Healthcare Support

Type of Course
NFQ Level
Start Date

Day:  10/07/20

Evening: 12/10/21

Course Duration

1 Year

Course Fees
€1875.00 (Day)
Course Fees
€1875.00 (Evening)

How to Apply

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Is for individuals who are…

Interested in gaining the Healthcare Support Major Award and demonstrate a broad range of knowledge, skill, and competence for the role of a Qualified Healthcare Assistant. A stepping stone to a degree in Nursing or Social Care. 

This reward is primarily focused on preparing the student to become a Qualified Healthcare Assistant. There is also an opportunity to progress to further training to become A Qualified Nurse or a Social Care Professional. (Also see Nursing Studies Course).

Looking for…

A career with opportunities to work as part of a team to deliver care for patients in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, home care support or a community environment and progress academically.

To Become...

A Qualified Healthcare Assistant
A Home Health Aide

Build Your Path To Success

01. Achieve the Healthcare Support Major Award

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

02. Make Things Happen

Maximize your career potential as you grow in confidence gaining the skills and knowledge in Healthcare that will enable you to become a Qualified Healthcare Assistant and/or progress academically in the field of Nursing or Social Care.

03. Our Team of Teachers

Learn from a team of highly qualified and experienced teachers who will support and prepare you for the real-life knowledge and skills needed to promote healthcare in your role as a Care Assistant or in your progression to a career 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 and knowledge and practical work experience to achieve your goals.

Programme Details

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry criteria for this programme for Mature students or individuals who already work in the Health sector.

  • Junior / Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification or equivalent (This is only applicable for students under 21 years old)
  • English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0 (This is not applicable to English Native Speakers)

Please call us or visit the college and speak to course coordinator who would be happy to explain the details of the course and how it can benefit you and your career.


Day: Fridays                                           Evening: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 09.30 to 17.30                              Time: 18.30 to 21.30

Start Date: 10/07/20                              Start Date: 12/10/20

End Date:  10/06/21                              End Date: 12/10/21


QQI/FET QQI/FET Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award (5M4339)

Awarded by: QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Total Credit Value for this Award 120 (15 credits per module)

Certificate in Manual Handling

Final Grading: Pass / Merit / Distinction

The grade achieved will be determined by the grades achieved on the modules

Grading (Individual Modules)

Pass 50% - 64%

Merit 65% - 79%

Distinction 80% - 100%


Graduates of 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 QQI/HET Level 8 Degrees include Social Studies in Social Care and Health Promotion and Physical Activity

Points Calculator for Level 5 and 6 Awards:

The quota of places reserved for QQI FET/FETAC applicants on nursing courses in 2018 can be found here

Garda Vetting

Dorset College is registered with the Garda vetting unit and is in a position to offer students a Garda vetting service.


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


Deirdre O’Kelly

Deirdre O’Kelly


Programme Fees


Additional Information

An exam fee of €125.00 is to be paid separately, post registration.

Application Process

A deposit of €350.00 is required to secure a place on this Course. The deposit or if you wish full payment of fees can be paid online. When we have received and reviewed your application the college will be in contact with you to discuss next steps.