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Care Assistant

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education

Animal Science


Course Code(s):  6M5153 HJ
QQI Award Code:  6M5153 Animal Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This one year course is uniquely designed for those who wish to progress to a career in animal care at a supervisory level. It offers a broad range of subjects to encourage learners to explore different aspects of animal care and husbandry for both companion and exotic animals. The learner has the opportunity to seek work experience in a variety of settings. The learner will study towards a QQI award in Animal Science at Level 6. They may also achieve a City & Guilds Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management.

 

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.

QQI Modules:
Animal Science & Health
Wildlife Management
Animal Grooming
Canine Obedience and Training
Kennel and Cattery Management
Work Experience
Animal Behaviour
Customer Service

CITY & GUILDS Modules:
Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development
Work Experience
Zoological Animal Health
Components subject to change

 

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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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.
Animals & Veterinary Science
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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.

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6M5153