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Healthcare Support / Caring for the Elderly

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Kinsale College of Further Education

Kinsale College of Further Education
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This full-time QQI Healthcare Support Course is designed to prepare students to work competently, safely and effectively as a Healthcare Assistant in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, hospitals and home help support.

This course is unique in that Kinsale College is the only centre offering a fully accredited Dementia Care Module that underpins this course. Kinsale College works in partnership with K-CORD (Kinsale Community Response to Dementia Care) and has links to job opportunities locally. The course has also been highlighted at a National level at a forum on the future of dementia care.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Nutrition 5N2006
Care of Older person 5N2706
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
Dementia Awareness / City and Guilds 3565-21
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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
DHSXX 5M4339

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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.
Social & Caring
Community & Voluntary
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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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