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New Government regulations stipulate that a QQI Level 5 qualification will be the minimum requirement for an individual to work within the Healthcare sector; this Major Level 5 Award will enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work under supervision in providing support in a variety of healthcare settings including and not limited to nursing homes, hospitals and home help support. It also allows the learner to progress to further higher education and training.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Healthcare Support (5M4339)

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 of workshops here.  All workshops are from 10am -4pm and held in Dublin 1. Please note you most book a place on these workshops directly with the college.  Please email

Online Learning Centre

By choosing to study this distance 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

Unit 1: Care Support
Unit 2: Safety and Health at Work
Unit 3: Care Skills
Unit 4: Communications
Unit 5: Work Experience
Unit 6: Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 7: Human Growth and Development
Unit 8: Care of the Older Person
Unit 9: Infection Prevention and Control

Individual Modules

We offer all the above modules individually. Please contact 01 8920000 or for further course details.

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 Support.

Further Progression

Portobello Institute offers a course in Health Service Skills Major Award (QQI Level 5).


Name: Healthcare Support- Distance Learning

Cost: 1999 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 commence distance learning at any time
  • 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Students can enrol and start this course any time of the year. Course is made up of distance learning modules and 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: €80
  • QQI exam fee: Included in course cost