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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.


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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Arts - Gaeilge/Irish

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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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Taken along with three other subjects from a choice of 23 subjects and continuing with two of these in second and third year.

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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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  5M5048  Creative Media
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
EMPXX    Media Production
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
BEBXX  5M0828  eBusiness
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DSACX    School Age Childcare
  6M2382  Telecommunications Access Networks Technology
EPAAX    Performing Arts Administration
DTXXX  5M5011  Tourism with Business
EPATP    Theatre Performance
  5M5151  Performing Arts
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
CCNMX    Computer and Network Maintenance
CELTX    Electronic Technology
  5M2767  Logistics and Distribution
CITXX    Information Technology
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
BAXXX  6M5013  Administration
BALBX  6M4985  Business
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
CNSSX    Networks and Software Systems
  6M2263  Inclusive Education and Training
  6M4385  Retail Management
CSOAX  6M4980  Security Operations
  6M5012  Tourism with Business
  6M4978  Health Services Supervisory Management Skills
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies

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Must have distinctions in any 4 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification.

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Irish generally leads to a career in Irish media, such as radio broadcasting, television, newspapers and publishing. Translators are employed both here and abroad, as well as the teaching profession at all levels.

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