Health Service Skills (BTEI/Skills to Compete)

QQI Award (LEVEL 5 – 5M3782)

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefit.
Skills to Compete is an initiative to support those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and wish to re-enter the workforce. See here for details.

This is a first year of a two year part time BTEI course. The part time course aims to give training, up-skilling and confidence to learners enabling them to take up meaningful work in the area of Health Care. Another option available is to pursue further studies in the Health Care area.

Course Content

Year 1 QQI Level 5 Part time*

Safety and Health at Work, Care Skills, Infection Prevention and Control, Care of the Older Person

Year 2 QQI Level 5 Part time*

Care Support, Personal Professional Development OR Work Experience, ​along with two elective modules selected from the following list

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice


  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice


  • Child Health & Well Being
  • Palliative Care

(*Subject to change)


QQI Level 5


2 year part time programme (Autumn – May)

Entry Requirements

All BTEI applicants must be in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course. Participants on CE schemes or TUS may apply also. All students who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs. Students must apply for Garda Clearance.


Successful learners may progress on to Level 6 or Further Education.

Career Opportunities

This is an area of study that offers excellent career opportunities in the Health Service sector.

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page

Apply by selecting  ‘Department Choice 1’ →  ‘BTEI Courses’ and ‘Course Choice 1’ →  ‘Health Service Skills’

BTEI Coordinator: