Nursing Studies


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies

Programme Coordinator:  Olive Keyes

Award Code:  5M4349

Course Code: NS5

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that provides students with an introduction to nursing and the health-related fields.

Component Awards:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749)
  • Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Care Provision and Practice (5N2705)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)
  • Biology (5N2746)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734)
  • Minimum Entry Requirements:
  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • A pass grade in Biology is desirable.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Garda clearance is required.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.


  • Opportunities to progress to linked nursing degree programmes in Ireland.
  • Opportunities to progress to nursing programmes in the United Kingdom.
  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education.
  • Care Assistant positions in nursing homes, hospitals and various community care settings.
  • Opportunities t progress to paramedical programmes.


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

Additional Programmes:

Learners have the option of an additional short course in Fire Safety but must complete training in Manual and Patient Handling as part of the course (approximately €120).