Enniscorthy Community College of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Nursing Studies

Nursing Studies

This course introduces the learner to the role of the nurse and provides an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the nursing profession. Practical elements and work experience enable the learner to gain hands on experience and a real insight into the caring profession.

Course Code: 5M4349

Course Director: Ellen Noctor

Duration: 1-year, full time

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)

No academic requirements for over 23s

Applicants whose first language is not English need to have a B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages test.

Successful candidates will be required to have obtained Garda Clearance before commencing their work experience placement.


QQI Level 5

Patient Moving & Handling Certificate

First Aid Response Certificate

Challenging Behaviour Certificate

Programme of Study

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Communications
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Patient Moving & Handling
  • First Aid Response
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Note: The student must spend a minimum of 150 hours on work experience placement during the academic year.


There is a Student Service Contribution of €50 which is non-refundable.

Student Uniform

All students must wear a uniform in college and on work placement. This consists of a blue (unisex) tunic, navy cardigan or a plain zip up navy fleece (no hoodies), navy trousers, black/navy leather closed flat shoes (laced/velcro) and black/navy socks. A plain white short sleeved tee shirt under the tunic is permitted.

University & College links

  • This course qualifies students to avail of the links that Enniscorthy Community College of Further Education has with South East Technological University in Waterford and Carlow to study on several of their degree programmes. There are RESERVED places for our graduates on these courses.
  • Students who achieve a minimum of 5 Distinctions (aim for 8) will be eligible to apply for reserved QQI places through the CAO to study a level 8 Nursing degree in Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Students wishing to apply for Level 8 nursing degree in Ireland must satisfy the minimum requirements of The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. (NMBI) (www.nursingcareers.ie)

All our PLC courses are available to people who are VTOS eligible. VTOS means Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. VTOS gives unemployed adults over 21 the opportunity of returning to full time education while retaining their benefits.

Career Prospects

  • Higher education
  • Direct employment as a healthcare assistant in hospitals, nursing homes and in the community.
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