Healthcare Support

Health Care Support 5M4339 Level 5 


This course is designed to prepare students to work as a healthcare assistant in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, community settings and hospitals. There are practical and academic components in this course including skills demonstrations, assignments, exams and project work.


1 year (Academic) Full Time

Course Outline

  • 5N0758 Care Support
  • 5N2770 Care Skills
  • 5N3769 Palliative Care Support
  • 5N4325 Nursing Theory and Practice
  • 5N1794 Safety and Health at Work
  • 5N2706 Care of the Older Person
  • 5N0690 Communication
  • 5N1356 Work Experience
  • Patient Moving and Handling

Entry Level

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. Students will need to undergo the Garda Vetting process.

Work Experience

External work experience is a vital part of this course. Learners are required to secure a minimum of 100 hours work experience.

Practical placements include:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Day care centres
  • Specialist care settings
  • Hospital settings

Costing for Course:

  • Registration fee: €50 Non-refundable
  • Uniforms: €25 (Approx) – Paid via website discount code will be given when course commences
  • Name Badges: €5.00 – Edit Print, Longford
  • Manual Handling (Mandatory) €60 (approx.) depending on trainer
  • First Aid/CPR: €100 (approx.) depending on trainer
  • Exam/Certificate Fee: €50


Career Opportunities and Academic Progression

Learners who successfully complete the course will have many professional and academic opportunities.

These include pursuing the QQI Level 6 programme in Social Care or QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education and other programmes in the healthcare field for e.g. health promotion. Information about courses in the Healthcare field can be obtained from the Higher Education Institution literature/website. Other QQI Level 5 Modules can also be pursued e.g. Maternity Care Support or Operating Department Care Skills.

Other courses include:

Level 8 Applied Psychology, Level 8 Social Care Practice and Level 8 Applied Social Studies in Social Care – Athlone IT.

BA (Hons) Social Care Practice – Sligo IT

Career opportunities can include working in Nursing Homes, Specialist Care Settings e.g. hospices, Hospital Settings.

Contact: Nessa Griffin-Heslin (Course Co-ordinator, Nurse Tutor)