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.
The course is divided into 4 Units each covering a number of specific learning outcomes grouped as follows:
Learners who successfully complete the course will:
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:
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:
Identify a range of specific services that are available to people with intellectual disability in the following:
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:
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:
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?
General Aims of the course:
Preferred entry level:
Programme Entry Requirements:
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.
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.
2). Discuss the importance of Promoting community inclusion for people with intellectual disability.
Theory Exam* – 40% of available marks:
*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.
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.