Course Description

Healthcare Support

This Healthcare Support programme is for people who wish to pursue careers in the Healthcare Sector as Healthcare Assistants or Carers, specifically managing the care of the older person.

CollegeKerry College of Further Education & Training
Course LocationTralee, Kerry
Course CategoryCare Assistance, Healthcare & Medicine
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsQQI Level 5 Major Award Certificate in Healthcare Support (5M4339)
Course Start Date25th April 2022
Course End Date27th January 2023
Course Duration40 weeks
Course Fee0
Entry RequirementsApplicants must have reached the current statutory school leaving age (16+). QQI Level 4 Major Award or its equivalent is essential (Leaving Cert, LCVP, LCA). Mature applicant route available. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including verbal and written command of the English language. Common European Framework B1 or equivalent required. Express an interest in learning and practicing new skills. Applicants must display a client focused personality and caring nature. Display characteristics of a good team worker and be capable of self-directed learning. Experience working in an care environment is an advantage but not a necessity. Garda vetting is a requirement for this programme and participation is subject to a satisfactory outcome of the Garda vetting process. Non-EU/EEA applicants must have permission to work in Ireland. Due to the physical nature of this occupation, successful applicants may need to submit a recent medical report from their G.P. specifying any identified conditions or illnesses which may compromise the health and safety of any client or learner engaged on the course.
Carear PathIreland has an aging population and this trend is set to continue over the coming years. As a result, the demand for qualified and capable healthcare assistants/carers is projected to increase. Healthcare assistants are employed in public and private hospitals, public and private residential nursing homes, hospices, community care centres and by the HSE and private agencies for the Home Care Scheme.
Course Code327769
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