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Health service skills with occupational therapy (QQI Level 5)

The aim of this full-time one year programme is to provide the learner with an understanding of treatment and therapeutic interventions in everyday activities in a variety of healthcare settings. 

On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to work under supervision in a variety of healthcare settings, including as an OT Assistant, or to progress to further and or higher education and training in Ireland or the UK.

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Teamworking
  • Work Experience

Modules are subject to change.

Additional Certificates may include:

  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • HIQA standards
  • Dementia awareness
  • Basic First Aid
  • Safeguarding the vulnerable adult at risk of abuse
  • Risk and restrictive practice in healthcare
  • Tusla Child Protection
  • End of life care

Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 4, or equivalent standard of education. All applicants are subject to an interview and an online assessment. Garda Vetting is also required.

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Letterkenny 

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Mayo

AU171  Health Science with Occupational Therapy (Level 6)  (Letterkenny )

Public Health Nutrition (Level 8), Galway

AU696  Applied Social Care (Level 8), Mayo 

Dublin City University (DCU)

DC209 Health and Society (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow 


South East Technological University (SETU), Waterford

SE937 Pharmacy Technician Studies (Level 6), Carlow


SE928 Applied Health Care (Level 7), Waterford

SE900 Health Sciences (Level 8), Waterford

SE406 Criminal Justice Studies (Level 8), Waterford

SE205 Psychology (Level 8), Waterford

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Athlone

US782   Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7)

Ulster University (UCAS application)

B930 Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application or www.cao.i

For further information, contact Elaine on 057 9349424 or email

€50 QQI Level 5 Certification Fee – Medical Card holders or those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment are exempt from this Certification Fee.

VTOS: If you are over 21 years of age, are unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of the course, instead of their social welfare payment. Small meal and travel allowances may also apply


Course Details


Award Title: QQI Level 5 – Certification in Health Service Skills

Duration: One year – September 2024 to May  2025