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Pre-University Nursing with Midwifery Option

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Optional Year 2

QQI Level 6 Available

    Excellent Links with UK Universities


    A theoretical approach to nursing will be complemented by practical experience. The following modules will be offered in 2022, subject to availability and demand:


    • Nursing Theory and Practice
    • Communications
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Word Processing
    • Biology
    • Work Experience
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Mathematics
    • Care of the Older Person
    • Maternity Care Support
    • Infection Prevention and Control
    • Care Skills



    This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or residential setting. Nurses need social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Nursing Studies will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. The aim of the course is to provide the academic and practical foundation for entry into nursing training as well as the social and human skills necessary for the career.



    • 2 Year QQI Level 6 in Early Learning and Care
      (option of exiting after year 1 with a QQI Level 5)
    • First Aid Response
    • Child Protection Online Course


    Graduates may pursue a degree in many of the Institutes of Technology around the country to study General, Psychiatric, Mental Health or Children’s Nursing. They may alternatively seek immediate employment in a range of hospitals, community care, and healthcare initiatives. There are now many nursing degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme in colleges like DCU, UCD, Trinity, TU Dublin – Blanchardstown, Carlow College, Maynooth University (incl. St. Patrick’s College), Athlone IT, TU Dublin, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), St. Angela’s College Sligo, University of Limerick, IT Carlow, Letterkenny IT, St Angela’s Sligo, Tralee IT, UCC, and Waterford Institute of Technology.

    Nursing graduates can also access one of the over places in First Arts in Maynooth University. The qualification can also be used for entry into third level courses in the Social Care/ Social Studies area. This course will also help you to seek out links to the many nursing degree programmes in the UK like The University of West London, Edge Hill University, Southampton University, Staffordshire University, Liverpool, Bath, South Bank, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Bangor University (Wales), where we have close links.


    • Leaving Cert or LCA
    • Mature students of all backgrounds
    • Other equivalent qualification

    All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

    Apply directly using the button below.


    General Nursing

     DCU DC218

    Trinity TR093

    Dundalk Institute of Technology

    UCD DN450

    Mental Health Nursing

    DCU DC216

    Trinity TR095

    UCD DN453

    Dundalk Institute of Technology DK874

    Intellectual Disability Nursing

    DCU DC217

    Trinity TR097

    Dundalk Institute of Technology DK872


    UCD DN452

    Trinity TR913

    Dundalk Institute of Technology DK877


    Exam Fee €50
    Non-Refund €30 €30
    Student Registration Fee €50
    Specialist Course Fees 2022 €320
    DCFE Total Fee €450