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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
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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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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DC161
Analytical Science

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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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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440

2014 Points

440

Change from 2013: 

-20

Points History:

2013 - 460
2012 - 460*
2011 - 425
2010 - 380
2009 - 370
2008 - 365
2007 - 355
2006 - 355
2005 - 360
2004 - 355
2003 - 345
2002 - 330
2001 - 305
2000 - 330

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Analytical Science involves examining the composition and inner workings of a material or tissue. This subject covers a broad range of sciences, including physics, maths, applied computing, and instrumentation with a particular focus on chemistry and biology.

At the end of the second year, students can opt to specialise in either biology or chemistry.industrial placement in year 3.

Entry requirement: OC3 or HC3 or better in one of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Science required


 
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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.


Essential Module Requirements:

Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:

  • C20011 or 5N2747
  • C20006 or 5N2746
  • C20048 or 5N1460
  • C20139 or 5N1833
  • C20033 or 5N2751

and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833


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The ever-increasing demand for more detailed and accurate data from within these disciplines means that the services or graduates, as trained analytical scientists, are likely to be in demand. Careers include quality control, product development, research, testing and analysis. The employment opportunities are wide in the technical or managerial sides of industry, in research and development in industry, and in government and local authorities.



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