Health Service Skills/Support

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Health Service Skills Support

This level 5 programme was devised for support staff from a variety of different backgrounds in the HSE/Healthcare sector.  It offers students an opportunity to upskill with a qualification required for many health care support staff.  This programme is suitable for people who want to work in the health services field.

This is a 1 year full-time course leading to a QQI level 5 qualification.

Course Content

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Health & Safety at Work
  • Infection, Prevention & Control
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Additional Qualifications:

  • Patient & Manual Handling
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Elder Abuse Awareness
  • CPI (optional)


  • QQI Level 5 in Healthcare Support (5M4339)
  • Certificate in Patient and Manual Handling
  • Certificate in Occupation First Aid Level 5 QQI
  • Cardiac 1st Responder
  • Elder Abuse Training


Career Options

Graduates of this course may pursue careers in the caring field as care assistants, home carers or support staff in health care facilities and residential care facilities. This course is recognised internationally allowing graduates to work in Ireland or abroad.

Progression Route:

BSc in Social Science -UCC (30 reserved QQI places)

BA in Health Promotion -WIT (2 reserved CNN places)

BSc in Applied Health – WIT (2 reserved CNN places)




Course Information

Course Information
  • Course Length 1 Year
  • Start date September each year


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