Community Care

with Social Studies

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care Programme Co-ordinator: Olive Keyes
Award Code: 5M2786

Programme Description: This is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares learners to work in a broad range of healthcare and community settings.

Component Awards:

  • Care Provision and Practice (5N2705)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Social Studies (5N0758)
  • Care of the Older Person (5N2706)
  • Care Support (5N2770)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)

Special Entry Requirements:

  • Garda Clearance is required
  • Relevant Experience is desirable


  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher level education in the fields of Social Studies and Social Care, Early Childhood Studies
  • Care assistant positions in hospitals and nursing homes and in various community care settings
  • Progression to Level 6 programme in Early Childhood Care and Education at Ormonde College of Further Education

Additional Training:

  • Learners have the option of additional short courses in Fire Safety, Cardiac First Responder and Safe Breakaway Training.

“Ever since I was a little girl all I wanted to do was help people. I would dress my teddy bear up and pretend he was sick just to be able to look after him and make him feel better. Walking in through those Ormonde College doors each day seeing people that I didn’t know from the start, to now who are my life long friends, it just feels amazing and don’t get me started on the amazing staff in the college! They have helped me through so much and supported me in ways I never thought anyone could. The Community Care course has equipped me with the knowledge to have empathy, respect and gratitude towards everything and everyone in my life. At the end of the day taking this course on has put the line between me as a little girl who wants to care for everyone to the caring Health Care Assistant I will become in my future!”

Gwen – Community Care with Social Studies 2023