Paramedic Healthcare Support Level 5

Pre-Paramedic Studies Level 5

About The Course

1 year Pre-Paramedic Studies
QQI Level 5

You need a cool head and the ability to work under pressure in emergency healthcare. It is challenging, rewarding and fast-paced.

This exciting course teaches you about the skills and theory you will need to work in the emergency services. It is a great foundation for you if you wish to work in emergency care as a paramedic in the ambulance service.

You will be given the opportunity to choose the right career path as you develop your education and knowledge on this course. The work experience element will allow you to apply the theory to practice and on successful completion of the course you may seek employment with the HSE, private agencies or nursing homes in the healthcare sector.

Course Coordinator: Brendan Kavanagh

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Emergency Department Care Skills
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Healthcare Support 5M4339

Additional Certification

  • Pre Paramedic Studies (National Ambulance Service College)
  • First Aid Response (Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council)
  • Cardiac First Response (Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council)
  • Patient & Manual Handling
  • Ambulance Equipment
  • Emergency Planning (HSE)
  • Back-Slabbing
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

Graduates from this course may apply to the Level 6 Healthcare Supervisory Management in Inchicore College.


Paramedic Science at University

QQI 5M4339 Healthcare Support major award leads to many courses in the CAO through the Higher Education Links Scheme both in Ireland and through UCAS in the UK in Paramedic Science.

Many graduates have progressed through our links with Anglia Ruskin University to the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science or the University of Sunderland.

Employment Prospects

On successful completion of the Health- care Support course students may seek employment with the HSE, private agencies or nursing homes in the Healthcare sector.

Student Stories

Eamonn Hegarty

Study Paramedic Science


“I was accepted to study paramedic science in Anglia Ruskin University in the Cambridge campus. My previous studies in Inchicore really helped me to get this place as it is a very competitive course with over 2000 people applying and only 20 spaces on the Cambridge site and 80 in Chelmsford. The lectures and assignments I did in Inchicore have set me up well for my studies this year. They gave me a great foundation and I feel much more confident in my writing and study skills now as a result.”


This course offers people an opportunity to explore whether the pre-hospital care field is a suitable area for them, while gaining essential life skills in a structured programme.
Macartan Hughes, Chief Ambulance Officer, National Ambulance Service College