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Why Study Healthcare

Pursuing a career in healthcare is one of the most rewarding choices you can make. Few other careers offer the ability to make a real difference in people’s lives on the ground level while also making the wider world a better place in a tangible way—it’s a level of personal fulfilment that is rarely experienced in other fields. The past few years have shown, more than ever, that healthcare workers are a vital part of our society and will always remain so. For those passionate about helping vulnerable people, there is no better way to find meaning on a day-to-day basis.

In terms of career progression and employability, healthcare stands out above many other professions. Healthcare is a growing industry, with workers always in demand, and now that the average life expectancy has grown significantly compared to decades past, our ageing population will need care and support in their later years, ensuring a continuing need for workers. Healthcare remains one of the best career options in terms of both current job prospects and future industry growth.

Additionally, there is excellent potential for career progression within the industry, particularly for those who continue to upskill, and the huge number of different roles within healthcare allow for internal movement between sectors. In terms of perks, healthcare workers often receive more benefits and have greater job security compared to other industries. Furthermore, it’s a global career choice with healthcare workers needed in every country, so there may be opportunities to take your skills abroad and travel the world.

Those who choose to study healthcare will begin their journey on a career path which is both satisfying and challenging. Every day in healthcare presents new patients with new needs, new requirements, and new problems to solve—in this fast-paced working environment, you’ll never be bored. It’s a fascinating field, with new discoveries and innovations occurring all the time, and a qualification in one area of healthcare will make it easier to expand your skill set and branch out into different positions in the future.

Why Study Healthcare at Dorset

Dorset College offers a range of healthcare courses, suitable for those who are out of employment and keen to reenter the world of work, as well as those who want to upskill within their current career to open up greater opportunities for progression. The healthcare courses available at Dorset equip students with the knowledge, skills, and competence to work in a wide range of sectors throughout the healthcare industry.

Each course incorporates practical and theoretical elements, ensuring that graduates leave Dorset with a skill set which is applicable in a variety of healthcare settings. Through individual exercises, group discussions, and formal presentations, students will learn vital healthcare skills from experienced industry experts. The key qualities of an effective healthcare worker—communication, teamwork, strategic thinking, organisation, and planning—form the basis of our courses. You may even have the opportunity to test your new abilities in the workplace, as some of our courses include a work experience component.

You will acquire these key skills in a friendly, student-centred environment where attentive, industry-experienced academics, working in conjunction with supportive professional staff, ensure that each student receives the attention necessary to achieve their academic goals and develop both personally and professionally. With over 50 nationalities studying at Dorset, you will enjoy an international learning experience within the world-recognised Irish educational system.

Our range of healthcare courses are flexible enough to suit anyone, as we offer a mix of online classes and in-person practical work, with some courses even operating on a fully online basis. 

The four healthcare courses currently available at Dorset College—Health Service Management and Leadership, Nursing Studies, Healthcare Support, and Maternity Care Support— are designed to reflect the latest industry developments and provide students with the skills required to work in their chosen field or progress to further studies. 

Diploma in Health Service Management and Leadership
QQI Level 6 /
Dorset College
11 Weeks
Tuesday: 06.30 - 09.30 pm +
2 Saturdays Workshop: 10.00 am - 02.00 pm
27/09/22 - 06/12/22
Face to face classes
Nursing Studies
QQI Level 5
1 Academic Year
Tue & Thu: 06.30 pm - 09.30 pm
+ 14 Sat Workshop
18/10/22 - 21/10/23
Face to face classes
€2000 (Inc exam fee)
Healthcare Support
QQI Level 5
1 Academic Year
Tue & Thu: 06.30 pm - 09.30 pm
+ 14 Sat Workshop
18/10/22 - 19/10/23
Face to face classes
€2000 (Inc Exam Fee)
Maternity Care Support
QQI Level 5
7 Weeks
Friday: 09.30 am - 05.30 pm
02/09/22 - 14/10/22
Face to face
€595 (Inc Exam Fee)