Healthcare & Intellectual Disability Studies

This one-year course promotes a range of skills and competencies necessary for students to work as Healthcare Assistants in a range of care environments such as hospitals, nursing homes and in the community. Our course is designed to equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a career in the growing healthcare sector and to work as a healthcare assistant in a variety of settings including the community, nursing home, hospital, hospice, respite and disability sector.

This course can support your entry to a career in health care, and progression to higher education courses in health and social care.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Directly to work qualification
  • High-level practical skills training
  • Detailed technical knowledge
  • Expert teaching team
  • Includes essential additional qualifications
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Qualified Healthcare Assistant working in:

  • Community
  • Nursing Home
  • Hospital
  • Hospice
  • Respite
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Services

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Care Support 5M4339
  • Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Responder
  • Patient Lifting & Manual Handling


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415698
Coordinator: Maria Beagan

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.