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Certificate in Healthcare Support Practice Higher (Apprenticeship)

Griffith College, Ireland


Next enrollment cycle

June 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 1,190

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Certificate

Available Campus:Dublin Main Campus, Limerick, Cork. The Higher Certificate in Healthcare Support Practice apprenticeship programme is delivered through a carefully blended mix of classroom and workplace education and training. Apprentices are employed full time throughout the programme so they are earning while they are learning.

  • This programme is a culmination of a two-year development process, during which there was extensive consultation with the healthcare sector. It has been developed specifically for healthcare assistants to provide them with a pathway from Further Education and Training (FET) at Level 5 to this programme at Higher Education and Training (HET) Level 6.
  • Griffith College is supported by a strong Consortium Steering Group made up of Health Care Assistants, the Alliance of Healthcare Assistants in Ireland, and high-profile representatives from the Private Hospitals Association, Nursing Home Ireland, and Home and Community Care Ireland.
  • Griffith College takes a holistic approach to learning, supporting apprentices throughout their apprenticeship programme through a network of academic success coaches.
  • Full third-level college campus resources are available to support apprentices.
  • The programme will provide a logical progression for healthcare assistants who have completed the NFQ FET level 5 awards to progress their careers as advanced healthcare assistant practitioners. The programme is aligned to recent developments for healthcare assistants internationally, particularly in the UK and Australia.

Enrollment Cycles

  • June 2023
  • September 2023

Entry Requirements

  • You are employed by an approved employer who is willing to support you during this apprenticeship

AND one of the following applies:

  • NFQ Healthcare level 5 Major Award with a minimum of 3 distinctions.
  • Leaving Certificate with five subjects O6/H7, at least foundation mathematics, six months’ relevant work experience and two relevant NFQ level 5 healthcare components.
  • Mature candidate with two years’ experience working as a healthcare assistant.
  • English Language Requirements 
  • The English language entry requirements for the programme are CEF B2 or equivalent. Candidates with English language levels below CEF B2 must first reach this minimum standard before enrolling on the academic programme. 

Additional Requirements

  • Employers are required to ensure that apprentices have certified people moving and handling, and first aid responder skills in advance of their enrolment on the programme.
  • Candidates also need to be Garda vetted and have had any relevant vaccinations for the workplace.

Year One Modules

  • Communications and Interpersonal Skills Part 1
  • Personal and Professional Development Part 1
  • Sociology of Healthcare
  • Clinical Skills Part 1
  • Understanding the Body Part 1
  • Health Promotion, Nutrition and Hydration
  • Older Person Care and Dementia

Year Two Modules

  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Communications and Interpersonal Skills Part 2
  • Personal and Professional Development Part 2
  • Clinical Skills Part 2
  • Understanding the Body Part 2
  • Ethical, Legal and Palliative Care
  • An Elective Module
  • Supporting Care in the Community
  • Supporting Operating Theatre Care Practice
  • Supporting People with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities
  • Supporting People with Mental Illness
  • Candidates will pay an annual registration fee of €1,000. Fees can be paid by flexible instalment payment plans. Fees can be paid by flexible instalment payment plans. Fees can also be paid by one's employer as part of training fees.

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