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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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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

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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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.
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Immunologist   Herbalist  
Coroner   Surgeon   
Audiologist   Naturopath  
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Forensic Pathologist   Epidemiologist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Neuroscientist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Perfusionist  
Clinical / Medical Technologist   Radiologist - Diagnostic   
Surgeon - Oral   Dentist - Periodontist  
Psychiatrist   Anaesthetist  
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist   Laboratory Technician  
Laboratory Manager   Doctor / GP  
Osteopath   Dentist - General  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Anatomical Pathology Technician   Neurophysiology Technician  
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Lactation Consultant   Chiropractor  
Speech & Language Therapist   Dental Hygienist  
Respiratory Technician   Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant  
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Vision Rehabilitation Therapist   Nurse Midwife  
Acupuncturist   Prosthetist / Orthotist  
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Public Health Nurse   Health Educator / Promotion Officer  
Nurse Prescriber   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
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Forensic Scientist   Pathologist  
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Garda / Trainee   Garda Reserve (Voluntary)  
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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.
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.