Pre-Nursing Studies

Type of Course
NFQ Level
Start Date

Part-time: 12/10/2020

Full-time: 12/10/2020

Course Duration

Academic Year

Course Fees
€1875.00 (Part-Time)
Course Fees
€2975.00 (Full-Time)

How to Apply

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Is for individuals who are…

The Pre-Nursing Studies QQI Level 5 Major Award is designed to enhance learners understanding and awareness of the roles and responsibilities carried out by a professional nurse. It is a preparatory study course that provides you with a progression route for further training and enables you to apply through the CAO and UCAS for degree programmes in BSc General Nursing, Maternity Nurse, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, Children’s & General Nursing or Social Care in Ireland and Britain. 

The course introduces students to common subjects studied in the first year of the BSc Nursing Degree Programme.  It also provides you with the qualification to work as a Qualified Healthcare Assistant.

Looking for…

A Nursing Studies Qualification that is designed to provide a solid foundation in the  theory and practice of Nursing and Healthcare for those who intend to enter the nursing, paramedical or community care service.

The primary focus of this course is to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence and the opportunity to progress to Nursing Degree Programmes to become a Qualified Nurse or Social Care Worker.   

A Learner can also become a Qualified Healthcare Assistant on completion of this course and work in a variety of Healthcare settings. 

To Become...

A Qualified Healthcare Assistant
A Nursing Degree Student
A Social Studies Degree Student

Build Your Path To Success

01. Achieve the Nursing Studies Major Award

Dorset College is accredited by QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland so you can feel confident that this level 5 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 Nursing Studies QQI level 5 that will enable you to progress your career as a Nurse or in Social Care or work as a Qualified Healthcare Assistant.

03. Our Team of Teachers

Learn from a team of highly qualified and experienced teachers who will prepare you for the real-life knowledge and skills needed to promote healthcare in your role as a Healthcare Assistant or in your progression to a career in Nursing or Social Care.

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 

  • Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience 

  • English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0 

  • Grade O6 in ordinary level Maths is mandatory for entry to Nursing Degree programmes in Ireland and Grade O5 in Ordinary level Maths for entry to UK Degree programmes. 

Please call us or visit the college, if you wish to speak with a course Advisor who would be happy to discuss the course details and how it can benefit you and your career. 

Indicative Schedule


Start Date: 12/10/2020 End Date:   29/10/21
Evening: Tuesdays & Thursdays (+8 Saturdays)
Time: 18.30 to 21.30 
Duration: Academic Year



Start Date:
12/10/2020   End Date:  05/05/2021
Day: Monday to Wednesday
Time: 09.30 to 14.30
Duration: Academic Year   



QQI/FET Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Award (5M4349) Awarded by QQI Quality & 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 

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 at  

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

Alan Breen

Alan Breen

Studying at Dorset has not only given me the confidence in my capabilities but it has opened so many opportunities into my future career. Progressing onto third level college is now my goal and without the help and support from my incredible tutor Celine it wouldn’t have been possible. It’s her passion, drive and genuine interest in her teachings that got me here.

Gracielle Monteiro

Gracielle Monteiro

Study at Dorset College has been a very good experience, I’m gaining knowledge and skills that I’m certainly going to carry with me for life. I will be able to continue my currently job with confidence. My course teacher has been an incredible and has supported me in all aspects of the course and I am looking forward to the Graduation.



Dorset College has provided me with the knowledge and ongoing support I needed while applying for the competitive nursing degree programmes. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and with teachers who are dedicated and committed to ensuring that we achieved our goals. The facilities and supports were excellent and has given me the drive to continue on the path to being a qualified Nurse.

Lecturer Profiles

Celine Lowry

Celine Lowry


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.


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