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This course opens a number of routes to students depending on their career ideas. Students under 23 and wishing to use QQI links to access Nursing Degrees will be able to do so through this programme. In addition the course teaches learners the necessary skills to work as care assistants in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clients own homes and residential settings. Students must undertake 150 hours of work experience as part of this course.

Garda vetting is mandatory for this course and is organised by the College.


One year full time.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent, science subject an advantage, Mature applicants welcome.
Must attend information meeting.


QQI Level 5 Award
5M4349 Healthcare Support


Students gaining the relevant qualification level may use this course to progress to a number of degrees including a range of Nursing Degrees. This course prepares students for work in the healthcare area.


(Selection of modules may be subject to minor changes)

Care Skills 5N2770
Care Support 5N0758
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Human Growth & Development 5N1279
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356


Registration fee €50
Course charge €400 *
( * Includes €200 Government Levy and QQI exam Fee)
Registration fee is non refundable, and secures course place. Government Levy and QQI exam fee for medical card holders, those in Receipt of the SUSI grant, Back to Education Allowance or VTOS