Health Science (Pre-Nursing)

Nursing Studies QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M4349)

Pre-Nursing at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.  Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management and education are also key nursing roles.

(International Council of Nurses, 2010)

This course introduces students to the broad and expanding area of Health Science and Social Care. It has been designed to meet the needs of different groups of students:

  • Students who did not obtain the required Leaving Certificate points for their chosen nursing course can use this course as a progression route
  • Students who were ineligible to progress to a nursing degree programme because they did not study a science subject for the Leaving Certificate.

Course Content

Nursing Theory and Practice, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth & Development, Biology, Nutrition, Care Skills, Communications, Work Experience and Database Methods


QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies (5M4349), QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling and People Handling and Child Protection Certificate.


1 Year

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate and interview. Mature students are particularly welcome. Two written references and a passport photo are to be presented at interview (1 school and 1employer).

A Garda vetting application must be completed at interview.  Bring with you accurate details of all addresses from birth to present and the corresponding years at that address.

Please note that course offers are conditional on students meeting the minimum course entry requirements, for this course, Grade O6/H7 in Four Ordinary or Higher Level Subjects including: Mathematics and English or Irish. Proof of this will be required at registration.

Career Opportunities

This course will also serve as an excellent foundation in the core subjects for mature students who wish to pursue careers or further study in the Health or Social Care professions.

College Links

Graduates of this course may use the QQI links scheme to progress to a wide variety of courses offered by the Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Students can use this major award (5M4349) to apply to colleges through the CAO. See the list of colleges accepting this award as an entry requirement here.

Applications through UCAS will enable students to access a range of English Universities

Course Charges


* includes €200 Govt. charge