Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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DC235
Education and Training

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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 - 4 Years
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This course is designed for students who have prior knowledge and experience of working with adults who are continuing their education, as trainers in the private sector, or with people who may have learning disabilities.

The course will give you a greater understanding of all aspects of education and training both in the formal and informal sectors. Students will learn about the key theories underpinning education. community development and organisational learning.

The course will focus on both the practical and theoretical skills necessary to deliver quality education and training. The programme covers curriculum development, teaching and learning methodologies and the use of information technology in education and training.

BSc Education and Training at DCU
Colette déescribes her life as a BSc in Education and Training student (Flexible Mode) at DCU School of Education Studies.
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At the end of year Two of the B.Sc. in Education and Training, students may choose to either progress directly into their final year or to register for an optional extra year after which they will complete their final year.

Students who complete the course in three years will graduate with the B.Sc. in Education and Training, while students who register for the optional Year Three will complete the course in four years and graduate with an award of B.Sc. in Education and Training (Further, Adult and Continuing Education). Graduates of the four-year course will be recognised by the Teaching Council as qualified Teachers of further education. See page 114-115 of the DCU prospectus for further information.


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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
ECDXX. 5M3050 Community Development
EETXX. 5M3635 Education and Training
DCHCC. 5M2786 Community Care
DCHSC. 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
ECHSX. 5M2154 Cultural and Heritage Studies
EASSX. 5M2181 Applied Social Studies
EYXXX. 5M4732 Youth Work
DCHSX. 5M4468 Community Health Services


Essential Module Requirements:
DCHSX - Community and Health Services, 5M4468 - Community Health Services - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:
G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications
W20008 - Work Experience
or 5N1356 - Work Experience
D20001 - Anatomy & Physiology
or 5N0749 - Anatomy and Physiology
D20003 - Care Provision and Practice
or 5N2705 - Care Provision and Practice
D20005 - Child Development
or 5N1764 - Child Development
D20007 - Early Childhood Education
or 5N1773 - Early Childhood Education and Play
D20012 - Introduction to Nursing
or 5N4325 - Nursing Theory and Practice
D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development
D20165 - Safety and Health at Work
or 5N1794 - Safety and Health at Work

DCHCC - Community Care, 5M2786 - Community Care - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:
D20003 - Care Provision and Practice
or 5N2705 - Care Provision and Practice
D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development
D20165 - Safety and Health at Work
or 5N1794 - Safety and Health at Work
G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications
W20008 - Work Experience
or 5N1356 - Work Experience

DCHSC - Childcare, 5M2009 - Early Childhood Care and Education - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:
D20159 - Caring for Children (0-6 years)
or 5N1765 - Child Health and Well Being
D20005 - Child Development
or 5N1764 - Child Development
D20007 - Early Childhood Education
or 5N1773 - Early Childhood Education and Play
D20153 - Working in Childcare
or 5N1770 - Early Care and Education Practice
G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications
W20008 - Work Experience
or 5N1356 - Work Experience

ECHSX - Cultural and Heritage Studies, 5M2154 - Cultural and Heritage Studies - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:
E20115 - Archaeology
or 5N0762 - Archaeology
E20114 - Folklore
or 5N1274 - Folklore and Ethnology
E20113 - Local History Studies
or 5N1296 - Local History
G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications
W20008 - Work Experience
or 5N1356 - Work Experience
EYXXX - Youthwork, 5M4732 - Youth Work - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:
E20140 - Working With Young People
or 5N1384 - Working with Young People
E20141 - Understanding Youth Work
or 5N1366 - Understanding Youthwork
E20142 - Young People and Society
or 5N2002 - Young People and Society
G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications
W20008 - Work Experience
or 5N1356 - Work Experience

EASSX - Applied Social Studies, 5M2181 - Applied Social Studies  - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:
G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications
G20031 - Social Studies
or 5N1370 - Social Studies
L22541 - Applied Psychology
or 5N0754 - Psychology
E20169 - Intercultural Studies
or 5N0765 - Intercultural Studies
W20008 - Work Experience
or 5N1356 - Work Experience

5M3050 - Community Development - Distinctions in five modules
5M3635 - Education and Training - - Distinctions in five modules which must include 5N3631 - Concepts in Education and Training

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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Students are offered an optional Year Three programme which combines a Teaching Placement, a focus on Professional Development and Reflective Practice


Graduates enter careers in  Education Training, Pre-School, Community and Adult Education in the Public and Private Sectors.



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