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I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Animal Science - Equine

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The Agricultural Science programme is for students who are passionate about land, animals and plants and the food produced from it. If you are unsure which area of Agricultural Science to specialise in you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on application and specialise in second year in one of five areas.

 Animal and Crop Production
DN250ASC  Animal Science
DN250 EQS Animal Science - Equine
DN250 AST Agricultural Systems Technology
DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness

The first year offers students a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics. Students do not need to have studied science before. Subjects studied include Animal Biology and Evolution, Cell and Plant Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course includes lectures, laboratory work and tutorials along with independent study.

DN250 EQS focusses on the applied sciences that underpin animal and veterinary biosciences, with emphasis on the horse. The degree provides the scientific knowledge and transferable skills necessary for professional leadership roles within many aspects of the animal and equine science industries.

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DN250 EQS - Animal Science - Equine

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DN250 EQS - Animal Science - Equine
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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PWE (Professioinal Work Placement) A five month PWE is integral to the degree (from stud farms in Kentucky and Japan to show jumping in Ireland).

There are also opportunities to study abroad in thrid year in colleges in USA or Australia.

Animal Science – Equine graduates are equipped to pursue careers in: Equine enterprise management, Equine leisure, recreation and tourism activities, Equestrian marketing and sales enterprises, Sports journalism, Academic teaching

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