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Care Assistant

Health Service Executive

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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This programme enables learners to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence for academic progression to BSc (Hons) General; Psychiatric or Intellectual Disability Nursing or for employment as a Healthcare Assistant.

What will you Study?

Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Support 5N0758
Care Skills 5N2270
Anatomy and physiology 5N0749
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Human Growth and Development 5N1297]
Social Studies 5N1370
Mathematics 5N1833
Patient Handling Certification
First Aid Training
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Doctor / GP   Psychiatrist  
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Prosthetist / Orthotist   Children's Nurse   
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Nurse Tutor   Dental Hygienist  
Aromatherapist   Speech & Language Therapist  
Physical Therapist   Lactation Consultant  
Nurse Practitioner - Advanced   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
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General Nurse (RGN)   Nurse Prescriber  
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Physiotherapist - Sports    Medical Sales Representative   
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Social Worker   Occupational Therapist  
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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Medical & Healthcare
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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