Nursing Studies L5 Major Award

Healthcare & Childcare Education

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Progression
  • Tutor Profile

This part-time Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award is structured to provide a foundation in the theory and practice of Health Science for Graduates who intend to enter the Nursing Profession - General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Childrens Nursing.  It will provide Learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for the role and the responsibilities of the Professional Nurse. The course will prepare learners who intend to pursue a degree in Nurse Training in both Ireland and England. 

The Aim of the Nursing Studies Course is to: 
Provide a Valuable Qualification with excellent Career & Academic opportunities:

  • Provide foundation skills to access the Nursing Degree Programmes
  • Provide foundation in health science to enter the Paramedical or Community Care Service
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to avail of job opportunities in the Healthcare sector as Care Assistants.
  • Understand the role and importance of interpersonal communication in the effective care of patients and with all Professionals involved in their care..
  • Acquire specialist knowledge, skills and competence in the role of the Care Assistant.
  • Reflect on your abilities and aptitudes to work as a Nurse or Care Assistant
  • Demonstrate good practice in working in the care sector (Hospitals or Nursing Homes)

The requirements for entry to this Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award is as follows:

Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate FETAC/QQI Qualification or equivalent.
Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience. 
English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0. 
Mature Learners with relevant prior experience may be exempt from the above requirements.

 Application Process
Application is made directly to Dorset College by booking the course Online or alternatively filling in the Application Form

If you wish to discuss the course, please contact a Course Advisor on: 01) 8309677 or e-mail:

Garda Vetting
Dorset College is registered with the Garda vetting unit and is now in a position to offer students a Garda vetting service. There may be a delay in processing applications with the Garda vetting unit - we advise you to complete the form on registration.

Protection of Enrolled  Learners
Dorset College has arrangements in place to ensure the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL) in the event of a cessation of programmes by the college.   These arrangements will ensure a smooth continuance of programmes for the learner.  The arrangements will comply with Section 65(4)(a) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 in respect of learners on a programme  leading to a QQI Award.  

 For further details of requirements see

This Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award will enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work under supervision in a variety of hospital and other healthcare settings and/or to progress to further and or higher education and training

Principal Areas of Study

Unit Code Mandatory Modules Credit Value
5N0749 Anatomy and Physiology 15
5N4325 Nursing Theory & Practice 15
5N1279 Human Growth and Development 15
5N2770 Care Skills 15
5N1356 Work Experience 15
5N0690 Communications 15
5N1794 Safety and Health at Work 15
5N3769 Palliative Care Support 15

 To achieve the Nursing Studies level 5 Major Award a credit value of 120 applies.

A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of the Nursing Studies course. These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collections of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstrations.QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland

On successful completion of the 8 Modules learners will be awarded the following:

  • FETAC/QQI Nursing Studies level 5 Major Award (5M4349 )
    Awarded by: (QQI) Quality & Qualifications Ireland
    A Credit Value of 120 Applies to this course

  • Manual Handling Certificate

For any one of the 8 Modules - Learners will receive a Minor award from FETAC/QQI for each module that they successfully complete. 

Work  Experience
The modules are complemented and consolidated through practical work experience.  Work experience is a mandatory module for this award; therefore, learners should be aware that they will be required to carry out 100 hours work experience outside of scheduled class time in order to satisfy the requirements of the FETAC/QQI work experience module.

It is recommended that each learner should secure a work experience placement in their locality that does not conflict with class time or their own personal/work commitments prior to commencing the course to alleviate any pressure once the course has commenced.

Graduates who have successfully completed this course are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Nursing and related Health Studies in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland.  The following options include:

Level 8 Bachelor of Science in General Nursing and other specialist Nursing degree courses in D.C.U. and U.C.D and 10 other regional Universities and Institutes.
Nursing Degrees through UCAS Application.
Related HETAC Level 8 Degrees include Social Studies in Social Care and Health Promotion and Physical Activity.

Graduates of the Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award will have many professional opportunities available to them. Professional routes include working in General Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Home Help Support Staff.

Related Courses

Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award
Child Psychology Level 6 Minor Award
Special Needs Assisting Level 5 Minor Award
Special Needs Assisting Level 6 Minor Award
ABA - Managing Challenging Behaviour Minor Award

Claire Lakeman teaches in the Nursing Studies and Health Care Support Programmes. In addition she also provides outreach education to nursing homes. She is a practising Registered Nurse with a background in aged care, mental health, palliative care and community nursing. Claire has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and post graduate certificates in dementia care, palliative care, immunisation, cardiovascular disease management and diabetes in primary care. Claire believes that ongoing education is essential for anyone employed in the healthcare setting.

Celine Lowery is a qualified Dental Nurse with 22 years experience of patient care in a clinical environment.  She worked as a Healthcare Assistant for a number of years and became senior care and manual handling instructor in a private nursing home.  Here she developed extensive knowledge and a deeper understanding of the caring role.  Celine decided to future her studies and pursue a career in teaching she qualified from NUI Maynooth with honours in Training and Continuing Education.

She teaches on many different courses in the college and is an approved Manual and People handling instructor with responsibility for all Manual and People handing training in the college.  She is very passionate in her teaching role and is dedicated to ensuring her students understand the importance of treating people with dignity and respect.  Celine also believes that all students can with the right support and encouragement reach their full potential here at Dorset College.

Course Details

Nursing Studies L5 Major Award [Part-Time]

Start Dates: Monday, Wednesday from 5/21/18 to 4/24/19

Duration 46 weeks
Price €1,850.00
Non EU Cost €1,850.00
Comments PART-TIME - Exam Fees: €125.00. Q&A 18.00-18.30 before class at 18.30-21.45 p.m. There will be 8 Saturday workshops throughout the course.

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