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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Organic - Enterprise

Course Code(s):  6M4334
QQI Award Code:  6M4334 Horticulture
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4334
QQI Award Code 6M4334 Horticulture
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Those who have completed the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture progress to this full time course which runs from September to September. Learners apply the skills gained at Level 5 to take responsibility and control of the entire production process relating to an Organic Horticultural Enterprise. This involves sowing, planting, maintaining, harvesting, processing and selling organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and trees.

What will you Study?

Organic Crop Production 6N3621
Market Gardening 6N3614
Sustainable Horticulture 6N3626
Tree and Shrub Management 6N3624
Supervisory Skills 6N2104
Communications 6N1950
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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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
CHORT 6M4334

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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