Health Care Support

Course Aim

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, long term care home, community development, residential care setting or respite care. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking to further their education. The aim of the course is to provide the skills necessary for a career in health care.


Course Modules

  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Care Support
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience


  • Elder Abuse Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Hand Hygiene and Infection Control



5M4339 QQI Level 5 Health Care Support


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Higher Education

WIT | Applied Health Care | Level 7
DCU, TCD, DkIT, UCD | General Nursing | Level 8
DCU, TCD, UCD, DkIT | Mental Health Nursing | Level 8
DCU, TCD, DkIT | Intellectual Disability Nursing | Level 8
UCD, TCD, DkIT | Midwifery | Level 8


Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Care Assistant in Nursing Homes or Hospitals | Activity Coordinator | Personal Assistant in Schools | Care Assistant in Disability Services | Homecare Assistant


The course was a life changing experience that I will never forget. All the teacher were extremely supportive and helpful in all aspects of the course. The training I received during my work experience made me feel confident and prepared to be the best HCA I can be. I graduated with distinctions in all the modules and received student of the year. I owe it all to the thorough and intense training from the well-educated and patient teachers. At present, I am working in a Nursing home and I love my job as it is a very rewarding career. I highly recommend this course.

Eranda Langeveldt
Eranda Langeveldt

Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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