"Before I began attending SligoCFE to do the Healthcare Studies course, I was unsure whether Nursing was the right profession for me. I had already acquired a place on a Degree Nursing course but decided to defer and I'm delighted I did. I have gained so much insight in Nursing and have acquired valuable skills which I can take with me into my chosen profession. I found the college environment very structured and welcoming and made many new friends along the way".

Niall Brady


Healthcare Assistant 5M4339

A Healthcare Assistant supports existing staff in a hospital or care setting in the practical care and general welfare of clients. They play a vital role in the care team. Career opportunities are excellent as many care settings require prospective employees to hold relevant certification such as this one. The course will allow you to develop the necessary skills and training to enable you to seek employment in the healthcare sector. This course is compulsory in order to gain employment as a care assistant.

This course is designed to

Equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a hospital attendant / multi-task attendant / professional career in a variety of care settings such as Nursing Homes, hospitals, day care centres, private home care and personal assistant work.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here
  • Ukranian applicants should have a certificate of complete secondary education (after grade 11) or higher Click Here


  • QQI Level 5 Award in Healthcare Support (5M4339)

Course Content

  • Care Support 5N0758

  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

  • Care Skills 5N2770

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Work Experience (Learner must complete 21 days in a Care Setting) 5N1356

  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749

  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734

  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706

  • Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325

  • First Aid Response

  • People Manual Handling

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths 5N1833 as an extra module. Occupational First Aid will be provided to learners as an optional extra (Weekend Course).

Progression to Higher Education

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals

  • Residential Homes

  • Nursing Homes

  • Day Care Centres

  • Home Care Assistants


There are no fees to study this course, however, students will have to purchase some additional items when undertaking this course such as;

  • Uniform (x2)
  • Stethoscope
  • Medical Reference Book

Details of cost & supplier will be provided during interview and induction.

Please Note

  • At registration students will be requested to complete documentation in order to successfully pass a garda vetting process before they commence work experience.

  • A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

For more information

Phone 07191-45480 or email [email protected]