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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

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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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Newport College - St Josephs

Newport College - St Josephs
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in the caring profession, in a variety of healthcare setting. It is designed to equip the learner with the skills and understanding to work as a member of a professional healthcare team.

What will you Study?

Care Support 5N0758
Care Skills 5N2270
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Child Development 5N1764
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Disability Awareness
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.