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To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.

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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Arts (Kilkenny Campus)

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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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3 Years
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(Kilkenny Campus - first year only, with progression to second year at the main campus at Maynooth)

Students can choose from a selection of Arts subjects taken from the full range available on the main campus in Maynooth (as part of MH101).
Students take up to four subjects with not more than one subject from each group, following the same first year programme as their counterparts on the Maynooth campus. 

Group 1: Geography, Law, Philosophy
Group 2: History
Group 3: English
Group 4: Anthropology, Economics
Group 5: Sociology
Group 6: Theology

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Students choose three or four subjects with not more than one subject being taken from each group:

- First year subjects are divided into six groups as follows:
Group 1: Law, Philosophy 
Group 2: History
Group 3: English
Group 4: Antropology, Economics
Group 5: Sociology 
Group 6: Theology

As an Arts student, you can choose to study how people live, how they think, how they behave, how they interact with each other socially or economically; you can analyse our cultural, literary, historical, or political development; or you can get to grips with a fundamental analysis of human life through the study of its physical and biological processes.

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MH901 - Arts (Kilkenny Campus)
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MH901 - Arts (Kilkenny Campus)
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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
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EMPXX    Media Production
  5M5048  Creative Media
EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
EPAMX  5M2011  Music
  5M5162  Media Engineering
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
EMXXX    Multimedia
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
EMPRO    Media Production
  6M5130  Media Production
  6M5159  Film and Television Production
EMMWD    Multimedia and Web Development
  6M5159  Film and Television Production
  5M5028  Applied Ecology
  6M5149  Broadcasting
BALBX  6M4985  Business
BAXXX  6M5013  Administration
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration
BALBX  6M4985  Business
AAAXX  6M3618  Arts Administration
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service

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As a student of Arts, you will develop strong communication and problem-solving skills, as well as advanced facilities for team work, leadership, and
numeracy – skills highly valued in all sectors of the jobs market. An Arts degree offers the flexibility to pursue many career paths, as the quality of the degree
is almost always more important to an employer than the subjects studied. Some 60 percent of graduate vacancies advertised call for students of any discipline.

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