This course is a one-year introduction to the theory and practice of public and community health which serves as a foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in the nursing profession. Students undertaking this course can also apply for training positions in General, Psychiatric, Intellectual Disability and Children’s Nursing.
Higher Education Progression
Students can progress to other degree courses in IT colleges or universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme or enter direct employment.
Progression to Level 8:
• General Nursing
• Psychiatric Nursing
• Intellectual Disability Nursing
• Paediatric Nursing
• Paediatric & General Nursing
Care assistant in acute/community care settings such as:
• HSE hospitals
• Public/Private community residential settings
• Public/Private day care settings
QQI Nursing Studies – 5M4349
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.
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On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competency to work under supervision in a variety of healthcare settings and / or to progress to further or higher education and training.