Intellectual Disability Practice QQI Level 6

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This major award has been developed as both a progression route for the learners who completed the FETAC Level 5 Intellectual Disability Practice Major Award, or for those whose currently hold other qualifications but desire a programme which will will provide them with leadership and supervisory skills as well as an indept knowledge of the support requirements of people with Intellectual Disbailities. It is envisaged that this award will be achieved by completing 4 mandatory modules and 4 electives.  Of the remaining 4 modules we will offer learners a choice of 5 modules, depending on their area of specialism. 

The mandatory modules are as follows:

Elective modules  require four out of the five  following modules

Each module has a credit value of 15 and will be completed over a six week period.

Structure of the programme – See blended learning approach

Duration of Programme

The programme is over a one year period and leads to a FETAC/QQI Level 6 full major award. It is blended learning approach with direct teaching, tutorial, work based practices and distant learning and other eLearning resources.

Assessment of learners

All assessment will be  carried out in line with our B6 Fair and Consistent Assessment of Learners policy and procedures agreed with  FETAC and following FETAC Quality Assuring Guidelines for Providers (May 2007).  A Programme has Assessment Plan has been designed by the Programme Director (Martha McGinn, Head of Centre), the tutors, the workplace supervisor and the designated link-person in the sponsoring organisation.  The Plan is designed to ensure that assessment is scheduled at regular intervals, to avoid a multiplicity of assessment activities at any one point in time.  In order to avoid the possibility of over-assessment, we will integrate assessment across modules where there is coherency and where we can ensure that the Learning Outcomes for all modules will be assessed. 

Costs of programme

The costs associated with running these awards has significantly increased over the past year and the consequently the cost per learner is 1,500 euro’s per person. This includes assessment costs, Certificate cost is not included, and is payable when the certificates are provided by FETAC/QQI.


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.  

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