Health Care Support

Course Aim

This one year course prepares learners to work with people in various care settings including hospitals, residential care settings and nursing homes. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and mature applicants wishing to gain the necessary skills for a career in healthcare.


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


  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • 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.

Progression To Degrees

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


Career Opportunities

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

2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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