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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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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
Duration of course
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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
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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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