Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to enable learners to build the knowledge, skills and competence required to work in a community care setting.


Programme Objectives:

  • To equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to work in a variety of community care settings
  • To prepare learners to work competently, safely and effectively with clients in community care
  • To provide learners with the practical skills and knowledge needed to maximise their potential in making a successful transition to access degree courses in Community Care or related areas.
  • Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge relating to the role and responsibility of the care and wellbeing of clients in a variety of community care settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the guidelines, practice and legal requirements which relate to community care.
  • Demonstrate a broad range of practice, research, interpersonal and caring skills in order to provide holistic care to a wide range of client groups in a range of community care settings.
  • Demonstrate the practical skills to develop and implement appropriate care strategies in a variety of community care settings.
  • Take responsibility for own learning and development in a structured context

Course Modules

  • 5N1279Human Growth & Development
  • 5N1794Safety & Health at Work
  • 5N2705Care Provision and Practice
  • 5N0690Communications
  • 5N1356Work Experience
  • 5N0758Care Support
  • 5N1652Intellectual Disability Studies
  • 5N2770Care Skills
  • 5N0749Care of the Older Person
  • 5N1370Social Studies


QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community Care (8 QQI Level 5 Component Certificates)

Entry Requirements

A minimum Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent education or experience. Proficiency in English language.


Continuous Assessment

Learners must complete 160 hours of work experience in a suitable healthcare setting which might be a nursing home, hospital, or daycare centre. Students may need to complete a patient moving and handling course and basic first aid responder course prior to starting their work placement.

Learners may need to complete Patient Manual Handling Training & Cardiac/Basic First Aid Training before completing their work placement which is not provided by Progressive College.

Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is a legal requirement under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 for the vetting of persons carrying out work with children or vulnerable persons.

Students must complete the Garda Vetting process before commencing work placement.

Students who have spent more than 6 months living outside of Ireland will need to provide a copy of their Police Clearance Certification for all international addresses that they have lived at, before starting placement.


Course Enquiry

Course Enquiry

Study fully online
    40 Weeks
    blended online
    Delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and access to associated reading material.
    • Live interaction with the Lecturer
    22nd February 2023
    32 Weeks
    Study in a classroom environment two evenings a week.
      Autumn 2023
      32 Weeks
      Select Location


      Pick Your Location. 7 Locations to choose fRom.

      • Open for Enroling
      • Autumn 2023
      • Tuesday & Thursday
      • 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
      • 32 Weeks

      *Thursday is a 2 hour online webinar

      Course Enquiry