Pre-University Nursing with Midwifery

Course Aim

The Pre-University Nursing Studies with Midwifery Option is a one-year course for students wishing to train as Nurses both here in Ireland and in the UK. Students achieving good grades during this course can apply to gain entry to Nursing Degree courses through the QQI entry system. It provides a solid foundation in Nursing theory and practice and allows students to accurately assess their suitability for a career in nursing. Applications are also invited from mature students wishing to pursue a career in nursing.

Course Modules 

  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Maternity Care Support
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health at Work

 Additional Certification

  • First Aid Responder 
  • 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

DkIT | General Nursing | Level 8
DkIT | Midwifery | Level 8
DkIT | Mental Health Nursing | Level 8
AIT | General Nursing | Level 8
DCU | General Nursing | Level 8
DCU | Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) | Level 8
UCD | General Nursing | 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   Youth and Community Work  l  Health Science  l   Social Care  l  Health and Fitness  l   Early Childhood Education 


The aspects of the nursing course that I enjoyed most were learning about the human body, healthcare issues and diseases as well as making good friends with common interests and goals. The work placement in a hospital allowed me to experience all aspects of nursing and to experience what it is like to be a nurse and how to assist people. Ó Fiaich has supportive teachers who made the college experience interesting and accessible for me.

Simona Butkute
Simona Butkute
Nursing Studies Graduate, 2020


I’m a mature student who returned to education to follow my dream of becoming a ‘Mental Health Nurse’. Ó Fiaich College has many good features, the teachers were supportive, interesting and very fair. They go above and beyond to help you to achieve and will keep you informed of what you need to progress on to third level education.  I would recommend this course to anyone, especially if you are hoping to progress on to higher education.

Olivia Cashell
Olivia Cashell
Nursing Studies Graduate, 2020

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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