Course Day: Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code: 5M4339
Entry requirements: Leaving Cert or equivalent. Mature students welcome
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Course Co-Ordinator: Ms. Theresa McCarthy
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This full-time FETAC Healthcare Support Course is designed to prepare students to work competently, safely and effectively as a Healthcare Assistant in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, hospitals and home help support.

This course is unique in that Kinsale College is the only centre offering a fully accredited Dementia Care Module that underpins this course. Kinsale College works in partnership with K-CORD (Kinsale Community Response to Dementia Care) and has links to job opportunities locally. The course has also been highlighted at a National level at a forum on the future of dementia care.

The course is structured to provide students with a high standard of training and assessment leading to a recognised qualification for those pursuing a career in the Health Care Sector. It is also a preparatory course designed for students who intend to pursue further training in Health and Care in the Institutes of Technology and in Universities.


Modules info & codes:

Care Skills: 5N2270
Care Support: 5N0758
Safety & Health at work: 5N1794
Nutrition: 5N2006
Care of Older Person: 5N2706
Palliative Care: 5N3769
Dementia Awareness / City and Guilds: 3565-21
Communications: 5N0690
Work Experience: 5N1356

How to apply & Application deadline:

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2016 for all courses commencing in September 2016. Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June. To apply, simply download an application form and forward to the College.

The Aim of the Course is to:

1. Develop a range of personal and interpersonal qualities necessary for work in a range of healthcare environments.

2. Be capable of creating and maintaining appropriate relationships with the client, their family and other professionals.

3. Acquire specialist knowledge in Dementia Care.


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Career Opportunities


On completion of this course students will be eligible for employment in a variety of care settings, including:
care homes, working for agencies and in private homes.

Further Studies Opportunities


Students who successfully complete the Level 5 Award in Childcare will be eligible to apply for the Level 6 Award.

Students who successfully complete the course may be eligible for progression onto:

  • Social Care, Cork Institute of Technology CR031
  • Social and Community Studies, Limerick Institute of Technology LC407
  • Applied Social Studies, Institute of Technology Tralee TL190
  • Applied Social Studies in Social Care, Waterford Institute of Technology WD135


Student Experiences


“The entire experience in Kinsale College has left me with a confidence second to none and with a
very positive outlook on life in general - life takes us on many different paths!”

Valda, Past Kinsale College Student

Other Info


Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded:

  • FETAC Level 5 Healthcare Support Award
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Dementia Awareness
  • Certificate in Moving and Handling
  • Occupational First Aid FETAC Level 5