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We asked Siobhan Canny from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Midwife

Health Service Executive

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Siobhan Canny

I would advise anybody wishing to pursue a career as a Midwife to focus on having science subjects in their Leaving Certificate. The basic entrance requirements are high at the moment so a good Leaving Certificate is essential (unless applying as a mature applicant).

To be accepted onto a training course you have to do an interview where they will determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In the interview I would advise you to relax and to be yourself, answer honestly and do not be afraid to promote yourself.

The interviewers are looking for intellegent, hard working, nice people who are genuinely interested in being with women in pregnancy and labour. They are looking for students who have a basic understanding as to what this entails.

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Healthcare Support

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

Enniscorthy Vocational College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This one year full time course provides the student with a recognised qualification to gain employment as a Health Care Assistant in a variety of healthcare settings or to progress to further education and training. The student will gain an insight into the caring profession through theoretical learning, practical training and work placement experience.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356
Care Skills 5N2270
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Social Studies 5N1370
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Word Processing 5N1358
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Care Support 5N0758
Communications 5N0690
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Manual and Patient Handling
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

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DHSXX 5M4339

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Related Career Sectors

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