Care of the Older Person Level 5

Type of Course
Minor Award
NFQ Level
Validated by
Start Date



5 Weeks

Course Fees
€300.00 (Part-Time)

How to Apply

Apply Online
or Visit Dorset College
or Request an Appointment with Programme Leader

Is for individuals who are…

Interested in achieving the QQI Care of the Older Person Award that provides the knowledge, skills and competence in a full range of needs, for example, holistic care for older people in a variety of care settings, working under the direction and supervision of nursing staff.

Looking for…

A Qualification offering the practical skills appropriate for work as part of a team in a healthcare setting as a Care Assistant.

A career path with excellent job and progression opportunities to further and higher education.

To Become...

A Care Assistant
A Qualified Nurse
A Social Care Professional
A Community Leader

Build Your Path To Success

01. Achieve the Care of the Older Person Minor Award

Dorset College is Accredited by QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland so you can feel confident that this Award will provide the recognition you need to progress in your chosen field.

02. Make Things Happen

Maximise your career potential as you grow in confidence gaining the skills and knowledge in caring for older people – this will enable you to provide professional support in your role as a Care Assistant and progress academically.

03. Our Team of Teachers

Learn from highly qualified and experienced Teachers who will support and prepare you for the real-life knowledge, skills and competence required to work effectively in this field.

04. Knowledge and Experience

Enrich your learning experience in a diverse learning environment. A friendly welcoming student-centered learning environment with teachers who support, mentor and guide you through the skills, knowledge, and understanding in caring for older people.

Programme Details

Entry Requirements

  • QQI/FET Level 4/5 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


Work Experience: 20 Hours Mandatory


Start Date: 24/01/19

End Date: 21/02/19

Day: Thursday + 1 Saturday: 9.30 - 15.00 p.m.

Time: 09.30 to 17.30 

Duration: 5 Weeks


The Care of the Older Person Level 5 Qualification can be used as a stepping stone to:

  • QQI/FET Healthcare Support level 5
  • QQI/FET Nursing Studies Level 5

What Students Say

Jordan Dennis

Jordan Dennis

I began my course at Dorset College, training to be an H.C.A in March 2017. And in that year of study, I feel I have received the fullest education I could have hoped for in the area of Healthcare Support. I was referred to Dorset College by friends who themselves said it had the best course on Healthcare Support and I understand why. Our tutor has consistently gone above and beyond in delivering the lessons and ensuring that each student got the most from our classes. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to study to be an H.C.A in the future.

Neal M’Cullagh

Neal M’Cullagh

I am thoroughly enjoying the HCA Course and look forward to classes. Our teacher has wonderful enthusiasm for the subject and her seemingly boundless energy brings the class to life, with her brilliant use of a long repertoire of humorous and oftentimes gritty real-life experiences that serve to truly enlighten and fully inform any prospective HCA. All in all, an outstanding tutor! The staff were very helpful and supportive and facilities are excellent.

Sanjana Sobran

Sanjana Sobran

I enjoyed the course and it really was a great experience with excellent teachers who were passionate about their subject and enjoyed teaching and who understood the importance of nurturing a love and a thirst for knowledge. Nice facilities and a supportive and considerate admin staffs. The course was very well structured and planned. It has helped me to build on from my previous experience in healthcare and has given me more confidence in my daily work.

Lecturer Profiles

Celine Lowry

Celine Lowry


Emma Saunders

Emma Saunders


Programme Fees


Additional Information

A Special rate of €250.00 applies to past students of Dorset College.

Application Process

The Fee of €300.00 is paid in full at registration. This fee can be paid online. When we have received and reviewed your application the college will be in contact with you to discuss next steps.