Pre-Paramedic Fire and Ambulance (Healthcare Support)


Would you like a career in the emergency services?  This one-year full-time course offers you the ideal grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to embark on a career in this field. You will get the chance to begin an exciting and challenging career which will see you working in a caring environment. You will learn about the skills needed in the healthcare sector, you will also gain a good foundation if you wish to progress further in your studies. This course is ideally suited to those who are calm and work well under pressure and who would like to work in the Fire Service, Gardaí, Defence Forces or as a Paramedic. 

AwardQQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Care Support – 5M4339.
FormatFull-time. September 2022 to May 2023.
LocationOnsite at Mallow Campus (online contingency in case of COVID regulations).
TimetableHours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
RequirementsNo CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
StartingClasses start the week of Monday the 19th of September 2022.
Fees€350 (SUSI/BTEA €350, Medical Card €300, VTOS €0).
ApplicationsApplications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Course Content

Anatomy and Physiology5N0749
Care Skills5N2770
Emergency Department Care Skills5N4890
Human Growth and Development 5N1279
Infection Prevention and Control5N3734
Care Support5N0758
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Safety and Health at Work5N1794
Work Experience5N1356

Entry Requirements

CAO points not required. All applicants will be required to attend an application review to discuss the course suitability for the learner and to establish that all applications meet the minimum requirements:

Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support 5M4339.

  • QQI Minor Award in Mathematics, Level 5 – 5N1833 (optional, offered for learners who may not meet progression requirements to higher education).
  • Patient Handling, Client Moving Certificate.
  • Work Placement / Experience

    Work experience is an integral part of this course. Participants will be required to undertake a 60 hour duration work placement. The dates will be specified by the college in September.

    Education Progression Opportunities

    Use your QQI award to progress to BSc Paramedic Studies*, Public Health Sciences, General Nursing, Midwifery, Intellectual Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Children’s and General Nursing. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification go to

    Career Opportunities

    Students from this course will gain a strong foundation in the paramedic sector who can then progress to several very specific training awards such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the National Ambulance Service and Ambulance course can lead to careers in the public service for fire and ambulance personnel as well as employment opportunities with private ambulance and event support.


    • Full Fees (EU/EEA Citizens): €350
    • Medical Card Holders: €300
    • Student Grant Recipients (SUSI): €500
      • €50 Deposit + €50 QQI Fees + €200 Registration per year + €50 Manual and Patient Handling.
      • Additional means-tested student grants are available from
    • Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): €350
    • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): €0
      • €50 Deposit (refundable) per year.
      • Retain Social Welfare benefits. Additional weekly allowances for meals, travel and childcare are also available.

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