Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 7

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CAO Points :

Disability Studies  is a unique course for people working or wanting to be employed  in the disability sector.  It attracts both disabled and non-disabled students eager to understand oppression, exclusion and the politics of disability.  The course is delivered in a participative, non-threatening way through a series of intertwining modules.   The modules enable students to understand current theories and debates of disability, along with tutorials on Independent Living, universal access, social inclusion and general equality issues.  If you’re looking to challenge and be challenged regarding the assumptions surrounding disability in an enjoyable yet provocative  way then disability studies will give you this learning opportunity. On completion students will have explored  such topics as models of disability (medical vs social), legislation, access, gender, sexuality, equality issues name but a few. 


Duration: 100 hours.  The course will take place One Weekend per Month between Oct. and May.


Module 1 Study Skills & Student Support

Module 2 Models of Disability

Module 3 Equality & Advocacy

Module 4 Social Analysis & Environment

Assessment Procedures For assessment purposes, students are expected to have at least a 85% minimum attendance, complete a Learning Journal and other assignments.


Course Duration: 100 hours part-time over one year.

The NUI Certificate in Disability Studies is a standalone qualification however credits from this course  can be used for Recognition of Prior Learning to go towards the Degree in Community Studies. Our Disability Studies courses have been found to benefit and inform the work practices of people working in the areas of Disability, Social Care, Education and Health.

The Cert. in Disability studies when combined with the NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) plus the Certificate Equality Studies (On Line) entitles students to apply for the award of the Diploma in Arts: Training and Development for Socially Inclusive Workplaces. This suite of CPD courses provide a comprehensive educational/training package in core skills such as managing issues of equality and diversity in the workplace for Team Leaders, Managers and Learning and Development Specialists.

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Participants need to be 21 years of age or over on 1st January of the year in which the course commences. As courses are delivered in keeping with adult education practice, participants will be expected to: be willing to engage with group activities and group learning; be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience; have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessment requirements.

Additional Information

Admission Requirements

Participants must be 21 years or over

Have experience of working in the field of disability

Have adequate skills to participate fully in a NUI Certificate level course

Have an openness to reflect on one’s own practice, attitudes and beliefs

Have a commitment to learning in a group setting

Apply On Line Here

For further information contact Kay at 01 708 6062 or e-mail

An Easy Payment Plan is available upon registration

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