Nursing Studies Level 5

Nursing Studies/ Children’s Nursing Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Nursing Studies/ Children’s Nursing Course
QQI Level 5

Course Fees: €400

Nursing Studies

About the Course

Whatever branch of nursing you choose, start your career at Inchicore College. The nursing shortage in Ireland is giving rise to an increase in university places each year and as a career with solid earning potential you’ll enjoy helping people for a living while working in a respected profession known for its comradery with co-workers and excellent career opportunities.

This one-year full-time course combines academic and practical learning to enable you to acquire the essential knowledge, skills and competence to work in any healthcare setting as a HCA and to progress successfully to higher education to any branch of nursing.

Emphasis on work experience in clini-cal settings will help you decide on the direction you wish to take in your nursing career, and you will be supported by our qualified registered nursing teachers and careers counsellors.

Children’s Nursing

About the Course

Being a Children’s Nurse involves everything from nursing a sick new-born infant to an adolescent injury from a sports accident. On this course you will explore how a healthy child develops towards adulthood traversing the challenges of childhood illnesses and accidents.

A child may not be able to communicate the severity and nature of pain, so you will learn the importance of your communication skills to interpret a child’s behaviour and reactions and to communicate with the wider family, including parents and carers.

Children’s Nursing takes place in a range of settings including hospitals, day care centres, clinics and in the community such as a child’s home. On this course you will learn about the role of multidisciplinary teams that look after children such as doctors, hospital play staff, healthcare assistants, psychologists and social workers.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply for the Erasmus+ programme which will allow you to gain work experience in a nursing environment overseas for a three week period. View our European Work Experience page here.

Course Coordinators: Howard Lodge, Tammy O’Rourke, Margaret Noonan


Nursing Studies

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Care Skills
  • Communications
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Work Experience

Children’s Nursing

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care Skills
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Communications
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Nursing Studies 5M4349

Additional Certification

  • First Aid and Cardiac First Response
  • Manual Handling and Patient Moving
  • TUSLA Children First Certificate
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

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

Mature Applicants

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

Progression Opportunities

QQI 5M4349 Nursing Studies major award may be used to apply to all branches of Nursing and Midwifery in the CAO through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Our graduates secure a significant number of the available places in all branches including:

  • General Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Children’s and Integrated General Nursing
  • Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing

Paramedic Science at University

University of Sunderland

Many graduates choose to advance to Nursing and Midwifery in the UK where we enjoy excellent progression relation-ships with many universities including Anglia Ruskin University, Buckinghamshire New University, Universities of Sunderland and Southampton.

Student Stories

Yannick Bilongo

Yannick Bilongo

“Coming back to school as mature student was a big challenge for me, however choosing Inchicore College of Further Education was the most important choice I have made. The lecturers and staff members are very helpful and kind. I would like to take this opportunity to say big thank you to Howard Lodge, the coordinator of Nursing Studies in ICFE.

150 hours in Nursing home gave me the experience and confidence to apply for nursing and social care courses in third level education. I highly recommend ICFE to anyone who wants to gain experience/pursue their studies in University.”

Yannick successfully completed the QQI level 5 Nursing Course and was offered a place on the level 8 Applied Social Care degree program in TUD Tallaght.

Mbo Mavuso

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to the lecturers and the staff members at Inchicore College of Further education. I am truly grateful for the knowledge and skills they have imparted to me throughout my semesters. I thank you all for unwavering support and guidance. And a big thank you to Margaret Noonan for being the best course coordinator.

I will always recommend ICFE to anyone looking to further their studies.”

Mbo secured a place on the General Nursing degree programme (DC215) in DCU.

Jane Gobbet

Jane Gobbet

“The Nursing Studies course is everything I expected and more! The teachers are so approachable and they helped guide me through every step of the way! I also got to spend three weeks on Erasmus+ in Sweden, which was a fantastic experience. After graduating I was offered places in three universities, one in Ireland and two in the UK. I have also obtained a job in a Nursing Home as a fully qualified Care Assistant.”

Jane is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Nursing (General and Children’s Integrated Nursing) in Dublin City University.


The teachers are so approachable and they helped guide me through every step of the way! I also got to spend three weeks on Erasmus+ in Sweden, which was a fantastic experience.