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Healthcare Support (QQI Level 5)

This full-time one year programme provides a recognised qualification for healthcare workers currently in employment, as well as those seeking to work in this sector. This award is one of the Department of Health’s recommended qualifications for Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector.
Graduates can progress to employment as support workers, healthcare assistants in public or private sector nursing homes, hospitals, agencies and community care facilities. In addition, graduates may apply through CAO to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes to both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Safety & Health at work
  • Work Experience
  • Teamworking
  • Activities of Living Patient Care
  • Care of the older person
  • Infection Prevention and Control

Modules are subject to change.

Additional Certificates:

  • 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), Athlone

AL765 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7) 

Dublin City University (DCU)

DC209 Health and Society (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow

CW116 Pharmacy Technician Studies (Level 6)

South East Technological University (SETU), Waterford

WD188 Applied Health Care (Level 7)

WD005 Health Sciences (Level 8)

WD150 Criminal Justice Studies (Level 8)

WD163 Psychology (Level 8)

Atlantic Technological University, Galway

GA791 Public Health Nutrition (Level 8)

GA889 Applied Social Care (Level 8)

GA890 Early Childhood Education and Care (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 call 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 Healthcare Support

Duration: One year – September 2024 to May 2025.

General Contact

Castle Buildings, Tara Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Tel: (057) 9349424 | Email:

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