Healthcare Assistant (Healthcare Support)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Care Support – 5M4339.

Launch an exciting career in the HSE and private healthcare organisations. Train with our dedicated team of fully qualified nurses in Mallow or Charleville Campuses newly renovated and equipped healthcare unit.

Harness your maturity, previous life and work-experiences to develop new skills, achieve the necessary QQI certification, and be workplace ready as a healthcare assistant on graduation in nine months.

Unlock opportunities for employment. Become a valued member of a personal care team assisting nursing and medical staff in a hospital, nursing home, or home help environment.

Change your life to a career that makes a difference.

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Care Support – 5M4339.
Format Full-time. September 2024 to May 2025.
Location Onsite at Mallow Campus or Charleville Campus
Timetable Hours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
Requirements No CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
Starting classes starting the week of Monday the 16th of September 2024.
Contact or info call 022-43309, Charleville Campus: or Call 063-81422
Applications Applications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Career Prospects

  • Carer. +
  • Healthcare assistant in the hospital, nursing home and intellectual disability sectors. +
  • Home help/personal care. +
  • Nursing home/day care centre employee. +
  • Voluntary care services. +

Course Contents

QQI Component Title

Award Code


Care Skills



Work Experience



Care of the Older Person



Care Support



Safety and Health at Work



Infection Prevention & Control






Palliative Care



Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


50 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an application review discussion. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Garda Vetting

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. One day per week plus block release of two weeks duration. The dates will be specified by the College in September. Each student is responsible for securing their own work placement. A total of 200 hours will be required.


Use your full QQI award to progress to degrees in the Health Sciences, Social Care, Community Development, and Nursing. Progress to the QQI Level 6 in Health Care at Mallow Campus. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow/Charleville Campus qualification to progress go to

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.