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Healthcare Support Level 5 NFQ

NFQ Level
Course Duration
1 Year
Start/End Date
16/10/20 - 15/10/21 (Day)
12/10/20 - 29/09/21 (Eve)
Day & Time
Friday 09.30-17.30
Mon & Wed 18.00 - 21.30
Hybrid Learning
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Course Fees
€1875.00 + Exam Fee: €125.00

Why take this course?

If you’re passionate about helping people, finding a job in the healthcare industry can be one of the most rewarding career choices there is.

 A recognised qualification in Healthcare Support that demonstrates a broad range of knowledge, skill and competence to work under supervision as a Healthcare Assistant  in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings and/or progress to further or higher education and training - A stepping stone to a degree in Nursing or Social Care.

You can discuss your career options with a Career Guidance Counsellor who will support you in your application through the CAO/UCAS.

What will You Experience?

You will experience a friendly welcoming student-centered learning environment with healthcare professionals who support, mentor and guide you through the skills, knowledge and practical work experience to achieve your goals.

You will study core areas of healthcare and put theory into practice through participation in work experience.

Programme Modules

Care Skills

The purpose is to equip you with the knowledge, skill, and competence to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. 

 At the end of the module learners will be able to: 

  • Perform basic skills in understanding client care 
  • Assist clients with personal and physical needs 
  • Provide a safe environment for staff, clients, and stakeholders 
  • Promote dignity, choice, and empowerment of residents 
  • Encourage clients to use a range of care equipment and assistive devices correctly 
  • Respond effectively to the changing needs of clients 

 Module Assessment

Assignment: 40%Skills Demonstration: 60%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N2770

Safety & Health at Work

This module will equip you with the knowledge, skill, and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment. 

 At the end of the module learners will be able to: 

  •  Understand the necessity for safe codes of practice 
  • Keep up-to-date with health and safety legislation 
  • Develop proactive skills in health and safety at work 
  • Create an awareness of risks associated with the workplace 
  • Develop risk identification, prevention, and reporting skills Develop attitudes of self-accountability for health and safety 

Module Assessment 

Assignment: 60%Examination: 40%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N1794

Care Support

The aim of this module is to promote good practice and respect for diversity in lifestyle, religion, and culture in care work.  

At the end of the module learners will be able to:  

  • Understand the principles of care support by providing for diversity, advocacy, and choice for clients 
  • Identify strengths and weakness in own performance 
  • Promote strategies for clients which could improve their quality of life 
  • Develop communication skills to work effectively with a multidisciplinary healthcare team 
  • Provide a person-centered approach to the client 
  • Understand the healthcare system in Ireland 

 Module Assessment 

Assignment: 30%Learner Record: 70%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N0758

Care of the Older Person

Gain the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings. 

 At the end of the module learners will be able to: 

  •  Understand the role of the healthcare assistant 
  • Acquire best practice skills in the provision of holistic care 
  • Understand the range of services available to older people 
  • Acquire the skills to communicate effectively with all stakeholders 
  • Acquire the basic therapeutic intervention skills 

 Module Assessment 

Project: 40%Skills Demonstration: 60%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N2706

Nursing Theory and Practice

Gain knowledge, skill and competence in the theory, principles, and practice underpinning the nursing process and nursing profession to enable the learner to perform a range of basic nursing skills.  

At the end of the module learners will be able to:  

  • Understand the historical development of the nursing profession 
  • Carry out basic observations and nursing skills 
  • Demonstrate and utilise the activities of living patient care 
  • Explain the importance of precision in administering drugs 
  • Implement correct reporting and recording procedures 
  • Create and practice a safe working environment  

Module Assessment 

Skills: 50%Examination: 50%
 Credit Value: 15 ECTS 

Course Code: 5N4325

Work Experience

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill, and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction.  

At the end of the module learners will be able to:  

  • Examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a healthcare 
  • Understand and analyse key challenges and opportunities 
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers 
  • Develop a career plan and appropriate skills audit that meets challenges in the healthcare sector 
  • Participate effectively in work experience, to include good timekeeping, working independently 
  • Reflect on workplace experiences, to include feedback from supervisors or mentors 
  • Explore options for future education, training, and employment in light of work experience 

 Module Assessment 

Portfolio: 60%Skills: 40%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N1356


Gain the relevant knowledge, skill, and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.  

At the end of the module learners will be able to:  

  • Analyse a range of current issues in communications and information technology 
  • Understand how to use appropriate non-verbal and visual communication 
  • Develop research, verbal, listening and reading skills and use these skills during the course 
  • Create an awareness of the elements of legislation in a personal and/or work context  

Module Assessment 

Portfolio: 50%Skills: 50%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS 

Course Code: 5N0690

Palliative Care Support

Gain the knowledge, skills, and competence that will enable you to care for and address the needs of a person and their family after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, in a dignified, inclusive and holistic manner.  

At the end of this unit learners will be able to:  

  • Discuss the role of the support worker in the promotion of key issues such as life quality, self-esteem, respect, privacy and dignity in palliative care work 
  • Apply a person-cantered approach to caring for a person in the last days of their life to include the provision of supportive and holistic care promoting safety, dignity, respect, and comfort 
  • Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in a palliative care setting 
  • Use the range of skills required from a palliative support worker in relation to end of life care 

 Module Assessment 

Learner Record: 70%Assignment: 30%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N3769

Protection of Enrolled Learners

Dorset College has arrangements in place to ensure the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL) in the event of a cessation of programmes by the college.  

Healthcare Support Level 5 NFQ

Hybrid Learning  

Hybrid Learning combines face-to-face instruction with live online learning.   In the context of the coronavirus school re-openings, a hybrid model reduces the number of students in the building, by moving some of the course delivery online.

You will be in a bubble:
Hybrid Learning September 2020

Dorset College continues to adhere to the government’s guidelines on protective measures required to be in place in order to combat the COVID-19.  These protective measures mean that our classes will now be delivered through a Hybrid model as outlined above.


Entry Requirements

  • Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience  
  • Junior / Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification or equivalent  
  •  English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0  

Note: For those pursuing a degree in Nursing - Grade O6 in ordinary level Math's is mandatory for entry to Nursing Degree programmes in Ireland and Grade O5 in Ordinary level Math's for entry to UK Degree programmes.

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
A combination of module appropriate assessment methods will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes on the course.  These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstrations.  

Award (Code: 5M4339)

QQI/FET Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award
Awarded by: QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland 

NOTE: A learner will only achieve their award once all components are completed including the 100 hour work experience.

 Certificate in Manual Handling

 Final Grading: (Individual Modules) 

Pass 50%- 64%  /  Merit 65%-79%  /  Distinction 80%-100% 

Career & Progression

It presents opportunities for work as part of a team to deliver care for patients in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres, home care support or a community environment.  It will also provide wide opportunities to progress academically.  

Graduates of this course are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Nursing and related Health Studies in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The following options include:  

  • Level 8 Bachelor of Science in General Nursing and other specialist Nursing degree courses in D.C.U. and U.C.D and 10 other regional Universities and Institutes   
  • Nursing Degrees through UCAS Application   
  • Related QQI/HET Level 8 Degrees include Social Studies in Social Care and Health Promotion and Physical Activity   
  • Calculator for Level 5 and 6 Awards: Points Calculator

 The quota of places reserved for FET/QQI applicants on Nursing courses in 2020 can be found at: FET/QQI Nursing Quota 

Garda Vetting 
Dorset College is registered with the Garda vetting unit and is in a position to offer students a Garda vetting service.

Fee Payment

This course includes 8 Modules which enable you to achieve a Major Award at Level 5 NFQ.

The Total Cost is €1875.00

Easy Payment Plan

A Deposit of €350.00 secures your place on the course

The balance is paid over 3 instalments which will be agreed with each individual student.

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