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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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Social Science

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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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Social studies (or social science) refers to the study of the various fields which explore past, current, and future human behaviour and interactions. It covers topics such as economics, politics, geography, psychology, and sociology.

Course covers subjects such as social policy theory, social issues, social services, and research methods.

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DN550 - Social Science

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DN550 - Social 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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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20031 or 5N1370

and 3 of the following 6 modules:
G20022 or 5N1837
E20008 or 5N1298
E20169 or 5N0765
B20004 or 5N1351
D20032 or 5N1279
B20132 or 5N1394

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20031 or 5N1370

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Typical employment: Community care work, social worker with Government Departments or Health Boards, Community Care Organisation. 

DN550 students who take Information and Library Studies modules obtain an entry-level qualification in Information and Library Science that is recognised by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI).

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