Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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Liam Dowling

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St. Michael's House

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Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.


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Arts (Joint Honours) Humanities

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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 joint honours degree will give students new critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society.

Subject choices have increased since 2016 and now include English, International Languages, Irish, Geography, History, Human Development, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Politics,Theology and Religious Studies.

Each subject area provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline while also providing a solid foundation for further study. Chosen subjects will be studied through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials and some on-line learning giving students the opportunity to get to know fellow students.

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DCU Bachelor of Arts

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This course is still being run on the St. Patricks Campus, but you register as a DCU student.

Ever wanted to know how the world around you has been shaped or how it really works? This three or four year course in the Humanities gives you the opportunity to work in knowledge-areas that help us address these kinds of questions and to achieve the academic and personal satisfaction that is so crucial to third-level study. If you have an interest in the world around you and modern society, this course will certainly appeal to you. 

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Students study two subjects from: English, Gaeilge, Human Development 

History or Mathematics or Music
French or Geography or Religious Studies or Irish Studies

This degree gives you the option to choose from a range of humanities subjects. You can choose two subjects and study them both equally from the following:

Up to two permitted from English, Gaeilge, Human Development

Only one permitted from History, Maths, Music

Only one permitted from Geography, Irish Studies*, Theology and Religious Studies

*Irish Studies may not be taken with English or History

Each subject area of the Bachelor of Arts will providce you with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline. This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers while also providing a solid foundation for further study at postgraduate level.


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To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EPAMX  5M2011  Music
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

Distinctions in 5 modules.

Subject Requirement for Gaeilge:
One of the 5 distinctions must be in module/componentE20110 or 5N1631 Irish (or HC3 or better in Leaving Cert Irish)
Subject Requirement for French:
One of the 5 distinctions must be in module/componentE20106 or 5N1623 French (or HC3 or better in Leaving Cert French)

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Many subject options offer the opportunity to avail of a year long study period abroad in a partner university.

This degree leads to career opportunities in post primary teaching, translation, postgraduate studies, multinational corporations and international organisations including the EU which since 2003 recognises Irish as an official working language.

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