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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Liberal Arts

Course Code(s):  5M3114
QQI Award Code:  5M3114 General Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3114
QQI Award Code 5M3114 General Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed specially to prepare students for entry to third level degree courses. It is suitable for persons who may or may not have completed the leaving cert. It is also suitable for mature students who have completed the FETAC level 4 programme on general vocational studies.

This certificate provides a foundation in subjects that students may wish to study in an arts degree course. It will also provide students with the necessary skills required to succeed at third level.

What will you Study?

Communications 5N0690
Personal And Professional Development 5N2985
History
Media Analysis 5N1298
English literature
Social Studies 5N1370
Word Processing 5N1358
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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ELAXX 5M3114

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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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