Course Description

Health Science (Pre-Nursing)

Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.  Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management and education are also key nursing roles.

(International Council of Nurses, 2010)

Who is this course for? 

This course is suitable for post leaving cert students and mature learners who are interested in moving into the area of Nursing, Healthcare or Social Sciences.  

This Course introduces the learners to the broad and expanding area of Health Science and Social Care. It has been designed to meet the needs of different groups of students: 

  • Students who did not obtain the required Leaving Certificate points for their chosen nursing course can use this course as a progression route 
  • Students who were ineligible to progress to a nursing degree programme because they did not study a science subject for the Leaving Certificate. 
  • Students who wish to defer their college place to prepare themselves for college 
  • Mature learners who are interested in this area of work or further studies
CollegeColáiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE)
Course LocationCoolock, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 17
Course CategoryNursing, Healthcare & Medicine
Course TypeIn-house Training
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsHealth Science (Pre-Nursing)
Course Duration1 Year
Course FeeCourse Charges €500 This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment
Entry RequirementsLeaving Certificate. Mature students are particularly welcome. Two written references and a passport photo are to be presented (1 school and 1 employer). A Garda vetting application must be completed. Bring with you accurate details of all addresses from birth to present and the corresponding years at that address. Please note that course offers are conditional on students meeting the minimum course entry requirements, for this course, Grade O6/H7 in Four Ordinary or Higher Level Subjects including: Mathematics and English or Irish. Proof of this will be required at registration
Carear PathOn Achievement of this full award, students can pursue careers or further study in the Health or Social Care professions. This course will also serve as an excellent foundation in the core subjects for mature students who wish to pursue careers or further study in the Health or Social Care professions.
Course CodeLevel 5 – 5M4349
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Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE)
Barryscourt Road
Coolock, Dublin
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