Course Overview

Looking to jump-start your career as a Nurse? Our Nursing Studies course is designed as a programme of preparatory study for learners to study a degree course in Nursing.

Our Nursing Studies course aims to provide a progression route to a nursing degree programme. Learners who achieve the major award may apply through the CAO for degrees in General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing, and Children’s Nursing. The programme also aims to provide learners with all the skills necessary to work as healthcare assistants in hospitals, nursing homes, daycare centres, and in-home care.

Our course will give an introduction to the caring role of the nurse and the importance of interpersonal communication. Students will develop the competence to be able to provide care for patients in a safe and hygienic environment. Students will find that the modules of this course are highly relevant and practical. The course aims to provide learners with the necessary skills and knowledge required for the workplace or further education.

Upon successfully completing the course, graduates may be able to work in a variety of nursing and healthcare settings. This can be in hospitals, nursing homes, residential centres, and daycare centres.

Furthermore, a significant number of our graduates progress to degrees in Nursing and Midwifery in Irish universities, including TCD, DCU and UCD.

Achievement of this award will enable the learner to progress to other appropriate programmes leading to awards at the next or higher levels of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course Modules

  • 5N2770 – Care Skills
  • 5N0758 – Care Support
  • 5N1794 – Safety & Health at Work
  • 5N0690 – Communications
  • 5N1356 – Work Experience
  • 5N0749 – Anatomy & Physiology
  • 5N1279 – Human Growth & Development
  • 5N4325 – Nursing Theory & Practice


Purchasing Multiple Modules (ONLINE ONLY):

Pay in Full LEVEL
€235 One Minor Award
€470 Two Minor Awards
€540 Three Minor Awards
€610 Four Minor Awards
€680 Five Minor Awards
€750 Six Minor Awards
€820 Seven Minor Awards
€895 Eight Minor Awards (Full Course)

Installment options are available for this course. A handling fee will be added at checkout if this option is preferred.

NOTE: When buying modules individually or with another module, course access and/or material will not be released until such time as the relevant fee has been received in full.


QQI Level 5 Major Award in Nursing Studies (8 QQI Level 5 Component Certificates)

Entry Requirements

A minimum Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent education. Proficiency in the 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.


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Delivered through the following channels

This course is delivered fully online and can be started anytime. Single module options available.
    40 Weeks for all 8 Modules. 10 Weeks for Individual Modules.
    blended online
    Delivered through live online webinars, pre-recorded lectures, and access to associated reading material.
    • Live interaction with the Lecturer
    22nd February 2023
    40 Weeks
    Study in a classroom environment two evenings a week.
      21st February 2023
      32 Weeks
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      • Open for Enroling
      • 21st February 2023
      • Tuesday & Thursday
      • 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
      • 32 Weeks

      *Thursday is a 2 hour online webinar

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