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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Galway Technical Institute

Galway Technical Institute


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

A Healthcare Assistant supports existing staff in a hospital or care setting in the practical care and general welfare of clients. They play a vital role in the care team. Career opportunities are excellent as many care settings require prospective employees to hold relevant certification such as this one. The course will allow you to develop the necessary skills and training to enable you to seek employment in the healthcare sector. Equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a hospital attendant / multi-task attendant / professional carer in a variety of care settings such as Nursing Homes, hospitals, day care centres, private home care and personal assistant work.

What will you Study?

Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Skills 5N2270
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Community Arts Practice 5N4709
Occupational First Aid 5N1207

Optional Modules:
Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DHSXX 5M4339

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
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Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker / Officer  
Careers Adviser   Constituency Worker  
Psychotherapist   Community Education Officer  
Facilitator    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Social & Caring
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.