Healthcare Support (QQI Level 5) - Full Time / Part Time

Programme Aim

In response to the demand in our community for skilled care workers, this course will facilitate students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in this field of work. This qualification enables graduates to work in nursing homes, day care centres, and residential homes or as agency care workers within the community.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants will be expected to a Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard education.
  • Relevant work experience coupled with life experience.
  • Included in the admission process is an interview followed by an online assessment in Mathematics and English.
  • All applicants are subject to an interview.

Full Time Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
Care SupportLevel 5 - Care SupportQQI
Safety and Health at WorkLevel 5 - Safety and Health at WorkQQI
Care SkillsLevel 5 - Care SkillsQQI
CommunicationsLevel 5 - CommunicationsQQI
Work ExperienceLevel 5 - Work ExperienceQQI
Infection Prevention and ControlLevel 5 - Infection Prevention and ControlQQI
Care of the Older PersonLevel 5 - Care of the Older PersonQQI
Palliative CareLevel 5 - Palliative CareQQI

*Subject to change*

Part Time Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
Safety and Health at Work (September – December 2019)Level 5 - Safety and Health at WorkQQI
Infection Prevention & Control (September – December 2019)Level 5 - Infection Prevention & ControlQQI
Communications and Work Experience (September 2019 – April 2020)Level 5 - Communications and Work ExperienceQQI

*Subject to change*

Course Duration

This course is available Full Time  (VTOS) and Part Time (BTEI)

FULL TIME (VTOS Programme): 5 days a week, over 1 year

*Students must be eligible under the (VTOS) Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme – see study options page for more information.

PART TIME (BTEI Programme): 3 mornings per week

*Students must be eligible under the (BTEI) Back to Education Initiative – see study options page for more information.


On successfully completing the programme students will be in a good position to progress onto further or higher education.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be able to secure employment as a healthcare worker in hospitals, nursing homes, community day services and as home-help support.


This course is offered free to learners.

*Course completion is reliant on Garda Vetting Process.

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


Healthcare Support (QQI Level 5)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois

Start Date              September 2022                                   

End Date                June 2023


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Margaret Morrin



(057) 8623161


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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 Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre

“I found the course useful and interesting. Teachers were very helpful and understanding as most of us were going back to education after many years of not studying.
After successfully completing the first year of course I was lucky enough to get work experience, as an Accounts Assistant.”
Zane Polaskova (Student)
Accounts Assistant
“The decision to return to education was one of the best choices I made, the thought seemed daunting at the start but I soon settled in. All of the tutors were very helpful and the students gave each other support, I made some great friends who will be friends for life. The course I chose was Office Administration, this course most definitely helped me to secure the job I have today.”
Maeve O'Carroll (Student)
Administrator, Court Services