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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Care of the Person with Special Needs

Course Code(s):  5M4339 SNC
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Ballyfermot College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339 SNC
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year full time course has a dual purpose award. It is designed for those who have an interest in working as a HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT(HCA) or as special needs assistant (SNA). The course is structured to give students a strong knowledge base in the practices and procedures to work in both these fields. Employment can be sought on completion of this course in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community care or in a residential care setting. Work experience is an integral part of this course and consists of a minimum three weeks block placement during the academic year. In addition the course provides the students with a unique opportunity to participate in BCFE's Community Partnership Programme with a local primary school.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Social Studies 5N1370
Work Experience 5N1356
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. 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.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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 one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DHSXX 5M4339

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Further Research

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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.
Psychologist - Clinical   Counsellor  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Aid Worker - humanitarian  
Community Education Officer   Psychotherapist  
Careers Adviser   Community Development Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Social Worker  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Occupational Therapist  
Music Therapist    

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.
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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