Further Education

Further Education 2020-2021

Emergency Care Services 5M4468

This programme provides learners with the foundation knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the emergency services.

This course is designed to

introduce you to the challenges and opportunities of working in emergency services. Careers such as Fire Officer, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, Garda or Officer in the Defence Forces will be introduced to you and help you prepare for further study in this area.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Garda Vetting
Course Content
  • Care Provision & Practice 5N2705
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Teamwork 5N1367
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Emergency Department Care Skills 5N4890
  • Word Processing 5N1358
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
Certification Available
  • QQI 5M4468 Community Health Services Award

  • Patient Moving andl Handling

  • Safe Pass
  • Emergency First Responder ( EFR ) incorporating Defibrillator Techniques by Irish Ambulance Training Institute (IATI) , a Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Course ( PHECC ) registered trainer PHECC [First Aid] may be taken as additional certification and will incur additional costs. Check with Course Director for details

  • Fire Safety Awareness Course

Progression to Higher Education:

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to third level institutes and colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Graduates may also apply to HSE-Student Paramedic - National Ambulance Training College (subject to HSE eligibility criteria.) Former students have also progressed to paramedic degree courses in the UK and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in Ireland. 3rd Level Progression options include: GMIT - All Courses and NUIG - Arts.

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners. We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning. Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable. We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.


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

Please Note

At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience. GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party

Adult Education

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

  • Registration Fee €175

  • DES Programme Participation Contribution €200

  • QQI Certification Fee €50

  • Total €425


Email: catherine.brennan-fahy@gretb.ie

  • IATI Emergency First Responder €350

  • Safe Pass Fee €70

  • Patient & Manual Handling €45

  • Total: €470

These fees are subject to change. Please check with Course Director for details.

Kian O'Flaherty

Studying Emergency Care Services at Galway Technical Institute has enabled me to gain a variety of new skills and abilities in relation to the duties of a Paramedic. Modules such as Work Experience and Emergency Department Care Skills were invaluable to me as key learning experiences.

I am now studying Psychology at NUIG as a direct result of this PLC programme. I was fortunate enough to gain a place due to obtaining high grades in my exams.

Psychology also has links to the health and well-being of individuals, which are topics covered in the Emergency Care Services course in GTI.

Studying at GTI has proven to be a great personal and professional experience for me and has been an essential element in my progression to third level education