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North Connaught College

North Connaught College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year course for those considering a career in nursing or in health care assistant roles. Work placement is a necessary part of this course.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and physiology
Introduction to nursing
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690

For the HealthCare Support Certificate the following modules will be on offer:
Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Nutrition
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Customer Service 5N0972
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSN 5M4349

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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