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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Youthwork

Course Code(s):  5M4732 CS06
QQI Award Code:  5M4732 Youth Work
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4732 CS06
QQI Award Code 5M4732 Youth Work
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at individuals who wish to pursue a career in youth and community work. The course provides learners with knowledge and understanding of the context of youth work, the role of a youth worker and the practical skills required to work effectively with young people in the field of youth work.

Learners must have an interest in community based youth work and will be required to work with a youth group during the course. The course focuses on the personal and social issues that impact on young people and their communities such as social exclusion, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse. Work experience within a range of youth work settings forms an integral part of the course.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Care Provision & Practice 5N2705

Social Studies 5N1370

Understanding Youthwork 5N1366

Working with Young People 5N1384

Young People & Society 5N2002

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

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
EYXXX 5M4732

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

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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.
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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