Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Applied Social Studies - HND

Course Code(s):  SHND
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Ballyfermot College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code SHND
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course involves comprehensive coverage of psychological and sociological perspectives. Social issues with their inherent ethical challenges are at the heart of the programme. A practical component of the course equips students with the skills and qualities required of workers in the field. Work experience is an important part of the programme.

Throughout the two years there is a minimum of two periods of five week work placements including work with travelling people, homeless people, young offenders, former prisoners, substance abusers and women in refuge. Special schools and residential centres, hospitals and rehabilitation workshops, day care and training centres also feature on our wide range of work placement options.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Psychology for Social Care Professionals
Applied Sociology for Social Care Professionals
Social Care Practice
Introduction to Academic Research Skills
Law for Social Care Practitioners
Mental Health and Disability
Practice Placement in a Social Care Setting

Year 2:
Creative Skills in the Social Care Sector
Social Care Procedures
Health Nutrition and Safety in the Care Sector
Supportive Relationships in Social Care
Social Policy and Social Administration
Research Study
Work Experience
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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