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Deborah Caffrey

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  Deborah Caffrey
For my particular job role, as a yield analysis engineer, good organization and communication skills are quite important. Along with having the technical knowledge, being able to properly communicate your ideas/findings is very important. A lot of my day is spent dealing with other people in the factory and it is very important to be able to communicate efficiently with them.

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 (Common Entry)

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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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4 years
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This is a four year programme in which students develop the skills necessary to assimilate an understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general or specialised skills which will be widely transferable. Students will undertake a critical examination of contrasting perspectives which provide insight into the varied experiences of health and social care. On successful completion students will be able to work independently and identify the need for knowledge acquisition and skill development on an ongoing basis in general health and social care or selected including Disability studies or Ageing and care specialised strands.

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LY978 - Health and Social Care (Common Entry)
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LY978 - Health and Social Care (Common Entry)
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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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DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions which must include one of the following:

D20003 or 5N2705
D20032 or 5N1279
D20163 or 5N2770
D20164 or 5N0758
D20165 or 5N1794
G20001 or 5N0690

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On completion of this programme students 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 and nursing homes. Typical jobs which are current graduates are finding include Social Care Worker, Project Worker, Family Liaison Officer, Healthcare Assistant, Youth worker, Campaigns Officer (Charity sector), Social Care Leader, Support Worker and Relief Support Workers.

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