Gorey Institute of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School.
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Healthcare Support

Healthcare Support

Healthcare Support 5M4339

This course provides a recognised qualification necessary for working as a Health Care Assistant in a variety of settings, including hospitals, day and residential care, mental health, palliative care and the home. The content of the course focuses on preparing the learner for the workplace. It equips the carer with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in this rewarding role as a member of the care team.

Course Details:

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)

No academic requirements for over 23s

Places are offered following successful interview

Successful candidates will be required to have obtained Garda Clearance before commencing their work experience module.

All students are recommended to have received 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine before commencing their work experience.

Duration: 1 Year, full time

Award: QQI Level 5

Moving & Patient Handling Certificate

First Aid Response Certificate

Course Director: TBA

Course Content:

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Patient Moving & Handling
  • First Aid Response
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Note: The student must spend a minimum of 30 days on work experience placement during the academic year.

Course Fees:

€550 fee applies which includes:
First Aid Response training,
Patient Moving & Handling training,
Three Uniform Tunics (ceil blue),
Course Textbooks
Materials Fee.
€200 Government levy
(exemptions for Medical Card, Grant, BTEI or VTOS)
QQI examination fee not included

Student Uniform

All students must wear a uniform in College and on work placement. This consists of a ceil blue (unisex) tunic, navy cardigan or a plain zip up navy fleece (no hoodies), navy trousers, black/navy leather closed flat shoes (laced/velcro) and black/navy socks. A plain white short sleeved tee shirt under the tunic is permitted. Student ID badges must be worn on campus and work placement.

Career Opportunities

Healthcare Assistant in :

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Care
  • Home Care
  • Higher Education Progression
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • BSc in Applied Healthcare Level 7
  • BA (Honours) in Social Care Practice Level 8
  • BA (Honours) in Social Science Level 8
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Level 8
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