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Healthcare Support

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The role of the Healthcare Assistant is to support the existing staff in a hospital, nursing home or community in the practical care and welfare of patients. Healthcare Assistants are becoming a vital part of the care team in the new structuring of Healthcare Education & Training.

This course provides a qualification in care skills which will greatly enhance your chances of gaining employment as a Healthcare Assistant. Holders of this award may also apply for degree courses in Social Science or Social Care in many Universities and Institutes of Technology. This course is delivered by a qualified Nursing Tutor.

What will you Study?

Care Support 5N0758
Care Skills 5N2270
Work Experience 5N1356
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Word Processing 5N1358
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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DHSXX 5M4339

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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.
Social & Caring
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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