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Rachel Berry

Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs

Course Code(s):  5M2009
QQI Award Code:  5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2009
QQI Award Code 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

To provide students with an understanding of the principles of childhood development and to familiarise students with the skills required to pursue a career in childcare. The course will also give students an insight into the range of employment opportunities in the health service/special needs sector.

What will you Study?

Child Development 5N1764
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Communications 5N0690
Creative Arts for Early Child 5N1769
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Work Experience 5N1356
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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DCHSC 5M2009

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Early Childhood Care & Education Galway Community College 
Childcare Our Lady's College Galway 
Childcare with Special Needs Clarin College Athenry 
Childcare / Classroom Assistant St. Cuan's College 
Early Childhood Care & Education Colaiste an Chregain 
Tacaíocht Cúram Sláinte Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara 
Childcare - Supervision with Special Needs Clarin College Athenry 
Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Galway Community College 
General Studies & Arts - Third Level Access Programme Galway Technical Institute 

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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