Moodle Wordpress Join us on Google Plus Facebook Twitter
  • Accessibility Options

  • Text Size

  • A
  • A
  • A

Health Service Skills


One Year - Full Time



Entry Requirements

BTEI  - Back To Education Initiative. Must be in receipt of Job seekers benefit /allowance, One Parent Family Allowance or other social welfare payment or signing for credit.



Work Placement

A work placement is an integral part of the course and contributes to the student’s learning and professional development. It provides the students with first-hand knowledge of the world of health care.

This mandatory component enables learners to develop work skills, evaluate employment opportunities and cope with changing work environments therefore greatly improves their chances of obtaining employment when they complete their course. It is vital that the students obtain a place in a hospital environment /nursing home/residential care setting North or South  Dublin, or in other counties as this opportunity offers a wider and broader exposure to working alongside a multi-disciplinary team.

Work Experience is a one day a week placement and the more hours one works the greater the opportunities to join agencies that provide employment in this vocational area.

Course Aims

The Health Service Skills course is designed to enable the learner to acquire knowledge, develop skills, and an overall competence to work under supervision in providing health care support in a variety of Healthcare settings as a Health Care Assistant, Home Help or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

Course Content Overview (or Year One)

Modules Include
  • Care Support
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Communications
  • Food Preparation
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • PHECC – FAR; First Aid Response (Pre-Medical Hospital Emergency Care Council)
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Please note that subjects are liable to change.


Future Prospects

Level 6 - Advanced Certificate Health Services Supervisory Management Marino College of Further Education

Mature route access programme.  Third-level colleges reserve a small number of places specifically for mature students who want to participate in full-time day programmes.


I completed the QQI Level 5 Course - Health Service Skills in Marino College of Further Education in May 2012. The Course was facilitated by very committed and helpful staff who offered a very good training. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do this course as it has given me valuable knowledge and training. The qualification has enabled me to obtain work that brings job satisfaction and the privilege that caring for people is.

Teresa Clarke, past student (2011/2012)


I found the Health Care Support Course at Marino College was excellent in providing me with the necessary qualifications, skills and knowledge needed to give me the best chance possible of obtaining work as a Health Care Assistant. It was obvious the modules of the course were chosen with a clear understanding of the skills required for the role and for preparing the student for the ultimate goal of obtaining work in the Health Care Sectors. The modules were delivered by dedicated teachers, committed to helping each student achieve the best results possible. I would recommend the course as an excellent stepping stone for anyone hoping to seek employment as a Health Care Assistant or in the Health Care Sector in general.

Therese Mc Donnell (2013/2014)


When I started this course, I had no clue how I would cope with the workload and let alone the work placement, college, assignments but once I started, everything fell into its right place. I really enjoyed the work placement. Working with Elderly people gave me different insight into life and it made me realize what I am actually capable of doing. Seeing a smile on their faces after assisting them with something so insignificant for us yet magnificent for them made me realize how each of us as individuals is capable of change. We may think and regard many things as small but yet whatever we do it will have huge impact on the other.

With regard to the course workload, it was “doable” as everyone was helpful and there was clear guidelines on regards how you may achieve each task. Honestly it was an amazing opportunity and life changing chance where I met extraordinary group of people and lecturers.

Deka Tayib (2013/2014)