Healthcare Support

 QQI Level 5 Health Care Support (5M4399)

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Course Aim:

To prepare learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the Health Care Support Area in services such as Nursing homes, Hospitals, and Day Care Centres

Course Content:IMG_0820

Mandatory components

  • Care Skills (5N2770)
  • Care support (5N0758)
  • Safety and Health at work (5N1794)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N2356)

Elective components

Two components from the following list will be selected by the  college subject to availability

  • Infection Prevention & Control (5N3734)IMG_0806
  • Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (5N0749)
  • Word Processing (5N1358)
  • Care of the Older Person (5N2706)

Learners will also complete Moving and Handling and First Aid (CPR)Training.

Course duration:

Full-time: 1 year (five half days per week) *

*We aim for all classes to take place between the hours of 9.10 am and 2.10 each day. Applicants must be aware that sometimes it is necessary to schedule classes outside of these times.P1050581

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate / Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI/ FETAC Level 4. Mature students with relevant life or work experience. All candidates will be interviewed individually. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to take an assessment in English to establish the most suitable level of study for them.

Work Experience is a compulsory part of the course. Garda Vetting is required and will be organised through the college.


QQI Level 5 Major Award in Health Care Support. Certificate in Patient Handling. Certificate in First Aid.P1050620


Successful completion of the course will enable learners to seek employment in the community and health services area or take up further study at Third Level through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Students who successfully completed this course have gained full-time and part-time positions in a variety of care settings including Hospitals, Public and Private Nursing homes and as home helps or home carers.