Healthcare Assistant/Disability Support - Level 5

Healthcare Assistant/Disability Support – Level 5

1 Year Full Time Disability & Healthcare Support Worker 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 or healthcare sector.

About The Course

Would you like to study Healthcare to become a fully qualified Healthcare Assistant or Disability Support worker? In Ireland today, there is an increasing
demand for qualified staff to work in the healthcare and disability sectors.

At Inchicore College, our unique and highly-regarded Healthcare/Disability Support course prepares you to work in healthcare environments such as hospitals, nursing homes and/or centres for people with disabilities.

Our experienced Healthcare team have the specialist knowledge and industry experience to help you gain the expertise necessary for working in a range of healthcare settings.

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

Course Director: Paula Faller

Subjects
  • Work Experience
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • First Aid – Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)

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 interested in working in healthcare settings 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

  • First Aid – Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)
  • Patient Lifting and Manual Handling
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects.
or Leaving Certificate Applied.
or 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

“Studying Healthcare at Inchicore College helped me to develop my skills, knowledge and experience for working in a busy healthcare environment. Doing the course helped me to get a job. The work is hard but is so rewarding”

Suzanne Quinn graduated in June 2019 and has been working full time in a nursing home.