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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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Central Technical Institute Senior College

Central Technical Institute Senior College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This one year course provides an insight into the caring profession. Its purpose is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work with a range of ages in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings and or to progress to further and or higher education and training. It is suitable for both school-leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal qualification.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Anatomy and Physiology
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
I_T_ level 4
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Manual and Patient Handling
HACCP
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.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DHSXX 5M4339

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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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