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Healthcare Support

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Catherine's Vocational School
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Course overview

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

Course Description

The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work independently and under supervision in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings and or to progress to higher education and training.

What will you Study?

Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Communications 5N0690
Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Care Of Older Person
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