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health Service Skills (QQI Level 5)

The aim of this full-time one year programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work under supervision in a variety of healthcare settings to enhance their role in service provision to service users or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

On completion of this Programme, learners may pursue roles within the Health, Family and Social Care sector which may include working as Health Care Support Workers, Carers, Youth Workers or in a broad range of roles in this industry in the public, community and private sectors. Recognition of regulatory and statutory bodies is confirmed for some programmes.

Work experience is a core element of this programme in this field, facilitating the enhancement of employability and transversal skills.

 In addition, graduates may apply through CAO to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes to  Universities.

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Care of the older person
  • Palliative Care
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Teamworking

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.

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)

US782 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7) 

US661  Dental Nursing (LC Maths & Science required)

US922  Social Care Work (Thurles) (Level 8)

Dublin City University (DCU)

DC209 Health and Society (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow

SE936  Physiology and Health Science (Level 6)

SE937 Pharmacy Technician Studies (Level 6)

SE928 Applied Health Care (Level 7)

SE900 Health Sciences (Level 8)

SE406 Criminal Justice Studies (Level 8)

SE205 Psychology (Level 8)

Atlantic Technological University

AU171  Health Science with OT Studies (Level 6)

AU173  Dental Nursing (Level 6)

AU593  Applied Social Care (Level 7)

AU663 Public Health Nutrition (Level 8)

AU696 Applied Social Care (Level 8)

AU695 Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8)

Carlow College

University College Cork

PC404  Psychology (Level 7)

Criminology (Level 8)


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

For further information, please Elaine Sheridan on 057 9349471 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 4th, 2023 to May 24th, 2024

Hotel & RestaurantThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

SportsThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

BusinessThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied Social Studies with SNAWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Early Childhood Care & EducationWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Nursing Wednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Healthcare SupportWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Computer Networks with SoftwareTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Sustainable Construction TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Engineering TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied ScienceTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards