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Pre-Nursing Studies

Awarded By
QQI Level 5
1 Academic Year
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 06:30 - 09:30pm (Evening)
+ 8 Saturdays
Start/End Date
12/10/21 - 06/10/22 (Evening)
Hybrid Classes
€2000 (Evening)  Inc exam fee
To secure a place on this course a deposit of €150 applies. Flexible Payment Terms available - see details on page below.

Why take this course?

If you enjoy "making a difference in people’s lives"  why not make a career out of it?   Pre-Nursing studies can give you a head start in a career that is meaningful and filled with many opportunities, challenges, and rewards.  

The Nursing Studies Major Award will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to apply for a Nursing Degree Programme through the CAO and UCAS in General Nursing, Maternity Nurse, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, Children’s or Social Care in Ireland and UK or work as a Qualified Healthcare Assistant. 

What will I study?

You will gain an understanding and awareness of the roles and responsibilities carried out by a Professional Nurse and the importance of interpersonal communication.

The Nursing Studies course is structured to provide you with specialist knowledge, skills, and competence for those who intend to enter the Nursing profession or related area and you will have the opportunity to discuss your career options with a Career Guidance Counsellor who will support you in your application through the CAO/UCAS.

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

Programme Modules

Anatomy & Physiology

Gain the knowledge, skill, and competence to understand the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems.  

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

  • Outline the composition of bone 
  • Outline the structure and function of blood and heart 
  • Describe the lymphatic system and its relationship with the blood system 
  • Identify parts of the digestive system 
  • Describe the respiratory system 
  • Explain the functions of the brain 
  • Explain the urinary system 
  • Outline the structure of the skin 
  • Identify the main muscles in the body 

 Module Assessment 

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

Course Code: 5N0749

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

Code: 5N4325

Human Growth and Development

Understand the process of human growth and development from infancy to old age. It will equip you with the skills to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs.  

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

  • Explain normative patterns of development (milestones) from infancy through to old age 
  • Recognise variations within the normal range of human growth and development 
  • List a range of childhood, adolescent and adult needs - identify strategies to meet these needs 
  • Recognise the importance of secure attachments to the development of the child 
  • Discuss common issues that arise in Adolescence  

Module Assessment 

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

Code: 5N1279

Care Skills

Gain 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: 60% Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Code: 5N2770

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, including 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

Code: 5N1356


Gain the 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: 60% Skills: 40% Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Code: 5N0690

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 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

Code: 5N1794

Social Studies

Gain the knowledge, skill, and competence required for employment in a Social Care Setting.  Learn about sociology and social studies and develop your understanding and awareness of social issues both personal and society in general.  

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

  • Understand economic, political, cultural, and social structures related and interdependent 
  • Describe the process of socialization to include a study of society, culture, and ethnicity 
  • Describe what is meant by social stratification 
  • Identify how national, international and global issues/ current affairs influence the individual 
  • Plan, carry out, and report on a piece of social research  

Module Assessment 

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

Code: 5N1370

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-centered 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 the 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.

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 2021

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

*The Course will be delivered Live Online; however, learners will be requested to attend one or two Saturdays in the college for workshops.  The Major Award Certificate is awarded on successful completion of 8 Modules.   If a student is unable to attend the Saturday workshops, the Award will be delayed until this is completed - this can be done when the country opens up.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to Dorset College with an interview held thereafter through our online facility.

The Application Steps

Complete the online application form

We will contact you and arrange a mutually agreeable time for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to establish your suitability for the programme.  We will provide you with details of what is involved in terms of study and commitment and answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision.

Requirements include:

Work Experience
If you need a letter from the college we can provide you with it to assist you with getting Work Experience.

If you have previous relevant work experience in this field, you may be exempt from the Work Experience Module. Make a list of all your experience and submit it to the college, we will then contact you and arrange a meeting.

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

Note: Grade O6 in ordinary level Maths is mandatory for entry to Nursing Degree programmes in Ireland and Grade O5 in Ordinary level Maths 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.

Full Award (Code: 5M4349)
QQI Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award
Awarded by: QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland

NOTE: A learner will only achieve their full award once all components are completed including the 100 hour work experience.  If the work experience element is impossible we will then put you forward for component certification.

Certificate in Manual Handling

Final Grading: (Individual Modules)
Pass 50%- 64% /  Merit 65%-79%  /  Distinction 80%-100%

Flexible Payment Terms

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €150 applies and the remainder paid in instalments. You have the flexibility of using our online payment facility to manage your course payments at any time, from the comfort of your own home.

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Payment Plan

Deposit: €150
1st Instalment:  €465 05/10/21
2nd Instalment: €465 19/11/21
3rd Instalment €465 19/12/21
4th Instalment €455 19/07/21
Exam Fee: €125 included in Instalments above


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