Nursing Studies /Healthcare Support 5M4349

To provide an academic foundation for entry to nurse training and to develop practical skills required for nursing and related Health occupations.


The Healthcare Support Certificate is the Department of Health & Children’s recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector In addition, the newly published National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People require all newly recruited care staff and those in posts less than one year to commence training to FETAC Level 5 or equivalent within two years of taking up employment.

With an increasing ageing population, in addition to advances and developments in care services in Ireland; the demand for skilled and competent personnel is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

Entry requirements: 

Leaving Cert. or equivalent. Mature students may also apply. Interview also required.


Arrangements For New Student Grant Applications 

An  ONLINE ONLY student grant application system has been introduced. All NEW applications will be made online
to a single awarding authority, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), a
unit of City of Dublin VEC, through


Students pay a fee which covers registration, examination fees, course materials, administration, and additional certification. Precise details available on request.

Course certification: 

F.E.T.A.C. Level 5 plus First Aid Certificate and Manual Handling

Course content: 
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Social Studies
  • Word processing
  • Communications
  • Human growth and Development
  • First aid
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Work experience
  • Communications
  • Manual Handling

Students who do not have Leaving Certificate  Maths will be given the opportunity to repeat Leaving Cert. Maths or take up F.ET.A.C. Level 5 Maths in the college.

Career prospects: 

Possible progression to nurse training through the Higher Education Links Scheme (H.E.L.S.) in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland or to nursing diploma programmes in the U.K. through the Nursing and Midwife Admission Service (N.M.A.S.). They could apply for courses such as S.G.435 Degree in Health Service & Physiology, A.L.054 B.A. in Social Care Practice, S.G.433 Degree in Occupational Safety & Health. Alternatively graduates of the course may enter employment as nurses aides, care assistants home help support staff. 


Mary McLaughlin
Course Co-ordinator