Maternity Care Support

Type of Course
Minor Award
NFQ Level
Validated by
Start Date



1 Day x 6 Weeks

Course Fees
€495.00 (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 gaining the QQI Maternity Care Support Level 5 Qualification which is designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and interpersonal skills required to assist the midwife in caring for mothers, babies, and the family unit.

Looking for…

A Qualification offering the practical skills appropriate for work in a maternity care setting as a Care Assistant.

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

To Become...

Health Care Assistant
Maternity Care Assistant
Qualified Midwife
Childcare Professional

Build Your Path To Success

01. Achieve the Maternity Support Certificate

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

02. Make Things Happen

Enhance your career potential with this valuable Maternity Care Support award. Progress your career and build on the skills, knowledge, and confidence gained through work and programmes of study at further or higher level on the NFQ.

03. Our Team of Teachers

Learn from highly qualified and experienced Midwife Teacher who will support and prepare you for the real-life knowledge, skills and competence required in supporting the midwife in the care of mothers, babies and family units.

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 of maternity care support.

Programme Details

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate standard or 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


Start Date: 23/11/18

End Date: 18/01/19

Day: Friday

Duration: 6 Days

Time: 09.30 to 17.30


Maternity Care Support Level 5 can lead to the Nursing Studies major Award Level 5 (5M4349). The Nurse Midwife course application is made through the CAO.

Progression to other Awards on the NFQ include:

  • Special Needs Assisting Level 5/6
  • Early Childhood Care and Education level 5 or 6 Major Award (ECCE with Montessori / Supervision)

At Dorset College:

  • BSc. Degree in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education (Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Collaboration with Dorset College)


Lecturer Profiles

Jane Smith

Jane Smith


Programme Fees


Additional Information

Exam fees are included in the course price.

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.