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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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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Roscrea Community College

Roscrea Community College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This programme will allow the Candidate obtain a Pre-Nursing qualification. It is designed to give the Candidate the practical skills and knowledge necessary for further study in nursing/healthcare through the Higher Education Links Scheme and in the UK.

Candidates may access careers in the Health, Community/Social Care or Paramedic field.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Care Skills 5N2270
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Word Processing 5N1358
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
DCHSN 5M4349

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Further Research

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Occupational Therapist   Psychotherapist  

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.
Medical & Healthcare
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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