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Psychology & Social Sciences

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2181 CI061PS
QQI Award Code 5M2181 Applied Social Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Psychology is a social science. It is the study of behaviour, of why we do the things we do. The aim of psychology is to understand how a person thinks, feels and acts in a social situation. The main focus is to try and understand the individual, and how the individual is affected by, and affects, the world around them. This course is for people who wish to embark on a programme of study leading to a career in social care.

What will you Study?

Psychology 5N0754
Social Studies 5N1370
Intercultural Studies 5N0765
Communications 5N0690
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Teamworking 5N1367
Equality and Disability 5N1273
Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience 5N1356
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EASSX 5M2181

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