Part-time Healthcare Assistant (Level 5)

This course gives students the skills necessary to work as Healthcare Assistants in a variety of healthcare settings or progression to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme.    


Two years, part-time for the full award.  Students will receive a QQI component certificate at the end of the first year. 


2023 – 2024    
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Care Support 5N0758
  • Care Skills 5N2770
  • Work Experience 5N1356
2024 – 2025
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Palliative Care Support 5N3769


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI 5M4339 Healthcare Support.

Career Options

Students may find employment as Healthcare Assistants in a variety of settings (hospitals, nursing homes, residential homes, day-care centres or in client’s own homes).  

Third Level Progression

The Healthcare Assistant course offers students the opportunity to progress to Third Level Education. Courses that link into this award include:
  • Applied Social Care TU997 in TU Dublin-Tallaght
  • 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
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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


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It’s a very welcoming, relaxed environment that makes learning easy and stress free. All the tutors are amazing to work with and go out of their way to help you. I did a 2 year part-time course. The things that stood out for me were the overall support from the teachers and my class mates. I have worked in a hospital as a healthcare assistant since completing the course.   

Leeann Deegan.