Learners who complete this course will obtain knowledge on different definitions of disability in relation to historical and cultural influences. Learners will acquire knowledge of various types of physical and learning disabilities.

They will be familiar with the different assistive technology and teaching methods which will help with the negative aspects of each disability and will acquire an understanding of the various theoretical models of disability and will have an awareness of the different legal issues associated with disability.

Employment opportunities include a wide variety of positions within the social care sector, healthcare sector, or with those with intellectual disabilities.

Programme Profile and Timeframe:

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the models and types of disabilities, and the legal and social structures and services in place to accommodate disabilities at national and community level and in the workplace.

This programme is run over either 6 evenings, one evening per week, or three alternate Saturdays depending on the location. It is a blended learning programme and learners will complete reading and assignment work at home, between classes.

Entry Requirements:

Fluent English is required and it is recommended that participants will have some relevant work or life experience in a relevant sector.

Work Experience:

Work experience is not a mandatory requirement to pass this programme. We do, however, encourage our learners to complete some voluntary work experience over the duration of the programme. Learners who wish to complete voluntary work can be issued with a letter from Aspire Training confirming they are enrolled on the course.

Course Materials:

Currently, learners are emailed the handouts required weekly. Please note that while you may like to print out your handouts, laptops and tablets are welcome in class. We are currently working on an online platform for course materials and hope learners will be able to avail of this in early 2019.


All tutors on this programme are qualified in their specific fields to a minimum level of two above that of which they are teaching. Our tutors also have practical experience in their individual fields along with experience and qualifications in adult training and development.

Tutoring Methodologies

A variety of methods and approaches are used including: practical demonstrations, oral presentations / interviews, individual tutorial support, assignments and projects, work experience, discussions and debates, role play and attendance by specialist guest speakers.


The cost of this module is €400.00

Payment is made in three instalments as follows:

Payment 1: €100.00 Booking deposit, this is payable when booking to secure your place

Payment 2: €150.00 payable before your first class

Payment 3: €150.00 payable before your second class

Please note that deposits are non-refundable, unless the course is changed or cancelled by ourselves.


If you are in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, on a CE Scheme or participating in activation schemes, you may be eligible for some funding. Please contact the office for further advice in relation to this.

Venue: TBC
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco
Monday, August 12th
Monday, August 19th
Monday, August 26th
Monday, September 2nd
Monday, September 9th
Aspire Training Room
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco

Click on the link below if you would like to secure your place on this training course: