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Healthcare Support - 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

New Government regulations stipulate that a FETAC Level 5 qualification will be the minimum requirement for an individual to work within the Healthcare sector; this Major Level 5 Award will enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work under supervision in providing support in a variety of healthcare settings including and not limited to nursing homes, hospitals and home help support. It also allows the learner to progress to further higher education and training.

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
•Level 5 Major Award in Healthcare Support (5M4339)

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

Mandatory Modules:
1.Care Support
2.Safety and Health at Work
3.Care Skills
5.Work Experience
6.Child Health and Well Being
7.Care Provision and Practice
8.Care of the Older Person

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 Support.

Further Progression

Portobello Institute offers a course in Health Service Skills Major Award (FETAC Level 5). Other short courses that would enhance this award are  Coping with Challenging Behaviours,  Supporting a Wheelchair User among many more.

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