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We asked Liam McCaul from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam McCaul

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Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Liam McCaul
Do your best to find out the most you can about your specific engineering category, whether it be Electronics, Mechanical, Civil etc. Approach companies to try and get experience whilst you are at college, that way you have a running start on how to use the most up to date packages and instruments that companies have, and that then gets you the work experience when you finish college.

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Social Care

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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.

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3 Years
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Social caring is the practice of providing support to people who are unable to fully support themselves, not due to medical illness.

College-based lectures and studies is combined with the experience which students gain through a work placement.

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This course will take place in Grangegorman Campus from 2014

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DT571 - Social Care

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DT571 - Social Care
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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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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

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5 Distinctions

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Social care is a profession characterised by working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate way. Graduates may work with children and adolescents in residential child care, people with intellectual disabilities, the homeless, people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, the aged, asylum seekers/refugees and so on.

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