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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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Advanced Certificate in Animal Science

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5153 STE6
QQI Award Code 6M5153 Animal Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Advanced Certificate course provides training for those interested in acquiring skills necessary to manage a variety of establishments where animals are kept, including practical and supervisory skills. It integrates aspects from a wide range of animal related disciplines to provide learners with the relevant practical and theoretical knowledge to further their professional careers in this field. Focus is placed on the large variety of establishments where animals are kept such as boarding kennels, stud farms, zoos, agricultural farms etc. The course aims to provide learners with the skills to be involved in managing such enterprises or developing their own small business in an animal related industry.

What will you Study?

This Advanced Certificate course provides training for those interested in acquiring skills necessary to manage a variety of establishments where animals are kept, including practical and supervisory skills. It integrates aspects from a wide range of animal related disciplines to provide learners with the relevant practical and theoretical knowledge to further their professional careers in this field.

Work Experience 6N1946

Communications 6N1950

Animal Science & Health 6N5565

Animal Trading 6N5566

Large Animal Husbandry 6N5567

Humans, Animals & Society 6N5569

Wild Animal Management 6N5570

Kennel & Cattery Management 6N5585

Animal Grooming 6N6226
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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6M5153

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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.
Animals & Veterinary Science
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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