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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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Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assisting - SNA

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Ennis Community College

Ennis Community College
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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

This is a one year full-time Childcare Course designed to equip candidates to work as members of a professional team in the area of childcare. Graduates are also qualified to seek employment as Classroom Assistants (SNAs) in Primary and Secondary Schools. This course introduces students to a general working knowledge and understanding of children in early childhood. Students attend college four days per week 9:00 am to 1:15 pm and gain first hand experience throughout the year by attending work placements in a variety of settings, one day a week 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

What will you Study?

Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Work Experience 5N1356
Customer Service 5N0972
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
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

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DCHSC 5M2009

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