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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.


Ciaran Duff  2018

I studied Health Service Skills and I highly recommend Marino College of Further Education for the following reasons.  The tutors are very approachable with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Health Service Sector, which they are only too happy to share.  The tutors have helped me enormously in gaining the skills necessary to work in healthcare.  My tutors provided me with clear guidelines to follow for assignments.  This I found was so helpful when doing assignments. There are  a huge amount of services and support available, from being shown how to study effectively , to the use of the computer room for studying, typing up and printing assignments and also having the option of having a tutor available each week to offer one to one support with assignments. I have grown as a person personally and professionally and I have met some wonderful people I now consider friends. 

Patricia Byrne 2018

"Coming back to college as a mature student was quite a daunting task for me”. I wished to up skill to enhance my quality of life. What I found at Marino College was an embracing, dedicated, compassionate team of teachers there to help you every step of the way - I needn't have worried at all!