Fulltime Classroom Generic programmes and qualifications

VTOS Introduction to Health Sciences Level 4

Programme Aim
The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to develop the relevant knowledge, skill and competence in a broad range of personal skills which enable personal development and active citizenship, and/or to progress to employment and/or further education or training.

This course offers a practical and theoretical introduction to the world of nursing, community care, gyms, sports coaching, health related care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, retirement facilities or in clients’ own homes. Using it as a stepping stone for Further Education studies in Year 2, graduates could apply for related courses in Health and Health Care in WCFE

Target Award

QQI General Learning – 4M2010

Start Date: 26-08-2024 Hours/week: 28 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 40 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme. Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.

Age Requirements
Please see course details for minimum age requirements

Please refer to Programme Descriptor for Programme Aims and Objectives

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 under direction with some ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
English And Communications Level 4 Communications (4N0689) QQI
Food And Nutrition Food & Nutrition (4N2830) QQI
Information Technology Skills Information Technology Skills (4N1125) QQI
Personal Effectiveness Personal Effectiveness (4N1132) QQI
Work Experience Work Experience (4N1168) QQI
Workplace Safety Workplace Safety (4N1124) QQI
Understanding Interculturism Understanding Interculturalism (4N1121) QQI
English As A Second Language English as a Second Language (4N1180) QQI
Human Biology Human Biology (4N2910) QQI
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this programme learners will have acquired a broad range of personal skills which will enable personal development and active citizenship, and/or to progress to employment and/or further education or training.

It will also set our Graduates up with an excellent knowledge base for Year Two when they will select their next direction of study for a QQI Level 5 qualification in one of the following areas within WCFE:
• Nursing
• Healthcare Support
• Pharmacy Technician
• Fitness & Health
• Sports & Recreation
• Physiology & Massage


Waterford College of FE (VTOS)


Burchall House, Parnell Street, Waterford City, X91 V24Y


  • Pay Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Denise Wall


086 0263341