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QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support

Title Care Skills

Teideal as Gaeilge Scileanna Cúraim

Award Type Minor

Code 5N2770

Level 5

Credit Value 15

Purpose The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the

knowledge, skill and competence to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  • Identify relevant groups of people in need of health care
  • Examine the physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs of a range of groups of people, taking into account individual variation
  • Identify the hygiene needs of dependent clients
  • Discuss the prevention of pressure sores
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the correct procedures for the cleaning and replacement of a range of patient equipment
  • Adapt levels of assistance to the needs of particular clients
  • Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills when dealing with clients to include empathy, respect, patience and effective communication skills
  • Exercise initiative to improve client involvement in social events, outings and occupational therapy and physiotherapy
  • Contribute to the maintenance of safe and hygienic environments for clients to include the safe disposal of soiled linen
  • Assist clients with dressing, grooming, eating, drinking, toileting, continence promotion, mobility and where appropriate, social needs
  • Apply client safety and security procedures to include appropriate on site client care procedures for washing, bathing, showering, positioning, moving and handling
  • Give assistance that enhances the privacy, dignity, independence and positive self image of clients in care
  • Give assistance to clients in the use of a range of care equipment to include sensory equipment, aids to encourage independence and mechanical aids including mobility aids, feeding aids, washing aids, elimination aids and hoists
  • Report changes in the client’s condition to the relevant Supervisor
  • Complete client documentation where appropriate.



General Information All assessment should be planned in accordance with the programme assessment strategy developed as part of the programme submission for validation. See Policies and Criteria for Validation of Programmes. Assessment should be undertaken consistently and reflect current assessment guidelines. See www.qqi.ie.  

All FET assessment is criterion referenced. Successful achievement of the award is based on learners attaining the required standards of knowledge, skill or competence consistent with the minimum intended programme learning outcomes.

The techniques set out below are considered the optimum approach to assessment for this component. In exceptional circumstances providers may identify alternative assessment techniques through the provider’s application for programme validation which are reliable and valid but which are more appropriate to their context.

Assessment of a number of components may be integrated across programmes for delivery, provided that the learning outcomes of each minor award are assessed.

Group or team work may form part of the assessment, provided each learner’s achievement is separately assessed.

All providers are required to submit an assessment plan as part of their application for programme validation. Assessment Plans will include information relating to scheduling and integration of assessment. See current FET validation guidelines at www.qqi.ie.

Assessment Techniques In order to demonstrate that they have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence identified in all the learning outcomes, learners are required to complete the assessment(s) below.

The assessor is responsible for devising assessment instruments (e.g. project and assignment briefs, examination papers), assessment criteria and mark sheets, consistent with the techniques identified below and QQI’s assessment requirements.

Programme validation will require providers to map each learning outcome to its associated assessment technique. All learning outcomes must be assessed and achieved in accordance with the minimum intended module learning outcomes set out in the validated programme.

Skills Demonstration60%



Description Assignment

An assignment is an exercise carried out in response to a brief with specific guidelines as to what should be included.  An assignment is usually of short duration and may be carried out over a specified period of time.

There are two assignments

Skills Demonstration

A skills demonstration is used to assess a wide range of practical based learning outcomes including practical skills and knowledge.  A skills demonstration will require the learner to complete a task or series of tasks that demonstrate a range of skills.



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) To support the development and implementation of RPL with regard to access, granting credit/exemptions and achievement of awards/parts of awards, providers should refer to QQI’s

Statutory Guidelines for Quality Assurance,  the Policies and

Criteria for Validation of Programmes and the Principles and Operational Guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning in Further and Higher Education and Training available at www.qqi.ie

Grading Pass                       50% – 64%

Merit                       65% – 79%

Distinction              80% – 100%


Specific Validation Requirements There are no specific validation requirements


Access To access programmes leading to this award the learner should have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the preceding level of the National Framework of Qualifications. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience.
Transfer Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.




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