Nursing Studies


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies 5M4349

Course Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Word Processing
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Care Support
  • Sign Language

Course Aim

This course prepares students for a career in nursing. The design of course combines aspects of nursing theory and practice, it teaches an understanding of the needs of patients, it develops communications, intellectual and caring skills. Nursing Studies enables the students to become confident, capable and equipped to practice effectively in constantly changing hospital and community-based environments.

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

The course provides students with a working knowledge of hospitals and nursing homes allowing them to apply for a nurse career position. Students may also have the opportunity to progress to a variety of health-related fields e.g. Healthcare, Social Care, Paramedic, Childcare, Garda Siochana. A number of universities and colleges in both Ireland and England now accept the QQI Certificate in Nursing Studies, with specified results, as an alternative entrance requirement into nurse training. A large number of student completing the nursing studies course every year progress to universities and college in Ireland to complete their nursing training. Ó Fiaich Institute of Further Education also has links with many Universities in England and Scotland and a large number of our students have completed their nurse training there.

Entry Requirements

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


Kenneth Rea - 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.