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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

Students are offered a practical and theoretical introduction to a career in Nursing or Caring field. This course gives students a realistic understanding of what the world of work entails and enhances students opportunities in getting a place on a college course.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Nutrition
Introduction to Nursing Care, Provision and Practice
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Social Studies 5N1370
Word Processing 5N1358
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
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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Further Research

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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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