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COLテ!STE CHIARテ!N C O L L E G E O F F U RT H E R E D U C AT I O N

P RO S P E C T U S 2 0 1 3 / 1 4 w w w. c c o . i e


CONTENTS 1.

General information

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Sports a. Sports and Recreation b. Sports Development - Sports Exercise and Fitness/Sports Coaching

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Health Studies a. Nursing Studies b. Healthcare Support

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Applied Sciences a. Applied Science Animal Care (Level 5) b. Applied Science Animal Science/Veterinary Science (Level 6) c. Horsemanship

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Arts a. Sound Production

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Media a. Multimedia Production

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Journalism a. Radio, Television and Print Journalism


GENERAL INFORMATION

SCHOOL LEAVERS CAO does not apply to our extensive range of courses, POINTS ARE NOT REQUIRED. Students who have passed Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied are eligible to apply. Applicants who present with school leaving examinations, other than the Leaving Cert, will be assessed based on accepted equivalent tables. MATURE STUDENTS The college welcomes applications from mature students. Exemptions are made from having formal educational qualifications for mature students. All students will be interviewed. It is a short information session between the potential student and course representatives. Interviews for PLC places will be held in late May, Late August and Early September. Places on courses are offered on the following basis 1. Places on courses are allocated to students on the basis of interview, prior experiences and/or exam results. 2. Availability of places on particular courses in the year of application. Waiting lists may apply if some programmes are oversubscribed. 3. Adequate enrolment to run the course/programme 4. Acceptance of offer and payment of fees. RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING The national objective of moving towards a ‘Lifelong Learning Society’ enables learners to take up learning opportunities at chosen stages throughout their lives. PRIOR LEARNING ENCOMPASSES 1. Formal learning, which takes place through programmes of study or training, delivered by education or training providers which attract awards. 2. Non-formal learning that takes place alongside the mainstream systems of education and training. It may be assessed but does not normally lead to formal certification. Examples of non-formal learning are: learning and training activities undertaken in the workplace, voluntary sector or trade union and communitybased learning. 3. Informal learning that takes place through life and work experience (and is sometimes referred to as experiential learning). Often, it is learning that is unintentional and the learner may not recognise at the time of the experience that it contributed to his or her knowledge, skills and competences. Coláiste Chiaráin College of Further Education in conjunction with QQI is committed to implementing a RPL Policy to enable access to our programmes for all students. This involves an evaluation of all students’ learning to date so as to determine their capacity to participate on their chosen course/programme. Please Contact the College for details.


MAINTENANCE GRANT SCHEME The Department of Education and Skills provides a means-tested maintenance grant for learners attending full time further education. Information regarding eligibility and application details is available at www.studentfinance.ie BACK TO EDUCATION ALLOWANCE The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. The allowance can be paid to people who wish to do or take approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment which is not means tested. If you are signing for unemployment credits or submitting medical certificates for illness credits, you may apply to take part in the scheme through your Social Welfare Office. VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES SCHEME The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) is an educational opportunities scheme for unemployed persons which are funded by the Department of Education and Skills with assistance from the European Social Fund. This scheme gives you a second chance to go back to full time education and training. It allows you to keep your social welfare allowances while attending your full time course in the college. All applicants must be 21 years or over to qualify Who Qualifies for VTOS? Adults over 21 years of age and have been receiving social welfare benefits for at least 6 months (156 days). What allowances are payable? If eligible and accepted on the scheme, students continue to get full Social Welfare Entitlements plus course fees, some lunch and travel expenses may also be paid for. PROGRESSION An award from the College gives an individual many of the skills that are required to make a meaningful contribution to the workplace. The educational experience the College provides, places many of our graduates on a pathway of learning going forward. Learning does not end when the student leaves the college. HIGHER EDUCATION LINKS SCHEME Coláiste Chiaráin College of Further Education provides programmes of education and training leading to awards at Level 5 Certificate and Level 6 Advanced Certificate on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The NFQ provides a method to compare educational outcomes ensuring that they are quality assured and recognised both on a national and international level. Students can be confident that the awards they achieve in this college will provide them with the necessary fundamentals to progress their educational futures.


NATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF QUALIFICATIONS A new national qualification system has been introduced across further education and training in Ireland, which is known as CAS or the ‘Common Awards System,. By 2014 all FETAC awards will be part of CAS .This facilitates easier recognition for your learning. FETAC is being amalgamated with HETAC, the IUQB and the NQAI to form one integrated agency, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). This new agency is responsible for maintaining, developing and promoting the National Framework of Qualifications. The National Framework of Qualifications is a system of ten levels, each of which has nationally agreed standards setting out what you are expected to know, understand and be able to do following successful completion of a programme.

WHERE DO I APPLY FOR A COLLEGE PLACE 40 higher education Institutions are partners in the schemes. WORK EXPERIENCE Work experience is an integral part of all our courses. The work placement provides students with an opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and greatly enhances their employment prospects GARDA CLEARANCE Coláiste Chiaráin College of Further Education is committed to practices which safeguard the welfare of students, young people and vulnerable adults. Garda Vetting is conducted on students attending courses where interaction with children or vulnerable adults is a feature of the course.


COLLEGE FEES There are no tuition fees payable to the college by EU nationals; however a registration charge applies to all students. Please contact the College for relevant course details. An additional €200 government levy applies to all students. You are exempt from this fee if you hold 1. A medical card in your own right or dependant on a medical card holder 2. Receiving a Back to Education Allowance 3. Receive VTOS 4. Receive a Student maintenance grant FETAC examination fees €50. Additional course fees may apply, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS We welcome applicants from non EU students particularly diversity that the international student brings. Non EU students must comply with Irish Immigration requirements. A visa from the immigration section of the Department of Justice and Equality must be secured, prior to acceptance. Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate to the College that they have the minimum standard of English required prior to being offered a place on a course. All PLC courses are conducted through English. Non EU Nationals are charged a tuition fee determined by the Department of Education and Skills. LOCATION Croom is located just 15 minutes from Limerick and is easily accessible from the main Limerick to Cork Road. TRANSPORT A bus service is provided to and from Limerick City for PLC students subject to demand. There is a small fee for this service


Sports & Recreation Code: 5M5146 Duration: 1 year.

Overview: This course is designed to cater for a broad spectrum of sports and leisure related activities. Graduates may seek a career in leisure, personal training, coaching, community and local authority based work and a range of careers in tourism and related fields. Practical aspects of the course take place in the University of Limerick Sports Arena. Facilities include 50m pool, aerobics studio, large well-equipped gymnasium and four full sized sports halls. Course content: A menu of modules are offered from the following: • Sports and Recreation Studies • Sports Anatomy and Physiology • Exercise and Fitness • Nutrition • Occupational First Aid • Work Experience • Pool Lifeguard • Leisure Facility Operations • Communications Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. Exemptions may be made for mature students and talented students. Applicants will be interviewed. Certification: • CAS Sports and Recreation level 5 • IWS (Irish water Safety) Pool Lifeguard • Occupational First Aid. • FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Kickstart 1 Course Fee An administration charge of €400 applies. Exam fees subject to exemption.

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Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions

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Sport Development & Sports Coaching Code: 6M5147 Duration: 1 year

Overview This is the second year of a two year course designed to prepare students for a career in the leisure industry, sports coaching, or to provide a pathway to further study. The Level 6 Course in Sports Development examines the disciplines of sports coaching and sport community development, applicable to any code and relevant for all major NGBs. This Advanced Certificate course involves practical and theoretical sport studies to prepare learners for a career in sport coaching, sport development, holistic massage and the leisure sector. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to practice coaching skills, gain national coaching qualifications, examine sports nutrition, explore holistic massage, improve sporting opportunities in your local community and manage events, while enhancing career and further education opportunities. This innovative course provides a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing and improving your role as a sports development officer, sports coach and massage therapist. This course takes place primarily at the Coláiste Chiaráin campus in Croom, however some aspects of the course take place in the University of Limerick Arena where students have access to an Olympic sized swimming pool, aerobics studio, well-equipped gymnasium and four full sized sports halls. Course Content: A menu of modules is offered from the following • Sports Industry Practice • Sports Nutrition • Deep Water Pool Lifeguarding skills • Exercise and Fitness • Work Experience • Gaelic Football Coaching

• On site Massage • Sports Psychology • Health Promotion • Communications • Soccer Coaching • Hurling Coaching

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have successfully completed FETAC Level 5 Sport & Recreation. Exemptions may be made for mature students and talented athletes. Applicants will be interviewed. Certification CAS Level 6 Sports, Recreation and Exercise IWS (Irish Water Safety) Pool Lifeguard HSA (Health and Safety Authority) Occupational First Aid Child Protection in Sport Basic Awareness FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Kickstart II GAA Foundation Gaelic Football and Hurling Coaching Students may become recognised Personal Trainers through NCEF validation Course Fees An administration charge of €150. Exam fees subject to exemption

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Progression: Students who attain the minimum entry requirements may progress to PE teaching at UCC and Institute of Technology Tralee. Students may progress to study Sports Strength and Conditioning or Social and Community Studies at Limerick Institute of Technology. C O L á I ST E C H I A Rá I N College of Further Education col ais te

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Nursing Studies Code: 5M4349 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course will be of interest to students who intend to pursue a career in Nursing. Students receive a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of nursing from essential nursing practices to specialised care. Development of practical skills and personal qualities is emphasised to equip students for further studies in nursing. Students will be given an opportunity to observe and participate in direct nursing care and to participate in nursing care as part of the work Experience module. Course Content A menu of modules is offered from the following • Nursing Theory and Practice • Anatomy and Physiology • Safety and Health at Work • Human Growth and Development • Communication • Work experience • Palliative Care Support • Nutrition • Care of the Older Person • Occupational First Aid • Care Skills Entry requirements: Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience. Applicants will be interviewed. Course Fees An administration charge of €150. Exam fees subject to exemption

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Possible Career Paths /Progression Include work as a Healthcare Assistant in a variety of Healthcare facilities. Students may also progress to further study of General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Intellectual Disabilities Nursing in many Universities or Institutes of Technology. This is on a competitive basis, further details are available from relevant institutions

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Healthcare Support Code: 5M4339 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to confidently work in the area of healthcare. The course enables students to work in hospitals, retirement homes, in the community or as home help. This is a mandatory course for all Healthcare assistants. Course Content A menu of modules is offered from the following • Care Skills • Care Support • Safety and Health at Work • Work Experience • Communications • Nutrition • Human Growth and Development • Palliative Care Support • Care of the Older Person • Occupational First Aid Entry Requirements Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience Applicants will be interviewed Course Fees €150 administration charge Exam fees subject to exemption

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Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions

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Animal Care Level 5 Code: 5M2768 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course provides student with fascinating insights into the health, care and welfare of a wide variety of animals from horses and dogs to birds and fish. Students receive a sound theoretical grounding in Animal Anatomy, Physiology and Biology. Emphasis is placed on ‘hands-on’ practical experience with animals during the work experience placement, and during fiend trips to veterinary clinics, dog grooming parlours and equine centres. The ‘Start Your Own Business’ module provides information about establishing your own business in the rapidly growing Animal Care Sector. Provides an opportunity in careers in areas of Animal Welfare, Animal Grooming, Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Assistant, Agriculture. Content A menu of modules is offered from the following • Animal Anatomy and Physiology • Animal Welfare • Communications • Work Experience • Mathematics • Start Your Own Business • Animal Grooming • Veterinary Assisting Skills • Biology Entry requirements Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience Applicants will be interviewed Course fees An administration charge of €300 Exam fees subject to exemption

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Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institution C O L á I ST E C H I A Rá I N College of Further Education col ais te

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Animal Science Level 6 Code: 6M5153 Duration: 1 year

Overview The Level 6 Veterinary Science course aims to provide students with the theoretical and hands on experience required to be an effective member of a Veterinary Practice. The course modules are designed to give an understanding of veterinary care and practice management. Possible career paths Possible career paths include Veterinary Nursing Assistant, Animal Welfare, Animal Grooming, Veterinary Assistant Course Outline • Animal Science • Communication • Veterinary Medical Nursing • Surgical Theatre Management • Clinical Laboratory Techniques • Veterinary Surgical Nursing • Small Animal Breeds • Work Placement • Animal Grooming Entry Requirements Students must have completed the Animal Care Level 5 Award including Veterinary Assisting Skills Level 5 module. Applicants will be interviewed Course fees An administration charge of €300 Exam fees subject to exemption

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Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions

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Horsemanship Code: 5M3371 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course is designed to give students a thorough grounding in all aspects of Equine Care. The theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom is reinforced and developed during many field trips to Equestrian Centres, Animal Grooming Parlours and Veterinary Clinics. The emphasis on ‘hands-on’ practical experience, together with the specialisation in Equine Anatomy and Physiology, equips graduates with the necessary skills for immediate employment in a wide variety of positions in the Horse Industry. The course includes ‘Start Your Own Business’ module that provides valuable insights into starting your own business and how to ‘grow’ an existing business Possible career paths Possible career paths are Equestrian Centre Manager, Equestrian Centre Assistant, Groom, Stud Farm Assistant Course Content A menu of modules is offered from the following • Stable and Yard routine • Work Experience • Communications • Race Horse Care and Exercise • Sport Horse Riding • Equine Anatomy and Physiology • Start Your Own Business • Animal Welfare • Sport Horse Riding Instruction Entry requirements Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience Applicants will be interviewed Course fees An administration charge of €300 Exam fees subject to exemption

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Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institution

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Sound Production Code: 5M2149 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course aims to prepare students for further study or careers in the music and media industries. It will develop a broad range of knowledge related to the operation of sound equipment for both live and studio environments. Using industry software and hardware you will learn how to record and mix your own creative work. This course will include a music performance element so basic instrumental skills would be a distinct advantage. Students will also learn the following complementary skills, DTP, Word Processing and Web Authoring Skills. Course content A menu of modules is offered from the following • Sound Engineering and Production • Music Technology • Music Performance • Audio Engineering • The Internet • Web Authoring • Communications • Work Experience

Entry requirements Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience Applicants will be interviewed Certification QQI level 5 Sound Production award (formerly known as FETAC) Course fees An administration charge of €150 Exam fees subject to exemption

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Career opportunities /Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions

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Multimedia Production Code: 5M2146 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in many areas of media. This course will be particularly relevant to those who are interested in pursuing a career in a web or multimedia media-related area such as Web Design, Digital Video, Game Design, Animation and Multimedia Production. You will also master the various design software required to implement the design briefs and principles. Course content/modules include A menu of modules is offered from the following • Multimedia Authoring • Multimedia Project Development • Design Skills • Communications • Work Experience • The Internet • Web Authoring • Radio Programme Production Entry requirements Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience Applicants will be interviewed Course fees An administration charge of €150 Exam fees subject to exemption

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Progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions

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Radio, Television & Print Journalism Code: 5M2464 Duration: 1 year

Overview This course is designed to give the candidate the range of skills required to present radio and television programme to a professional standard. It will also offer students with a talent for writing the possibility of advancing their communication, craft and technological skills. Learners will gain essential news gathering, writing and reporting skills, essential for a career in Journalism.

Course content/modules include A menu of modules is offered from the following • Media Analysis • Research Skills for Journalism • Technical Skills for Journalism • Writing Skills for Journalism • Print Journalism • Broadcast Presentation Skills • Radio Programme Production • Communications • Work Experience

Entry requirements Applicants should have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. These entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience Applicants will be interviewed Course fees An administration charge of €150 Exam fees subject to exemption

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Possible career paths/progression The full QQI level 5 award facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions

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OPTIONS IN FURTHER EDUCATION The information in this publication is correct at the time of publication. All matters covered in this document are subject to change from time to time. All courses offered are subject to the approval of the Department of Education and Skills. Coláiste Chiaráin reserves the right to restructure or cancel any course without notice. This prospectus does not infer or impose any legal obligation on the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board or other services to students. Principal Noel P. Malone

CONTACT INFORMATION Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co.Limerick TEL: (061) 397700 FAX: (061) 600019 ONLINE APPLICATIONS www.cco.ie/admissions/plc WEBSITE www.cco.ie

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