Healthcare Support Evening L5 Major Award

Healthcare & Childcare Education

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  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Progression
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The Healthcare Support Level 5 (Major Award) 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.  The course is structured to provide Graduates with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognised qualification for those pursuing a career in the Health Care Sector. 

How will the course Benefit the Learner?

  • It will provide a Valuable Qualification with excellent Academic opportunities
  • Acquire specialist knowledge, skills and competence for the role of a healthcare worker
  • Develop a range of personal and interpersonal qualities necessary for working in healthcare or a related area
  • Demonstrate good practice in working in the healthcare environment
  • Creating and maintaining appropriate relationships with the client, their family and other professionals involved in healthcare
  • Apply and promote the principles and procedures of health and safety to oneself, others and the workplace
  • Reflect on personal abilities and aptitudes to work in a healthcare setting
  • Enhance personal development and communication skills

The requirements for entry to this Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award is as follows:

This Healthcare Support Course is suitable for those who are new to their role as carers or those who wish to gain this valuable qualification and find a JOB in this sector.
Junior / 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. 

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

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.

This Healthcare Support 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 Units Credit Value
5N0758 Care Support 15
5N2770 Care Skills 15
5N0690 Communications 15
5N1794 Safety & Health at Work 15
5N2706 Care of the Older Person 15
5N1356 Work Experience 15
5N1279 Palliative Care Support 15
5N4325 Nursing Theory & Practice 15

 To achieve the Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award a credit value of 120 is required.

A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of the Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award.  These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration. QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland

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

  • FETAC/QQI FETAC Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award
    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.

Learners who successfully complete the Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award will have many professional and academic opportunities available to them. Professional routes include working in General Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Home Help Support Staff.

Graduates are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Nursing and related Health Studies in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland.  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.

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Claire Lakeman is a Registered General Nurse who 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 Lowry 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 Dorset College. Celine is a Manual and People handling instructor and is responsible 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

Healthcare Support Evening L5 Major Award [Part-Time]

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

Code 5M4339-118
Duration 48 weeks
Price €1,850.00
Non EU Cost €1,850.00
Comments Exam Fees:€125.00. Q&A 18.00-18.30 before class at 18.30-21.30 p.m. There will be 8 Saturday workshops throughout the course.

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