QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies – Code 5M4349 / Manual & Patient Handling Course/ First Aid Responder
1 year Full-time


Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference in their lives? Our Nursing Studies programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse, equipping you with the core competencies and key skills to progress to related areas in higher education or seek employment in the healthcare sector.

Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career that offers a variety of job opportunities in hospitals, nursing homes, community care centers, and other healthcare facilities. With a nursing degree, you can specialize in various areas such as pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, or adult nursing.

Our Nursing Studies programme provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in nursing, as it includes core modules in nursing theory and practical skills, such as infection prevention and control, and care support. You will also gain supervised clinical work experience in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, allowing you to put your skills into practice and develop your confidence in a real-world setting.

In addition to employment opportunities, our programme has strong progression to higher education institutions and universities. You can use your QQI Level 5 ]major award to apply through the CAO for a place in the first year of a nursing degree programme. Mature student entry is also available.

Join our Nursing Studies programme and take the first step towards an exciting and fulfilling career in healthcare.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert or its equivalent is advised. Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.

What Our Students Say

“In 2021–2022, I attended Dundrum College of Further Education to study nursing. I had a wonderful time studying in Dundrum, and my nursing courses have given me a great understanding of the various nursing specialties. The teachers in Dundrum are all excellent people who encourage their students  to reach their full potential. I am now studying mental health nursing at Dublin City University as a result of my commitment and effort in Dundrum. I have just finished my first year of study and am getting ready for my exams and I can’t wait to start my second year.” Funke Ajayi, DCFE Nursing student 2021/22

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Growth & Development

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Work Experience (120 hours may be required)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care Support
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Supervised clinical work experience in hospitals and other healthcare facilities is incorporated into this course. Students are required to undertake Garda Vetting prior to work placement commencing.

Employment Progression Opportunities

After completing the programme, employers actively seek our graduates for employment in the public, private sectors, nursing homes, hospitals, agencies, and community care. Our programme also has strong progression into higher education institutions, universities, and technological universities.

Higher Education Progression

The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELMS) gives students the opportunity to use their QQI Level 5 or 6 major award to apply through the CAO for a place in the first year of a higher education programme. Mature student entry is also available.

Trinity College Dublin  www.tcd.ie

  • BSc General Nursing (TR091, TR093)
  • BSc Midwifery (TR913)
  • BSc Mental Health Nursing (TR095)
  • BSc Intellectual Disability Nursing (TR097)

Dublin City University www.dcu.ie

  • BSc General Nursing (DC215)
  • BSc Psychiatric Nursing (DC216)
  • BSc Intellectual Disability Nursing (DC217)
  • BSc Children’s and General (Integrated) (DC218)
  • BSc Health and Society (DC209)

University College Dublin  www.ucd.ie

  • BSc General Nursing (DN450)
  • BSc Mental Health Nursing (DN453)
  • BSc Midwifery (DN452)
  • BSc Children’s and General (Integrated) (DN451)
  • BSc Psychology (DN720)
  • BSc Social Science (DN700)

Maynooth University  www.nuimaynooth.ie

  • BSocSc Social Science (MH107)
  • BA Arts (MH101)
  • BA Psychology (MH106)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (MH107)

Students can apply to the UK through UCAS as well as a number of Universities across the EU through EUNICAS.IE

Graduates wishing to apply for Nursing in Ireland must satisfy the minimum requirement of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Join our Nursing Studies programme and take the first step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career in healthcare.