Course Description

This full-time one year course is designed to suit the learner who wishes to enter the workforce as a carer in the public or private or voluntary sector. It enhances the learner’s awareness and understanding of the role and the responsibilities of the carer within the healthcare environment. This course aims to equip the learner with the appropriate provision of holistic healthcare for compromised clients and those with disability.


  • QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Award  (5M4339)

Additional certification

  • Manual Handling of Patients Certificate
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certificate
  • PHECC First Aid Response course



Learners will complete a minimum of  8 modules at QQI Level 5 for a full award in the following modules:

  • Care Support
  • Care Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Care of the Older Person

Progression/ Career Opportunities

Learners, who have successfully completed the Healthcare Support course, are eligible to apply for employment as a carer within the public, private and voluntary services.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates should be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent;
  • Aptitude, interest and experience will be taken into account;
  • All entry is subject to interview
  • Garda clearance is essential


Approximately €280 for course materials.