Nursing Studies - Level 5

Nursing Studies – Level 5

1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Level 5

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.

About The Course

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 a variety of hospital and healthcare settings and/ or to progress to higher education and training. 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.

Every year we have a significant number of students who progress to nursing studies in Irish universities and Inchicore College is linked to Anglia Ruskin University and Buckinghamshire New University, should you wish to continue your studies in the UK.

Work Experience

During the year, students undertake a minimum of 20 days working in a care setting which can be in a hospital, nursing home or community day service where the learners have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and theory they have acquired in the college to patient and client care.

  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care Skills
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Biology
  • Communications
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Nursing Studies 5M4349

Additional Certification

  • Certificate in Patient Lifting and Manual Handling
  • Occupational First-Aid Certificate (as approved by P.H.E.C.C.)
  • Heartsaver CPR, Heartsaver AED (as approved by Irish Heart Foundation and American Heart Association)
  • Cardiac First Response (as approved by P.H.E.C.C.)
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

Successful graduates may be eligible to apply for higher level and degree courses through the Higher Education Links scheme. Following successful completion of this course, many of our students progress to study nursing at Universities and Institutes of Technology, both in Ireland and overseas.

Employment Prospects

Upon successful completion, graduates may apply to work in a variety of nursing and healthcare settings and environments including hospitals, nursing homes, residential centres and day care centres.

Graduate Profile

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.