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Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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College of Amenity Horticulture. National Botanic Gardens

College of Amenity Horticulture. National Botanic Gardens


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course involves 28 weeks of horticultural class work and skills and a four week Practical Learning Period (PLP) in a Teagasc approved horticultural unit. In an average week, students will spend three days at the college and two days skills training in a Dublin Local Authority Park.

By combining class work at the National Botanic Gardens with horticultural work and skills training at the Dublin Local Authority Parks, students receive a balanced approach to the skill and knowledge required to start a career in horticulture or to progress on to a higher level horticultural course.

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What will you Study?

Subjects studied include:
• Identification and Use of Plants, Trees, Bulbs, Herbaceous Plants
• Soils and Plant Sciences
• Weed, Pest and Disease Control
• Hard Landscaping and Garden Design
• Plant Propagation
• Fruit/Vegetable Production
• Ornamental Horticulture
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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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