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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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Outdoor Adventure Education

Course Code(s):  5M5148
QQI Award Code:  5M5148 Outdoor Sport and Recreation
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5148
QQI Award Code 5M5148 Outdoor Sport and Recreation
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The Course, which was established in 1987, is now recognised as the primary training opportunity for people interested in outdoor and adventure education. The intensive two year course is based in the college campus in Kinsale, utilising the extensive resources and equipment available ashore and afloat. Former students who have successfully completed the course are now employed in sailing schools, activity centres and other Outdoor Centres in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Mediterranean. Apart from practical training, the course emphasises the educational possibilities of the outdoors through experiential education and field studies.

What will you Study?

Outdoor Recreation 5N5386
Adventure Activities 5N4646
Work Experience 5N1356
Communication 5N0690
Kayaking Instruction Skills 5N5186
Sailing Skills 5N5385
Windsurfing 5N5188
Powerboat Skills 4N4636
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Mountain Skills 5N5706
Safety-Boat Handling skills 5N5205
Single Pitch Rock-climbing 5N6045
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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DOREC 5M5148

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Related Career Sectors

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Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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