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Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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CK111
Early Years and Childhood Studies

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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 QQI, HEA 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
3 Years
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This course aims to develop students knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas concerning early childhood learning. They study subjects such as education, social policy, psychology, child health, and welfare. Educational and work placements in the second and third years place the theory into practice.

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CK111 - Early Years and Childhood Studies
UCC (NUI)

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CK111 - Early Years and Childhood Studies
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Note: Information for 2018 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education


Essential Module Requirements:
Must have distinctions in 5 modules (excluding 5N1356 - Work Experience
6N1946 - Work Experience
W20008 - Work Experience; 5N1433 - Work Practice
6N1947 - Work Practice) in the QQI FET/FETAC qualification which must include two of the following modules:
5N1764 - Child Development
or 6N1942 - Child Development
or D20005 - Child Development
or L22679 - Child and Adolescent Development
5N1773 - Early Childhood Education and Play
or D20007 - Early Childhood Education
6N1944 - Early Childhood Curriculum

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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Positions requiring organisational and managerial skills in the rapidly expanding areas of preschool facilities, cr?ches, after school services for children.



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