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Midwife

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I would advise anybody wishing to pursue a career as a Midwife to focus on having science subjects in their Leaving Certificate. The basic entrance requirements are high at the moment so a good Leaving Certificate is essential (unless applying as a mature applicant).

To be accepted onto a training course you have to do an interview where they will determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In the interview I would advise you to relax and to be yourself, answer honestly and do not be afraid to promote yourself.

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Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Students wishing to specialise in Special Needs and working with School Age Children can select these modules as part of the programme. This course gives students the skills necessary to be part of a team in a childcare setting.

What will you Study?

Early Childhood Care and Education – NFQ Level 5 QQI award  (5M2009) Full/Time Core Elements
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Communications
  • Equality and Diversity in Childcare
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • School Age Childcare
  • Work Experience

(components may vary)

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate. Mature applicants welcome All applicants interviewed and subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting

Duration

1 Year full time

  • €40 Plc deposit on acceptance
  • €200 Government levy
  • €50 Exam fees
Certification

NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI (5M2009)

Progression Routes

The course prepares students for progression to a NFQ Level 6 QQI award or to third level colleges through the CAO.

Career Options

This course is offered to those who wish to work in a crèche, play-school or work as a self-employed childcare practitioner

Child Development 5N1764
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
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
DCHSC 5M2009

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