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Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

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  Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.


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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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Course Code:
Planning and Environmental Management
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years


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Building, Construction & Property
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EU Auditor
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Town Planning Support
Landscape Architect
Acoustic Consultant
Engineer - Structural
Engineer - Urban Planning
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Landscape Manager
Landscape Scientist
Political Researcher
Sociologist / Social Researcher
Town & Country Planner
Traffic Engineer
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Cabinet Maker
Carpenter / Joiner
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter
Engineer - Building Services
Engineer - Civil
Facilities Manager
Geomatics Surveyor
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Insurance Surveyor
Production Manager - Engineering
Site Engineer
Site Technician
Surveyor - Building / Construction

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Town planning is the practice of developing available land, resources, facilities and services in the most sensible way; considering physical, economic, and social efficiency, and health and well-being of urban and rural communities.

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The profession of spatial planning, known more traditionally as 'town planning', 'urban and regional planning' or 'environmental planning' is increasingly recognised as having a crucial role to play in contributing to achieving the sustainable development of our economy and society.


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2013 Points


Change from 2012: 



2012 - 275
2011 - 270
2010 - 315
2009 - 330
2008 - 375
2007 - 360
2006 - 375
2005 - 390
2004 - 365
2003 - 390
2002 - 400
2001 - 370

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DT101 Architecture (NEW for 2014)
DT111 Quantity Surveying & Construction Economics
DT282 Computer Science (International) NEW for 2014

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Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include 4 of the following:

  • A20012 or 5N1604
  • A20017 or 5N1862
  • A20189 or 5N0764
  • A20191 or 5N1558
  • A20209 or 5N0784
  • B20012 or 5N0783
  • B20028 or 5N1977
  • B20029 or 5N2066
  • B20145 or 5N1952
  • C20006 or 5N2746
  • C20008 or 5N1570
  • C20011 or 5N2747
  • C20033 or 5N2751
  • C20037 or 5N1637
  • C20049 or 5N2528
  • C20055 or 5N2530
  • C20139 or 5N1833
  • C20174
  • C20190 or 5N2527
  • D20031
  • D20130 or 5N1453
  • D20156 or 5N5386
  • D20157 or 5N4647
  • D20158 or 5N4646
  • E20113 or 5N1296
  • E20114 or 5N1274
  • E20115 or 5N0762

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