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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Security Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2110
QQI Award Code:  5M2110 Security Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Crumlin College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2110
QQI Award Code 5M2110 Security Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year course aims to provide a qualification for students interested in working in the expanding Security Industry. It combines the business & practical skills required to have a successful career in this area.

This course would appeal to students considering a career in the Garda Siochana, Harbour Police, Prison Service or Airport Police. Students will supplement their studies with work experience in a relevant area.

What will you Study?

Security Industry Procedures 5N1785
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Information and Communication Systems 5N1952
Retail Security 5N1777
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Communication
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
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.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CSSXX 5M2110

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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.
IT Security Specialist   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Insurance Loss Assessor   Insurance Loss Adjuster  
Forensic Pathologist   Private Investigator  
Forensic Scientist   Pathologist  
Fire Officer   Army Recruit  
Firefighter   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Air Corps Cadet - Pilot   Garda Reserve  
Garda   Coastguard  

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.
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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