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Abbeyleix Further Education Centre

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339 5M2786
QQI Award Code 5M2786 Community Care
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Healthcare support (HS) - A full time course providing students with the knowledge and experience to obtain future employment in the health services, hospitals, nursing homes, or in the community. Community Care (CC) - A full time course enabling the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work under supervision in a variety of community care settings within the social care environment.

What will you Study?

Work Experience (5N1356)
Safety & Health at Work (5N1794)
Communications (5N0690)
Care of the Older Person (5N2706)
Care Provision & Practice (5N2705)
Care Skills (5N2770)
Care Support (5N0758)
Palliative Care Support (5N3769)
Occupational First Aid (5N1207)
Word Processing (5N1358)






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
DCHCC 5M2786

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

Further Research

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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.
Charity Officer   Equality Officer  
Community Welfare Officer   Educational Psychologist  
Information Officer - Adult Guidance    Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary  
Childcare worker   Art Therapist  
Special Needs Assistant - SNA   Teacher - Primary / Gael School  
Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup    Funeral Director  
Naturopath   Aromatherapist  
Health Educator / Promotion Officer   Speech & Language Therapist  
Acupuncturist   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
Nurses Aid / Healthcare Assistant   Vision Rehabilitation Therapist  
General Nurse (RGN)   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Intellectual Disability Nurse    Sport Psychologist  
Probation Officer   Clinical Psychologist  
Ambulance Assistant / Intermediate Care Operative   Community Resource Worker - Visual Impairment  
Home Help Assistant   Home Help Organiser  
Music Therapist   Social Care Worker / Practitioner  
Care Assistant - Children   Nursery Nurse  
Aid Worker - Humanitarian   Care Worker  
Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker / Officer  
Careers Adviser   Constituency Worker  
Psychotherapist   Community Education Officer  
Facilitator    

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.