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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Health and Wellbeing Therapies

Course Code(s):  HWT2
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Blackrock Further Education Institute

Blackrock Further Education Institute


 
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Course overview

Course Code HWT2
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Do you see alternative holistic therapies as a way to enhance general health and wellbeing? Are you interested in the human body? Do you have a desire to connect with and help others? Want to get away from a routine desk job? Would you enjoy flexible working hours in a calm environment, either as part of a team or working alone? This course offers you the opportunity to get internationally recognised ITEC qualifications in a range of therapies to engage in professional practice.

What will you Study?

This course is certified by ITEC (International Therapy Examinations Council qualification) awarded from the UK. This is a follow on course from Health and Wellbeing Therapies Year One and is equivalant to an NFQ Level 6. Subjects taken include: ITEC aromatherapy, ITEC stone massage, ITEC thai massage, ITEC Manual lympathic Drainage. see www.bfei.ie for full details www.bfei.ie

Year 1: ITEC Diplomas in...
Thai Massage
Holistic Massage
Anatomy and Physiology
Body Massage
Reflexology
Indian Head Massage
Healthy Eating and Wellbeing

Year 2: ITEC Diplomas in...
Aromatherapy
Stone Therapy Massage
Spa Therapies
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
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