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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Rachel Berry

Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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LY916
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.

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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.

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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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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

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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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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

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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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