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.



Course Content

Students will study a combination of the following modules:

  • 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
  • occupational first aid
  • 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 generally takes place on Fridays. However, due to cutbacks in the HSE and nursing homes it may be difficult to place all students on a Friday and some work experience may have to be completed over weekend periods. This work experience may be in any hospital or nursing home around the county or Limerick city.

Students accepting a place on the Community Health Services Course must be prepared to undertake work experience when and where
requested to do so by the College.


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

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

As the course is NDP funded, there are no tuition fees. However, the following are payable:

  • €20 non-refundable administration fee with your application form
  • €100 registration fee on commencement of the course
  • €200 contribution to the Department of Education & Skills; see here for exemptions
  • €50 exam fees payable in January; see here for exemptions
  • €40 Manual Handling payable in mid-September
  • €110 for Occupational First Aid payable by the end of November.
  • Some modules will require the purchase of a text book

Grants and Social Welfare

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: please check Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

About This Course

DurationOne year full-time course from September to mid-May
Course id5M4468
Start date11 Sep 2017
LocationEnnis College of Further Education

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