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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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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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Hospitality Operations

Course Code(s):  6M2095
QQI Award Code:  6M2095 Hospitality Operations
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M2095
QQI Award Code 6M2095 Hospitality Operations
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year full-time course which gives students key skills and advanced knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. The course provides students with an opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of specialised and supervisory skills in key areas of hospitality enterprises such as front office supervision, food and beverage and business systems.

Three days of week are in college and two days on work placement. This course gives students over the age of 18 the possibility to be selected for an Erasmus + European mobility exchange (subject to funding). This course leads to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Hospitality Operations (6M2095)

What will you Study?

Hotel Front Office Supervision
Producing a Culinary Event
Licensed Trade Operations
Wine Appreciation and Service
Hospitality Business Systems
Work Practice
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
6M2095

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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.
Hotel - General Manager   Hospitality Management  
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