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Arts - Politics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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A BA is a broad degree, offering a wide variety of subjects to choose from. Politics optionwill equip students with an appreciation and understanding for the workings of central and local government in Ireland, and abroad.

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Must have distinctions in any 4 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification.

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During your time on the Politics course, you will develop a broad set of skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Varied teaching and assessment styles are used to ensure that you develop critical thinking abilities, hone your analytical capabilities and build effective communication skills that include both written and presentation elements.

In recent years, our graduates have gone into a wide range of professions. Some of our graduates now work as:
recruitment consultants
business analysts
campaign coordinators for charities interest groups and political parties
policy analysts
officials in international organisations

Politics is scheduled to become a Leaving Certificate subject and this will also open up new teaching opportunities.

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