Course Description

QQI Level 5 Home Care Assistant

The Open College

Our new QQI Level 5 Combined Home Care Assistant Training Course is designed to meet the training needs of those commencing work in the Home Care Sector. This programme will suit learners seeking to secure a position as a home carer with one of Ireland’s home care agencies.

The course aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of a Care Assistant and promote good practice among those working in the Care Industry. These two modules will also enable learners to progress to the required Healthcare Support Assistant Major Award – 5M4339.

Included in this specially combined course are two key QQI Healthcare components at level 5:

  1. QQI Care Skills (5N2770) – Level 5
  2. QQI Care of the Older Person (5N2706) – Level 5.

A total of 30 NFQ Credits will be obtained upon successful completion of both modules.


Course documentation for this course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read. This online learning accredited course means that students can study flexibly at home, or at work, while gaining an Internationally Recognised Qualifications.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manuals, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Client Care
  • Using Equipment
  • Assisting Skills.
  • Ageing Process
  • Working with the Older Person
  • Care for the Older Person with specific Needs
  • Care Settings.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum).
  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.
  • Learners will be required to undertake a practical supervised work placement (20 hours per module minimum – 40 hours in total) within the relevant vocational area.
  • It is recommended that learners complete a Manual Handling or Patient Handling course in conjunction with this course although it is not a mandatory module this is something that employers may look for. Also please note that some Healthcare providers may require proof of Covid 19 Vaccinations before work placements are accepted.
  • English Language Requirement: Learners 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 placements and learners can apply for this through The Open College. Please check our FAQ’s page for more information on Garda Vetting and International Vetting if you have lived outside Ireland for 6 months or more.
  • Learners must be a based in Ireland and hold an Irish or UK PPS number.
  • 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 eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • Be competent in both written and spoken English.

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
College Name The Open College
Course Category Care of the Older Person, Health Care
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 495.00
Course Duration 16 weeks
Course Times his QQI Level 5 Combined Home Care Assistant Training course is completed through online distance learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 16 weeks (8 weeks per module) 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 component Certificates in: Care Skills (5N2770) and Care of the Older Person (5N2706).
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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