Nursing Studies

Level 5 QQI Award


One Year


This course is designed to enhance students awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. It is also ideal for those who wish to pursue a nursing career. Students will study core areas of nursing and are enabled to put theory into practice; using DFEi’s fully upgraded nursing suites and through participation in work experience. This course is delivered by teachers including specialist nurses who bring a real depth of experience to their teaching. The success rates from this course are very high for progression to higher education in both Ireland and the UK.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate
  • A QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics (Optional)
Module Information

Module Information

Nursing Studies

Level 5 QQI Award: Nursing Studies 5M4349

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)


Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749

This module introduces the learner to the individual systems of the body. It examines the structures (anatomy) within each system and how they function (physiology). Learners gain an understanding of the interrelationship between the body systems and the associated vocabulary.

Assessment: Assignment (40%), Examination - Theory (60%).


Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325

This module covers the relevant topics for any individual wishing to progress to a career in Nursing. The learner will gain knowledge in the development of nursing as a profession, medical terminology, models of nursing, measuring vital signs and interpersonal skills appropriate for assessing and assisting the patient. Topics consist of both theory and practical skills.

Assessment: Skills Demonstration (50%), Examination - Theory (50%).


Human Growth and Development 5N1279

Gain the knowledge and understanding of how humans develop physically, intellectually and psychologically over the entire life span. This module covers the stages of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Material includes a variety of theorists and theories that have led the way in psychology today. This is an interesting and thought provoking module that offers an opportunity for many open discussions within the classroom environment.

Assessment:  Assignment (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).


Biology 5N2746

The student will be facilitated to explore and develop an understanding of living things. Various aspects of the living world such as, micro-organisms, genetics and ecology will be investigated and assessed through experiments and skills demonstrations.

Assessment: Learner record (25%), Skills Demonstration (25%), Examination - Theory (50%).


Care Provision & Practice 5N2705

Learn & understand the concepts of a holistic approach to people in need of care in a community setting. Apply your knowledge in a learning environment that enables the learner to develop competence and confidence in applying relevant care skills safely and responding effectively to specific situations for people of all ages.

Assessment: Assignment (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).


Work Experience 5N1356

You will prepare for work placement in a relevant vocational area through an evaluation of your skills set, the development of a CV, and an understanding of current work place legislation. An integral part of this component is developing the skills required for a successful job search; therefore is it your responsibility to secure your own placement. On completion of your Work Placement of at least 10 days (or 60 hours) you will reflect, review and consider your future career options.

Assessment: Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (Work Placement 40%).


Maternity Care Support 5N3746

This module covers the care of women and families from before conception, during pregnancy, labour and delivery and up to six weeks after the birth. Gain the knowledge and learn the skills to care and support mothers and babies through this very special time. This module is an excellent introduction to the role of the midwife and how maternity care can enhance the health and wellbeing of families and the community.

Assessment: Assignments (40%),  Skills Demonstration (60%).


Caring for Children in Hospital 5N3737

Children in hospital have much more than medical needs. Learn how play is integral to the care, recovery and development of children in hospital.  Working with children in hospital involves understanding the importance of role of parents/caregivers in children’s lives and how issues such as poverty can have adverse effects on children and families. This module is excellent for those who may wish to pursue a career in the area of Health and/or Nursing of children.

Assessment:   Assignment (20%), Skills Demonstration (80%)    


Understanding Mental Health 5N3772

You will learn how to work effectively in a mental healthcare setting. You will complete a practical activity demonstrating your ability to work with or care for a person with a mental illness, a written assignment that shows your understanding of a mental health related topic and an exam based on the content of the module.

Assessment:  Assignment (20%), Skills Demonstration (20%), Examination - Theory (60%).


Communications 5N0690

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessment: Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%), Skills Demonstration (50%).


Word Processing 5N1358

 Use a word processing application to learn or improve your skills while laying out a range of business/college/home documents. It includes Document set-up, Formatting text, Proof reading, Mail merge, Tables, File management, Graphics and presentation skills.

Assessment:  Assignment, Two  Examinations.


Mathematics 5N1833

Acquire mathematical skills in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: mathematical modelling, statistics and probability, graphing functions, differential and integral calculus, complex numbers and trigonometry.

Assessment: Assignment (20%) Examination - Practical (80%)


  • Level 5 QQI Award - Nursing Studies (5M4349)
  • First Aid - Order of Malta
  • Patient Moving and Handling - Irish Ambulance Institute
  • Elder Abuse - DFEi Certificate

Additional Information

  • Students wishing to apply for nursing in Ireland must satisfy the minimum requirement of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • DFEi offers Mathematics for students who do not have the relevant grade (Leaving Certificate) for progression to the UK
  • Students are required to undertake work experience that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they assume positions of trust. As a result all students will undertake Garda Vetting prior to commencing their work experience.


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

Progression Opportunities

UK Universities (UCAS Applications): DFEi has a link to a number of Nursing Degree Programmes in the UK, in particular those offered by Southampton University.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

Progression Examples

BSc in General Nursing

Dublin City University

BSc in Social Care

TU Dublin - City Campus (formerly DIT)

BSc in Applied Psychology

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BSc in General Nursing

BSc in Psychiatric Nursing

BSc in Midwifery

University College Dublin

BSc in General Nursing

BSc in Midwifery

BSc in Mental Health Nursing

BSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing

Trinity College Dublin

BSc in General Nursing

University College Cork

Specialist Module Options (choose one)

  • Caring for Children in Hospital 5N3737

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to care for children in hospital and promote best practice in caring for children and their families.

Assessment: Assignment (20%), Skills Demonstration (80%).

  • Maternity Care Support 5N3746

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to assist the midwife in caring for mothers, babies and the family unit.

Assessment: Skills Demonstration (60%), Assignment (40%).

  • Understanding Mental Health 5N3772

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work effectively in a mental healthcare setting promoting understanding and good practice in providing services to individuals with mental health difficulties.

Assessment: Examination - Theory (60%), Skills Demonstration (20%), Assignment (20%).

Career Paths

Employers actively seek DFEi graduates for recruitment in public and private sectors, nursing homes, hospital, agencies and community care.

Thank You

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Alice Deleeuw

Class of 2019

Currently studying General Nursing in UCD

I didn’t expect to do a PLC when I did my Leaving Cert but now looking back I think it was the best path for me. I had lost some confidence after the Leaving Cert so the PLC course…

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Alice Deleeuw

Class of 2019

Currently studying General Nursing in UCD

I didn’t expect to do a PLC when I did my Leaving Cert but now looking back I think it was the best path for me. I had lost some confidence after the Leaving Cert so the PLC course really brought it back up. Starting in UCD, I knew that little bit more and had a head star. The work placement was really helpful. I did mine in Vincent’s Private Hospital and now  that I am in UCD I will be also training in Vincent’s University Hospital. The teachers in DFEi gave me such good career advice also.

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Janet Kelly

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