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Professional Pre-Nursing Studies Course (QQI Level 5 Major Award)

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QQI Level 5
1 Academic Year
Tue & Thu: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
+ 12 Sat Workshop
Start / End Dates
15/10/2024 - end date TBC
Face to Face Classes
€2000 (Inc exam fee)
Deposit €150

How does this Nursing Course benefit your career:

Advance Your Career with Our Level 5 Nursing Studies Course. If you enjoy making a difference in people's lives, why not make a career out of it? Elevate your nursing career with our Level 5 Nursing Studies Course, providing advanced training and accreditation to excel in the dynamic healthcare field. Our comprehensive Nursing Studies Course offers a head start in a career that is meaningful and filled with opportunities, challenges, and rewards. This one-year Nursing programme is a valuable investment in your professional development, leading to increased job opportunities, career advancement, CV-enhancing qualifications, and improved earning potential.

The Nursing Studies Course Major Award equips you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to apply for Nursing Degree Programmes through CAO and UCAS in General Nursing, Maternity Nursing, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, Children's Nursing, or Social Care in Ireland and the UK. You can also pursue a career as a Qualified Healthcare Assistant. For more information, please contact our professional courses advisor at [email protected].

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What learning experience will this course offer you:

On the Nursing Studies Course you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Professional Nurse and the importance of interpersonal communication with our Nursing Studies Course. Designed for aspiring nurses, this course provides specialist knowledge, skills, and competence needed for a successful career in nursing or related fields. Study core areas of nursing and apply your knowledge through hands-on work experience, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Note: 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. You will have the opportunity to discuss your career options with a Career Guidance Counsellor who will support you if you wish to apply to nursing degrees through the CAO/UCAS.

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

Health & Safety 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

Care of Older Person

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
  • 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
  • Use the range of skills required 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 Dublin has arrangements in place to ensure the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL) in the event of a cessation of programmes by the college.

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, upload your documents and you will be requested to pay a minimum deposit of €150. 

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.

This course is open to;

  • Mature applicants with relevant life work experience
  • Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification (if you are under 23 years old).

Requirements include:

  • Photo ID (Passport, Driving Licence etc).
  • Copy of Leaving/Junior Certificate standard or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification (if you are under 23 years old).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency for Non-Native speakers (If you do not have a certificate, please request an English interview for free with us).

Should you not have any document stated above, please contact us to discuss your eligibility for the programme ([email protected]).

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
Each module is accessed through a variety of different methods including assignment, examinations, projects and practical skills demonstration.

Full Award
QQI Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award (Code: 5M4349)

In addition students will complete a Certificate in Manual Handling.

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

Payment Plan

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €150 applies.

The outstanding balance can be paid in full before the course starts or split into 4 instalments if necessary.

Payment Plan

Deposit: €150
1st Instalment: €462.25 05/04/24
2nd Instalment: €462.25 10/05/24
3rd Instalment: €462.25 14/06/24
4th Instalment: €462.25 19/07/24



Click here to access the provisional timetable for this programme.

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