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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Life Skills with Computers

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 full-time PLC (Post Leaving Cert) will provide students with a wide range of personal, computer and study skills in an empowering and non pressurised environment. The focus of the course is on helping students to recognise their strengths and develop the necessary skills to successfully progress to the next stage in Ireland's framework of qualifications. It also provides a good knowledge of the modern workplace for a return to employment.

What will you Study?

Research and Study Skills 5N3113
Customer Service 5N0972
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
Information Technology Skills
Database Methods 5N0783
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ELAXX 5M3114

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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