Dementia Care & Awareness

Care of the Older Person (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer price Now only: €264
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Care of the Older Person (5N2706).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.
  • No classes to attend.



Course Description

Who should complete this course?

  • Learners who wish to gain a QQI credit in Care of the Older Person Level 5.


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • demonstrate good work practices in the provision of individualised holistic care for older people
  • understand the concept of the ageing process
  • be able to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings
  • enhance the quality of life of the older person.


This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension.

Course Details


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Ageing Process
  • Unit 2: Working with the Older Person
  • Unit 3: Caring for the Older Person with Specific Needs
  • Unit 4: Care Settings.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 4 Certificate, or Leaving Cert, and/or equivalent qualifications, or relevant life and work experience.
  • Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector throughout their course as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.
  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you.  You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».


Special Requirements:

  • Candidates should hold an Irish Heart Level 3 Heart Saver CPR Certificate or equivalent.

*NB – This module can be completed as part of the Major Award in healthcare Support where the Work Experience Module is in order to carry out practical demonstrations as part of the assessment criteria for this module, students undertaking this module as a single module not as part of the Healthcare Support Course will need to secure the agreement of a work place supervisor/mentor in order to carry out these practical demonstrations.



Skills Demonstration 60%
Project 40%.


Skills Demonstration:

In one or more skills demonstrations, candidates will be assessed in a broad range of practical skills. Candidates will be observed carrying out specific planned tasks/activities in the workplace, for example an organized event for the client group.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate the following skills:

  • organisation and preparation of the tasks, paying
  • particular attention to meeting the needs of clients
  • ability to carry out the task
  • communication with the client and any other appropriate person throughout the tasks, including the demonstration of consultation with the client and displays of encouragement and empathy
  • use of appropriate safety and health practices.

Candidates will submit brief written documentation as part of the assessment, to include:

  • a record of how the tasks were planned and carried out
  • improvements the candidate could make to task.



The internal assessor will devise a project brief that requires candidates to demonstrate their understanding of older persons with specific needs.

Through the project, candidates will demonstrate:

  • understanding and application of concepts associated with caring for older people with specific needs
  • use of relevant research and sources of information
  • analyse, evaluation, draw conclusions and make recommendations.




  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component in Care of the Older Person (5N2706).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This Care of the Older Person QQI Level 5 – 5N2706 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.