QQI Level 5 Course code: 5M4339

Course Objective

Due to the demand in our community for skilled care workers, this course will facilitate students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field of work. This qualification enables graduates to work in nursing homes, day care centres, and residential homes or as agency care workers within the community.

Course Content

  • Care Support
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Care Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Word Processing

*Modules subject to change

Work Experience

Students must obtain 20 days’ work experience in a vocational related area. Garda Clearance is required for work experience.

Entry Requirements

Students should be of Leaving Certificate standard or Applied Leaving Certificate with distinction and interview. Portlaoise College welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and may not require the above qualifications.


  • Certificate in Healthcare Support – QQI Level 5
  • Certificate in Patient Handling (at an additional cost)
  • Certificate in Manual Handling (at an additional cost)

Student Grants

Eligible students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or Back to Education Allowance

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates will be able to obtain employment as healthcare workers in hospitals, nursing homes, community day services and as home-help support.


Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)


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5 days per week - Monday to Thursday 9am - 3:55pm and Friday 9am - 1:15pm

For further details, please contact

Ms Breda Ladd,
Course Co-ordinator,
Portlaoise College,
Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456
Email: bladd@portlaoisecollege.ie

Each PLC course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.