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Rachel Berry

Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Colaiste Dun Iascaigh

Colaiste Dun Iascaigh

Healthcare Support - Care of the Older Person - Home Help or Hospital Assistant


Course Code:  5M4339
Award Code(s):  5M4339
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This QQI Level 5 course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to relate to and work with 'older persons' in need of care in the community. This care may be on a temporary or long term basis and will be in a variety of settings including Care Homes, Day Care Centres and the persons' own home. A QQI qualification is required by the HSE to gain employment in this sector.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Care Skills
Care Support
Safety and Health at Work
Care of the Older Person
Infection Control
Communications
Work Experience
Word Processing

Certified Manual Handling and First Aid courses are a requirement of the course and are essential for work experience. These will be facilitated during the year.

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Social & Caring
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on the Award Code below:

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5M4339