Healthcare Support

O'Fiaich Institute of Further Education


Course Name Healthcare Support
Course Provider O'Fiaich Institute of Further Education
Alternative Provider(s) Louth & Meath ETB
Course Code 5M4339
Course Type PLC Post Leaving Cert
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)  More info... Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Dundalk
Course Content Course Aim
This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, long term care home, community development, residential care setting or respite care. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking to further their education. The aim of the course is to provide the skills necessary for a career in health care.
FET Code 5M4339 - Healthcare Support
Duration 1 Year
Comment Certification
5M4339 QQI Level 5 Health Care Support
Alternative Entry Mature students are very welcome on all courses in O'Fiaich Institute of further Education and the number of mature students is rising steadily. Some mature students are eligible for VTOS scheme (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme).
Course Fee

Expand+Student Services Costs: €200
Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):
-Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
-Those who are eli...

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Interview First round interviews take place the end of May. Second Round Interviews take place in late August.
Application Date

Expand+You can apply online to Ó Fiaich Institute of Further Education online (link below)
Applications for the each academic year will open from February 1st and closing date for 1st Round of interviews is early May 2019.

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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment PLC Courses begin in September 2019
Subjects Taught Course Modules
Nursing Theory and Practice
Care of the Older Person
Care Skills
Human Growth & Development
Care Support
Anatomy and Physiology
Safety & Health at Work
Word Processing
Work Experience

Elder Abuse Training
Occupational First Aid
Patient Moving and Handling
Hand Hygiene and Infection Control
Entry Requirements All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.
Assessment Method There is continuous assessment throughout the year and examinations in the main subjects are taken in May.
Careers or Further Progression Higher Education
WIT Applied Health Care Level 7
DCU, TCD, DkIT, UCD General Nursing Level 8
DCU, TCD, UCD, DkIT Mental Health Nursing Level 8
DCU, TCD, DkIT Intellectual Disability Nursing Level 8
UCD, TCD, DkIT Midwifery Level 8

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes
Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:
Care Assistant in Nursing Homes or Hospitals
Activity Coordinator
Personal Assistant in Schools
Care Assistant in Disability Services
Homecare Assistant
Further Enquiries Further Education Director,
O' Fiaich Institute of Further Education,
Tel: 042 933 1398 / 933 1402
Fax: 042 933 8054
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here