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Health Care Assistant Apprenticeship

Health Care Assistant Apprenticeship


Looking to progress your health care assistant career?

The programme you have been waiting for is arriving soon.

The Health Care Assistant Apprenticeship Higher Certificate is delivered through a carefully blended programme of classroom and workplace education and training. Apprentices are employed full time throughout the programme so they are earning while they are learning.

At the end of the programme, successful candidates will be able to operate autonomously within their scope of practice in the care sector under the direction of a registered healthcare practitioner.

This programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Council of Ireland as part of a new initiative Generation Apprenticeship which is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners of all ages and backgrounds taking the apprenticeship route.

Why Study Health Care at Griffith College?

This programme is a culmination of a two-year development period, during which there was extensive consultation with the health care sector. It has been developed specifically for Health Care 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 to degree programmes at level 7 and 8.

  • Griffith College is supported by a strong Consortium Steering Group made up of Health Care Assistants and high-profile representatives from the Private Hospitals, Nursing Home and the Community sector.
  • Full third-level college campus resources are available to support apprentices.
  • Griffith College takes a holistic approach to learning, supporting apprentices throughout their apprenticeship programme through a network of academic supervisors.

The programme will provide a logical progression for Health Care Assistants who have completed the QQI FET level 5 awards and to progress their career as a Health Care Assistant. The programme is aligned to recent developments for Health Care Assistants Internationally, particularly in the UK and Australia.

Course Highlights

  • Learn how to take responsibility for your own learning
  • Build and apply your leadership and management skills within the scope of your role as an advanced Health Care Assistant
  • Acquire new clinical skills
  • Understand the relationship between body systems and diseases
  • Gain greater insights into day-to-day care procedures
  • Learn how to promote health and wellbeing
  • Learn under the guidance of a dedicated, highly-qualified mentor

Intake Dates

  • Estimated commencement date September 2019.
Course details
Stage One Modules
Communications and Interpersonal Skills
Personal and Professional Development
Sociology of Healthcare
Clinical Skills
Understanding the Body
Health Promotion, Nutrition and Hydration
Older Person Care and Dementia
Stage Two Modules
Communications and Interpersonal Skills
Personal and Professional Development
Clinical Skills
Understanding the Body
Ethical Legal and Palliative Care
Supporting Care in the Community

For more information

Jonathan Murphy
Dublin Main Campus Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Level 5 Qualification

Applicants will need to have a minimum of a level 5 qualification:

  • Leaving Certificate - 5 O6/H7 grades, to include English and Maths with experience of working for at least 6 months as a health care assistant and will need to have gained, at least 2 relevant QQI level 5 modules, first aid responder certificate, people moving and handling certificate and Garda vetting
  • QQI FET level 5 or 6 qualification in a relevant major award

Mature Applicant

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2017 must provide a copy of ID (i.e. passport) and evidence of working as a health care assistant.

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Register your interest

Griffith College is looking for expressions of interest in this programme at this stage.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship programme please request to be added to our mailing list and we will keep you informed as the programme develops.


Successful candidates will pay an annual registration fee.


Ready to take the next step?