Care Support (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer price Now only: €229
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Care Support (5N0758).
  • 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 Support at Level 5.
  • Students who wish to complete QQI Level 5 Major award in Healthcare Support.


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • understand the responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker.
  • recognise the need for continuing development in care work, drawing on personal reflection and experience.
  • promote good practice and respect for diversity in the care setting.
  • understand the importance of working effectively as part of a team.
  • communicate and deal with people in ways that are consistent with the role of a carer.


This distance learning, QQI (formerly FETAC) accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited 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 FETAC certified course is detailed and easy to read. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension.

Assignments may be emailed or posted to the College whichever is more convenient.

Course Details


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Relating to the Client
  • Unit 2: Reflection and Development
  • Unit 3: Working with Others
  • Unit 4: Working in Care.


Preferred entry level:

  • Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • 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.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.



Learner Record 70%
Assignment 30%.


Learner Record:

A personal learner record will be compiled by candidates. It will include a selection of evidence arising from candidates’ work and interaction with others in healthcare support. The learner record may include items such as:

  • reflection on relationships with clients, relatives, members of the health care team
  • reflection on interpersonal issues that arise in care work, such as recognising diversity and individuality in clients, families and co-workers
  • reflection on the candidate’s personal effectiveness as a care worker and personal strengths and weaknesses
  • observations on the experience of receiving guidance and direction, and giving and receiving feedback
  • evidence of appropriate reporting/record keeping
  • notes on procedures for safeguarding privacy and dignity of clients and caring for clients’ property
  • notes on the structures of the health service (including personnel on the various health care teams).



The internal assessor will devise a brief that requires candidates to produce a practical activity in the workplace. The assignment may be assessed by a workplace assessor or an internal assessor working in consultation with a workplace supervisor.

The activity should be planned, carried out and evaluated by the candidate, and may for example take the form of an outing or social event for client(s).

Evidence should include a description of:

  • how the activity was planned, including consultation and/or decision making by the client(s)
  • the resources used
  • use of teamwork and/or other personnel involved
  • verbal and non-verbal communication that took place
  • an evaluation of the impact of the activity for the client(s).




  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Care Support (5N0758).
  • 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 Support QQI Level 5 (5N0758) 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.