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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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Childcare

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Chathail Naofa

Colaiste Chathail Naofa
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This programme will introduce learners to a general understanding and knowledge of children in the early years. Learners will gain first-hand experience by participating in work placement in a relevant childcare setting.

The course is ideal for both school leavers and for mature students. On successful completion of the course, learners will receive a recognised qualification in the rapidly growing area of childcare. The course content relates to working with children from 0-6 years.
The college reserves the right to alter course content within QQI guidelines.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Work Experience 5N1356
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Communications 5N0690
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
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

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DCHSC 5M2009

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