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Health Service Skills - Blended Learning

Course Type: Part Time and Evening
Institute Name: Portobello Institute
Fee: on request
Course Locations: Dublin City Centre
Application Deadline: Course Runs Regularly

Course Details

The Health Service Skills Distance Learning course is ideal for those employed, or seeking employment in the healthcare sector, and also provides an ideal stepping stone for those wishing to progress to further education in the health services. As outlined by HIQA* all newly recruited care staff and those in a role less than one year must commence training to FETAC Level 5 or equivalent within two years of taking up employment.

*HIQA – Health Information and Quality Authority

Online Learning Centre

By choosing to study this distance learning course with Portobello Institute students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this FETAC certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course that will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an additional administration cost of €30 for this service.

Qualifications Gained
•FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills DHSSX

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This course is delivered through distance learning with a combination of workshops.  Please see a schedule of workshops here. All workshops are from 10am -4pm and held in Dublin 1.

Course Content Modules
1.Care Support
3.Infection Prevention and Control
4.Work Experience

Students must also choose three electives. Currently available:
1.Human Growth and Development
2.Care Skills
3.Care of the Older Person
4.Anatomy and Physiology

Individual Modules

We offer all the above modules individually. Please contact E: or Tel: 01 8920007 for bookings and prices of studying individual modules.

Practical Experience

A minimum of 100 hours practical work experience in a healthcare setting will be required to successfully complete this course.

Assessment Criteria

A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include a combination of continuous assessment of course work through assignments, learner records, projects, skills demonstrations and written examinations. All assignments will be designed to maximise the learner’s skills and understanding of Healthcare Skills.

Further Studies

Portobello Institute offers a course in Healthcare Support Major Award (FETAC Level 5). We also have a range of short courses available which would enhance this course- Coping with Challenging Behaviours, Certificate in Deaf Awareness, Understanding Speech and Language Difficulties along with many more.


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