Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Fire and Ambulance Services Access Course

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course is aimed at those who wish to work in either the Fire Service or Ambulance Service. Learners who successfully complete this one year QQI Level 5 certificate will gain essential knowledge and skills in areas relevant to these careers.

What will you Study?

Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Communications 5N0690
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Anatomy and Physiology
Understanding Special Needs 5N1709
Work Experience 5N1356
Additional Training
Cardiac First Responder
Emergency First Responder
Safe Pass
Fit for Fire Training
Emergency Medical Technician
Manual Handling
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
DCHSX 5M4468

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Nursing Studies Colaiste Chiarain Croom 
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Emergency Care Personnel Limerick College of Further Education 
Nursing Studies - Pre Nursing Limerick College of Further Education 
Healthcare Services Supervisory Management Skills Central College Limerick 

Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
IT Security Specialist   Medical Secretary  
Hair & Scalp specialist   Perfusionist  
Osteopath   Audiologist  
Radiologist - Diagnostic    Orthoptist  
Orthodontist   Clinical / Medical Technologist  
Optometrist   Psychiatrist  
Naturopath   Neurologist  
Surgeon    Immunologist  
Coroner   Gastroenterologist  
Doctor / GP   Surgeon - Oral  
Anaesthetist   Podiatrist / Chiropodist  
Genetic Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Forensic Pathologist   Ophthalmologist  
Dentist - General   Radiologist - Radiation Therapist  
Epidemiologist   Laboratory Manager  
Laboratory Technician   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Dentist - Periodontist   Neuroscientist  
Oncologist   Herbalist  
Radiographer - Diagnostic   Anatomical Pathology Technician  
Health and Safety Inspector   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Medical Laboratory Assistant   Medical Laboratory Technician  
Neurophysiology Technician   Dental Technician  
Radiographer - Therapeutic   Lactation Consultant  
Physical Therapist   Nurse Tutor  
Respiratory Technician   Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  
Nurse - Children's   Acupuncturist  
Nurse - Advanced Nurse Practitioner   Nurse Prescriber  
Nurse - Public Health   Chiropractor  
Dental Hygienist   Dental Nurse/Surgery Assistant  
Nurse - Midwife   Nurse - General  
Nurse - Intellectual Disability   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Physiotherapist   Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care  
Spinologist   Prosthetist / Orthotist  
Speech & Language Therapist   Health Educator/Promotion Officer  
Aromatherapist   Theatre / Perioperative Nurse  
Pathologist   Forensic Scientist  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Air Corps Cadet - Pilot  
Army Recruit   Firefighter  
Fire Officer   Probation Officer  
Garda   Garda Reserve  
Coastguard    

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.
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
Medical & Healthcare
Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

source: QQI

Grades Recieved:

source: QQI