Healthcare Support QQI Level 5: Healthcare Support 5M4339 (Full Time and Part Time Options Available)


This programme provides students with the essential foundational knowledge, skills and experience needed to work within the healthcare sectors to include a range of settings such as hospitals, residential units, nursing homes and community based facilities. (Full Time and Part Time options available).


  • Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 4, or equivalent standard of education.
    •Abbeyleix FETC welcomes applications from mature students. Applicants are assessed on relevant life and work experience.
    • Applicants are required to complete an online assessment and a short interview before commencing the course.


  • Care Support
  • Care skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care of The Older Person
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Palliative Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
*Subject to change


  • Patient Manual Handling
  • PHECC Training
  • Awareness Certificates in Healthcare
*Subject to change/minimal costs apply


1 academic year full time – 5 days per week(part time option available)


Qualifications are acceptable to secure employment across a wide range of healthcare settings to include the public, private and voluntary sectors. Common areas for employment include hospitals, residential homes, community nursing units, nursing homes, community based services and home care packages while servicing diverse needs across the lifespan.


This Major Award affords progression to degree level to many healthcare related studies. Students who have satisfied the criteria set by the CAO process for progression to third level education may secure a place in many of the Institutes of Technology.

Possible Progression Options include*:

CAO TitleLevel / Course TitleCollege
AL765Level 7 - Applied Social Studies in Social CareAthlone IT
WD005Level 8 - BSc in Applied Health CareWaterford IT
CW017Level 7- Applied Social StudiesCarlow IT
LC602Level 7 - BA Social Care WorkLimerick IT (Ennis Campus)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and entry is subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please check with the individual college websites for more information on application. Information also available at


There are no registration or tuition fees payable to Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre. However please note cost of materials is approximately €100 to include books and materials.


VTOS/PLC places are available on the course (please contact the Centre for further information). The range of financial support available to students includes: Student Maintenance Grant (SUSI) and the Back to Education Allowance. For further information click on HEA Student Finance and SUSI

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Certificate in Healthcare Support Level 5


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2022                                      

End Date: June 2023


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the Healthcare Programme courses at Abbeyleix FETC

“Returning to education was a new beginning for me. I initially studied QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies at Abbeyleix FETC and worked for a number of years in the childcare sector. When I saw a QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support course advertised in 2017-2018, I decided to merge my former learning and skills, with my intention of securing employment as a healthcare assistant. Thankfully with the encouragement and support from all staff including my teachers, my time here was truly enjoyable. Making new friends to whom I’m still in contact with was such an added bonus. By following my choice of career as a healthcare assistant, through my studies at Abbeyleix FETC, I found that it gave me courage to seek employment again. I now work as a healthcare assistant for the CPL agency. I am based between The Irish Prison Service, Portlaoise and the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. I find myself referring and reflecting back upon the skills and theory that I have learnt in Abbeyleix FETC on a daily basis. This learning and knowledge will stay with me for my life time. Abbeyleix FETC has given me the opportunity to follow the path of my choice of career and secure employment. Attending Abbeyleix FETC was a fantastic experience for me and it has given me the confidence in myself in which I felt I had lost. Thank you so much for your enormous support and encouragement to keep me going. I am truly grateful to all of the staff at Abbeyleix FETC. I wish you and all upcoming students the very best of luck in the future.”
Bridget Moore
Healthcare Support 2017/2018