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Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Early Childhood Care & Education

Course Code(s):  6M2007
QQI Award Code:  6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Mhuire Thurles

Colaiste Mhuire Thurles
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Course overview

Course Code 6M2007
QQI Award Code 6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course aims to enable students find employment in a supervisory capacity in a childcare setting.

What will you Study?

Child Development
Early Childhood Curriculum
Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies
Work Experience
Communications
Supervision in Early Childhood Care
Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
Equality and Diversity in Childcare
Special Needs Assisting
Child Psychology
Train the Trainer
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
DCXXX 6M2007

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Further Research

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Early Childhood Care & Education Newport College - St Josephs 
Early Childhood Care and Education Nenagh College 
Early Childhood Care & Education Scoil Ruain 
Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education 
Childcare & Additional Needs Central Technical Institute Senior College 
Early Childhood Care & Education - Classroom Assistant Colaiste Mhuire Thurles 
Early Childhood Care & Education Roscrea Community College 
Early Childhood Care & Education Templemore College of Further Education 
Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Roscrea Community College 

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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