• Code:5M4339
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support 
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


Due to the demand in our community for skilled care workers, this course will facilitate students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field of work. This qualification enables graduates to work in nursing homes, day care centres, and residential homes or as agency care workers within the community.

Students will  be given the opportunity to complete the following short courses during the academic year:

  • Patient Manual Handling
  • First Aid Responder (QQI Level 5 Module)
Programme of Study*
  • Care Support
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Care Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Word Processing

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities
  • General Nursing
  • Children & General Nursing (integrated)
  • Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Health Care Assistant
Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
CW116 Pharmacy Technician Studies          IT Carlow 6
CW106 Physiology and Health Science   IT Carlow 6
WD188 Applied Health Care         Waterford IT 7
WD175 Pharmaceutical Science      Waterford IT 7
CW758  Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care IT Carlow 8

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Breda Ladd, bladd@portlaoisecollege.ie

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