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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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Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Sancta Maria College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The aim of this one year training programme is to enable participants to acquire the skills, knowledge, attitudes and qualifications to work effectively in the childcare sector. As the childcare sector in Ireland is becoming more regulated, formal training is becoming more of a requirement than before.

What will you Study?

Compulsory Modules:
Caring for Children
Child Development 5N1764
Early Childhood Education
Working in Childcare
Communications 5N0690
Work Preparation/Work Experience 5N1356

Elective Modules :
Art and Craft for Children
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Understanding Special Needs 5N1709
Legal Studies
Information Technology Skills
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