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Bray Institute of Further Education
Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education

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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course will provide learners with unique training and educational opportunities to become part of the horticulture profession. The college has extensive grounds, a large poly-tunnel and laboratories in which the learners can study botany and soil science together with propagation and design theory and practice. The course has a good mixture of theory based lessons and practical work, which aims to facilitate all learning styles.

What will you Study?

Plant Science 5N2528
Soil Science
Work Practice 5N1433
Landscape Construction and Maintenance 5N1908
Plant Identification and Use 5N2527
Nursery Stock Production
Plant Propogation
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Plant Protection 5N2546

Mathematics will be offered as an extra subject if learner requires it for further study
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.
Agricultural Officer   Landscape Architect / Designer  
Biosystems Engineer   Food Safety Consultant  
Food Technologist   Geotechnician  
Food Scientist   Landscape Scientist  
Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist   Herd Manager - Dairy  
Farm Assistant - Dairy   Horticultural Manager  
Groundsperson   Professional Horse / Event Rider  
Brewer   Garden Centre Worker  
Farmer - Dairy   Arborist  
Horticultural Scientist   Dairy Industry Research Scientist  
Agricultural Adviser   Cartographer   
Forestry Professional   Farm Manager  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Greenkeeper / Amenity Horticulturalist  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Textile Designer  
Artist   Industrial/Product Designer  
Illustrator   Screen Printer  
Typographer   Digital Media Designer  
Taxidermist   Arts Administrator  
Ceramics Designer   Craft Designer  
Packaging Designer   Architect - Conservation  
Dressmaker   Camera Operator  
Fashion Designer   Film / Video Editor  
Graphic Designer   CAD Technician  
Interior Architect / Designer   Architect  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Costume Designer   Sculptor  
Animator   Potter / Ceramicist  
Photographer   Creative Director  
Modelmaker   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
French Polisher   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Musical Instrument Technician   Glassmaker  
Instrument Craftsperson   Teacher - Art and Design   
Conservation Officer - Nature   Teacher - Agricultural Science  
Butcher - Retail   Timber Technologist  
Environmental Technician   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
Art, Craft & Design
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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