QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health Services (5M4468)
    Emergency First Aid Responder (EFR) MAPA (Management of Actual & Potential Aggression)
    Manual Handling and Patient Moving Techniques
  • DURATION:One Year


This course is designed for students who wish to work in either the emergency care or fire and ambulance services. This course leads to a Level 5 award in Health Service skills with additional certification in Emergency First Responder, accredited by The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). Learners will train for Emergency First Responder incorporating Cardiac First Responder certification which is also PHECC accredited.

Programme of Study

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Emergency Department Care Skills
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Communications
  • Mathematics (optional)
  • Work Experience
  • Manual Handling and Patient Moving Techniques
  • Safety Health at Work
  • Infection Prevention and Control

HSE Certificates in:

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Children First
  • Putting on & taking off PPE in Acute Healthcare Settings
  • Flu Vaccination - protect yourself & Others
  • Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
Career Opportunities

Careers in the Public Service as 

  • Fire Personnel 
  • Ambulance Personnel

Employment Opportunities with 

  • Private Ambulance 
  • Event Support Companies 
  • Care/Nursing Homes
Higher Education progression

Examples of potential courses include: 

Student Paramedic Training with National Ambulance Service Ireland

Firefighter- Paramedic with Dublin Fire Brigade, Dublin City Council. 

​​​​​​​TU Dublin:

  • BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care
  • BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice
Course Co-ordinator

Anne Clarke

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