Community Care

The Healthcare/Community Care assistant 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.

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 minimum of 10 days placement.

Community Care Course Subjects

  • Care and Provision and Practice
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Care of Older Person
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Social Studies
  • Word Processing

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


  • FETAC Level 5 Community Care (DCHCC)
  • Manual Handling Certificate
  • Patient Handling Certificate
  • Elder Abuse for Healthcare Assistants Certificate
  • Hygiene for Healthcare Assistants Certificate

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.