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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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PC404
Applied Social Studies in Social Care

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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.

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The Applied Social Studies in Social Care programme will equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies of contemporary Social Care work.

The key modules include professional practice, social research, sociology, psychology, social policy, law and ethics. There is also a strong focus on the use of creative tools to develop the students’ own imaginative responses to social problems and issues.

Successful completion of Stages 1, 2 and 3 provides the qualification to be registered as a Professional Social Care Worker with CORU, the registration board for health and social care professionals. 

Stage 4 is an add-on honours year which broadens the scope of students’ understanding of Social Care Theory and Practice, and further develops their problem solving and analytical skills. 

 

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
EASSX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work


This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Career opportunities arise in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors, in areas such as health care, residential childcare, special education and judicial services. A variety of opportunities exist to work with disabled persons, children, adolescents and older people in residential care, in day care and in the community. 



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