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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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Healthcare Assistance

Course Code(s):  5M4339 CA5
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339 CA5
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a recognised qualification for healthcare workers, currently in employment and those seeking to work in this sector. This Healthcare Support Certificate is the Department of Health and Childrens recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector. In addition, the newly published National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People require all newly recruited care staff and those in posts less than one year, to commence training to QQI Level 5 or equivalent within two years of taking up employment. This course is the passport for DFEi learners to work in the healthcare sector.

What will you Study?

This course is designed to provide a recognised qualification for healthcare workers, currently in employment and those seeking to work in this sector. This course is the passport for DFEi learners to work in the healthcare sector.

Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Communications 5N0690
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
Teamworking 5N1367
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DHSXX 5M4339

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