Nursing Studies (Level 5)

This is a foundation course for students who wish to pursue a career in the nursing profession. 


One year, full-time


  • Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
  • Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
  • Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Human Growth and Development 5N1279
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Mathematics (Optional) 5N1833


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI 5M4349 Nursing Studies 

Career Options

Students may find employment in the healthcare area as this course is also recognised as a qualification for working in the Healthcare sector. 

Third Level Progression

Nursing Studies is a recognised QQI Award for progression to all CAO Nursing degrees in all Higher Education Institutions in Ireland. Colleges typically reserve 10% of places for QQI students which results in strong competition for a limited number of places. For further information please see

Additionally students may progress to study Nursing in the UK by applying through UCAS. The optional Maths module must be taken for UCAS application.

Nursing degree courses that link into this award include: 

  • A wide range of nursing degrees at Dublin City University (DCU) including General Nursing DC215, Mental Health Nursing DC216, DC217 Intellectual Disability Nursing.
  • A wide range of nursing degrees at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) including General Nursing TR091 and TR093.
  • A wide range of nursing degrees at University College Dublin (UCD) including General Nursing DN450 and Children’s and General Nursing DN451.

Other courses that link into this award include:

  • Health and Society DC209 in Dublin City University (DCU).
  • Applied Social Care  TU997 and Early Childhood Care and Education TU790 and TU989 in TU Dublin-Tallaght.
  • Applied Social Studies in Social Care TU791 and Community and Youth Development TU792 in TU Dublin- Blanchardstown.
  • Pharmacy Technician Studies TU654 and Social Care TU996 in TU Dublin- City Centre Campus.

There are many more opportunities for college progression.
Please contact with any queries.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, QQI Level 4 full major award or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience may be acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 16 years old or over at the start of the course.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject area and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or higher).
  • Garda vetting clearance is required for all students taking this course.


For details on our fees, please click here.

After I completed the Nursing Studies course at Greenhills College, I went on to study Intellectual Disability Nursing at the University of Limerick. Following my graduation from the University of Limerick I worked as a Nurse in a nursing home in Dundrum. I have since graduated with a Masters in Dementia Care from the University of Limerick. I owe this achievement to all your staff for encouraging me. Please pass on my thanks to all your staff and my well wishes to all the new students.  

Aoife Mc Govern  (Class of Pre-Nursing Studies)