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Orla Gallagher

Spa Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Orla Gallagher
If considering a job in this field I think its best to have a therapy background or a caring background. Be prepared to work hard, it takes alot of effort to help create the perfect environment for others to relax in. Work well with others and help your collegues it makes for a friendly workplace and you never know when you will need their assistance. An interest in sales and marketing would also be avantageous, as you must be competitive with other spa's offerings.
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Waterford College of Further Education

Waterford College of Further Education


 

Social Care - Advanced Certificate


Course Code(s):  6M2218
QQI Award Code:  6M2218 Social and Vocational Integration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This full time course will be of benefit to those who have a particular interest in the professional aspects of social care.

The course is designed for students who have already qualified in Level 5 in Social Studies, Special Needs or a course in a similar field. It will suit those who have a good knowledge of social care, seeking to progress in their professional development.

 

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.

Childhood, Social, Legal and Health Issues
Person Centred Planning
Team Leadership
Personal and Professional Development
Rehabilitation Practice
Boundary Management
Mental Health Awareness
Disability Awareness
Occupational First Aid
Patient & Manual Handling
MAPA Management of Actual and Potential Aggression

WORK EXPERIENCE
Work experience in a relevant environment is an essential part of this course. Students must obtain one day per week work experience for the academic year. The day will be specified by the college. There will also be a two week block placement in the first term and one week in the second term.

 

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.
Charity Officer   Equality Officer  
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Aromatherapist   Health Educator/Promotion Officer  
Acupuncturist   Speech & Language Therapist  
Nurse - General   Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care  
Nurse - Intellectual Disability   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Psychologist - Sports   Probation Officer  
Garda   Psychologist - Clinical  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Counsellor  
Music Therapist   Aid Worker - humanitarian  
Community Education Officer   Psychotherapist  
Social Worker   Occupational Therapist  
Careers Adviser   Clergy / Religious Ministers  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker  

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.

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6M2218