Intellectual Disability Studies NEW for 2019

Award Title:  QQI Level 5 Certificate in Intellectual Disability Practice

Programme Co-ordinator: Deirdre Dowling

Award Code:  5M1761

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that aims to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to enable them to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities in different education and care settings.

Component Awards:

  • Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652)
  • Community Inclusion (5N1740)
  • Empowering the Individual (5N1749)
  • Facilitating Learning (5N1753)
  • Personal Effectiveness (5N1390)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Challenging Behaviour (5N1706)
  • Understanding Special Needs (5N1709)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
  • Successful completion of an interview
  • Mature applicants are welcome
  • Garda Clearance is a requirement
  • Relevant previous experience is desirable but not essential


  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education in the fields of education and special needs.
  • Direct entry to employment positions as Special Needs Assistants in various educational settings or units.


Approximately €350 to cover the cost of examinations, textbooks and additional short courses.

Additional Courses:

Learners will have the opportunity to complete the following short courses:

  • First Aid Responder
  • MAPA Training
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety Training
  • Child Protection Training