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Fire and Ambulance Services Access Course

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Central College Limerick

Central College Limerick
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course is aimed at those who wish to work in either the Fire Service or Ambulance Service. Learners who successfully complete this one year QQI Level 5 certificate will gain essential knowledge and skills in areas relevant to these careers.

What will you Study?

Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Communications 5N0690
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Anatomy and Physiology
Understanding Special Needs 5N1709
Work Experience 5N1356
Additional Training
Cardiac First Responder
Emergency First Responder
Safe Pass
Fit for Fire Training
Emergency Medical Technician
Manual Handling
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
DCHSX 5M4468

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

Further Research

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Nursing Studies - Pre Nursing Limerick College of Further Education 
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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.
IT Security Specialist   Medical Secretary  
Emergency Medical Dispatcher   Hair & Scalp Specialist  
Dentist - Periodontist   Psychiatrist  
Radiologist - Diagnostic    Genetic Technologist  
Clinical / Medical Technologist   Surgeon - Oral  
Osteopath   Audiologist  
Surgeon    Ophthalmologist  
Orthoptist   Orthodontist  
Optometrist   Neurologist  
Naturopath   Immunologist  
Herbalist   Coroner  
Oncologist   Perfusionist  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Forensic Pathologist   Gastroenterologist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Doctor / GP  
Epidemiologist   Anaesthetist  
Neuroscientist   Dentist - Oral Surgeon  
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist   Laboratory Technician  
Laboratory Manager   Health and Safety Inspector  
Embalmer   Anatomical Pathology Technician  
Dental Technician   Radiographer - Diagnostic  
Radiographer - Therapeutic   Medical Laboratory Assistant  
Physiologist - Clinical Measurement   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Nurse Practitioner - Advanced   Public Health Nurse  
Physical Therapist   Nurse Prescriber  
Lactation Consultant   Nurse Tutor  
Acupuncturist   Children's Nurse   
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist   Respiratory Technician  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Intellectual Disability Nurse   
Physiotherapist   Dental Hygienist  
Chiropractor   General Nurse (RGN)  
Nurse Midwife   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
Speech & Language Therapist   Theatre / Perioperative Nurse  
Aromatherapist   Health Educator / Promotion Officer  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Spinologist  
Nurses Aid / Healthcare Assistant   Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant  
Army Apprentice   Pathologist  
Forensic Scientist   Fire Officer  
Firefighter   Army Recruit  
Army Cadet - Defence Forces   Bodyguard  
Air Corps Cadet - Pilot   Prison Officer  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Garda / Trainee  
Probation Officer   Garda Reserve (Voluntary)  
Naval Service Cadet - Deck   Naval Recruit  

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.
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
Medical & Healthcare
Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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