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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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CK101
Arts - Computer Science

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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.

Career Opportunities
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 subject is taken as one of three to be studied; of twenty-three on offer for the first year. One of the three is usually dropped when the second year begins. This subject introduces the student to computer systems and programming.

As part of an Arts degree, this;is one of four subjects you choose from a menu of subjects in first year. You continue with two of your chosen First Year subjects in second and third year. You may have an option to spend an additional year studying abroad.

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CK101 - Arts - Computer Science
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC

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CK101 - Arts - Computer Science
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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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Old Code New Code Award Title
  5M0528  Media Production
  5M0529  Software Development
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
  5M18294  Office Informatics
  5M18518  Media Production
  5M18519  Film and Television Production
AACDX  5M1984  Art, Craft and Design
AAXXX  5M1985  Art
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
CSSXX  5M2110  Security Studies
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
ADESX  5M2208  Design
  5M2767  Logistics and Distribution
  5M3782  Health Service Skills
  5M5028  Applied Ecology
  5M5048  Creative Media
DOREC  5M5148  Outdoor Sport and Recreation
  5M5151  Performing Arts
  5M5162  Media Engineering
  5M5165  Trade Union Studies
  6M0691  Software Development
  6M0695  Computer Systems and Networks
  6M18534  Film and Television Production
  6M2115  Supervisory Management for Manufacturing
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration
  6M2263  Inclusive Education and Training
  6M2382  Telecommunications Access Networks Technology
  6M3115  Information, Advice and Advocacy
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration
ECDEV  6M3674  Community Development
EPHOT  6M3732  Photography
  6M4385  Retail Management
BMANX  6M4587  Management
  6M4749  Leisure Facility Supervisory Management
  6M4978  Health Services Supervisory Management Skills
CSOAX  6M4980  Security Operations
BALBX  6M4985  Business

Essential Module Requirements:
Must have distinctions in any 4 modules (excluding 5N1356 - Work Experience; 6N1946 - Work Experience; W20008 - Work Experience; 5N1433 - Work Practice; 6N1947 - Work Practice) in the QQI FET/FETAC qualification.

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Graduates will have the skills to apply computer technology to the practical problems of business and industry. Careers include software engineer/computer programmer, system analysis and design.



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