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Nan Hu


An Garda Síochána

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  Nan Hu
I would advise those considering the job to be patient and to be good at what you are doing and when the opportunity comes to join An Garda Siochana just take it!.

If you are part of a minority group in Ireland and considering joining An Garda Síochána then my advice to you is to go for it because as a foreign national working in the organisation I promise there is no discrimination in An Garda Síochána.

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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Community Development

Code:  6M3674
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Advanced certificate in Community Development?


Those who have a QQI Level 5 or equivalent qualification in any of the social care or community development areas may choose to pursue this Level 6 qualification aimed at careers as youth and community workers. This course is structured to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of persons currently working or volunteering in community based organisations. It is designed to meet the needs of community development professionals.

This course also aims to help learners develop a knowledge and understanding of the history of community development in the Irish context, along with a comprehensive understanding of the world of work from a community development perspective. It also helps learners develop the capacity to work independently and provides a gateway to further study at third level.

Modules will include Community Development Practice, Social Analysis, Community Development Theory, Conflict Management, Policy Making in Community Development, Group Work Theory and Practice, and Community Organisation Management. 

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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.
Psychologist - Clinical   Counsellor  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Aid worker / humanitarian worker  
Community Education Officer   Psychotherapist  
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Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Social Worker  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Occupational Therapist  
Music Therapist    

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.
Community & Voluntary
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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