Cost €450

Disability and Care Support Worker

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Qualification/Certification

QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health Services 5M4468                 Duration: 1 year

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First Aid (QQI Level 5 Component)
Certification in Sign Language
Certification in Patient Handling
Certification in Infection Control (QQI Level 5 Component)

Note: This course costs €250 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge

What will I study?

  • Care Provision & Practice
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Assistive Technology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Care for the Older person
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment)On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

We would like you to have a vocation to work with the elderly, the incapacitated or the disabled. A responsible, caring and hardworking student will find this course very fulfilling. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.

Career/Progression Opportunities

This course provides graduates with the knowledge and recognised skills that will deliver employment in community care, health centres, disability agencies, hospitals for older people and psychiatric hospitals.  You may be interested to know that most of our students secure employment on successful completion of this course.  Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Past students have progressed onto Social Science in Maynooth, Education & Training in DCU and Occupational Therapy in the U.K.

Click this course code 5M4468 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

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Entry Requirements

A student seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification. However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme.  Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the  programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding
  • Interview

Enquiries: mary.flynn@killestercollege.ie

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Course Code 707