Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB

Care of the Older Person – Blended Learning

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge to work independently and under supervision in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings and or to progress to higher education and training.

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Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work independently and under supervision in providing support in a variety of Healthcare setting

1 Discuss a range of age related issues to include healthy ageing, global and national demographic trends, the normal physiological and psychological processes of ageing, the social impact of ageing on older people and differing attitudes to ageing and older people

2 Analyse the roles of the health care assistant in promoting positive attitudes to ageing and of statutory and voluntary agencies in promoting the well being of older people

3 Examine a range of concepts and practices to include preparation for retirement and the ethnic and cultural influences on the older person

4 Explore a range of older people’s needs to include physical, social, emotional, psychological, recreational, financial, environmental and spiritual needs

5 Summarise the role of the health care assistant in providing care for older people

6 Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness or dementia and of living with chronic illness

7 Recognise the individual needs of the dying older person and their families

8 Summarise the range of the care settings for older people and the members of the healthcare team available in each care Setting

9 Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people to include education, lifelong learning, retirement/the workplace and leisure

10 Analyse current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for older people and their families to include standards and quality assurance

11 Employ effective communication with the older person, their family and the multi disciplinary team

12 Adapt care and practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory impairment and physical disabilities

13 Exercise duties in a way that is respectful to the person’s body after death

14 Promote a range of aspects of care for the older person to include empowerment, advocacy, independence, individualised care, dignity, respect, choice, self esteem and include family and carers as partners in care

15 Give assistance in the identification of how health promotion issues can be promoted in care settings for older people and in the provision of therapeutic interventions that will enhance the social interactions and quality of life of the older person.

What is the certification ?

QQI Level 5 Care Of Older Person (5N2706)

What are the entry Requirements ?

  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme.
  • Mature applicants with relevant life and work experience.
  • Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Applicants must be able to work under direction with some ability to work on their own initiative.
  • As this is a Blended Learning course applicants will need acccess to a Laptop/PC and Internet and have reasonable IT Skills

Fee Information

Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions ?

Contact Caroline at Night Course Admissions on 066 714 9600 or Click Here to Email

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or www.fetchcourses.ie

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on www.fetchcourses.ie. You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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