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Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Networks & Software Systems

Course Code(s):  6M0695 CE02
QQI Award Code:  6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M0695 CE02
QQI Award Code 6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Advanced Certificate course covers a wide range of modules which have been developed through industry experience and combine theory and lab practicals to promote a professional approach and expand knowledge relevant to the IT industry, while also providing a core understanding essential for anyone wishing to progress to third level degree courses. The combination of modules studied enables the learner to acquire a broad spectrum of skills, from maintenance of networks to software systems, preparing them for employment in the rapidly expanding IT sector. Learners study a wide range of subjects relevant to the IT sector and Tech industry, enabling progression to software development, systems maintenance, network development and maintenance, cloud computing and virtualisation. This Advanced Certificate course will offer you a range of choices for your future career.

What will you Study?

Learners on this Advanced Certificate course gain practical and theoretical knowledge of building and maintaining computer networks, with the aim of improving communications within and between organisations and between organisations and individuals.

Physical and Logical Networking
Systems Software
Information Technology
Administration
Network Infrastructure
Network Security
Mobile Technologies
Virtualisation Support
Communications
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Additional Modules
Comptia A+ 901 Essentials
Comptia A+ 902 IT Technician
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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