Level 5 QQI Award
This course is designed to enhance learners 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. Learners 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.
One of the following:
- Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
- Leaving Certificate Applied
- Relevant QQI Level 4 Award
- Mature applicants are welcome
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Care Provision and Practice
- Human Growth and Development
- Nursing Theory and Practice
- Word Processing
- Work Experience
- Mathematics (Optional)
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.
Assessments: Two Assignments (40%) Examination (50%)
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.
Assessments: Skills Demonstration (50%) Examination (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.
Assessments: Two Assignments (60%) Examination (40%)
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: 5 Learner records (25%), 5 Skills Demonstrations (25%) Examination (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: Two Assignments (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: 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.
Assessments: Two 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.
Assessments: 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 (60%)
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.
Assessments 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.
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: Two Assignments (30% each) Examination (40%)
- Level 5 QQI Award - Nursing Studies (5M4349)
- First Aid - Order of Malta
- Patient Moving and Handling - Irish Ambulance Institute
- Elder Abuse - DFEi Certificate
- Students wishing to apply for nursing in Ireland must satisfy the minimum requirement of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) www.nursingcareers.ie
- DFEi offers Mathematics for students who do not have the relevant grade (Leaving Certificate O5)
- 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.
DFEi: Graduates may progress to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Health Services Supervisory Management Skills at DFEi. UK Universities (UCAS Application) 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, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.
BSc in General Nursing (DC215)
Dublin City University
BSc in Social Care (DT571)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Applied Psychology (DL825)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
BSc in General Nursing (DN450)
BSc in Psychiatric Nursing (DN4523)
BSc in Midwifery (DN452)
University College Dublin
BSc in General Nursing (TR091 and TR093)
BSc in Midwifery (TR913)
Trinity College Dublin
BSc in General Nursing (CK710)
University College Cork
Specialist Module Options (choose one)
- Caring for Children in Hospital
- Maternity Care Support
- Understanding Mental Health
Employers actively seek DFEi graduates for recruitment in public and private sectors, nursing homes, hospital, agencies and community care.
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"I really enjoyed the course because there was a wide variety of subjects. For example there was a children’s module and this is what I want to specialise in eventually. The teachers were always very helpful and encouraging. I enjoyed their…Read More ”
"I really enjoyed the course because there was a wide variety of subjects. For example there was a children’s module and this is what I want to specialise in eventually. The teachers were always very helpful and encouraging. I enjoyed their method of teaching, It wasn’t just books and reading, there was lots of visual learning, role play scenarios and skills demonstrations."