011  Music
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
  5M2155  Creative Media
EASSX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
  5M3371  Horsemanship
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
  5M5028  Applied Ecology
  5M5048  Creative Media
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
  5M5162  Media Engineering
  6M0691  Software Development
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration

Essential Module Requirements:
Five Distinctions

Please check college website or prospectus for details of special course requirements pertaining to certain subject in Arts

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