Health Care Assistant Level 5

Price: TBA
Duration: 1 Year Full Time Course
Further Education and PLC
Academic year Sept 2020 - May 2021

Course description

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What Is Health Service Skills?

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with
people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or
residential setting. The healthcare worker needs the social, communication
and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Healthcare Skills
will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience
to put learning into practice. This programme is ideal for both school
leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. The
aim of the course is to provide the human skills necessary for a career in
the general healthcare area.

Course Content
The following modules will be offered in 2019 subject to availability and
• Care Support • Communications
• Infection Prevention and Control • Work Experience
• Care Skills • Word Processing
• Care of the Older Person • Safety and Health at Work
• Social Studies • Nutrition
• Mental Health Awareness

QQI Level 5 in Health Service Skills 5M3782.
Patient Handling. CPR. Basic First Aid. Child Protection Online Course

Career Opportunities
Graduates may pursue honours degree courses in many of the colleges
around the country such as Athlone IT, DCU, Dundalk IT, Marino
Institute of Education, IT Carlow, Galway Mayo Institute, University of
Limerick, Letterkenny IT, St Angela’s Sligo, Tralee IT, TCD, UCC, UCD,
Waterford IT (or any college under Applied Social Studies) or they can
access ordinary degrees in many of the IT colleges in the country in other
disciplines. Graduates may alternatively seek immediate employment
in a range of hospitals, community care, nursing homes and health care
initiatives. The qualification can also be used for entry into third level
courses in the Social Care/Social Studies area. This course will also help
you to seek out links to degree programmes in the UK.

Higher Education Progression
Waterford: WD188 Applied Health Care (Level 7, 3 Years)
ITB: BN107 Applied Social Studies (Level 8, 4 years)
Maynooth: MH107 Social Science (Level 8, 4 Years)

Entry Requirements
Leaving Cert or LCA • Mature students of all backgrounds • Other
equivalent qualification • All applicants will be interviewed regardless
of previous qualifications • Apply directly at

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