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Communications 6N1950 (Childcare)

Course: Communications
Mullingar / Nass / Athlone
Start Date:
Mullingar TBC / Nass 13.04.2015 / Athlone 10.03.2016
Duration: Mullingar 5 Weeks / Nass 5 Weeks / Athlone 8 Weeks
Times: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

This course is intended for learner that want to have a greater understanding of the appropriate use of non-verbal and visual communication in personal- and work-related settings, to include one-to-one, in a group/team, and in formal and informal interaction.



Course Description

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in a comprehensive range of everyday tasks and in workrelated tasks independently and/or in a supervisory capacity.

The Benefits to Learners of this Valuable Qualification

  • To facilitate the learner to understand the importance of effective communication skills in human interaction.
  • To enable the learner to acquire excellent communications skills to ensure maximum participation in personal and vocational life.
  • To enable the learner to become aware of the importance and the impacts of modern communications and information technology on both personal and vocational life.
  • To enable the learner to develop the academic and vocational language, literacy and numeracy skills related to communications through the medium of the indicative content.
  • To enable the learner to exercise substantial personal autonomy and responsibility.

The requirements for entry to the Communications Level 6 Minor Award are, Junior/Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent qualifications or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Certificate and/or relevant life and work experiences.

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The following content will be covered in this course:

  • Critique current issues in communications and information technology, to include digital and mobile technology, the internet and the policies and principles relevant to a vocational area
  • Evaluate in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation, and the responsibilities that apply when working in a supervisory capacity
  • Assess the impact of non-verbal communication and of the physical environment in everyday human interaction
  • Construct non-verbal and visual messages, aids, images and environments that promote interpersonal communication, to include presentation aids, handouts, physical arrangement of meeting rooms
  • Utilise listening skills in a variety of roles and contexts, to include note-taking, receiving messages, taking minutes, reporting, summarising, paraphrasing
  • Participate in formal and informal working groups, to include leading or facilitating, note-taking, summarising discussion, agreeing outcomes and action points
  • Use reading techniques to include skimming, scanning, reading for detail, for overview and analysing on a range of written material, including media texts, official documents, business communications, literary texts and technical and or vocational material

The assessment process includes a combination of module appropriate assessment procedures which will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include continuous assessment processes such as:

Assessment Format: Portfolio 50% / Skills Demonstration  50%

Portfolio – A portfolio is usually carried out over an extended period of time. Portfolios may involve research, require investigation of a topic, issue or problem or may involve process such as a design task, a performance or practical activity or production of an artefact or event.

Skills Demonstration – A skills demonstration is used to assess a wide range of practical based learning outcomes including practical skills and knowledge. A skills demonstration will require the learner to complete a task or series of tasks that demonstrate a range of skills.

Grading: Pass 50% – 64% / Merit 65% – 79%/ Distinction 80% – 100%

FETAC/QQI “ Communications Level 6 Minor award
Awarded by – (QQI) Quality & Qualifications Ireland

On successful completion of this Communications Studies course, the participant will have achieved one of eight modules which lead to a Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6


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