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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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Sport Science and Health

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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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Sport and exercise scientists study, research, and advise on the scientific factors influencing sport and exercise. From this detailed knowledge they can give specialist advice on improving individual or team performance.

In Year 1 you study basics in chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology. In addition, there are a range of practical classes in sport and physical activity.

In year Two the scientific subjects of year one are applied to the study of sport, exercise and health. The topics included illustrate the wide range of material covered in this exciting course, which range from Nutrition and Genetics to Psychology, Anatomy and Sociology.

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DC202 - Sport Science and Health

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DC202 - Sport Science and Health
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Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:

C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills
and a pass in C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

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In Third Year students complete a paid industrial placement (INTRA)

Grdauates enter careers in Coaching, Training, Health Promotion, Education. Sport and Leisure Administration and Exercise Rehabilitation.

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