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Psychology is a very broad area and I would encourage people to reflect on the field that would suit them best. If you study pharmacy, you will graduate as a pharmacist. It is different in psychology. The role of a Clinical Psychologist differs significantly from the role of an Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. A post graduate qualification will be required to practice in any of these fields. Regardless of the area of psychology that interests you, respect for and an interest in people is a key value that is required. Once you have qualifications, networks and professional bodies are a good way to meet prospective employers.

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Arts - German

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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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This course emphasises competent use of language, grammatical accuracy and systematic vocabulary building along with an improvement of German cultural awareness.

As part of an Arts degree, this subject is one of three subjects you choose in first year. In second and third year you continue with two of the subjects taken in First Arts. It may be possible to take an extra year studying abroad.

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Restricted Entry Subjects: students should note that they may choose only ONE from the following traditional Arts subjects: Beginners' German, Léann an Aistriúcháin, Legal Studies, Information Technology, Mathematics and Psychology.

Each of the above subjects has restrictions on entry to Second Arts based upon performance in First Arts. Therefore, successful completion of the subject in First Arts may not guarantee progression to Second Arts in that subject. For this reason, the College does not permit any student to register for more than ONE restricted entry subject.

Only students obtaining at least 50% in Beginners' German will be admitted to Second Arts German.

Italian, German, Spanish and Welsh may be taken at First Arts without previous knowledge of those languages. N.B. Students should note that the subject Welsh is only available as a First Arts subject.

Students registering for Modern Languages or Gaeilge should note that they will be required to pass (40% or higher) the language component of the subject in order to progress to Second Arts in that subject.

Students should also note that choosing to study a modern language to degree level involves spending a period, normally a year, abroad in a country or region where the language they are studying is widely spoken. Therefore, after successfully completing the Second Arts examination and in advance of registering for Final Year studies of the BA programme, students will be required to spend a period abroad to prepare them for the demands of the Final Year of their degree studies in a language.

Students registered for two languages are required to spend a minimum of twelve weeks in each of the countries/regions where the relevant languages are spoken. This will usually consist of an academic year abroad arranged by the university in one language and a summer placement arranged by the student in the other relevant country/regio

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GY101 - Arts - German
NUI Galway

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GY101 - Arts - German
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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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ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

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This course paves the way to a career in teaching, public services, journalism, media, marketing, tourism, business, or European agencies.

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