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Community & Health Services

Course Code: SCH

Duration: 1 Year


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the area of Social Care which will enable them to achieve both the practical and academic skills necessary for further study and future employment. Work experience is an integral part of the course. This consists of one day each week and a two week block in a range of caring situations working with people with learning difficulties, mental health problems, physical disability and with disadvantaged youth.


  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Psychology, Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Human Resource Management
  • Work Experience
  • Social Studies


Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). All applicants are required to bring two written references to interview.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468)
  • Certificate in First Aid
  • Certificate in Lifting and Handling patients


Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme 

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Higher National Diploma in Applied Social Studies/Social Care in BCFE.