Social and Community Care - Level 5

Course Title: Social and Community Care Level 5 ​
  • Award Title:- Community Health Services
  • Code 5M4468
  • Level 5
  • Type Major Award
  • Domain: Education, Health and Welfare, Education/Training Community Care and Social Work
Nuala Lynam – Course Coordinator, email

This course will prepare for college in the Social Sciences (level 7 and 8) and qualify you to work in community & health care settings such as residential care for the older person/ or vulnerable adults and to assist clients to live independently in their own homes.

Modules Studied
  • Community Art and Practice (Self expression based in the Arts)
  • Care skills (Will ensure that you are employable)
  • Human Growth and Development (Psychology)
  • Communications
  • Nutrition
  • Social Studies (Sociology)
  • Disability Awareness
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Work experience (Placement required)
  • First Aid training (Patient lifting and handling also offered as optional)

  • Online Click Here!
  • OR Contact 045 431417 school office
Please note application fee of 20 euro applies.
Interviews will be held in May and again in August.

Successful Candidates will begin their educational journey in September.
The course is Full-time for one academic year (September - May). Monday - Friday with usual school holidays.

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Reflection of the past year:

Two Students, Jack, and Victor from our 2022/23 class.
All students raised money for the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Testimonials of Past Learners:
‘I came in to the course not knowing what to expect. I met a lot of new people and I made friends for life, and I learned a lot about myself as a person and that I really want to have a future career in this sector. The tutors were great guiding us throughout the year and without them I would not have made it to the end of the year. We were introduced to many different modules, as we would have never have learned deeply what they were about; they were all interesting in many different ways. Finishing the end of the year, and completing it is such an achievement, to get all assignments finished, finish presentations and prepare for exams. I really enjoyed the experience and the modules’ - Emma Kelly

The year was enjoyable. If you wanted to experience what social care is before actually entering a level 7/8 in a university or IT then I would recommend doing the level 5. A lot of practical work was involved such as first aid, patient handling moving, assisting with feeding and assisting with washing. I would say that you have to pay attention in all the modules as there is a lot of learning to take in and especially for exams at the end of the year.’ -Tara Nolan
‘At the start of the year I was very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I thought I would struggle immensely with assignments and didn’t know what was ahead of me. Looking back now, I am delighted I did the course. My tutors helped me whenever I needed it and were of great assistance with assignments. There was a lot of work involved but my tutors guided me, which made the year so much easier. As part of the course we completed work experience, which was a great advantage as it gave me an insight into the social care area. I would highly recommend this course as I gained a lot of knowledge and practical skills, which will now help me progress to college.’- Aoife McNamara

Students from the 3 Courses - great craic was had by all!

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