Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Nursing Studies 5M4349

Students on this one-year programme will gain practical experience in healthcare clinical settings which, combined with an insight into theories relating to the nursing profession, will enable them to deliver high standards of care. Furthermore, this course will facilitate progression to third-level Nursing and Health-Science and other Healthcare programmes

This course is designed to

combine aspects of nursing theory and practical aspects of clinical nursing experience. Students are afforded the opportunity to explore and gain entry to the different programmes leading to registration with NMBI and the English Nursing Board (ENB). Students may also have the opportunity to progress to a variety of health-related fields e.g. Social Care, Paramedic, Childcare, Garda Siochana and other Health Science areas.

entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome.

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement

  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749

  • Human Growth & Development 5N1279

  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706

  • Care Provision & Practice 5N2705

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325

  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Information Technology Skills 4N1125


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the demands of a diverse community of learners.

  • Learners develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Regulated Clinical Placements (Work Experience)

  • Vital learning supports are tailored to the needs of the individual learners

  • Career guidance assistance re UCAS, CAO and specialised guidance and training for Mature Code Applicants eg. NCC written assessment and NCC interview preparation.


QQI Level 5 Award in Nursing Studies (5M4349)

  • FAR ( First Aid Responder) with GTI part-time education
  • Patient Moving & Handling by PHECC registered provider

may be taken as additional certification and will incur additional costs. Check with class teacher for details.

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. This course is linked to the majority of Nursing Colleges in Ireland. The number of places available are restricted. Check with the Admissions office of individual institutions for further details.

  • This course is considered for entry to Nursing Colleges in the U.K. Several of these colleges visit GTI each year to give talks on progression to UK degree courses in Nursing and Midwifery.

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway

*University of Galway

  • GY515 General Nursing Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

  • GY516 Psychiatric Nursing Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

  • GY517 Midwifery Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup.


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


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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Please Note
  • 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.
Student Testimonial: Ciara Burke

I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, but nursing was always in the back of my mind. The Nursing Studies course in GTI seemed like a brilliant idea to see what life as a nurse would be like, so I applied. It was the best decision of my life, as it cemented the idea of nursing as the career for me. The guidance from the tutors was unparalleled, as they encouraged us to work hard without being overbearing – they often felt more like friends to me. The course itself was both challenging and intellectually stimulating, as we covered a vast variety of subjects within the course, my favourite was the hands on placement in the hospital. It was this work experience that was most beneficial to me, and now I know that I’ll really enjoy nursing for life! It is as a direct result of this course that I am now studying for my nursing degree at Edge Hill University near Liverpool city.