Students who successfully complete the course will gain essential knowledge and skills in areas relevant to a career the Ambulance or Fire Service. Additional industry specific training with professional practitioners throughout the course is what makes this course so current and relevant. This course is suited to applicants with voluntary experience/ service or an interest in First Aid. Students who wish to pursue a fast paced and challenging career would be suited to this course.
QQI Level 5
Community Health Services
This is a one year course
Practical experience with a voluntary group is desirable but not essential, Leaving Certificate, L.C.A. or equivalent. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability. Mature students without formal qualifications are also welcome to apply.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Safety & Health at Work
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment.
- Anatomy & Physiology
This component examines the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems.
Students will analyse the roles, responsibilities, characteristics and skills of team members, including leaders, coaches and trainers.
This subject will equip learners through a range of theory which can be applied to their own lives and also to a social care setting. This unit introduces psychological perspectives and gives the learner an insight into understanding and interpreting interpersonal behaviour.
- Emergency Department Care Skills
Students will be equipped with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide care and support within an Emergency Department under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Infection Prevention
This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to prevent and/or manage outbreaks of infection and to recognize their role in the prevention of infection in a health care setting.
- Shallow Water Pool Lifeguarding
Depending on swimming ability, learners who achieve this award will be qualified to lifeguard swimming pools of varying depths and will develop a range of rescue skills.
Depending on swimming ability, students may achieve the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). This is a worldwide-recognised lifesaving award, which is vital for student who see themselves travelling abroad in the future seeking employment during the summer months.
- Word Processing
Learners will acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to use a word processing application to produce documents in a variety of contexts to a professional standard.
- Work Experience
Students will examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work related issues and needs.
This subject aims to strengthen the oral and written communication skills needed in the workplace.
Students may also be provided with an exercise class to ensure adequate fitness levels are both reached and maintained.
The State ambulance and fire services and private ambulance companies look for qualified staff to recruit. Opportunities also exist in Intermediate Care ambulances, and other industries, e.g. Cork Airport and Port of Cork response teams, pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the Cork region, Oil Refinery, Whitegate, Local On-call Services and direct employment as Emergency Medical Technicians.
Fire Safety and Emergency Response training will enhance employment opportunities in the broader labour market where such skills would be an invaluable asset, e.g. Caretakers, Safety Officers, Duty Managers etc.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this Course.
Further qualifications can be accessed by the learners through the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) structure or through on the job training.
Higher Education opportunities include:
- Bsc. Paramedic Training with Emergency Services Training Institute (PPHECC Accredited)
- Bsc. Paramedic University of Limerick
- Paramedic Science in many UK Universities
- Fire Safety & Risk Management B.Sc. Hons. University of Central Lancashire
- Social care in many Irish colleges.
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
Student’s optional certification, as listed above, will be provided by the Emergency Services Training Institute. The ESTI conduct real life Emergency Services interviews with students, refining the essential interview skills techniques needed in this specialist area.
Students are sent on work experience as an essential part of the course.
Each student will gain practical experience while working in areas such as voluntary ambulance and private ambulance services, industrial fire services and related industries. Relationships can be built up between employers and students which can lead to full-time employment on completion of the course.