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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

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Psychology - Applied

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Psychology is the scientific investigation of behaviour and mental processes. It aims to study how a person thinks, feels and acts in any social situation. The main emphasis is on the individual and how they can affect and be affected by social contact with other parties.

Applied Psychology avails of general psychological principles and theories and uses them to investigate problems in the area of business management, product design, ergonomics, law, health and mental health. To do this, Applied Psychologists use a range of measurement techniques. These include observation, case studies, psychometric tests, surveys and experiments.

This foundation course aims to give participants an introduction to the core theories and methodologies of psychology and prepare them for further study at third level. In addition, the course also lays the foundation for a wide variety of people focused careers in social research, environmental psychology, marketing and human resource management.

What will you Study?

Work Experience (5N1356)
Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Communications (5N0690)
Human Growth & Development (5N1279)
Personal Effectiveness (5N1390)
Social Studies (5N1370)
Statistics (5N2066)
Behavioural Studies (5N1351)
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

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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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DCHSX 5M4468

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