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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Early Childhood Care, Health & Education

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

Employment Opportunities
Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
Duration of course
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The Course links learning and experiences from professional practice areas such a work with children, young people, people with disabilities and older people in a variety of Health and Social Care settings in order to facilitate learners progress into responsible positions in the growing area of professional social care.  In addition the course incorporates academic subjects linked to Health and Social Care that would be required for post-graduate study in such areas as social work and other allied health professions, teaching and others.

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From College Website...
LY906 - Early Childhood Care, Health & Education
Letterkenny IT

From Qualifax...
LY906 - Early Childhood Care, Health & Education
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education

Essential Module Requirements:

Three Distinctions from:
D20153 or 5N1770
D20159 or 5N1765
D20005 or 5N1764
D20007 or 5N1773

(2 places)

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On completion of this programme learners will have a wide range of transferable skills applicable to a broad spectrum of areas to include residential childcare, intellectual disability services, respite services, adult services, older people, health promotion, Women’s Aid, nursing homes youth work and community development.

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