Health Service Skills

Course Structure

Course Overview

This one year, part-time, level 5 course is QQI Accredited. It is designed to provide adults who are unemployed the opportunity of a career change whilst returning to education and retaining their benefits. Students will acquire knowledge and develop skills with an overall competence and confidence to work in the provision of holistic care in a variety of healthcare settings.  A work experience placement is a key element of the course and contributes to the Student Health Care Assistants learning and professional development.

The course provides first-hand experience in the world of healthcare through the placement which fosters the development of work skills required for a career in the industry.

Modules List

  • Care of the Older Person

  • Care Skills

  • Care Support

  • Health and Safety at Work

  • Infection Prevention and Control

  • Communications

  • Food Preparation

  • PHECC – FAR; First Aid Response 3 day course (Pre-Medical Hospital Emergency Care Council)

  • Work Placement Experience (one day a week with a two week block placement arranged further on in the course)

Careers and Opportunities 

Work in an hospitals, nursing homes, home environment, community and day centres.

Further Study opportunities

For those who wish to continue on their pathway of education, there are a number of options available to them including further studies in the health care service. Marino College provides a Level 6 Health Service Management course which is available on successful completion of the Level 5. 

Student Testimonials / Where are they now?

I studied Health Service Skills and I highly recommend Marino College of Further Education for the following reasons. The tutors are very approachable with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Health Service Sector, which they are only too happy to share. The tutors have helped me enormously in gaining the skills necessary to work in healthcare.
Ciaran | Student, May 2018
Coming back to college as a mature student was quite a daunting task for me. I wished to up skill to enhance my quality of life. What I found at Marino College was an embracing, dedicated, compassionate team of teachers there to help you every step of the way - I needn’t have worried at all.
Patricia | Student, May 2018

Course Requirements

Course Code
Health Service Skills FETAC Level 5
One Year | Part-time


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Reasons for Choosing Marino College

+ The College is easy to get to on the Bus, Luas & DART

+ My classmates are good fun & lovely to be around

+ The teachers are very helpful & caring in the sense that they wouldn’t move on unless everyone understood the topic

+ The courses are a great gateway to amazing career opportunities

+ The college has a great atmosphere and if you have a problem there’s always someone there to help you