QQI Level 5
Find out if Nursing is for you! This preparatory course is geared for those who intend to go on to further training for the BSc Degree in Nurse Education either in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales or abroad. You will be introduced to subjects/topics commonly studied in the first year of the nursing degree programme. Learn about the skills and knowledge of the nursing profession with an emphasis on respect, dignity, empathy and confidentiality. Give yourself the best start for entry to a career in healthcare. There is a fully equipped nursing/HCA room for all the practical work. UCAS application assistance is available.
QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies 5M4349
€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 & Kits of €150 are not included in the fees.
- Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325 – Develop an understanding of the caring skills, knowledge and accountability required by a professional nurse, including safe patient handling and measurement and accurate recording of temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and fluid balance. The link between theory and practice is constant and using the Nursing Process and the Roper, Logan and Tierney model of nursing as guides the student learns the importance of client centre care and inclusivity.
- Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749 – learn the structure of the various systems within the human body e.g. digestive, system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system etc. and how they work. Develop an understanding of the interrelationships that exit between these systems.
- 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.
- Human Growth and Development 5N1279 – Learn psychology throughout the lifespan, how we grow, learn develop and change throughout our lives. Understand factors that affect development throughout the lifespan. Develop interpersonal/interactive skills appropriate to responding to the needs of others.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- People 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): 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 (online training): This First Aid course 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. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
- AMRIC Hand Hygiene (HSELand): Effective hand Hygiene is the single most effective thing that you can do to protect the people you care for and yourself from healthcare acquired infections. HCAI’s. But knowing is not enough – it’s important to apply what you have learnt and believe that it can be done. By the end of this course, you should know: Why hand hygiene is important
- When to practice hand hygiene.
- How to perform hand hygiene in line with the WHO 5 Moments.
- How to take care of your hands.
- AMRIC Infection Prevention and Control (HSELand): : Practical programme which includes specific measures for prevention of infection in all healthcare facilities, how to identify hazards and carry out a well-informed risk assessment. How to control the sources and prevent onward transmission of infection.
Leaving Certificate with five subjects at grade O6/H7, with Ordinary Level Maths (grade O6 preferable). Leaving Certificate Biology is considered an advantage. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English
Note: This course requires students to be Garda vetted. Prospective students should also be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake it.
All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application. (include interviews)
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. The course coordinator facilitates student placement. Garda Vetting is pre-requisite to work experience placement and a hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended.
The full QQI Level 5 award facilitates entry, on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide.
In addition, mature applicants may apply for nursing courses including Mature Nursing Degree programmes in UCC 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 in Rossa College 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.”