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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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Health Care Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M4339 HH
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339 HH
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course equips the carer with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in this rewarding role as a member of the care team. It is suitable for those wishing to embark on a career in caring and those already working in the sector who wish to gain a recognised qualification.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
Maternity Support (optional, subject to availability)
Manual Handling and Patient Moving Techniques (one day course)
First Aid and CPR (one day course)
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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