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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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Travel & Tourism

Course Code(s):  6M5012
QQI Award Code:  6M5012 Tourism with Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5012
QQI Award Code 6M5012 Tourism with Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year full-time Diploma course. The course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the Travel and Tourism Industry. Students will also gain a broad understanding of Travel Agency and Airline Operations. The Diploma element of the course Air Fares and Ticketing, is run in partnership with the International Airport Transport Association (IATA). The overall aim of the programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to work in a variety of tourism related businesses, using specialised and creative skills to identify and develop entrepreneurial opportunities or to progress to further or higher education and training.

What will you Study?

This one-year, full-time Diploma course is designed for those seeking to pursue a career in the travel and tourism industry, enabling students to gain a broad understanding of travel agency and airline operations. Learners will gain a solid foundation in business studies, along with specialised knowledge in marketing and human resources.

Air Fares and Ticketing
Galileo Computerized Reservation System
Travel Practice
Tourism Policy and Practice
Communications
Work Experience
Personal and Professional Development
Airport Passenger Services
Human Resources Management
Global Distribution Systems
Hotel Front Office Supervision

Airport Passenger Services Course (delivered by industry specialists Academy of Aviation):
Knowledge and understanding of the various roles in aviation
Customer Care and Communications Skills
Understanding of key industry terminology
Aviation security and Health and Safety Procedures
Personal Presentation/ Interview Techniques
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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