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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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Gardening & Landscape Design

Course Code(s):  5M2586
QQI Award Code:  5M2586 Horticulture
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2586
QQI Award Code 5M2586 Horticulture
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course will provide students with a thorough practical knowledge of Horticulture, Landscape Design, Garden Maintenance & Plant Propagation making it the perfect program to gain employment with Landscapers, Public Parks, Nurseries & Garden Centres. It also facilitates progression to Horticulture Programmes at Level 6.

What will you Study?

Plant Science 5N2528
Soil Science
Plant Protection 5N2546
Plant Identification and Use 5N2527
Work Practice 5N1433
Communications 5N0690
Garden Design
Plant Propagation 5N2547
Ornamental Gardening
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
COHOR 5M2586

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Food Scientist   Landscape Scientist  
Farmer - Dairy   Agricultural Adviser  
Forester - Professional   Cartographer   
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Groundsperson   Brewer  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Horticultural Scientist  
Agricultural Scientist   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Farm Manager   Screen Printer  
Digital Media Designer   Architect - Conservation  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Textile Designer  
Industrial Designer   Packaging Designer  
Typographer   Illustrator  
Arts Administrator   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Graphic Designer   Film / Video Editor  
Fashion Designer   Dressmaker  
Creative Director   Camera Operator  
CAD Technician   Architect  
Interior Architect / Designer   Animator  
Sculptor   Potter / Ceramicist  
Photographer   Costume Designer  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Artist  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Modelmaker  
Glassmaker   Musical Instrument Technician  
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Teacher - Art and Design    Conservation Officer - Nature  
Teacher - Agricultural Science   Environmental Technician  
Timber Technologist   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  

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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