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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education

Garden Design


Course Code:  5M2586 DK
Award Code(s):  5M2586
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course will provide learners with unique training and educational opportunities to become part of the horticulture profession. The college has extensive grounds, a large poly-tunnel and laboratories in which the learners can study botany and soil science together with propagation and design theory and practice. The course has a good mixture of theory based lessons and practical work, which aims to facilitate all learning styles.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Plant Science
Soil Science
Work Practice
Landscape Construction & Maintenance
Plant Identification
Nursery Stock Production
Plant Propogation
Safety & Health at Work
Communications
Plant Protection

Mathematics will be offered as an extra subject if learner requires it for further study

 

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Horticulture Bray Institute of Further Education 

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.
Agricultural Officer   Landscape Architect / Designer  
Geotechnician   Food Scientist  
Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food   Food Technologist  
Landscape Scientist   Food Safety Consultant  
Agricultural Scientist   Arborist  
Horticultural Scientist   Cartographer   
Forester - Professional   Farmer - Dairy  
Horticultural Manager   Groundsperson  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Agricultural Adviser  
Farm Manager   Brewer  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Conservation Officer - Nature  
Teacher - Agricultural Science   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Timber Technologist   Environmental Technician  

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.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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Progression Routes

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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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