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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Physiology and Health Science

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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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This course offers a route to a range of paramedical degree programmes in the UK. It is also an entry requirement for the B.Sc in Physiology and Rehabilitation in IT Carlow. The course covers subjects such as nutrition, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, fitness training, and dietetics.

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CW106 - Physiology and Health Science
IT Carlow

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CW106 - Physiology and Health Science
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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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CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
  5M3782  Health Service Skills
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
DSRXX  5M5146  Sports, Recreation and Exercise
  6M5147  Sports, Recreation and Exercise

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Careers as exercise and fitness instructors. However most graduates go on to further study in the following areas: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Chiropractic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Radiography (therapeutic and diagnostic), Nutrition and Dietetics, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Podiatry, Physical Education, Biomedical Science, Nursing Science and Psychology.

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