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Friday, 24 March 2017

Course Code: CI061
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques
QQI Code: 5M3807
Duration: 1 Year
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Applied Science - Nutrition and Health
Applied Science - Nutrition and Health

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
Nutrition is the branch of science that deals with nutrients and how we obtain them and their effects in the body. Good nutritional choices are important for good health and preventing disease.  Knowledge of nutrition allows an individual to make informed choices about what foods they or their families should eat.  An understanding of how food is produced and how it affects the body is important for many career paths. Nutrition is a growth area with jobs in a variety of fields for example food science, food production, sports science, health and fitness industries.

This course will prepare the learner for direct employment or for progression to third level and is accepted for entry to most science, food science, nutrition or health related courses in Ireland.

This course also includes maths, biology, chemistry, physics and IT skills.  These subjects are common to all first year science qualifications and give students an advantage over students entering directly from leaving certificate.

Course Content
Nutrition
Biology
Chemistry
Communications
Laboratory Skills
Mathematics
Microbiology
Physics
Anatomy & Physiology
Work Experience
Word Processing
Elective: Food Processing/Food Chemistry

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course have a strong foundation in the skills required to obtain positions in laboratories or other science/health related areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, sports science, food science and general science industries.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Friday, 10 March 2017

Course Code: CI061AS
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies
QQI Code: 5M2181
Duration: 1 Year
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Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This course is for people who wish to embark on a programme of study leading to a career in social care. It provides the key knowledge and a practical skills foundation for different areas of social care work.

Course Content

  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Psychology
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Social Studies
  • Substance Use – Issues in Youth Work
  • Teamworking
  • Care of the older person
  • Work Experience
  • IT Skills


Career Opportunities
This course provides students with the foundation skills required for employment in a social care setting, for example disability, youth and adolescent services.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Graduates of this course may progress to the first year of a BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, which is a two-year Athlone Institute of Technology programme where students take year one in Cavan Institute and remaining years in AIT. Graduates may also apply for a place on the BTEC/Edexcel Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care, a two-year programme also available at Cavan Institute.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Course Code: CI061RP
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Radio Production
QQI Code: 5M4511
Duration: 1 Year
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Radio Production
Radio Production

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This course provides a wide and comprehensive introduction to the area of radio broadcasting and will establish fundamental radio production competencies from which the student may progress to employment, further study or training. As part of the course, students will gain practical experience working in professional radio settings and will prepare material for broadcasting to local audiences. There will be an emphasis on using industry standard technology. Students will be responsible for the preparation of programmes for broadcast.

Course Content
Music Industry Studies
Work Experience
Teamworking
Event Production
Media Analysis
Radio Programme Production
Research and Study Skills
Safety and Health at Work
Sound Engineering and Production

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course will be able to pursue many different opportunities across the radio industry as producers, presenters, new reporters and engineers.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Course Code: CI061BR
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration
QQI Code: 5M1997
Duration: 1 Year
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Reception and Frontline Office Management
 Reception and Frontline Office Management

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced skills base to enable them to work in an administrative area in any business sector. First impressions and perception are very important concepts in business. Front office specialists and receptionists are the first line of contact for the organisation and convey the business ethos to customers. Students will develop additional skills tailored for the front office including modern telephone techniques, listening skills, dealing with complaints, keyboard techniques and software applications. Developing a professional image and role play feature strongly in this course. These specialist modules will complement the core modules in the course and prepare students for employment as a receptionist or front office specialist.

Course Content
Information and Administration
Word Processing
Communications
Database Methods
Text Production
Spreadsheet Methods
Insurance and Banking Studies
Work Experience
Reception and Frontline Office Skills
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised

Career Opportunities
This course equips students with the qualifications and skills for employment in office administration. The specialist modules enhances employment opportunities to work as a receptionist or front office specialist.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Graduates of this course may progress to the QQI level 6 Certificate in Administration and IT for Business or the level 6 Business Studies course, both available at Cavan Institute.
Elsewhere: Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Course Code: CI062CS
Course Level: 6
Award Title: QQI Level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education
QQI Code: 6M2007
Duration: 1 Year
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Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Year 2
Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Year 2

Entry Requirements
QQI Level 5 Award in Early Childhood Care or Equivalent. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements but can demonstrate industry experience.

Course Description
This course aims to build on the knowledge and skills and competencies of those who achieved a QQI level 5 qualification and wish to progress to managerial level. The course is designed to meet the needs of the growing childcare provision in Ireland and the new Síolta Quality Framework and Aistear Curriculum. Many childcare settings are now seeking level 6 qualifications for their employees in line with the requirements of the ECCE Scheme and new legislative requirements for the sector.

Course Content

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Environment
  • Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies
  • Team Leadership
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Work Experience
  • Occupational First Aid


Career Opportunities
Holders of a Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education award may enter employment directly in a supervisory role in a range of childcare settings.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Course Code: CI061BY Year 1, CI061BY Year 2
Course Level: 5 and 6
QQI Award Letters: 5M3471 Year 1, 6M3479 Year 2
Course Certification:
ITEC International Therapy Examinations Council
CIBTAC - Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
CIDESCO - Comite International d’Esthetique et de Cosmetologie
Course Duration: 2 Years

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Beauty Therapy
Beauty Therapy


Course Description
Working with Dermologica, Decleor and Yonka products, students gain exceptional experience in this dynamic industry. This course is very intensive and a high level of commitment is essential. Work experience in beauty therapy is an integral part of the course.

Progressing from year 1 to year 2, students will advance their professional skills further and add to their existing qualifications. CIDESCO is the highest and most recognised qualification worldwide. Cavan Institute has been a registered CIDESCO school for over 10 years. Students will study a specialised subject and complete a 4000 word thesis relevant to the beauty industry. Students actively participate on a weekly basis in the Salon on campus and gain experience practicing treatments and developing existing skills to salon standard.

Course Content - Year 1

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Body massage and figure analysis
  • Skin care, eye treatments and make-up
  • Manicure, pedicure and waxing
  • Teamworking
  • Work experience
  • Facial electrical machines
  • Beauty therapy industry ethics and practice

Course Content - Year 2

  • Body and beauty science and treatments
  • Work Experience
  • Personal and professional development
  • Microdermabrasion and laser IPL (Students can only advance to this subject on achieving a pass in their FETAC Electrical Epilation practical exam)
  • Electrical epilation
  • Indian head massage
  • Body electrical machines
  • Anatomy

Optional workshops in year 2:

  • Advanced waxing
  • Nail art
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Spray tan
  • Product demonstrations
  • Hot stones
  • Eyebrow threading

Career Opportunities
Students who successfully complete this course may obtain positions as beauty therapists in beauty salons, hotel spas, health farms, and in the leisure industry, sales representatives and trainers for beauty products. Graduates of this course have the necessary qualifications to start their own business. The Internationally recognised diplomas that Cavan Institute offer, provides a career passport for the more adventurous students who wish to see the world, excellent job opportunities are also available on Cruise Liners.

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements. Progression to year 2 is dependent upon successful completion of year 1 and satisfactory attendance during year 1.

Additional Requirements
Students must meet all the necessary criteria as stipulated by the international examination bodies, these include completion of required course hours and specific project work.
Students on the course must purchase their uniform, professional work kits and student insurance.
All examination and kit fees are payable prior to course commencement.
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Course Code: CI061BF
Course Level: 5
QQI Level 5 Award Title: Business Studies
QQI Level 5 Award Code: 5M2102
Course Duration: 1 Year

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Business Studies - Accounting and Finance
Business Studies - Accounting and Finance

Course Description
This course is designed to help students develop the essential accounting and financial knowledge and skills which form the basis for a career in industry, commerce or the public service. The course comprises both theoretical and practical modules, and students will gain an understanding of both manual and integrated accounting software. There is a focus in this course on the functional areas of accounting, finance and business and the factors which influence business success.

Course Content

Accounting - Manual and Computerised
Applied Economics
Communications
Work Experience
Business Administration 
Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised
Statistics
Taxation 
Financial Services

    Career Opportunities
    With this course, students can go on to pursue a career in such diverse areas such as accounting, finance, retail, marketing and IT.

    Entry Requirements
    Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements. 
    Progression
    At Cavan Institute
    Upon successful completion of this programme, students may progress to the one-year level 6 QQI courses, Administration, and IT for Business or Business Studies (Year 2). They may also progress to the ATI Accounting Technicians Ireland course, also available at Cavan Institute. 

    Elsewhere
    Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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