Fulltime Classroom Health and welfare

Healthcare Support

Course Description
One-year foundation course for those intending to work as healthcare support staff. This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to underpin healthcare practice. The course modules integrate theory and practice with a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace.
This recognised qualification enables progression to further study in Healthcare or Nursing at third level or direct employment in roles such as healthcare assistant, healthcare support worker, hospital or nursing home care assistant.

Higher Education Progression
On successful completion of the course, students can progress to study Level 8 Applied Healthcare at third level.

Career Opportunities
• Healthcare Assistant in acute/community care settings
• Healthcare Support Worker
• Hospital/Nursing Home Care Assistant

Target Award

QQI Healthcare Support – 5M4339

Start Date: 09-09-2024 Hours/week: 33 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 38 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English
Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway
Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners)
*Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Age Requirements
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)

Learning Aptitude
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
Work Experience Work Experience (5N1356) QQI
Safety And Health At Work Safety & Health at Work (5N1794) QQI
Communications Level 5 Communications (5N0690) QQI
Care Skills Care Skills (5N2770) QQI
Care Support Care Support (5N0758) QQI
Infection Prevention And Control Infection Prevention & Control (5N3734) QQI
Care Of The Older Person 5N2706 Care of the Older Person (5N2706) QQI
Human Growth And Development 5N1279 Human Growth & Development (5N1279) QQI
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to work independently and under supervision in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings and or to progress to higher education and training.


Wexford College of FET


Whitemill Industrial Estate, Y35 XR22


  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen
  • Tea/Coffee Making

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Michael Weafer