Healthcare Assistant


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support

Course Modules

  • Care Support
  • Safety and health at Work
  • Care Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Social Studies
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Word Processing
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Sign Language

Course Aim

This course is for those who likes to help people and can manage the responsibility of care for sick person. It prepares students to work in a variety of different roles in the Health Care sector. As a course feature the work experience shows for the students what is the Healthcare Assistant job in reality, proves their skills and knowledge acquired during the course.

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates can seek an employment as health care assistants in hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres and in the community. Due to the changing structures in the health sector, there are many opportunities for employment for successful students. Another possibility is proceed to the Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6, imparted in the Ó Fiaich Institute or to pursue a range of courses in third level education through the Higher Education Links Scheme e.g. a degree in Nursing or Applied Social Studies.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who have completed the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational and mature students  

Elma Martin - Course Co-Ordinator


Student Services Costs:

Government Levy (PPC)

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

QQI Certification Charge:
QQI Level 5 €50 QQI Level 6 €80

Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses. 

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.