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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.

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TR083
Sociology and Social Policy

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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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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460

2014 Points

460

Change from 2013: 

5

Points History:

2013 - 455
2012 - 445
2011 - 440
2010 - 445*
2009 - 435*
2008 - 435
2007 - 440
2006 - 415*
2005 - 455
2004 - 465
2003 - 465
2002 - 450
2001 - 450
2000 - 455

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Sociology involves the study of groups, organisations and societies and how people interact within these settings.

Social policy examines public policy and practice in the areas of health care, human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, and labour.

This course covers general social science subjects such as economics politics and specialist area such as family policy, crime, and poverty.


 
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Community care work, social worker with Government Departments or Heal. Boards, Community Care Organisation, Social research and Policy analysis, Administration for social welfare dept. or agency.



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