Healthcare Assistant (Level 5)


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


One year, full time.


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


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI 5M4339 Healthcare Support

Career Options

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

Third Level Progression

  • Social Care Practice TA025 in IT Tallaght
  • Early Childhood Care TA024 in IT Tallaght
  • Applied Social Studies BN107 in IT Blanchardstown
  • Community and Youth Development BN105 in IT Blanchardstown

There are many more opportunities for college progression

Please contact with any queries.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, QQI Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience is acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 16 years or over at the start of the course.
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