National Certificate In Community Health Services

Aim of the Course

This course is designed to prepare applicants for work in the area of community care, working as a care assistant in a hospital or health care establishment, caring for the elderly and persons with special needs.  The many changes in the health sector have created employment opportunities for those with updated skills and knowledge.



Sample Course Content

Students will be offered 8 modules, for example:

  • nursing theory and practice
  • human growth and development
  • nutrition
  • care provision and practice/ care of the older person
  • work experience
  • legal practice and procedures
  • customer services
  • Safety & Health
  • word processing

Work Experience

In order to obtain the National Certificate in Community Health Services students must complete ten days or eighty hours work experience.  This work experience may be in any hospital or nursing home around the county or Limerick city.


One year full-time course from September to mid-May. Classes are timetabled between 9·00 am and 4·00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. Mature students with or without formal qualification are welcome to apply.

Progression / Further Education

limited number of places are reserved on a competitive basis on ordinary degree and honours degree courses in third level colleges for students who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Course. Please refer to the current guide to the Higher Education Links Scheme on and

Career Prospects

Direct entry into employment in the caring profession as a nurse’s aide, care assistant or special care assistant.

Course Fees

Please see fees section.

Grants and Social Welfare:

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: Please check the Student Universal Support System at and Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

It is imperative that recipients of Social Welfare payments contact the offices of the Department of Family and Social Affairs before commencing this course.

* All programmes are offered subject to sanction by DES and LCETB and minimum enrollment numbers.

About This Course

DurationOne year full-time course from September to mid-May
Course id5M4468
Start date13 Sep 2021
LocationCollege of FET Ennis Campus

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