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Intellectual Disability Studies (QQI Level 5)

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  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • No classes to attend.

 

Course Description

This course is designed for people who wish to work in the area of intellectual Disability, employers in the intellectual disability area would favour job candidates with this module completed.

The course will also be of particular interest to family members and friends who have contact with a person with Intellectual Disability.

This Component Certificate course leads to a QQI Level 5 award and is comprehensive and easy to read. This distance learning/eLearning QQI course means that students can study flexibly at home or at work while gaining a nationally accredited qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual. Assignments, Course Materials and unlimited one-to-one Tutor support for the duration of the course.

 

Course contents:

The course is divided into 4 Units each covering a number of specific learning outcomes grouped as follows:

  • Unit 1: Deals with the context of Intellectual Disability
  • Unit 2: Covers the models of Service provision
  • Unit 3: Deals with Holistic Care
  • Unit 4: Covers caring for those with Specific Needs.

 

Learners who successfully complete the course will:

  • Understand the concept of intellectual disability and its contexts
  • Be familiar with national and local models of services for people with intellectual disability and their families
  • Demonstrate good work practices in the provision of holistic care for people with intellectual disability and their families
  • Be able to meet the full range of people with intellectual disability in a variety of settings and across the full lifespan.

Course Details

Unit 1 – When you have studied this Unit you will be able to:

Summarise the evolution of services for people with intellectual disability, nationally and internationally, including:

  • development of specialist services
  • involvement of the religious orders and voluntary organisations
  • involvement of parents and friends
  • principles of normalisation, de-institutionalisation and social role valorisation, person-centered care
  • advocacy
  • national and international public and social policies.

Discuss past and current attitudes towards people with intellectual disability.

Promote positive attitudes towards people with intellectual disability.

Analyse the concept of intellectual disability in terms of its definition, classification and manifestations.

 

Unit 2 – When you have studied this Unit you will be able to:

Outline models of living that exist for people with an intellectual disability and their families throughout their lifespan, to include:

  • home
  • centre-based residential
  • community-based homes
  • independent and semi- independent living
  • l’Arche/ Camphill communities
  • respite/breakaway.

Identify a range of specific services that are available to people with intellectual disability in the following:

  • education
  • training
  • the workplace
  • retirement.

Outline current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for people with intellectual disability and their family, to include standards and quality assurance.

 

Unit 3 – When you have studied this Unit you will be able to:

Outline the range of physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of people with intellectual disability.

Recognise the effects of caring for a person with intellectual disability on close and extended family members.

Promote the following in caring for the person with intellectual disability:

  • dignity
  • choice
  • relationships
  • sharing ordinary places
  • contributing.

Facilitate a diversity of play, leisure and social activities for people with intellectual disability in a variety of settings across the lifespan.

Evaluate the role of individual programme planning in the provision of holistic care to people with intellectual disability and their family.

Assist in the implementation of an individual programme plan.

Communicate effectively with people with intellectual disability, his/her family/carers and the multidisciplinary team.

Demonstrate the use of the following techniques in assisting the person with intellectual disability to develop their full potential:

  • task analysis
  • reinforcement
  • shaping
  • backward and forward chaining.

 

Unit 4 – When you have studied this Unit you will be able to:

Plan a number of positive proactive approaches to meeting the needs of the person with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour.

Respond appropriately to the needs of the person with intellectual disability who may also have other disabilities (e.g. mental illness, multiple disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s dementia).

Respond to the special care needs of the person with intellectual disability and multiple medical needs.

Respond appropriately to the specific needs of the person with intellectual disability and sensory impairment.

 

Who should complete this course?

  • This course is designed for those who are working, or planning to work, with children/adults with intellectual disability in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • The course will also be of particular interest to family members and friends who have contact with a person with Intellectual Disability.

 

General Aims of the course:

  • To meet the training needs of those working or volunteering as Care Assistants in this field.
  • To develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the Care Assistant.
  • To promote good practice amongst those working with children/adults with intellectual disabilities.

 

Preferred entry level:

  • Level 4 Certificate, leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and /or relevant life and work experience.  Minimum age 17 years.

 

Programme Entry Requirements:

  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you.  You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.

 

Assessment:

  • Assessment is carried out by means of two Assignments and a Theory Exam*.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, validated by a Verifier with an independent QQI External Authenticator to complete the process.

 

Assignments (2) – 60% of available marks:

The learner will be required to write 2 assignments, both assignments will require the learner to present research evidence to support their writings.

 

Assignment 1: Will focus on

1). Discuss the Social V’s Medical model of care.

OR

2). Discuss the relevance of developing  person centered plans in conjunction with a person with intellectual disability.

 

Assignment 2: Will require the learner to :

1). Discuss the importance of  dignity and choice in intellectual disability.

OR

2). Discuss the importance of Promoting community inclusion for people with intellectual disability.

 

Theory Exam* – 40% of available marks:

  • This 2.5 hour exam will consist of 5 structured questions, consisting of 4 parts. Learners must answer 4 questions.

 

*Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment.

This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.

 

Grading:

  • Pass 50 – 64%
  • Merit 65 – 79%
  • Distinction 80 – 100%

 

Accreditation

  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652) Level 5 component certificate.
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Intellectual Disability Studies 5N1652 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.