Cost €580

Disability and Care Support Worker

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

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Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) (Formerly First Aid)
Certification in Patient Handling

Note: This course costs €380 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge.
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding.

What will I study?

  • Care Skills
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Care for the Older person
  • Care Support
  • Infection, Prevention & Control
  • 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.

See what our Students say.

I took the Disability and Care Support worker course at Killester in 2015/2016. Currently living in Glasgow, Scotland. I’m going into the 3rd year of an Occupational Therapy degree at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Damien McKay

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/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)
  • Note:

    For the purposes of Work Experience placements, students must be 18 years and over by the 31st October in year of entry
    Applicants should note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort. Consequently, students with any back problems or other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course co-ordinator at enrolment.


    Garda Vetting Required Yes

    Course Code 707

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