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Fire and Ambulance Service

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a preparatory course aimed at those who wish to work in either the Fire Service or Ambulance Service. As a QQI level 5 course, it is suitable for both school leavers and mature students who hold a leaving certificate or its equivalent and/or candidates who have completed any courses at QQI/FETAC level 4 previously.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Emergency Department Care Skills 5N2270
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Mathematics
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
DCHSX 5M4468

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

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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.
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
Medical & Healthcare
Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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