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.
• Healthcare Assistant in acute/community care settings
• Healthcare Support Worker
• Hospital/Nursing Home Care Assistant
QQI Healthcare Support – 5M4339
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.
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)
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.
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.
|Work Experience||Work Experience (5N1356)||QQI|
|Safety And Health At Work||Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)||QQI|
|Communications Level 5||Communications (5N0690)||QQI|
|Care Of Older Person||Care of the Older Person (5N2706)||QQI|
|Care Skills||Care Skills (5N2770)||QQI|
|Care Support||Care Support (5N0758)||QQI|
|Human Growth And Development||Human Growth & Development (5N1279)||QQI|
|Social Studies||Social Studies (5N1370)||QQI|
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.