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Prerequisites - B and B Nursing

If you are considering studying with B&B Nursing, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the specific requirements and prerequisites for our courses. This document provides a detailed outline of the educational, practical, and personal requirements needed to enroll in our programs. Whether you are a mature student, an international student or someone with prior learning experiences, this guide will help you understand what’s expected for successful admission.

Please read carefully to ensure you meet all the criteria for your chosen course.

Criteria for assess and admission NFQ Levels 5 and 6
Educational Requirements:
  • Leaving Certificate, Level 4 Certificate, or equivalent in a relevant subject area for Level 5 course.
  • Leaving Certificate, Level 5 Certificate, or equivalent in a relevant subject area for Level 6 course.
  • Relevant practical experience (minimum of 3 years) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry
  • Possible exemptions from certain course components for individuals who already hold a QQI award or any healthcare/childcare award
English Language Requirement | Language Proficiency | Desirable Language Skills  
  • Prospective applicants interested in courses offered by B & B Nursing Ltd. should showcase a proficiency level in the English language equivalent to CERFL B2+ to effectively engage with introductory subject matter in their respective fields of study, as all course materials are delivered in English.
  • All students are given an English Language Proficiency Test during interview where they must achieve a minimum score of 60 for admission. (Including the four language skill areas —reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  • The Written test is marked using the assessment instruments and standard of marking used by the Tutors for QQI award assessments
Garda Vetting:  
  • Garda Vetting Disclosure is mandatory for participation for all of this Healthcare Course, and students can apply for this through B&B Nursing Ltd.
IT Skills.
  • Students must have basic IT skills and access to necessary equipment, including a computer, broadband, email, Microsoft tools, and recording equipment for some skills demonstration tasks.
  • The student will need to be proficient in typing in Microsoft Word format in order to submit assessments and supporting administration forms
Independent Learning and Effort
  • As the programme is delivered through Synchronised Learning (Online Zoom and Classroom) students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • Approximately 150 hours of study effort are required for QQI Level 5 or Level 6 modules.
Additional Information for Prospective Applicants
Practical Work Placement:
  • Students are required to undertake a practical supervised work placement of a minimum of 120 hours within a healthcare setting.
Additional Courses:  
  • Manual Handling People Handling course in conjunction with the programme is mandatory
  • Assessment methods include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes, such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects, and skills demonstration.
Employment Opportunities
  • The programme is suitable for those looking to work as Healthcare Assistants employed by the state sector, agencies, registered care settings, private nursing homes, or those on work experience within a care setting.
Transfer and Progression:  
  • The course is listed on the Higher Education Links Scheme and can be used to obtain access to higher-level courses (e.g., Level 7 or 8 on the National Framework) in related fields.
Generic skills such as literacy/ numeracy/ interpersonal skills.
  • Student undertaking Level 5 & 6 programmes must be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing, and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Texts may include information in relation to a family circumstance, a work-based plan or solution community concern.
Specific supports available
  • Information on student supports is provided at interview and in the student handbook. Students requiring reasonable accommodation must notify B&B Nursing prior to or at interview.
Evaluate personal capacity to succeed within a programme either independently or with support
  • Students can discuss with B&B Nursing on how they can be assisted on the programme at enquiry/interview.