Course Commencement

These Course will commence again in Sept 2019. If you have a question regarding the course 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
  • Social Studies 5N1370 – Understand your position as an individual, family member and as part of a community and wider society. Examine critically contemporary social issues, learn how some sociological theories can be applied to Irish society, increase your effectiveness in life and work through understanding social issues e.g the impact of discrimination on individuals and groups in society
  • 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


VTOS is a financial support scheme for those over 21 by course start date and in receipt of an eligible Social Protection payment

For more information & where to apply please visit our VTOS Page Here

Back to Education Allowance

If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), you may take part in a second-or third-level education course and get a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

Details Click Here


SUSI This means tested grant is a source of financial help available for students on full-time courses. Check the Eligibility Reckoner

Details Click Here


If the cost of childcare is preventing you from doing a course with us. All our courses are CETS approved which means that Childcare is subsidised, costing somewhere between €25 and €10 per week per child.

Just let the college know you wish to avail of CETS and check with your childcare center that they have a CETS place.

more info on Citizens info LINK Click Here

Application Form for CETS in St. Colmans Click HERE

If the cost of childcare preventing you from doing a course with us. All our courses are CETS approved which means that Childcare is subsidised, costing somewhere between €25 and €10 per week per child.

Just let the college know you wish to avail of CETS and check with your childcare center that they have a CETS place.

more info on Citizens info link below

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.