Further Education

Further Education 2021-2022

Health Service Skills (Healthcare Assistant) 5M3782

A Healthcare Assistant supports existing staff in a hospital or care setting in the practical care and general welfare of clients. They play a vital role on the care team. Career opportunities are excellent as many care settings require prospective employees to hold relevant certification such as this one. The course will allow you to develop the necessary skills and training to enable you to seek employment in the healthcare sector. The National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People require all newly recruited care staff and those in posts less than one year, to commence training to Level 5 QQI or equivalent within two years of taking up employment.

This course is designed to

Equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a hospital attendant / multi-task attendant / professional carer in a variety of care settings such as Nursing Homes, hospitals, day care centres, private home care and personal assistant work.

Course Content
  • Care Support 5N0758

  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

  • Care Skills 5N2770

  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Work Experience (Learner must complete 150 hours in a Care Setting) 5N1356

  • Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707

  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706

  • QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)

  • IATI ( Irish Ambulance Training Institute )

  • Fire Safe Training Ireland

Optional Certification
  • PHECC [First Aid] & Patient Moving & Handling may be taken as additional certification and will incur additional costs. Check with Course Director for details

  • Fire Safety Awareness Course

  • Training in the Protection of Older People From Abuse

  • Patient Moving and Handling Certification

Progression to Higher Education:

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Click for details of * CAO Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities
  • Hospitals

  • Residential Homes

  • Nursing Homes

  • Day Care Centres

  • Home Care Assistants

  • Home Care Agency Work

  • Hospice Settings

  • Student Services €175

  • DES Programme Participation Contribution €200

  • Patient Moving and Handling Course Fee €50

  • QQI Certification Fee €50

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine €150

  • Fire Safety Online Training €20

Total €645


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Testimonial: Estella Collins

My name is Estella Collins, I completed the Health Service Skills programme at GTI in May 2019 as a mature student. I felt that this course would give me the skills I needed to provide the best care possible for my mother who had been very ill. I have been very involved in looking after family members and I knew this was a career I wanted to pursue. I had heard such positive things about the course here in GTI. I had some fears about returning to college. Mainly, would I be too old ? and would I be able for the work? . I have to say from the minute I stepped inside the door I felt so welcomed and my fears were put at ease. Both the tutors and the students were so encouraging and friendly. There was such a diverse mix of people in the class, all with their own life experiences and ideas. More importantly I developed important social and personal contacts through friendships at GTI which sustained me through challenging times. I had exciting opportunities while at GTI. I completed training in the Erasmus plus program. I never thought I would be one of those students, but I was. I had the most memorable experience on Erasmus, working in a hospital and living for three weeks in Madrid. Now I am working as an agency HCA for CPL Healthcare. I work between three hospitals, Portiuncula, Merlin Park and the University College Hospital Galway. I am very passionate about my work. I couldn’t have got where I am today without doing my course in GTI and gaining such valuable experience on Erasmus. If I was to recommend something about starting a course here at GTI I would say enjoy it to the full as the year goes so quickly, keep up with projects as there are many and enjoy all the extra opportunities they have to offer.

Erasmus + Placement

Every year, students who successfully meet the criteria for this exciting opportunity, will travel to Madrid in Spain where they will work under supervision of senior care workers in a busy hospital setting for 3 weeks. These placements are fully funded by the European Commission.