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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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Inchicore College of Further Education

Inchicore College of Further Education

Healthcare Support - Pre-Paramedic


Course Code:  5M3782
Award Code(s):  5M4339
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This full-time one year course will lead to a QQI Level 5. The programme is provided in association with the National Ambulance Service College and will cover many aspects of healthcare training as well as paramedic topics.

This course will offer the first steps to students wishing to work in the area of paramedics or ambulance work. Students will also have work placement in appropriate settings throughout the course and some may progress to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme both in Ireland and the UK. This course includes a two week practical work placement in a suitable working environment.

 

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.

Care Skills & Care Support
Care of the Older Person
Infection Prevention and Control
Pre Paramedic Studies
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Growth and
Development
Occupational First Aid
First Aid Response
Cardiac First Response
Communications
Word Processing
Work Placement
Team Working
Patient & Manual Handling
Addiction Studies
Pharmacology
Ambulance Equipment
Emergency Planning
Personal Effectiveness

 

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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

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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5M4339