Course Outline:

This course is designed to equip the learner with the academic knowledge and practical skills essential for working in a healthcare team. Its purpose is two-fold:

  • It is a stand-alone qualification for employment as a Care Assistant/Healthcare Worker
  • It can also be used as a route to 3rd Level Education


Experienced healthcare professionals instruct students in practical skills in our fully equipped ward. In addition, students must complete a period of work experience in a care setting. Prior to engaging in practical work experience, students will complete both People Moving & Handling and PHECC First Aid Responder courses. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support – 5M4339.


  • Care Skills 5N2770
  • Care Support  5N0758
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
  • Intellectual Disability Studies 5N1652
  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR)
  • People Moving & Handling

Course Duration:

This is a one-year full time course and runs from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A FETAC/QQI Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview
  • Garda vetting must be successfully completed.

Student Testimonial:


As a mature student going back to college at the age of 48 years, I found the whole experience very enjoyable. The tutors were outstanding and available at any time to answer any questions I had. While we were in the middle of a pandemic and a lot of the classed ended up being online, it was still very enjoyable and worthwhile. I hope to have a certificate in Healthcare, and I will be able to work in the area that I have a passion about. We were a mixed group of students from 19 years of age to my age of 48 years of age and everybody just got on so well as a group. I highly recommend going back as a mature student and at the end of the day it is only nine months for your qualification, in the area you would enjoy working in. I could not speak more highly of the teachers, they are there for you with any amount of help and I would highly recommend the Castlebar College of Further Education to anyone.



I really enjoyed the Healthcare course at Castlebar College of Further Education the teachers were fantastic, and I enjoyed the modules and learning new skills was a bonus and the highlight for me was meeting my classmates and making new friends. I would highly recommend the Healthcare course for anyone, who would be interested in working in the healthcare sector.


Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required.  There is also a €100 Student Services fee required on acceptance of the course.

Additional Costs Associated with this Course

A uniform is required consisting of a College Healthcare Tunic which can be ordered through the College. Prices for items ordered through the College are reviewed annually. Please note that First Aid Responder and Patient Manual Handling, Lifting & Moving courses are provided by a registered training institute and prices are reviewed annually. Vaccination for Hepatitis B needs to be arranged by the student at their own cost.

Detailed Course Outline:

Care Skills – 5N2770

Provides the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment while recognizing the differing care needs of clients.


Care Support – 5N0758

Equips the learner with the personal knowledge, skills and competence to work effectively in a care setting. It aims to promote good practice and respect for diversity in lifestyle, religion and culture in care work


Care of the Older Person – %N2706

Equips the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to meet the full and holistic needs of older people in a variety of care contexts and to develop an awareness of the increasing needs of older people in today’s community.


Infection Prevention & Control – 5N3734

Facilitates the learner to develop an understanding of the importance of infection prevention and control while providing 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.


Intellectual Disability Studies – 5N1652

Provides the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence in the causes, range and effects of intellectual disabilities and allows he/she to develop awareness of social models of support and the roles of various professionals in responding to the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.


Safety & Health At Work – 5N1794

Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment.


Communications – 5N0690

Facilitates the learner to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development.


Work Experience – 5N1356

Allows the learner to gain personal knowledge, skills and capacity while participating in a suitable work placement, for a limited time, under supervision.


PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR)
This 3-day course is designed to offer training in occupational first aid including cardiac first response to the national standards of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).


People Moving & Handling

The course covers both practical and theoretical elements of moving and handling tasks.  It aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to apply correct handling techniques, in a safe manner, while promoting independence and dignity of the client.

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