Healthcare Assistant

Course Description


This programme will enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to be employed as a healthcare assistant in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Course Content

  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Word Processing
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience

Please note that the combination of components outlined above may be subject to revision.

First aid and manual handling training is provided.



QQI Health Service Skills Award: 5M3782

Progression / Employment

Students will be eligible for employment in a wide range of care settings.

Students may be eligible to apply to Third Level Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  Links to third level from Health Service Skills 5M3782


Entry Requirements

Ordinary Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent. All applicants must have two written references relevant to social care and are subject to interview. Applications are welcome from mature students with relevant experience.

Applicants will be asked for copy EU Passport or GNIB card or Irish Residence Permit or Labour Market Permission letter

For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of English language proficiency may be required.  If appropriate, Whitehall College of Further Education will conduct an English language assessment.

Garda Vetting Application Form to be completed at Registration in September.

Parent/Guardian consent form (for students who are under 18) to be completed at Registration in September.