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DB566
Social Science

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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
3 Years
Duration of course
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205

2014 Points

205

Change from 2013: 

-50

Points History:

2013 - 255
2012 - 245
2011 - 205
2010 - 175
2009 - 220
2008 - 220
2007 - 260
2006 - 215
2005 -
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Social studies (or social science) refers to the study of the various fields which explore past, current, and future human behaviour and interactions. It covers topics such as economics, politics, geography, psychology, and sociology .

Students are introduced to the key topics and issues facing social scientists. Students are also challenged to examine particular social-scientific questions in a theoretical and practical way.


 
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This course will accept any FETAC Major award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to view a list of FETAC courses that are from the same career sector. Note you can expand the list by using the filters on the list page.

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Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions


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Details of the 2013/14 scoring system and a FETAC calculator can be found HERE

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Progressing towards a career in social care, professional social research or policy analysis.



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