Nursing Studies

Course Aim

This is a one year course designed for students wishing to pursue a career in all branches of Nursing. Successful graduates can progress to a Nursing degree both in Ireland and the UK. The course provides a solid foundation in Nursing theory and practice which also allows learners to progress into employment in the health and community care sector.


Course Modules

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

 Additional Certification

  • Patient Handling
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults


5M4349 QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies


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

UCD/TCD/DCU/DkIT/AIT | General Nursing | Level 8
UCD/TCD/DCU/DkIT | Midwifery | Level 8
UCD/TCD/DCU/DkIT | Psychiatric Nursing | Level 8
DkIT | Mental Health Nursing/Intellectual Disability Nusring | Level 8
DCU | Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) | Level 8
UCAS | Nursing Degree throughout the UK | Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Healthcare Support l Community Care l Elderly Care l Community Care l Social Care l Disability Services l Assistants in Day Care Services


I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about going into nursing or care work as it greatly prepares you for working on the wards as a nurse and how to properly care for patients. The course teaches you to be observant of any emotional and physical changes in your patients and how to react to these situations. The course has greatly prepared me for third level as well which I am very thankful for. I am now looking forward to completing my degree in Children's and General Nursing in UCD over the next four years.

Beatrice Byrne
Beatrice Byrne
Nursing Studies Graduate, 2018


I would recommend this course to others if they are considering studying nursing. During the year I decided I was given the great opportunities to work in a nursing home and a children’s hospital. It helped me decide if I wanted to go into paediatric nursing or general. I also feel very prepared for university because of this course. This course is also great for people who don’t want to go to university and would like to go straight into working in a healthcare facility. Everyone in the college is really helpful and this makes the course even more enjoyable.

Chloe Twibill
Chloe Twibill
Nursing Studies Graduate, 2018

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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