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Intel

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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TR071
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
4 Years
Duration of course
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515*

2014 Points

515*

Change from 2013: 

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Points History:

2013 - 505*
2012 - 510
2011 - 475*
2010 - 460*
2009 - 440*
2008 - 415
2007 - 435
2006 - 415*
2005 - 440*
2004 - 445*
2003 - 425
2002 - 385
2001 - 400
2000 - 395

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For the first two years, students learn the fundamental sciences. They then select one of sixteen specialist areas to study for the final two years.

2 HC, required from any of Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Applied Maths, Biology, or Agricultural Science


 
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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.


Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include:

  • C20139 or 5N1833

    Plus three of the following modules:
  • C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
  • C20011 or 5N2747 or C20022 or 5N2748
  • C20033 or 5N2751
  • C20048 or 5N1460
In addition students must have taken and passed G20001 or 5N0690.


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Wide range of careers in research and product development, quality control, technical management, marketing, distribution management in pharmaceutical, chemical and the food industry.



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