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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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Business with Advanced Information Technology

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This programme offers students the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business. On completion of the course students have the option of progressing to Year 2 of a Business Studies Degree at DKIT through the NEFHEA Higher Links Scheme.

What will you Study?

Business Management
Accounting
Spreadsheets
Word processing
Web Authoring
Statistics
Applied Economics
Internet Studies
Communications
Work Preparation and Experience
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BALBX 6M4985

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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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Managing Director   Management Consultant  
Industrial Relations Officer   Financial Adviser  
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Change Manager   Economist / Economist EU  
Occupational Psychologist   Operations Research Analyst  
Hospitality Manager   HR Director - Human Resources  
Personnel Manager    Personnel Officer  
Equality Officer   Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Staff Relations Official   Human Resources / Personnel Manager  
Human Resources Assistant - EU   Information Architect - IT  
Information Systems Manager   IT Consultant  
Data Analyst   Big Data Specialist  
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Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary   Secretary  
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Personal Assistant   Wedding Planner  
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Travel Agency Manager   Restaurant / Catering Manager  
Call Centre Manager   Retail Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Department Manager  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Distribution Manager  
Accountant   Management Accountant  
Taxation Consultant   Accounts Assistant  
Facilitator    

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.
Business Organisation & Business Management
Clerical & Administration
Computers & ICT
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