Healthcare Assistant Level 5 (Community Health Services)
HEALTHCARE 5M4468 NFQ LEVEL 5
PLSS Code 370137 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50
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This one-year professional programme facilitates suitable adults in acquiring the qualifications necessary for employment in the childcare sector and as Classroom Assistants or Special Needs Assistants.
In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications. Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis. The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses.
What Will I Study?
» Care Provision and Practice
» Care Skills
» Care of the Older Person
» Infection Prevention and Control
» Nursing Theory and Practice
» Word Processing
» Customer Service
» Understanding Special Needs
» Palliative Care Support
» Work Experience
What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?
QQI Healthcare 5M4468 NFQ Level 5
Career Opportunities and Progression
There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Institutes of Technology and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.
Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit cao.ie.
Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses - visit cao.ie for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.
Graduates go on to employment as classroom assistants and care assistants. Additionally, graduates may seek employment in a variety of residential and non-residential healthcare settings or as personal carers. Others choose to progress to Higher Education and training.