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As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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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

The Nursing Studies Course is aimed at students who wish to enter nursing in Ireland, UK or Scotland. There is a strong emphasis on Nursing Theory and Practice. Students are prepared for further study or employment in the caring field. Work experience is provided in hospitals, nursing homes and special needs placement. This course is delivered by a qualified Nursing Tutor.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Care Skills 5N2270
Communications 5N0690
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Word Processing 5N1358
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Work Experience 5N1356
Care Support 5N0758
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

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

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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)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

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