• Code: HB
  • Duration: One Year
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Nursing Studies(5M4349)
    • First Aid and CPR(BIFE)
    • Manual Handling and Patient Moving Techniques(BIFE)


This course introduces the learner to the role of the nurse and midwife and provides an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the nursing/midwifery profession. Practical elements and work experience enable the learner to gain hands on experience and a real insight into the caring profession. This award provides a link to Nursing / Midwifery Degree programmes in Ireland and the United Kingdom through the CAO and UCAS systems.

Programme of Study
  • Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Nursing Theory and Practice 
  • Human Growth & Development 
  • Care Skills 
  • Infection Prevention and Control 
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience 
  • Maternity Support
  • Mathematics (optional)
  • Safety and Health at Work (optional)
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Manual Handling & Patient Moving Techniques 

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a distinction profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award with a distinction profile
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formalqualifications

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
  • General Nursing 
  • Children & General Nursing (integrated) 
  • Intellectual Disability Nursing 
  • Mental Health Nursing 
  • Midwifery 
  • Health Care Assistant 
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of Relevant courses include:


  • General Nursing(DN450);
  • Children’s and General Integrated (DN451); 
  • Psychiatric Nursing(DN453);
  • Midwifery (DN452)


  • General Nursing(TR091&TR093); 
  • Midwifery(TR913)


  • General Nursing (DC 215)

United Kingdom 

  • Nursing Degrees through UCAS application

Course Co-Ordinator

Emer Shortall

Where are they now?

 Meet Bife Students who have completed this course....

Currently I am a 2nd year student nurse at the University of Stirling in Scotland. It was thanks to BIFE that I have been able to progress onto my BSc Nursing degree, in which I graduate in 2018. If it wasn’t for BIFE and the amazing teachers who supported my learning, guided me in the right direction, I wouldn’t have been able to enter university and progress into my nursing career. The nursing studies course really widened my knowledge about nursing, which benefitted me greatly in my first year of nursing. As I graduate next year I plan to work for 2 years in a general hospital before moving onto completing my masters and eventually specialising in a certain area. I would recommend that any young or mature person who is considering doing nursing, BIFE is the best place to start. All members of staff will fully support anyone that enters the course, educate, provide extra support services where needed and guide them throughout the beginning of their career. 

 Katie-Maree Ennis

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