Health Service Skills

Health Service Skills (5M3782)

What is health service skills?

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or residential setting. The healthcare worker needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Healthcare Skills will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. The aim of the course is to provide the human skills necessary for a career in the general healthcare area.

Course content

The following modules will be offered in 2019 subject to availability and demand:
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Work Experience
  • Care Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Social Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health Awarenes


QQI Level 5 in Health Service Skills 5M3782, Patient Handling. CPR. Basic First Aid. Child Protection Online Course

Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue honours degree courses in many of the colleges around the country such as Athlone IT, DCU, Dundalk IT, Marino Institute of Education, IT Carlow, Galway Mayo Institute, University of Limerick, Letterkenny IT, St Angela’s Sligo, Tralee IT, TCD, UCC, UCD, Waterford IT (or any college under Applied Social Studies) or they can access ordinary degrees in many of the IT colleges in the country in other disciplines.  Graduates may alternatively seek immediate employment in a range of hospitals, community care, nursing homes and health care initiatives. The qualification can also be used for entry into third level courses in the Social Care/Social Studies area. This course will also help you to seek out links to degree programmes in the UK.

Higher Education Progression

Waterford:WD188 Applied Health Care (Level 7, 3 Years) ITB: BN107 Applied Social Studies (Level 8, 4 years) Maynooth: MH107 Social Science (Level 8, 4 Years)

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Cert or LCA
  • Mature Students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification
  • All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.