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Horticulturist

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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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Culinary Arts - Professional Cookery

Course Code(s):  5M2088
QQI Award Code:  5M2088 Professional Cookery
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Crumlin College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2088
QQI Award Code 5M2088 Professional Cookery
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year course ideally suited to the practically oriented student. On completion of this Course, students sit FETAC/QQI Examinations. Successful candidates will go on to further training in DIT or IT's. Students may also seek direct entry to the Catering Industry. Work experience forms an integral part of the Course.

What will you Study?

This is a one year course ideally suited to the practically oriented student. Successful candidates will go on to further training in DIT or ITs. Students may also seek direct entry to the Catering Industry. Work experience forms an integral part of the course.

Practical
Pastry, Baking and Desserts 5N2048
International Cuisines 5N0632
Culinary Techniques 5N0630
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Work Practice 5N1433
Theory
Menu Planning and Applied Nutrition
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Food Science and Technology 5N0730
Meal Service 5N0635
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M2088

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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