Pre-University Nursing  5M4349

Students on this one-year programme will gain practical experience in healthcare clinical settings which, combined with an insight into theories relating to the nursing profession, will enable them to deliver high standards of care. Furthermore, this course will facilitate progression to third-level Nursing and Healthcare programmes.

This course is designed to

Combine aspects of nursing theory and practical aspects of clinical nursing experience. Students are afforded the opportunity to explore and gain entry to the different programmes leading to registration with An Bord Altranais and the UK's Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Students may also have the opportunity to progress to a variety of health-related fields e.g. Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiotherapy, Psychology & Paramedics.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here

Course Content

  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749

  • Human Growth & Development 5N1279

  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734

  • Care Support 5N0758

  • Care Skills 5N2770

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Nursing Theory & Practice 5N3425

  • Nutrition 5N2006

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • First Aid Response
  • People Manual Handling

  • Certification in Children First Training

  • CAO/UCAS Preparation

Optional Modules

Learners also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module.

How the course is taught

Sligocfe has developed a style of teaching to meet the demands of a diverse community of learners.

  • Learners develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice
  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Regulated Clinical Placements (Work Experience)
  • Vital learning supports are tailored to the needs of the individual learners
  • Career guidance assistance re UCAS & CAO


QQI Level 5 Award in Nursing Studies (5M4349)

Progression to Higher Education

  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. This course is linked to all the Nursing Colleges in Ireland. The number of places available are restricted. Check with the Admissions office of individual institutions for further details.

  • This course is considered for entry to Nursing Colleges in the U.K. Several of these colleges visit SligoCFE each year. Click here for information on UK Nursing Colleges.

  • Click here to read the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Irish Governments regarding the "Common Travel Area" and the reciprocal rights and privileges for Irish Students studying in the UK.

Southhampton University

Queens University, Belfast

Ulster University 

Napier University Edinburgh

Dublin City University

Canterbury Christchurch University

University of Stirling

ATU - Sligo (St. Angela's)

  • AS110 General Nursing – Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include 5N0749, 5N4325 & 5N1279

ATU - Galway

  • GA880 General Nursing - Mayo Campus level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325 and 5N1279.
  • GA882 Psychiatric Nursing - Mayo Campus Level 8. Distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325 and 5N1279.

NUIG National University of Ireland Galway

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup.


  • There are no fees to study this course, however, students will have to purchase some additional items when undertaking this course such as;

  • Uniform (x2)
  • Stethoscope
  • Medical Reference Book

Details of cost & supplier will be provided during interview and induction.


This is a full-time, one-year course and runs from September to May

For more information

Phone 07191-45480 or email [email protected]

Please Note

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement.

  • A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

"I am currently studying in university of Stirling along side nine other girls from the course, and I just happened to be living with two of those girls which was a massive advantage when moving over to a strange place. Since starting the degree programme, I have realized what a massive impact the PLC has had on my studies and what an impact it has had on developing myself as a Nurse."