Health Service Skills

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills Programme Co-ordinator: Olive Keyes
Award Code: 5M3782

Programme Description: This is a one-year, full-time programme that provides learners with the relevant qualifications to work in the healthcare sector as healthcare assistants/support staff in hospitals, nursing homes or in the community. Our students are provided with the professional skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a career in the emergency services.

Component Awards:

  • Care Support (5N0758)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749)
  • Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325)
  • Care Skills (5N2770)

Special Entry Requirements:

  • A PASS grade in Biology is desirable
  • Garda Clearance is required
  • Relevant work experience is desirable


  • Progression onto further Paramedic Training
  • Opportunities to work in care assistant positions in hospitals, nursing homes and in various community care settings
  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education

Additional Training:

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

”The Health Service Skills course has given me knowledge and understanding of how to care for others with physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Studying this course has given me so much enjoyment: the teachers are so hard working! It has not only offered me knowledge but also given me so much courage with the practical skills every day. I would like to say thanks to their all teachers for their help and encouragement to make our dream become a reality!”

Fatoumata – Health Service Skills 2023