QQI Level 5

Wellness is a dynamic growth area that has become part of professional life in all organisations. If you would like to become the person in a company/business who is knowledgeable about the importance of all aspects of health and wellbeing then this is the course for you. We are all becoming aware of the critical importance of our physical and mental health and this course serves to increase awareness of the issues and ways of addressing them. You can learn other skills and knowledge around psychology, exercise & fitness etc., that make you eminently employable or well placed for self employment in this dynamic and exciting new field.


1 year

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services 5M4468  QQI Component Maths 5N1433 (available as an option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression).

300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from QQI examination fee of €50)

  • Exercise & Fitness 5N2668
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Reflexology 5N5371
  • Psychology of People 5N3634
  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4.Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirements. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this courses is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirement set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

Students undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in a health related environment or in the wellbeing department of a company. Students undertake to prepare, plan and facilitate a professional, dynamic and inclusive wellness programme.

  • Data Protection Workshops
  • First Aid Workshop
  • Manual Handling Training

UCC: Arts (CK101), UCC: Social Science (CK102), UCC: Youth & Community Work (CK114) (Must be over 21 years and one year’s work experience in the area), UCC: Criminology (CK113), UCC: International Food Development & Food Policy (CK214), MTU (Cork): Social Care (CR031) – Maths or Stats required, MTU (Cork) Recreation & Leisure Management (CR032) – Maths or Stats required, MTU (Cork) Community Development (CR035), MTU (Cork) Hospitality Management (CR042) – Maths or Stats required, WIT: Psychology (WD163). Special arrangements in place with MTU (CCPS), MTU (Kerry) and Waterford IT for preferential entry for CCOC students. Up to 390 CAO points for any IT can be attained. Go to our progressions database at https://www.corkcollegeofcommerce. ie/progressions/ for exact entry requirements for progressions for this course.

In a health related environment, in the wellness section of a large company or in community organisations, establishing wellness programmes. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub (see pg.87). Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC Linkedin alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

“I had worked in the gardening and landscaping industry in the past but had no formal qualification in the area. The horticulture course in West Cork Campus provided me with the opportunity to secure that qualification as well as work in an area I enjoyed and had some previous knowledge of. I found the course to be very beneficial and as well as improving my practical skills such as pruning and planting, the course opened my eyes to the science behind the work I was involved in. Since completing the horticulture course I am working in Lissard House and gardens in Skibbereen where I use the knowledge I gained on a daily basis.”

Garret O´Driscoll, Horticulture

I completed the QQI level 5 Horticulture course in  2016. I found the course to be well organised, fascinating and fun, giving a good grounding in all areas of horticulture.

I also found it to be an excellent re-introduction to education and the discipline necessary for successful study. It inspired me to go on to further education and I am now studying for a Level 8 Degree in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology in GMIT, Galway, as a mature student. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in horticulture.

Joe Kane, Horticulture