Healthcare Daytime Course

Sept 2021 - 5M4339

Course Commencement

These Course will commence again in Sept 2021. If you have a question regarding Day courses please email

Course Description

The Healthcare course equips students with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Care Worker and acquire practical skills for work in a variety of caring environments such as nursing homes, hospitals and home help support.

You will gain an understanding of the caring process, appreciate the models of care and develop an awareness of caring ethics and etiquette in care situations. The course will provide graduates with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognised qualification for those pursuing a career in the Health-care sector. In addition, you will be afforded the opportunity to further your personal development and enhance your communication skills.

The Award

A national Certificate QQI level 5 in Healthcare Support 5M4339 is awarded on successful completion. The award is recognised within the National Framework of Qualifications (See Below)

To obtain a full QQI (Fetac) Level 5 a learner must be successful in 8 components.


Student services cost of €250 pays for all books, photocopying etc.

Department of Education & Skills: €200*

QQI Fees €50*

*Note Students with medical cards or in receipt of social welfare are exempt from paying the Dept. of Education & Skills fee QQI exam fee and the.

Installment plan for fees available

Book Loan Scheme: All course text books are loaned to students and are paid for under the student services cost. students on completion of course on return of books.

Certification additional in Carer Courses

  • Manual Handling and Patient Moving Certificate (additional payment required of €60 approx)

Work Experience

Work experience placement is an integral part of this course. Candidates gain first-hand experience by attending appropriate and related work placements within the community care environment. Garda clearance is essential to partake in work experience which comprises a days placement weekly and two weeks block placement.

Health Care Course Subjects

  • Care Skills 5N2770 – Understand the holistic care of a client over the full life span from birth to death, including areas such as disabilities, mental health, care of the older person and palliative care. Practical instruction in washing, feeding, mobilisation, toileting and grooming. End of life care is included as part of the holistic care.

  • Care Support 5N0758 – Explore roles, responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. Demonstrate an ability to plan and provide enhanced quality of care.

  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794 – Develop skills in identifying hazards and carry out risk assessments. Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities and duties of the employer and employee with regards to health and safety. Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace. Investigate risk facts in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs.

  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706 – Explore how older people change and develop psychologically, physically and socially. Develop practical caring strategies for working with older people.

  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning

  • Palliative Care 5N3769 – The purpose of this component is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to enable them 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.

  • Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734 -This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to prevent and/or manage outbreaks of infection and to recognize their role in the prevention of infection in a health care setting.

To obtain a full QQI (Fetac) Level 5 Community Care Award a learner must be successful in 8 components.

Progression/Career Opportunities

Learners, who have successfully completed the Community Care course, are eligible to apply for employment as a carer within the community health services. Alternatively, the full QQI (FETAC) Level 5 award facilitates entry, on a competitive basis, to a range of third level institutions to study social care/studies.

Finance Opportunities

Student Grant (SUSI)

Means tested student grants are available to students (school-leavers) who are progressing to a QQI Level 5/6 Award or equivalent, and who have not previously studied an award at similar or higher level on the National Framework of Qualifications. The amount of the grant depends on family income and on the distance a student travels from their place of residence to the college.

Applications: Student Grant applications can be made online only to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through Applications can be made from May and should be made before starting a course. BTEA or VTOS recipients are not eligible for the student grant.

Further definitive information is available on and

Social Welfare Recipients

All Social Welfare recipients are advised to contact their local Social Welfare Office before commencement of a course. This is to get permission to do a course while continuing on their benefits and also to ensure that they get full entitlements.

If you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance you must transfer to VTOS or BTEA (others may be able choose to stay on their current benefits)


Applicants over 21 years of age and in receipt of Social Welfare payment for at least 156 days before commencement of course, may apply for VTOS funding. VTOS is aimed in particular at unemployed people who are early school-leavers.

Retain Social Welfare benefits, plus free books and materials at the start of the course, meal allowance, travel allowance,

Applications: If you are eligible, fill in a VTOS application form (available from St Colmans Community College Midleton reception) and return it to the College. As VTOS places are limited it is advisable to submit an early application. Students who are eligible for VTOS, but who do not secure a VTOS place are advised to apply to their local Social Welfare office for a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

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The BTEA allows students in receipt of certain Social Welfare benefits to retain those payments while attending a full-time day course in the College. Students receive the maximum standard rate of payment and participants are not required to sign on.

Plus, if you have a dependent child, a Cost of Education Allowance of €500.

Applications: BTEA is a scheme administered by the Department of Social Welfare. Applicants over 21 years of age (with some exceptions) and in receipt of certain Social Welfare payments for at least 3 months may apply to their local Social Welfare Office for the Back to Education Allowance. Applications for BTEA must be made prior to starting an approved full-time course but late applications will be accepted up to 30 days after commencement of a course. Please contact your local Social Welfare Office to obtain the BTE1 application form and for full details and advice on eligibility. The BTE1 application form can also be found on and should be returned to your local Social Welfare Office.

Subsidised/Paid For Childcare

The CETS scheme which paid for PLC students childcare requirements is no longer in operation. This scheme has been taken into National Childcare scheme. Application is made online at The National Childcare Scheme.

In accepting the place you are agreeing to abide by CETB (Cork Education and Training Board) policies in respect of adult learners which can be accessed here.