Community Care (QQI Lvl 5 Major Award)

1,598.00 998.00

  • Course Fee:  €998
  • Award: QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community Care – 5M2786.
  • NFQ Credit Value: 120 Credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • There are no lectures to attend, and all course materials are provided.
  • Students are given ample time (12 months) to complete the course and can start it at any time of the year.
  • Easy Payments: Only €125 per month over 10 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans. No other fees to pay! Call us on 01 2061828 to avail of this offer.
  • Customise your own Major award – 6 elective Modules to choose from!
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • Students work placement Insurance is covered by The Open College at no extra cost.



Course Description

Course Details:

This Community Care assistant Major Award equips students with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Care Worker and acquire practical skills for work in the caring environments.  You will gain an understanding of the nursing process, appreciate the models of care and develop an awareness of nursing ethics and etiquette in care situations.  In addition, you will be afforded the opportunity to further your personal development and enhance your communication skills.

Whether planning to work in hospitals, in the community, in residential care or childcare learners will find stimulating and functional modules with knowledge which can easily be applied to the workplace.

Due to our size and comprehensive range of quality QQI Awards, we can offer learners the option to design and study the awards/modules that best suit their learning style and career goals. We do not restrict and limit learners to set elective Modules and you can choose from 11 elective modules on this Major Award.


Some of the many benefits in studying with us on this course:

  • The ability to design a course that best suits your learning requirements and career goals.
  • One of the first Private Providers to have this new substantial Major Award validated by QQI. All our Awards are Fully Validated & Approved by QQI.
  • More choice, Innovative Learning approach, High Quality and unbeatable prices – Why Pay more for the same QQI Award!
  • All student fees for this Major Award are fully secure and protected by a Bank Guarantee.
  • Interest Free Easy Payment Plan available with this course. »Click here for further details.
  • We only offer QQI awards thus ensuring high Quality and Standards.
  • Work placement Insurance can be covered by us in certain circumstances. Ask for details.
  • Group Discounts Available: Enrol 2+ people, for €928 per learner (a discount of 7% per person on existing Special offer price).
  • We are an approved Garda Vetting Organisation.
  • Options to progress to Third Level University Nursing Courses under the Higher Education Links Scheme.


Flexible Training Solutions for Employees and Employers:

The Open College offers the training in a flexible manner to suit both the needs of the Learner and/or the employer. Courses can be delivered in a variety of ways some of which are: Part-time mornings, Part-time evenings, Saturdays, Day Release – one day per week, Block release, Distance Learning or Online eLearning. We can also deliver this Community Care Assistant Major award or any of our 20 plus Healthcare modules on-site in Community Care Facilities.

Course Details



Requirement in Credit Value is 120

Students must complete 8 Modules at 15 Credits each. 


Mandatory – All of the following components: – 70 Credits



Any THREE of the following components if work placements will be Childcare related: – 45 Credits





Any THREE of the following components if work placements will be Healthcare related: – 45 Credits



*Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment. This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.


All participants must have access to a professional Healthcare or Childcare environment to fulfill the assessment requirements of the course – which is at least 150 hours work experience but we recommend 200 hours where feasible.


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.


Work Placements

  • If students are not in a position to secure a Work Placement or provide Insurance for the duration required please contact us to discuss further as we may be able to assist students with placements and work place insurance.


Programme Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, QQI / FETAC Level 4 certificate or equivalent in relevant subject area (Healthcare/Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum). Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
  • Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare or Childcare Sector throughout their course as they need to fulfil a minimum of 150 hours work experience as part of their work experience module with this course as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.
  • Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager.
  • It is recommended that learners complete a Manual Handling course in conjunction with this course although it is not a mandatory module this is something that employers may look for.
  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online distance learning programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning, you must be capable of studying using your own initiative.
  • Be competent in both written and spoken English.
  • Garda vetting is required for all Healthcare & Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».



  • It is possible to gain exemptions from certain components of the course. If you already hold a QQI / FETAC award, or any healthcare/childcare award, please contact us for details and we will advise you of available exemptions.



  • A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of the course.  These methods will include a combination of final written examinations (e.g. Health & Safety at Work or Nutrition Modules) and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration. All assignments will be designed to maximise the individual participant’s skills in their career development. All work submitted must be your own work.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, validated by a verifier with an independent QQI External Authenticator to complete the process.


Employment Opportunities

  • Healthcare Assistants employed by the state sector – e.g. Homecare Support Scheme operated by the HSE.
  • Healthcare Assistants employed by Agencies.
  • Community Carers.
  • Employees of registered care settings / private nursing homes who are required to meet the training standards for employment as a Healthcare Assistant.
  • Those who are on work experience within a care setting who wish to acquire qualifications necessary for employment.
  • Employees within the Community Care Setting.


Transfer and Progression to Further Studies

  • This course is listed on the Higher Education Links Scheme, and, on successful completion, may be used to obtain access to a course at a higher level (e.g. Level 7 or 8 on the National Framework). Options include the QQI Level 8 Degrees in Nursing, Social Studies in Social Care and Health Promotion and Physical Activity. For more details please contact us.


Protection for Learners on this Childcare Level 5 Major Award

As a course provider our policy on the protection for learners is subject to Section 43 of the Qualifications Act. This means that if, for whatever reason, we cease to provide the programme that is over 3 months in duration which you enrolled for, we have specific and legally binding arrangements in place to finish out that programme for you at no extra cost. All course fees for programmes over 3 months in duration are fully protected and secured by a Bond.

If we cease trading those learners who have not finished their programme will be fully protected by this ICPA Bond which will be automatically triggered and the fund that covers all Fees paid by learners will be transferred to QQI to enable QQI provide further study options for these learners or the refund of fees most recently paid so that they can complete their programme and all of this will be at no extra cost to the learners affected.





  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community Care - 5M2786.
  • 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 €165.00 registration fee payable at the end of the course to include administration, moderation and QQI Certification.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This Community Care 5M2786 – QQI Level 5 Major Award course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 12 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.