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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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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Kerry College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This full time programme provides a foundation for students seeking entry to a nursing career. It helps develop the practical skills necessary for a nursing or caring career. The programme also facilitates mature students return to education and offers assistance with interview skills and aptitude test preparation for the UK and Ireland.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Nutrition
Care, Provision and Practice/Care Skills 5N2270
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Social Studies 5N1370
Word Processing 5N1358
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
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

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DCHSN 5M4349

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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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