Project Description

Public & Emergency Services

If your ambition is a career in the uniformed services, then our Public & Emergency Services course is for you. You can prepare for careers in a challenging but highly rewarding environment. You’ll develop essential skills of physical fitness, leadership and teamwork. Our course also explores law and the legal system, Emergency Department Care Skills, Anatomy, Physiology and Biology. Regular visits are made to local emergency services.

This course can be the foundation to progress to a rewarding career in the Ambulance Service, The Fire Service, The Defence Forces, Prison Service or An Garda Síochána.

What Makes This Course Special

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

Course Content

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Emergency Department Care Skills
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Legal Practice & Procedures
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Ambulance Services
  • Care/Nursing Homes
  • Defence Forces/Army
  • Emergency Services Management
  • Fire Service
  • First Aid
  • Guard/Policing
  • Paramedic
  • Prison Service
  • Security Services
  • public emergency services testimonial v2

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community and Health Services 5M4468,
  • PHECC First Aid Responder
  • PHECC Emergency First Responder
  • Manual Handling/Lifting
  • ROSPA – Fire Warden Training


  • Standard registration and QQI L5 exam costs
    (see costs, fees and finance)
  • PHECC First Aid Responder €150
  • PHECC Emergency First Responder €385
  • Manual Handling/Lifting €65
  • ROSPA – Fire Warden Training €85

Addtional Costs

Students on this programme require the following equipment and PPE, average costs are:

Optional Extra Qualifications

  • Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Emergency Medical Technician €1850.
    Please note, this is not delivered by Carlow Institute and is an optional extra qualification.

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

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PLSS Code: 305006
Coordinator: Sarah Brennan

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.