Pre-Paramedic Fire and Ambulance (Healthcare Support)


Would you like a career in the emergency services?  This one-year full-time course offers you the ideal grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to embark on a career in this field. You will get the chance to begin an exciting and challenging career which will see you working in a caring environment. You will learn about the skills needed in the healthcare sector, you will also gain a good foundation if you wish to progress further in your studies. This course is ideally suited to those who are calm and work well under pressure and who would like to work in the Fire Service, Gardaí, Defence Forces or as a Paramedic. 

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Care Support – 5M4339.
Format Full-time. September 2023 to May 2024.
Location Onsite at Mallow 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 start the week of Monday the 11th of September 2023.
Fees €440 (SUSI/BTEA €390, Medical Card €390, VTOS €0).
Applications Applications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Course Content

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Care Skills 5N2770
Communications 5N0690
Emergency Department Care Skills 5N4890
Human Growth and Development  5N1279
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Care Support 5N0758
Nursing Theory and Practice  5N4325
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356

Entry Requirements

CAO points not required. All applicants will be required to attend an application review to discuss the course suitability for the learner and to establish that all applications meet the minimum requirements:

Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support 5M4339.

  • Additional Certification in: Patient Handling, Client Moving, First Aid Responder, Fire warden, hazardous substances, and Breathing Apparatus .

Work Placement / Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. Participants will be required to undertake a 60 hour duration work placement. The dates will be specified by the college in September.

Education Progression Opportunities

Use your QQI award to progress to BSc Paramedic Studies*, Public Health Sciences, General Nursing, Midwifery, Intellectual Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children’s and General Nursing. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow Campus qualification go to

Career Opportunities

Students from this course will gain a strong foundation in the paramedic sector who can then progress to several very specific training awards such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the National Ambulance Service and Ambulance course can lead to careers in the public service for fire and ambulance personnel as well as employment opportunities with private ambulance and event support.



  • Full Fees (EU/EEA Citizens): €440
  • Medical Card Holders: €390
    • €50 Deposit + €200 Registration per year + €50 Manual and Patient Handling + €90 First Aid Responder.
  • Student Grant Recipients (SUSI): €390
    • €50 Deposit + €200 Registration per year + €50 Manual and Patient Handling + €90 First Aid Responder.
    • Additional means-tested student grants are available from
  • Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): €390
    • €50 Deposit  + €200 Registration per year + €50 Manual and Patient Handling + €90 First Aid Responder.
    • Retain Social Welfare benefits.
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): €0
    • €50 Deposit (refundable) per year.
    • Retain Social Welfare benefits. Additional weekly allowances for meals, travel and childcare are also available.

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