Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Tomas Flanagan from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Health and Social Care

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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
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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...
LY916 - Health and Social Care
Letterkenny IT

From Qualifax...
LY916 - Health and Social Care
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
DISCLAIMER: These links are to official sources of information for this course - we accept no responsibility for the information on them.

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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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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

DCHCC/5M2786 - Must have distinctions in at least 3 of the following: 
D20003 or 5N2705
D20032 or 5N1279
D20165 or 5N1794
G20001 or 5N0690

DHSXX/5M4339 - Must have distinctions in 3 of the following: 
D20163 or 5N2770
D20164 or 5N0758
D20165 or 5N1794
G20001 or 5N0690

(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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