If you have a Level 5 qualification in healthcare, childcare, psychology (or another related area) and are keen to expand your knowledge into the disciplines of inclusive education, mental health and disability awareness then this is the course for you. Fully realise your skills and knowledge and be part of the systematic response which seeks to understand and respond to the needs of marginalised children and adults. Graduates can gain access to Higher Education with our well established progressions routes or employment in the caring & equality sector.

  • Disability Awareness 6N1975 – Identify different types of disabilities to include physical disability, specific learning disabilities, mental illness, sensorial disabilities (specifically visual impairment), hearing loss and speech. Learn about epilepsy and diabetes and how they impact on an individuals life. Develop strategies to minimise the difficulties caused to individuals with disabilities. Explore assistive technologies. Examine how employees with disabilities can be supported and accommodated in the workplace.
  • Differentiated Learning and Instruction 6N2225 – Examine challenges presented in implementing a best practice teaching and learning environment. Evaluate screening and profiling. Identify and discuss learning styles and their impact on lesson planning and teaching methodologies. Learn to deliver training to staff in a specific organisation on differentiated learning and instruction.
  • Health Promotion 6N2214 – Understand the importance of raising the awareness of health related issues with individuals and within the community. Understand how to effectively evaluate health promotion programmes and organise a health promotion event relevant to the local community.
  • Mental Health Awareness 6N2209 – Demonstrate an awareness of how body and mind interact to promote positive mental health. Learn about the ongoing interventions available in the community for people with enduring mental health difficulties (day centres, sheltered workshops, resource centres etc.). Recognise positive and negative factors which may affect mental health.Examine treatment approaches and their application (medication, physiotherapy, counselling etc.). Evaluate positive supports in the community which promote positive mental health e.g. yoga,  pilates etc. 
  • Inclusive Education and Practice 6N2226 –   Understand the importance of individual education plans and their development as well as devising lesson plans. Explore the stages of reading, writing and maths, the difficulties people have and ways to help. Learn about classroom management techniques and problems that may be faced.  Research intelligence, giftedness, learning disabilities, the causes and types of behavioural problems that may be encountered and ways to help.
  • Team Leadership 6N1948 – Participate in organisational planning and teamwork planning to include setting, specific measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) objectives. Demonstrate team leadership to include team building, supporting team members at different stages of team development, motivation strategies, interpersonal communications etc. Negotiate a plan with team members involving effective delegation of tasks and responsibilities. Lead progress on a work plan taking corrective action to ensure successful completion of the plan.
  • Group Work Theory and Practice 6N3669 – Implement group work sessions including planning, co-facilitating and evaluating. Utilise group work skills and processes to promote development. Discuss parameters of the role and skills of facilitator and analyse your engagement with groups as participant and facilitator.
  • Work Experience 6N1946 – Present a detailed personal skills audit and career plan including personal goals, action points, development opportunities and career paths. Demonstrate supervisory skills and capacities in the workplace.

For entry to Level 6 a full QQI Level 5 Award in a complementary area is required. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

  • Students will undertake a block work placement of a minimum of 80 hours, in a variety of community and health settings, which they organise themselves.
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression) training (Optional)
  • Site visits
  • Organising Health Promotion week

Excellent progressions to:

  • CIT: Social Care (CR031)
  • UCC: Social Science (CK102)
  • UCC: Youth & Community Work (CK114)
  • WIT: Social Care Practice (WD192)

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See  Progressions for details.

Roles in health, disability, education and intellectual disability environments. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

Email: psychosocial@ccoc.ie          Tel: (021) 4223839

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QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Inclusive Education and Training 6M2263.

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 and Statistics 5N2066 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths or Statistics for progression).

HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk Certificate.

MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression)  Certificate (optional)

€530 including QQI examination fees.(Medical card holders exempt from €280). See Payment for details.


My year in college of commerce was a year that I will not forget. It was full of ups and downs highs and lows, but a year that I will always remember. I have met new friends that helped me through the year and teachers that very very helpful
College of commerce is a great college and I would highly recommend it to any one.
This all comes down to the staff in how welcoming the make college of commerce feel. From the janitors all the way to the Principal you are well looked after and this is what makes it a great college to attend.

Killian Daly, Graduate student

I decided that after being out of education for quite some time that I would go and study  A FETAC Level 5 Childcare course . I continued my studies in Cork College of Commerce studying  LEVEL 6 Psychosocial Awareness and training.    Without the support I got from the teachers I am not sure I would have stuck out the course.  Thanks to everyone at the college I was offered all five courses that I applied for through CAO. I chose to go with Social Work in UCC in the end for many different reasons.   I cannot thank the staff at Cork College of Commerce enough for their support through the whole process. The teachers are nothing short of fantastic I would encourage anyone to go there. I am loving the course in UCC although the support in College of Commerce is greatly missed I would have no hesitation in contacting the highly trained teachers that thought me last year for support along the way.

Shirley, Graduate student