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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Community Health Services

Code:  5M4468
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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This one year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or residential setting. The healthcare worker needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Healthcare Skills will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. The aim of the course is to provide the human skills necessary for a career in the general healthcare area.

Graduates may pursue a certificate or degree in many of the IT colleges around the country or may alternatively seek immediate employment in a range of hospitals, community care, nursing homes and health care initiatives. The qualification can also be used for entry into third level courses in the Social Care / Social Studies area. This course will also help you to seek out links to degree programmes in the UK.

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Progression Routes

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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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