Healthcare Support – Pre Paramedic Course - Level 5

Healthcare Support – Pre Paramedic Course – Level 5

1 year Paramedic (Pre) Healthcare Support Course
QQI Level 5

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

About The Course

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 will teach you the skills and theory you need to work in the healthcare sector. It is a good foundation for students wishing to work in the area of healthcare, paramedics or ambulance work.

You will be given the opportunity to choose the right career path as you develop your education and knowledge on this course and the work experience element will allow you to apply the theory in practice.

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Emergency Department Care Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Pre Paramedic Studies
  • Ambulance Procedures
  • First Aid Response
  • Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Care of the Older Person

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Healthcare Support 5M4339

Additional Certification

  • Pre Paramedic Studies
  • First Aid Response (Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council)
  • Cardiac First Response (Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council)
  • Patient & Manual Handling
  • Ambulance Procedures
  • Back-slabbing
  • Epilepsy Ireland
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.


All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

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

Paramedic Science at University

Students may also progress to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme both in Ireland and the UK in Healthcare, Paramedic or Nursing.

Graduates may also apply to BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science in Anglia Ruskin University.

Ambulance Training Course

Employment Prospects

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

Graduate Profile

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“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.”

Eamonn Hegarty