Healthcare Assistant Courses Level 5

Healthcare Assistant Courses Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Level 5

Care of the Older Person

About the Course

Become a qualified Healthcare Assistant (HCA) with a special focus on care of the older person. There is increasing demand for qualified HCAs to work on the frontline in hospitals, dementia care, and hospices, or caring for vulnerable people in their homes and in residential settings.

With this professional qualification you will gain the skills, knowledge and valuable work experience to create a pathway to employment for you.

Disability Support

About the Course

Qualify to work as a HCA on our unique and highly regarded Disability Support course which prepares you to work in any healthcare environment including community homes for independent living, nursing homes and daily respite centres for people with a disability.

The study of Intellectual Disability Studies will prepare you to work with people with general learning difficulties and their daily adaptive needs.

Course Coordinator: Paula Faller

  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Option 1 – Human Growth & Development
  • Option 2 – Intellectual Disability Studies

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI: Healthcare Support 5M4339

Additional Certification

  • First Aid and Cardiac First Response
  • Manual Handling and Patient Moving
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.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

Successful graduates may progress to QQI Level 6 Healthcare Supervisory Management or BTEC Social Care Diploma courses at Inchicore College.

QQI 5M4339 Healthcare Support major award leads to many CAO courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme including TUD Social Care and Applied Social Studies in Social Care.

Where are our recent Healthcare graduates working?

Our recent healthcare graduates are working in hospitals, nursing homes, in homecare supporting individual clients. Some graduates are working with chil-dren and young adults with disabilities, in residential care settings and in the community.

Student Stories

Suzanne Quinn

“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.


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.