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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Marketing with Event Management

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Cork College of Commerce

Cork College of Commerce
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This QQI Level 6 advanced certificate enhances and develops the skills and knowledge gained at Level 5 to work in the world of advertising, public relations and event management. This course includes practical experience in these disciplines and includes many opportunities to network and liaise with industry professionals. The course helps to build confidence and generate the entrepreneurial spirit allowing the students to seek out and grasp opportunities for development.

What will you Study?

Business Management 6N4310
Leadership 6N2191
Project Management 6N4090
Marketing Communications 6N4370
Sales and Marketing Management 6N3613
Web Authoring 5N1910
Event Management 6N4800
Work Experience 6N1946
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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BALBX 6M4985

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