Further Education

Further Education 2023-2024

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
  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Emergency Department Care Skills 5N4890
  • Word Processing 5N1358
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Opportunity to apply for Erasmus+ work placement
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 (subject to CAO criteria) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses.

3rd Level Progression options include:

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway

University of Galway

Technological University Shannon (TUS) Athlone

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Sligo

For full details and further progression pathways please see

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.

Student Contribution
  • Registration Charge €175

Email: catherine.brennan-fahy@gretb.ie

  • Emergency First Responder €400 This course is taught by Lifeline Education a Pre- Hospital Emergency Care Course ( PHECC ) registered trainer

This fee is subject to change. Please check with class teacher for details.


The course was a chance for me to mature, meet new people and broaden my opportunities. I received a student award from GRETB and also gained a full QQI Level 5 award. On completion of the course I was offered a place on the Paramedic Science degree at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. I received training with the London Ambulance Service as part of my studies and after three years study and further job experience I hope to return home to apply for jobs as a fully qualified paramedic. My dream has been realised because I studied to GTI.