QQI Level 5 Intellectual Disability Studies Online

Intellectual Disability Studies

  • The Euphemism Treadmill
  • Social versus Medical models of Support in Practice
  • Assessment of Intellectual Disabilities
  • Evolution of service provision to persons with an intellectual disability
  • Attitudes, Stigma and Discrimination: How to overcome social barriers such as stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
  • The Policy Practice Attitude Dynamic
  • Multidisciplinary Teams
  • Person Centred Care & Planning
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Start Date: 21st January 2019

Total price is €595

QQI Level 5 Intellectual Disability Studies


  • QQI accredited course
  • Blended learning: online & one-day workshop
  • Online discussion forum available to all learners
  • Work experience optional: if this module is a component module with a Major Award, you will be required to complete 20 hours of work experience

The course uses blended learning techniques, as follows:

  • Distance learning via an online VLE platform containing training and learner support materials
  • Designated tutor – direct guidance, individual feedback and instructional support via phone/email/VLE messaging/Skype plus webinar tutorials.
  • Centre-based learning (one-day workshop) – tutor-led session covering writing skills, approaches to assessment and Q&A on course content/learning outcomes
  • Online discussion forum/interactive learning – tutor sets discussion topics, quizzes for formative assessment purposes and to encourage group interactions

This is a single module and is designed to address the changing environment in the area of Intellectual Disability (‘ID’) care and support by helping to create a better-educated workforce.  The context of the course is to enable you to upskill in the specialist area of ID studies.  This will help you to understand the trend from biomedical to social theoretical frameworks, person-centred advocacy and human rights approaches, the move from congregated to community living, together with the impact of agencies such as CORU and HIQA on the quality and delivery of ID supports.

The aims of this module are to:

  • Equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies in the causes and effects of intellectual disability, together with an understanding of the roles of various professionals and support workers in responding to the needs of people with an intellectual disability
  • Enable you to develop a practical understanding of quality practice which embraces a person-centred approach to planning and support.

The module objectives are to:

  • Learn the current WHO definition for intellectual disability and to gain an understanding of how different levels of intellectual disabilities are assessed and supported throughout the lifespan
  • Equip you with an awareness of the hurt and stigma that inappropriate labelling of people with intellectual disabilities can cause
  • Create an awareness of the evolving and dynamic nature of the terminology used in the field of intellectual disability studies
  • Familiarise you with differences in favoured terminology that exists between nations and states
  • Familiarise you with both the social and medical models of disability
  • Create an awareness of the barriers within society that lead to the disabling of individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Learn about the evolution of service provision for people with an intellectual disability
  • Learn about the components of attitude
  • Create an awareness of the factors that influence attitude formation towards individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Create an awareness of your own attitudes towards individuals with an intellectual disability
  • Create a context within you can critically reflect upon your own attitudes and the formation of these attitudes
  • Create an awareness of the link between an organisation’s attitude and the social roles and social norms that are outlined in their policy documents
  • Equip you with the skills to critically evaluate an organisation’s attitude towards individuals with an intellectual disability based upon their policy documents
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop effective working relationships with other members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to identify the human needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their family members
  • Familiarise you with the person-centred approach to support and planning for individuals with an intellectual disability

No particular skills, knowledge or competence will be required of you for successful completion of this course, however you will be expected to have a minimum of Level 4 Certificate standard of education or equivalent together with a strong interest in the provision of quality care. It is essential that you have competence in written and spoken English, along with computer literacy skills.

This course will cater for a variety of adult learners ranging from school leavers with no previous experience in the healthcare sector to more mature adults with relevant life or work experience. Some of the latter will have previously had some education and training in healthcare. More mature adults will frequently be seeking new career opportunities, be working in the home or currently working in the healthcare sector. These will tend to opt for the part-time learning route to achieving the award. The course will be open to both male and female learners, although male participants will be in the minority.

Intellectual Disability Studies (minor award) – 5N1652

Assignments: 60%

Theory Examination: 40%

Work experience optional: if this module is a component module with a Major Award, you will be required to complete 20 hours of work experience.

Recognition of prior learning can only by sought if the learner is working towards a major award.

Support worker or care staff within the Intellectual Disability sector, in-house care assistant.

You can progress to the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Major Award by completing the remaining 7 modules

In compliance with Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 Part 6, where Chevron Training and Recruitment Ltd. offers training programmes of 3 months duration or more, Learner Protection cover is in place via relevant financial product, should Chevron Training & Recruitment Ltd cease to provide QQI programmes before learners have completed awards.

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