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Occupational Therapist

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year course is particularly suited to candidates wishing to pursue a career working with children in a crche/playschool setting or as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) with a National/Secondary School. Students receive training in all aspects of childcare with particular emphasis on Art and Craft Work skills. In addition students get one to one training with children within the Nurture Unit of Moyne College.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
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
DCHSC 5M2009

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Further Research

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Childcare - Working with the under fives St. Louis Community School 
Early Childhood Care & Education Castlebar College of Further Education 
Early Childhood Care & Education Sancta Maria College 
Childcare - Early Care & Education St. Louis Community School 
Early Childhood Care & Education Castlebar College of Further Education 
Disability Studies in Early Childhood Care & Education Castlebar College of Further Education 

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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