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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

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Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Permaculture - Sustainable Horticulture - Advanced

Course Code(s):  6M4334
QQI Award Code:  6M4334 Horticulture
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4334
QQI Award Code 6M4334 Horticulture
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The QQI Level 6 Sustainable Horticulture/ Permaculture Award provides a strong base for developing professional skills in market gardening, nursery stock production, landscape design and sustainable resource management.

The course allows students to develop a broad range of practical skills in a variety of horticultural-related areas as well as obtain a thorough grounding in the scientific, sociological, political and legal aspects of food production, human ecology and sustainability. Students are given the opportunity to visit a wide range of different commercial enterprises, including some successful local market gardens and nursery businesses that have been established previously by Kinsales past Horticulture / Permaculture students.

What will you Study?

Tree and Shrub Management 6N3624
Sustainable Horticulture 6N3626
Nursery Stock Production 6N3610
Market Gardening 6N3614
Leadership 6N2191
Supervisory Skills 6N2104
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
CHORT 6M4334

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

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