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Health Science (Pre-Nursing)

FETAC Award (Level 5 – 5M4349)

Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.  Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management and education are also key nursing roles.

(International Council of Nurses, 2010)

This course introduces students to the broad and expanding area of Health Science and Social Care. It has been designed to meet the needs of different groups of students:

Course Content

Nursing Theory and Practice, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth & Development, Biology, Nutrition, Care Skills, Communications, Work Experience and Database Methods  


FETAC Level 5 Nursing Studies (5M4349), FETAC Level 5 Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling and People Handling and Child Protection Certificate.  

Duration     1 Year


Leaving Certificate and interview. Mature students are particularly welcome. Two written references and a passport photo are to be presented at interview (1 school and 1employer).  

A Garda vetting application must be completed at interview.  Bring with you accurate details of all addresses from birth to present and the corresponding years at that address.  

Please note that course offers are conditional on students meeting the minimum course entry requirements, for this course, Grade D3 in Four Ordinary or Higher Level Subjects including: Mathematics and English or Irish. Proof of this will be required at registration.


This course will also serve as an excellent foundation in the core subjects for mature students who wish to pursue careers or further study in the Health or Social Care professions.


Graduates of this course may use the FETAC /QQI links scheme to progress to a wide variety of courses offered by the Universities and Institutes of Technology. www.nursingcareers.ie

Applications through UCAS will enable students to access a range of English Universities

Course Charges

Year 1: €690*

* includes €200 Govt. charge

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