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Healthcare Support

Course Code(s):  5M4339 5M2786
QQI Award Code:  5M2786 Community Care
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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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

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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)

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