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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Inchicore College of Further Education

Inchicore College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Higher National Diploma is a qualification that has been developed to prepare people for employment in Social Care. It is a particularly useful qualification for those intending to pursue higher education in Social Work, Applied Social Studies, Sociology and Psychology through non-traditional routes. This is a two year full-time course. Each week students must attend the College for four days of tuition in first year three days in second year. On the remaining days students must fulfil extensive work placement requirements. Placements are normally organised by the student, with the support of the Course Director.

What will you Study?

Contemporary Issues in Health & Social Care (A/601/1639)
Developing Counselling Skills-Health & Social Care (K/601/1653)
Health & Safety in Health & Social Care Workplace (K/601/1569)
Health Promotion (J/601/1675)
Personal & Prof. Dev. in Health & Social Care (K/601/1572)
Psychology for Health & Social Care (K/601/1619)
Supporting Significant Life Events (D/601/1648)
The Sociological Context of Health & Social Care (F/601/1593)
Understanding Specific Needs in Health/Social Care (M/601/1623)
Working in Partnership in Health & Social Care (F/601/1576)
Community Development Work (L/601/1631)
Understanding the Learning Process (F/601/1657)
Principles of Health & Social Care Practice (Y/601/1566)
Social Policy (M/601/1590)
Communicating in Health & Social Care Organisation (T/601/1560)

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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