Disability & Healthcare Support Worker - Level 5

Disability & Healthcare Support Worker – Level 5

1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Level 5

At Inchicore College, our experienced team have the specialist knowledge and industry experience to help you gain the expertise necessary for working in the disability/healthcare sector.

About The Course

In Ireland today, there is an increasing demand for qualified staff to work in the healthcare and disability sectors. Our highly-regarded Disability/Healthcare Support Worker course is unique, offering you a choice of specialising in either disability or healthcare. It will prepare you for work under supervision in settings such as centres for people with disabilities, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centres.

At Inchicore College, our experienced team have the specialist knowledge and industry experience to help you gain the expertise necessary for working in the disability healthcare sector.

Work experience throughout the year affords you the opportunity to apply theory to practice when working with clients. Graduates from this course have been very successful in obtaining employment and progressing to higher education.

Subjects
  • Work Experience
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Occupational First Aid

Additional Modules

Students who are interested in working with people with disabilities will take the following modules in addition to the core modules:

  • Equality and Disability
  • Intellectual Disability Studies

Students who are interested in working in healthcare will take the following modules in addition to the core modules:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.

Certification

QQI: Healthcare Support 5M4339

Additional Certification

  • Occupational First Aid
  • Patient Lifting and Manual Handling
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects.
Leaving Certificate Applied.
QQI Level 4.
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

Interview

All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

Successful graduates may gain entry to Level 6 Healthcare Supervisory Management in Inchicore College or any relevant QQI Level 6 or BTEC Higher National Diploma courses. Graduates may also use their Level 5 award to apply for relevant degree courses in health and social care.

Employment Prospects

Graduates from this course may gain employment in the disability and healthcare sector in a variety of settings such as hospitals, residential care, day centres, respite care and private home care.

Graduate Profile

 

“The experience gained throughout the course was invaluable and I gained valuable knowledge and skills for working in healthcare. The relationship between students and lecturers was really good. I am now progressing my education at QQI Level 6 and I feel privileged to be a student in this college.”

Frederick Olafusi graduated from Disability and Healthcare Support in May 2017 and is currently a student on the QQI Level 6 Healthcare Supervisory Management.