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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence

Course Code(s):  ECDL
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Fanahan's College

St. Fanahan's College
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Course overview

Course Code ECDL
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The ECDL core provides the holder of this qualification with a working knowledge of computers. The ECDL is a certificate which indicates that the holder has passed one test on theory and 6 practical tests. It is recognised by employers and across Europe.

What will you Study?

Basic Concepts of Information Technology IT
Using the Computer and Managing files
Word Processing
Spreadsheets
Database / Filing systems
Presentation and Drawing
Information Network Services

Advanced ECDL:
You can take an ECDL Advanced test if you have passed ECDL Core in the relevant module. For example, if you have passed ECDL Core Module 3, you are eligible to take Module AM3 at Advanced Level. There is a separate Certificate for each advanced Module.
The 4 Advanced ECDL Modules are:
AM3 - Word Processing
AM4 - Spreadsheets
AM5 - Databases
AM6 - Presentations
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.

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