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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349 CI061NS
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349 CI061NS
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is suitable for students who are considering a career in all aspects of nursing and caring. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a clear understanding of the academic requirements and personal qualities and characteristics necessary for a successful career in nursing.

Students are provided with a unique insight into the diversity of a career in nursing and caring. The course also prepares students for degree courses, interviews and career progression.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Communications 5N0690
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Research and Study Skills 5N3113
Understanding Mental Health 5N3772
Mathematics 5N1833
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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
DCHSN 5M4349

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Further Research

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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.