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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.

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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Social Care Practice

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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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When you study for the BA (Honours) in Social Care Practice, you receive the education and training to equip you to work as a practitioner with marginalised youth. You will learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills and proficiencies that are unique to the social care practitioner. You will also undertake detailed studies in the areas of therapy to facilitate the involvement of the care practitioner in the work environment.


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From College Website...
AL860 - Social Care Practice
Athlone IT

From Qualifax...
AL860 - Social Care Practice
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

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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
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

Pass in G20031 or 5N1370
Distinctions in three modules

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When you graduate after four years you will have excellent employment prospects in the voluntary and statutory sectors (community care, residential care and project work).


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