Intellectual Disability Practice QQI Level 5

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The Intellectual Disability Practice major award 5M1761 is specifically designed for those working or intending to work with people with Intellectual disabilities; in a range of settings, such as individual living arrangements, community residential, day activation or respite care services. It will provide learners with the relevant value base, knowledge, skills, attitude and competence to use person centered approaches to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and increase their sense of autonomy and quality of life. It will also prepare successful learners to work without the need for supervision for a time limited period.

The programme consists of eight component awards leading to The Intellectual Disability Practice major award.

  1.        5N1652               Level 5 Intellectual Disability Studies
  2.        5N1740               Level 5 Community Inclusion
  3.        5N1749               Level 5 Empowering the Individual
  4.        5N1753               Level 5 Facilitating Learning
  5.        5N0690               Level 5 Communication
  6.        5N1356               Level 5  Work Experience
  7.        5N1706               Level 5 Positive Behaviour Support
  8.        5N1707               Level 5 Sexuality and Intellectual Disability

Learner Profile

It is expected that learners for this programme should be 18 years or older and working full-time, part-time or on a voluntary basis with people with disabilities in a range of settings and services such as residential, independent living arrangements, day services, respite services, schools, after schools, supported employment areas or clients own homes .

Learners can also be parents or be in private care arrangements with children or adults with Intellectual disabilities.  Learners should ideally have a pass in the leaving certificate or equivalent study, FETAC L4 or relevant life experience. Learners will also have basis computer skills and be resident in Ireland while undertaking the programme.

Aim of Programme

The overall aim of this program is to support staff to develop the optimum of their abilities in order to enhance their role in the quality of service provision to people with disabilities.  

Programme objectives – Learners will develop a skill and value base which assists them to:


The programme will be offered through blended learning. Blended learning is a field of education that focuses on teaching methods and technology with the aim of delivering teaching, to learners who are not physically present in a traditional educational setting such as a classroom. In our case this programme will be completed over a 48 week programme with a variety of learning methods. The total credit value required for this award is 120. This consists of 1200 hours of learning (8 components) 

This will be achieved by completing 4 mandatory modules and a combination of 4 relevant elective and selective. Each module has a credit value of 15 and will be completed over a six week period.


Learners who successfully complete this programme can progress to FETAC L6 Major Award Health Service Supervisory Management skills

Progression route to a range of college courses in the Health and Caring sector are available such as:

BA (Ordinary) in Applied Social Studies (Disability) Available from The OpenTrainingCollege

B.A. in Applied Social Studies in Social Care available from CarlowCollege. 

We will address Transfer and Progression at Induction and we will provide guidance during the Work Experience module to ensure learners are aware of all options available to them.  Learners will be supported through the application process to assist them in their progression and marking and assessment will be processed with college and CAO dates in mind.  

Delivery Methodologies

Learners will be supported using a variety of methods of delivery, which will be achieved using a variety of teaching methods including:

Programme directed learning which includes: Module study guide manual, YouTube channel, with short videos related to each aspect of the programme, Assignment guidelines, Explanatory notes, Relevant articles and links to professional sources, Portfolio guide, Referencing guide, Assignment writing guide, learner handbook, telephone and email support, web conferencing,  Directed learning experiences, discovery learning, Learner record, Work based direction and Assessment

Self directed which includes: Case studies and research

Work based directed learning which includes: Directed learning experiences within the workplace, work based assessments, mentorship, mentorship training and support, practice development groups, relevant workplace documents and design of work place practices

Classroom based which includes: 10 sessions where direct contact with learners will take place and will provide instructional learning such as knowledge sets, individual and group tutorials, group discussions, preparation of assignments, One to one supported learning, examination and skills demonstrations. 

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