Health Sector Studies with Nursing Skills (Level 5)

This innovative course has been designed to prepare participants for careers in hospitals, nursing homes, health centres, clinics and working along side general practitioners. Students who complete this course can also consider careers in the administration and other selected areas, of the Health Services Executive (HSE). This course will be of interest to school leavers, adult learners who wish to return to the work-force, and people from other countries, who aim to gain employment in healthcare in Ireland.

Students who successfully complete this course, will be in a strong position to avail of the employment opportunities that exist in acute hospitals, community care health centres, general practices, hospitals for older people, and psychiatric hospitals.

At the end of this one-year course, graduates will be able to enter the Health Service sector with a professional set of recognised skills with which they can commence their career. They also have the option of continuing their education at third level.

  • QQI Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Community Health Services
  • Award Code: 5M4468
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.

OR

Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Social Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit www.qqi.ie , www.cao.ie and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit www.cao.ie

Full-time Courses:

  • Graduates may use their qualifications to apply for a place in a variety of Higher Education Institutions.  For information on all relevant higher education links visit www.qqi.ie, www.cao.ie and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions.

Students who specialise in this area will be in a strong position to meet the employment opportunities that exist in acute hospitals, community care health centres, general practices, hospitals for older people, and psychiatric hospitals.

At the end of this one-year course, graduates will be able to enter the Health Service sector with a set of professional, recognised skills with which they can commence their career. They also have the option of continuing their education at third level.

Cecilia Blandina PembeleI applied to Ballsbridge College of FE after deciding to change my career choice after first year in college. It was a scary time deciding to change careers but it was the best decision I ever made. I made some great friends and the lecturers were supportive and friendly. Even though the majority of the course ended up being online due to COVID 19 restrictions, it was as if we were still in the class- the lecturers were there for the students. I’d definitely recommend Ballsbridge College as the support you get is second to none.

Ballsbridge was an experience that I will never forget. If Ballsbridge College offered a degree course, I would have applied without hesitation. I have been recommending Ballsbridge College to everyone.”  

Cecilia Blandina Pembele, Health Sector Studies graduate, 2021, progressed to Nursing, London South Bank, UK

I really enjoyed my time studying in Ballsbridge College. The Health Sector Studies course provided me with the necessary set of professional skills and knowledge to commence work as a carer in the social care sector. I secured a job through my work placement with the help of the College.”  

Johanna Wojsa, Health Sector Studies graduate

We really enjoyed studying Health Sector Studies at Ballsbridge College and were prepared well for university. The course provides a good balance between practical and more theory based modules. The modules and assessments that we did as part of this course were a great foundation and prepared us for our current studies.”  

Sharon Marshall & John Daly, graduates, progressed to Health and Society, DCU

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