QQI Level 5
This full time Healthcare course is designed to equip students to work effectively as Healthcare Assistants (HCA). This course satisfies the qualification requirement for HCAs recommended by the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA).
The course provides a high standard of training and assessment under the tutelage of qualified professionals who have etensive clinical and teaching experience. It facilitates the student to develop a range of skills and specialist knowledge to prepare them for work in the healthcare system.
- QQI Level 5 Health Service Skills Award 5M3782
€300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from QQI examination fee of €50) Note: Fees for 2023/24 are being updated.
Vaccinations that cost approximately €100 are not included.
- Care Skills 5N2770 – Understand the holistic care of a client over the full life span from birth to death, including areas such as disabilities, mental health, care of the older person and palliative care. Practical instruction in washing, feeding, mobilisation, toileting and grooming. End of life care is included as part of the holistic care.
- Care Support 5N0758 – Explore roles, responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. Demonstrate an ability to plan and provide enhanced quality of care.
- Care of the Older Person 5N2706 – Explore how older people change and develop psychologically, physically and socially. Develop practical caring strategies for working with older people.
- Palliative Care 5N3769 – Enable the learner to develop a holistic approach to caring for persons with a life-limiting illness and their families. Learn effective communication skills that promote a holistic environment. Understand the structure and organisation of palliative care services. Learn to meet the specific needs of a person with a life-limiting illness and respond sensitively to the practical and emotional needs of bereaved families.
- Physiotherapy Assistant Practice 5N3770 Appreciate the role of posture, the benefits of therapeutic interventions to include exercise therapy, strengthening, range of movement & hydrotherapy. Execute the safe mobilisation of clients of all weight bearing abilities, to include supportive positioning of affected body parts using appropriate equipment.
- Rehabilitation Support 5N3775 This module equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to apply the principles and practices of rehabilitation in the care of the individual with neurological injuries or limb absence.
- Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
- Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning
- Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734 – Learn how to prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare setting including hand hygiene and standard precautions. Practical instruction in all aspects of practice including cleaning following blood borne spillage and terminal cleaning
- Patient Moving and Handling Certification (requirement for work experience): Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included. Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
- HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk Certificate (requirement for work experience): This 3.5-hour course has been developed by the HSE and delivered by the college staff. Its primary focus is to inform learners on the guiding practice and procedures to keep vulnerable adults safe in the community and residential settings. The content includes learners being informed of their safeguarding responsibilities, the different types of abuse and neglect and how to recognise them and how to report concerns in line with HSE guidelines. All students receive a certificate on completion at the end of the course.
- First Aid Workshop: This First Aid workshop will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. On successful completion of this course you will be a vital link in the chain of survival. The course includes identifying the role and responsibilities of the first Aider, understanding the principles of infection control. In addition, learners will describe and demonstrate how to assess a casualty- by conducting an initial check, physical examination, by obtaining a SAMPLE history, assessing levels of Response (AVPU) and identifying problems that are an immediate threat to life. Finally, learners will describe the requirements for a handover to other health care practitioners.
- Attendance for Interview
- Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent
- Mature Students: experience is considered in lieu of educational/formal qualifications
- Proficiency in English (Oral and Written)CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for
those whose first language is not English
- Awareness that aspects of the course are both physically and emotionally demanding
- Garda Vetting
This is a one year course from September to May. Work Experience is mandatory. This is an integral part of the learning journey and it allows students to merge classroom learning with practical application.
Students will undertake a block work placement of 4 weeks (min. 150 hours) in a hospital or care home setting. Garda Vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course. Hepatitus B and Flu Vaccinations (others may be required in individual settings) are required for work experience in a healthcare setting.
Applicants should be aware that healthcare environments used in work experience may insist that students are fully vaccinated for Covid 19.
The full QQI Level 5 award facilitates entry, on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide.
- QQI Level 6 ADVANCED HEALTH & VOCATIONAL CARE (6M2218) (Morrison’s Island Campus) OR
- QQI Level 6 ADVANCED PSYCHOSOCIAL AWARENESS & TRAINING 6M2263.
In addition, mature applicants may apply for nursing courses including Mature Nursing Degree programmes in UCC, MTU Kerry, SETU (Waterford) such as General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Midwifery and Intellectual Disability Nursing through the CAO’s Mature entry route. Other links from this award include Social Care, Physiology & Health Science, Community Development, Youth and Community Work, Psychology and Arts.
Further details are available from the relevant institutions.
This course enables students to work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, day care centres, home-help assistants etc.
“I completed the Healthcare Support Course at the West Cork Campus and I found my time there to be a very positive experience. I felt the guidance from the tutors was exceptional and each and every one was approachable at any time. Work placement was also of huge benefit to me. I found the practical experience and the theory studied in class was hugely beneficial when completing assignments. I am currently employed in the nursing home where I completed my work placement. ”
“I completed the Healthcare Support course in West Cork Campus and loved my time there. The course appealed to me and I was familiar with West Cork Campus so knew what it had to offer. In the College there was a very welcoming atmosphere and I felt supported throughout my time there. While there was a lot of work to be done there was also a very homely atmosphere and a genuine understanding and flexibility that I found very encouraging.The work experience element of the course was hugely beneficial and gave me a great insight into the job of healthcare assistant. I have no doubt the experience I gained while on work experience was central to me securing my present employment in Bantry General Hospital where I work as a care assistant. In this job I encounter a wide range of situations and experiences and it is because of the Healthcare course I am able to deal competently with them.”