Course Outline:

This course is an introduction to Nursing and will benefit anyone wishing to enter the Nursing profession using a QQI qualification. It is recognised nationally by Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland and in the UK. It provides a learning environment, in which learners are encouraged, assisted and ultimately required to take responsibility for their own learning. Essential skills in nursing care are taught by qualified nurses in our fully equipped ward. Practical experience in the workplace is also an essential part of this course. Students must complete work experience in a Nursing/Care environment. Prior to engaging in practical Work Experience, students will complete both a Patient Handling and a First Aid Course. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies.

  • Care Skills 5N2770
  • Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Human Growth & Development 5N1279
  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Mathematics 5N1833 (optional)

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course, running 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:

Alice Kelly

The Nursing Studies course here in CCFE is a fantastic opportunity to explore whether pursuing nursing is the right option for you, without the commitment of a four-year degree. I have found it to be a thoroughly immersive experience that not only focuses on theoretical components, but also the care skills needed to gain employment as a Healthcare Assistant. This course has both opened doors that will allow me to further my education and employment opportunities. All of the teachers are welcoming, extremely supportive, and want their students to succeed. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year and would recommend anyone that has an interest in working within the healthcare sector to consider taking this course.


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. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. A Student Service fee of €100 also applies.

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:

Nursing Theory & Practice:

Students learn the theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills required for the industry.

Care Skills:

Students develop the knowledge and practical skills required to care for clients in a safe and hygienic manner.

Anatomy & Physiology:

Students study the structure and function of the systems that make up the human body.

Care of the Older Person:

Students study the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the older person.

Human Growth & Development:

Study of how humans change and mature from conception to death.

Infection Prevention & Control:

Students develop knowledge and practical skills to prevent and control infection in a healthcare setting.


Enhancing your reading, writing and speaking skills.

Work Experience:

All students must complete a work placement of 20 days (160 hours) in a healthcare setting.

Mathematics (Optional):

This module is available for students who have not already achieved the minimum grade in their Leaving Cert Maths and who wish to study Nursing in the UCAS system.

Occupational First Aid (PHARR)

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