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Carers (Healthcare Assistant)

Course Description

This programme places an emphasis on the care of people in the community and in health care settings. It is suitable or those wishing to embark on a career in caring and those wishing to gain a recognised qualification in caring. It equips the carer with the practical knowledge and skills required to support and assist  people in their daily lives.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Occupational First Aid
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Social Studies
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Word Processing 
  • Infection Prevention and Control

Awarding Body


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a Level 4.  Mature students are very welcome.  Access to this programme will be decided by interview. 

Work Experience

Work experience forms and integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can use the award to gain employment in care setting in the home, private day care centres, nursing homes or directly with the HSE.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
This award can be used to gain access to Nursing Degree Programmes, Social care and Early Childhood Studies in University and Institutes of Technology.

Course Fees

Registration fee of €150. Details of all other fees including first aid, manual handling etc. are available from the college office on request.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health services - 5M4468
  • Occupational First Aid Certificate
  • Manual Handling Awareness and Patient Moving Certificate (additional cost)

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

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