• Code: HH
  • Duration: One Year
  • Certification:QQI Level 5
    • Award in Healthcare Support (5M4339)
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Manual Handling and Patient Moving Certificate


Successful completion of this course provides a recognised qualification necessary for working as a Health Care Assistant in a variety of settings, including hospitals, day and residential care and the home. The course equips the carer with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in this rewarding role as a member of the care team. It is suitable for those wishing to embark on a care in caring and those already working in the sector who wish to gain a recognised qualification.

Programme of Study
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Manual Handling & Patient Moving Techniques (one day course)
  • Maternity Support (optional, subject to availability)
  • First Aid & CPR

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Learners must be Garda vetted prior to work experience placement. Learners are required to source their own work placement.

Career Opportunities

Employment as Health Care Assistants in:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential Care
  • Maternity Care
  • Home Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Community and Day-Care Centres
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of relevant courses include: 


  • Pharmacy Technician Studies (DT425) Level 6 

IT Blanchardstown:

  • Applied Social Studies in Social Care (BN011) 

IT Carlow:

  • Physiology & Health Science (CW106) Level 6 
  • Pharmacy Technician Studies (CW116) Level 6 

Carlow College:

  • Applied Social Studies in Social Care (PC404) 
  • Citizenship & Community Studies (PC405) 

St. Angela’s College, Sligo:

  • Health and Disability Studies (AS052)
Course Co-Ordinator

Emer Shortall

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I found the Institute to be brilliant for mature students like myself. I found the teachers fantastic as they really pushed us to our limits in order to get the best from us.I am now a care assistant in the Beacon Hospital which was the position I hoped for as I had worked in nursing homes but wanted to make the move to hospitals. I feel that I owe my current position to the course in BIFE and the encouragement of my teachers. The  onfidence I gained through the course is what has gotten me to the position I am in." - Liz Golden

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