To be truly inclusive we need to consider the society we live in and strive for community based inclusion for all members. The study of empowerment of the individual in the context of community inclusion allows students on this course to increase awareness, understanding and learn the challenges and opportunities of working with individuals with specific needs. If you have an aptitude for and interest in working in the area of disability and support then this is the course for you.

1 year

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services 5M4468
  • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as an option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)

€300 including ICDL & QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from QQI examination fee of €50)

  • Care Provision & Practice  5N2705 Develop the knowledge, skill and understanding of the needs of client groups and the role and responsibilities of care workers whilst developing practical and interpersonal skills essential to the care of client groups in caring environments.
  • Care Support 5N0758 – Explore roles, responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. Demonstrate an ability to plan and provide enhanced quality of care.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.
  • Communications 5N0690  Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Human Growth and Development 5N1279 – Learn  psychology throughout the lifespan, how we grow, learn develop and change throughout our lives. Understand factors that affect development throughout the lifespan. Develop interpersonal/interactive skills appropriate to responding to the needs of others.
  • Understanding Special Needs 5N1709 – Develop an ideal of good practice when relating to individuals with special needs. Outline the range of special needs, conditions and impairments, cause, diagnosis, prognosis and epistemology. Describe the different learning and therapy programmes provided by professionals in the area of special needs. Discuss current policy in relation to special needs.
  • Special Needs Assisting 5N1786 This module explores the role and responsibilities, qualities and skills of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) and examines the relevant legislation in relation to disability. It explores the rights of children in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making and enables the learner to maintain appropriate relationships with children, parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team, whilst working effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher. Learners will learn how to outline the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant, relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional need, as well as assist these children in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner.
  • Equality and Disability 5N1273 Learn to challenge personal and/or organisational behaviour that discriminates against people and disabilities. Gain an awareness of the importance of equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society.
  • Intellectual Disability Studies 5N1652  Equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the causes, range and effects of intellectual disabilities to develop an awareness of the importance of a social model of support and the role of various professionals in responding to the needs of persons with an intellectual disability.

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

Additional Training/Workshops

CPI Safety Intervention training( formerly known as MAPA): Incorporates trauma-informed and person-centred approaches. The programme is the perfect solution for professionals working in health, social care and education who need to prevent and/or intervene in crisis situations. With a focus on prevention, it also teaches staff de-escalation skills as well as non-restrictive and restrictive interventions.

Students will undertake work experience placement in a suitable vocational setting, one day a week , for the duration of the academic year, which they will source themselves. Learners must be Garda Vetted before going on Placement.

Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrisons Island locations. Go to our progressions database at for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

UCC       CK102    Social Science

                CK114    Social Science (Youth & Community Work)

MTU      MT572  Early Childhood Care & Education (Cork)

                MT573  Social Care Work (Cork)

                MT970  Montessori Education (Cork)

Care environments and communities, intellectual disability environments, private settings.

“West Cork Campus gave me the opportunity to get out, make new friends and better myself in a way I never thought I would be able to. The teachers were amazing, always ready to answer any questions and taking the time not just to teach but to get to know each student as well. While it was stressful at times there was a great sense of camaraderie, everybody was in it together and we all pushed and pulled each other with a gentle nudge from our tutors. I’ve taken away from West Cork Campus not just a new set of skills and experiences but new friends as well.”

Jonathon Louks, Administrator, Atlantic Language School of English in Schull

“After more than 20 years of being at home I discovered its never too late to learn and that’s thanks to all the help and support I got from all the staff at the West Cork Campus. I looked forward to going in every morning and I made some great friends along with getting a great qualification. Now I understand the saying ‘school days are the best days of your life’ (pity it took me 40+ years).”

Rita McCarthy, Administrator (Insurance), McCarthy Insurance Group