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The Health Service Skills blended learning course is ideal for those employed, or seeking employment in the healthcare sector, and also provides an ideal stepping stone for those wishing to progress to further education in the health services. As outlined by HIQA* all newly recruited care staff and those in a role less than one year must commence training to QQI Level 5 or equivalent within two years of taking up employment.

*HIQA – Health Information and Quality Authority


Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This course is delivered through blended learning with a combination of workshops.  Please see a schedule workshops here. All workshops are from 10am -4pm and held in Dublin 1.  Please note you must book your place on workshops directly with the college.  Please email

Online Learning Centre

By choosing to study this blended learning course with Portobello Institute students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this QQI certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course that will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an additional administration cost of €30 for this service.  

Course Content Modules

  1. Care Support
  2. Communications
  3. Infection Prevention and Control
  4. Work Experience

Students must also choose three electives. Currently available:

  1. Human Growth & Development
  2. Care Skills
  3. Care of the Older Person
  4. Anatomy and Physiology

Individual Modules

We offer all the above modules individually. Please contact 01 8920000 or for further course details, for bookings and prices of studying individual modules.

Practical Experience

A minimum of 100 hours practical work experience in a healthcare setting will be required to successfully complete this course.

Assessment Criteria

A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include a combination of continuous assessment of course work through assignments, learner records, projects, skills demonstrations and written examinations. All assignments will be designed to maximise the learner’s skills and understanding of Healthcare Skills.

Further Studies

Portobello Institute offers a course in Healthcare Support Major Award (QQI Level 5). We also have a range of short courses available which would enhance this course- Coping with Challenging BehavioursCertificate in Deaf Awareness, Understanding Speech and Language Difficulties along with many more.


Name: Health Service Skills FETAC5 DHSSX. Distance Learning

Cost: 1500 Euro

To Book this course, please make a full course payment using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can enroll on and start this course at any time of the year.
  • Study at your own pace
  • Course is made up of distance learning modules with some workshops.

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €72
  • QQI Registration Fee: Included in course cost