Community Care (with Social Studies)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care

Programme Coordinator:  Olive Keyes

Award Code:  5M2786

Course Code: CH5

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that prepares students to work in a broad range of healthcare settings.

Component Awards:

  • Care Provision and Practice (5N2705)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Care of the Older Person (5N2706)
  • Care Skills (5N2770)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Garda Clearance is required.


  • 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, nursing homes and in various community care settings.


Approximately €300 to cover the costs of textbooks and examination fees.

Additional Training:

Learners have the option of additional short courses in Fire Safety and Patient and Manual Handling (approximately €120).