This course in Healthcare Support places an emphasis on the care of people in both the community and in the healthcare residential sector. It is suitable for those wishing to embark on a career in caring and those wishing to gain a recognised qualification in caring.

Healthcare Support


Course Fees


This Healthcare support course equips the carer with the practical knowledge and skills required to support and assist people in their daily lives. Throughout the Healthcare Support course, students will visit and obtain work experience in a variety of settings. Placement will be monitored by qualified healthcare practitioners.

About This Course

Course Content

Care Skills

Care Support

Care of the Older Person

Activities of Living Patient Care

Infection Prevention and Control


Word Processing

Safety and Health at Work

Understanding Mental Health

Work Experience       

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or  LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Graduates of this course in Healthcare Support may progress to the first year of a BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, which is a level 7 Athlone Insti­tute of Technology degree programme where students take year one in Cavan Institute and remaining years in AIT. Gradu­ates may also apply for a place on the one-year level 6 course, Health Services Supervisory Management also available at Cavan Institute.


Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Educa­tion Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue employ­ment in a care setting, either in the home, in HSE or privately run day care centres, nursing homes or in residential care institutions. Job prospects are excellent since many institutions are now advertising for health­care staff with this qualification.


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