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Siobhan Canny

Midwife

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  Siobhan Canny

I would advise anybody wishing to pursue a career as a Midwife to focus on having science subjects in their Leaving Certificate. The basic entrance requirements are high at the moment so a good Leaving Certificate is essential (unless applying as a mature applicant).

To be accepted onto a training course you have to do an interview where they will determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In the interview I would advise you to relax and to be yourself, answer honestly and do not be afraid to promote yourself.

The interviewers are looking for intellegent, hard working, nice people who are genuinely interested in being with women in pregnancy and labour. They are looking for students who have a basic understanding as to what this entails.

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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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DN250 NPF
Agricultural 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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The Agricultural Science programme is for students who are passionate about land, animals and plants and the food produced from it. If you are unsure which area of Agricultural Science to specialise in you can can select the No Preference (NPF) option on application and specialise in second year in one of five areas.

DN250 ACP
 Animal and Crop Production
DN250ASC  Animal Science
DN250 EQS Animal Science - Equine
DN250 AST Agricultural Systems Technology
DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness

The first year offers students a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics. Students do not need to have studied science before. Subjects studied include Animal Biology and Evolution, Cell and Plant Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course includes lectures, laboratory work and tutorials along with independent study.



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DN250 NPF - Agricultural Science
UCD (NUI)

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DN250 NPF - Agricultural Science
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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PWE (Professional work Placement) is an integral part of the degree and takes plce in third year, and may be taken at home or abroad. 

There are also opportunities to study abroad for a semester in thrid year.

Various careers include enterprise management in the food and agriculture related industry, technical service and consultancy, landscape design and management, research, education, marketing, communications, and primary production of quality food and fibre products.



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