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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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Security Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2110 EE
QQI Award Code:  5M2110 Security Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2110 EE
QQI Award Code 5M2110 Security Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for employment in the security industry. The course material provides an introduction to the relevant areas of the industry in Ireland. An integral part of the course is the work placement, giving students on-the-job experience. This course can be a valuable addition to those who may apply to join An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces or the Prison Services. It has been designed to meet the needs of the security industry. Under the Private Security Services Act 2004 all security personnel are required to register and obtain a licence. Students who pass Basic Guarding, Security Industry Awareness and Door Security Procedures may apply for a Security licence under the Private Security Services Act 2004.

What will you Study?

Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Security Industry Procedures 5N1785
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
Door Security Procedures
Crisis Prevention
Guarding Skills
Communications 5N0690
First Aid
Customer Service 5N0972
Conflict Resolution
Self Defence
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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Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
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