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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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Body Therapies with Diet & Nutrition

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Galway Technical Institute

Galway Technical Institute

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

A Diploma in Health Science will provide the learner with the skills to become a qualified practitioner in the complementary therapy sector. In the hands of qualified practitioners, holistic treatments will alleviate stress related conditions and promote health and well-being. This course will help the learner develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to pursue a career in this rewarding profession. This course will provide an internationally recognised qualification in Anatomy & Physiology, Body Massage, Reflexology, Diet and Nutrition and Sports Nutrition. ITEC and FETAC qualifications are considered to be of the highest quality available worldwide.

What will you Study?

Holistic Massage
Provide Spa Treatments

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.

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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.
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Home Help Organiser   Social Care Worker / Practitioner  
Social Worker   Care Assistant - Children  
Care Worker   Clergy / Religious Ministers  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker / Officer  
Counsellor   Careers Adviser  
Occupational Therapist   Psychotherapist  
Constituency Worker   Community Education Officer  
Aid Worker - Humanitarian   Home Help Assistant  

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.
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