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Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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Tomas Flanagan

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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Colaiste Chathail Naofa

Colaiste Chathail Naofa
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course gives students a realistic understanding of what the world of work entails and the required qualification for working as a carer/care assistant. QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support in the H.S.E. recognised qualification for care assistants. Now government regulations stipulate that QQI Level 5 is the minimum qualification requirement to work in the care sector.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Health and Safety at Work 5N1794
Infection, Prevention and Control
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
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
DHSXX 5M4339

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

Further Research

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Social Studies - Applied Waterford College of Further Education 
Healthcare Support Waterford College of Further Education 
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Social Care - Advanced Certificate Waterford College of Further Education 
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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.
Charity Officer   Equality Officer  
Community Welfare Officer   Educational Psychologist  
Information Officer - Adult Guidance    Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary  
Childcare worker   Art Therapist  
Special Needs Assistant - SNA   Teacher - Primary / Gael School  
Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup    Funeral Director  
Naturopath   Aromatherapist  
Health Educator / Promotion Officer   Speech & Language Therapist  
Acupuncturist   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
Nurses Aid / Healthcare Assistant   Vision Rehabilitation Therapist  
General Nurse (RGN)   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Intellectual Disability Nurse    Sport Psychologist  
Probation Officer   Clinical Psychologist  
Ambulance Assistant / Intermediate Care Operative   Community Resource Worker - Visual Impairment  
Home Help Assistant   Home Help Organiser  
Music Therapist   Social Care Worker / Practitioner  
Care Assistant - Children   Nursery Nurse  
Aid Worker - Humanitarian   Care Worker  
Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker / Officer  
Careers Adviser   Constituency Worker  
Psychotherapist   Community Education Officer  
Facilitator    

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.
Social & Caring
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.