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Healthcare Support / Caring for the Elderly

This full-time QQI Healthcare Support Course is designed to prepare students to work competently, safely and effectively as a Healthcare Assistant in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, hospitals and home help support. This course is unique in that Kinsale College is the only centre offering a fully accredited Dementia Care Module that underpins this course. 

Course Day:Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information.
Course Code:5M4339
Entry requirements:1. Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience
will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum entry requirements
set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Eilish Munday
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Healthcare Support / Caring for the Elderly Kinsale Campus

The Aim of the Course is to:

1. Develop a range of personal and interpersonal qualities necessary for work in a range of healthcare environments.


2. Be capable of creating and maintaining appropriate relationships with the client, their family and other professionals.


3. Acquire specialist knowledge in Dementia Care.


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On completion of this course students will be eligible for employment in a variety of care settings, including: care homes, working for agencies and in private homes.



Education Progression Opportunities


Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible for progression onto:

• Social Care, Cork Institute of Technology CR031
• Social and Community Studies, Limerick Institute of Technology LC407
• Applied Social Studies, Institute of Technology Tralee TL190
• Applied Social Studies in Social Care, Waterford Institute of Technology WD135 




Participants will be required to undertake 200 hours of work placement in a suitable environment. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Other Information
Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded:

• QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Award
• City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Dementia Awareness
• Certificate in Moving and Handling
• Occupational First Aid QQI Level 5
• Students have the opportunity to complete the Primary Course in Food Hygiene (HACCP)
• Management of Actual or Potential aggression (M.A.P.A) 

See all our QQI Level 5 Courses

Student Experiences

“Kinsale College is a fantastic educational opportunity to work in a healthcare area. The course is very positive with lots of encouragement and support. The College is a community within a community. There are lots of opportunities for me when I finish the course.”
Lynda Jordan
“I had a truly wonderful experience from day one stuyding Healthcare. All staff where so welcoming and it was centered on team ethic and achieving your goals.The course was well structured and I was guided by fantastic teachers along with guidance teachers. There was certainly no way I could possible achieve such recognition in gaining my Fetac level 5 without the support. I would highly recommend kinsale college such a pleasure to have been a former student.”
Anthony Lynch
“This is a fantastic course that met all of my expectations and more. The tutors were very competent and kept our interest and attention right to the end of the course. I am so grateful that I have this very recognised course behind me and because of this, I am so happy to be working with CPL and loving my job.”
Noreen Long Past Student