Course Description

Community Care (QQI Lvl 5 Major Award)

The Open College

This Community Care assistant Major Award equips students with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Care Worker and acquire practical skills for work in the caring environments.  You will gain an understanding of the nursing process, appreciate the models of care and develop an awareness of nursing ethics and etiquette in care situations.  In addition, you will be afforded the opportunity to further your personal development and enhance your communication skills.

Whether planning to work in hospitals, in the community, in residential care or childcare learners will find stimulating and functional modules with knowledge which can easily be applied to the workplace.


Mandatory – All of the following components:

  • Care Provision and Practice (5N2705)
  • Human Growth & Development (5N1729)*
  • Communications (5N0690)  or Personal Effectiveness (5N1390)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)*
  • Work Experience (5N1356)


Choose Any Three of the following components if work placements will be Healthcare related:

  • Care Skills (5N2770)
  • Care Support (5N0758)
  • Care of the Older Person (5N2706)
  • Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652)*
  • Nutrition (5N2006)*
  • Social Studies (5N1370)*



Choose Any Three of the following components if work placements will be Childcare related:

  • Child Development (5N1764)*
  • Child Health & Well Being (5N1765)
  • Early Childhood Education & Play (5N1733)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)*
  • Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)*

*Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment. This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.


Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 5M2786
College Name The Open College
Course Category Health Care, Healthcare
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee €1060
Course Duration 13 Months
Course Times This Community Care 5M2786 – QQI Level 5 Major Award course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 13 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community Care - 5M2786
Entry Requirements Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare/Childcare/Sports) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. Students must currently be working (or on work experience) in the Healthcare and/or Childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week (150 hours minimum), throughout the course, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Garda Vetting is required for all Healthcare & Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details. Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative. Be competent in both written and spoken English. If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
Career Path - Healthcare Assistants employed by the state sector – e.g. Homecare Support Scheme operated by the HSE. - Healthcare Assistants employed by Agencies. - Employees of registered care settings / private nursing homes who are required to meet the training standards for employment as a Carer. - Those who are on work experience within a care setting who wish to acquire qualifications necessary for employment. - Employment as a carer within the community health services in Childcare or Healthcare. 
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The Open College

Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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