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Social Studies - Access to

Course Code(s):  5M2181
QQI Award Code:  5M2181 Applied Social Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2181
QQI Award Code 5M2181 Applied Social Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Access to Social Studies is an ideal course for adult learners who are returning to education or would like to broaden their educational experience. This programme provides students with both an academic and practical platform to engage in further study and/or enter employment.

What will you Study?

Social Studies 5N1370
Psychology 5N0754
Intercultural Studies 5N0765
Equality and Disability 5N1273
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Word Processing 5N1358
Community Arts Practice 5N4709
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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.

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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
EASSX 5M2181

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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)

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