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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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Early Childhood Care & Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M2007
QQI Award Code 6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year full-time course leading on from the Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 Certificate and is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Childcare. This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work with babies, young children, families and other staff. This course aims to equip students to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity.

What will you Study?

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE and EDUCATION (6M2007)

A4 Brochure for Childcare Level 6.pdf Download the attachment it will give you detailed information on the Course Content, Career Opportunities, Certification and Possible Progression.COURSE CONTENT

Child Development, Early Childhood Curriculum, Childhood Social Legan and Health Studies, Supervision in Early Childhood Care, Team Leadership, Work Experience, Occupational First Aid, Early Learning Philosophy and Special Needs Assisting

WORKSHOPS

Barnardos, Play Therapy, CPR for Young Children, Buntus Training

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Successful graduates of the course are eligible to work in a variety of settings which include: • Playschool • Crèche • Montessori • After school clubs Graduates may also gain employment working as nannies or au pairs  

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION FROM THIS COURSE

Carlow Institute of Technology CW748 Early Childhood Education and Care Level 8 -  Direct Entry to Year 2

Sligo Institute of Technology SG242 Early Childhood Education  Level 8 -  Direct Entry to Year 2

Waterford Institute of Technology WD149 Early Childhood Studies Level 8

Dundalk Institute of Technology DK876 Early Childhood Studies Level 8

Blanchardstown Institute of Technology BN030 Early Childhood Care and Education Level 7 BN118    Early Childhood Care and Education Level 8 BN030   Early Childcare and Education – Direct entry to year 2

Athlone Institute of Technology AL764 Early Years Care and Education

CERTIFICATION

On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following award: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007)

Applications are especially welcome from mature students

GRANTS

Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

Apply to S.U.S.I on www.studentfinance.ie

MATURE STUDENTS

As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce, mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocational Training Oportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing social welfare benefits.

Child Development 6N1942
Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies 6N1945
Team Leadership: 6N1948
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944
Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973
Work Experience 6N1946
Early Learning Philosophy 6N1932
Special Needs Assisting 6N1957
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
DCXXX 6M2007

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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