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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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Care of the Person with Special Needs

Course Code(s):  5M4339 SNC
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
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 5M4339 SNC
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year full time course has a dual purpose award. It is designed for those who have an interest in working as a HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT(HCA) or as special needs assistant (SNA). The course is structured to give students a strong knowledge base in the practices and procedures to work in both these fields. Employment can be sought on completion of this course in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community care or in a residential care setting. Work experience is an integral part of this course and consists of a minimum three weeks block placement during the academic year. In addition the course provides the students with a unique opportunity to participate in BCFE's Community Partnership Programme with a local primary school.

What will you Study?

Work Experience (5N1356)
Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Communications (5N0690)
Care Skills (5N2770)
Care Support (5N0758)
Human Growth & Development (5N1279)
Social Studies (5N1370)









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