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Nursing Studies (QQI Level 5)

This full-time one year programme aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to progress on to a nursing degree course at Higher Education in Ireland or the UK. It also provides students with the necessary preparation for a career as a Healthcare Assistant in Hospitals or in Nursing Homes.

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Teamworking/Communications
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Mathematics (optional)

Modules 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)

US660 Pharmacy Technician* (Level 6) 

US661  Dental Nursing* (Level 6) 

US877 General Nursing (Level 8)

US878 Mental Health Nursing (Level 8)

Dublin City University (DCU)

DC215 General Nursing (Level 8)

DC216 Mental Health Nursing (Level 8)

DC217 Intellectual Disability Nursing (Level 8)

DC218 Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated) (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU)

SE937 Pharmacy Technician Studies (Level 6)

SE936 Physiology & Health Science (Level 7)

SE406 Criminal Justice Studies (Level 8)

SE900 Health Sciences (Level 8)

SE205 Psychology (Level 8

Atlantic Technological University (ATU)

AU663 General Nursing (Level 8)

AU690 Psychiatric Nursing (Level 8)

AU691 Psychiatric Nursing (Level8)

AU696 Applied Social Care (Level 8)

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)

DK870 General Nursing (Level 8)

DK872 Intellectual Disability Nursing (Level 8)

DK874 Mental Health Nursing (Level 8)

DK877 Midwifery (Level 8)

University College Dublin (UCD)

DN450 General Nursing (Level 8)

DN451 Children’s & General Nursing (Integrated)  (Level 8)

DN452 Midwifery (Level 8)

DN453 Mental Health Nursing (Level 8)


* Leaving Certificate Maths and Science or QQI Level 5 Maths and QQI Level 5 Biology are required.

Students will require 8 Distinctions to be considered for a random allocation place on CAO Nursing Degree Programmes.

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, contact Elaine 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 Nursing Studies

Duration: One year – September  2023 to May 2024