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Within the building materials industry there are opportunities for people with very different backgrounds.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Applied Social Studies in 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.

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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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.

Course aimes to train future social care, child care and family support workers.

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PC404 - Applied Social Studies in Social Care
Carlow College

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PC404 - Applied Social Studies in 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
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work

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Work with disabled persons, children and adolescence and the elderly in residential care, in day care and the community.

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