This is a programme for those who value the delivery of Person Centred Care, and have successfully completed their level 5 award in Health Service Skills or equivalent. With a focus on core competencies required to deliver, organise and plan services for those who depend on it, graduates are well positioned to connect with stakeholders in the health, caring & community sectors. Develop your management skills, and be part of teams to provide quality care to those who depend on it.

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  • Rehabilitation Practice 6N2196– This module deepens the understanding of circumstances where service users require rehabilitative support, together with the corresponding challenges and strategies which can be employed in the rehabilitative space. Principles of best practice are explored which work towards effective and holistic outcomes for those whose needs are addressed in rehabilitaive environments.
  • Disability Awareness 6N1975 – This module focuses on the lived experience of people with disabilities. Issues such as models of disability, the  classification of disabilities, education, law, employment and concepts such as Universal Design and Independent Living are explored among other relevant topics.
  • Person Centred Planning 6N2206 – This module is fundamental to the approach of good practice, where the needs and desires of service users take priority and determine the corresponding care and supports delivered. The roles of those who commit to Person Centred planning , with the goal of making a significant difference in an individuals life, while facing organisational and other challenges are explored.
  • Work Experience 6N1946 (Minimum 60 hours) – 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.
  • 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.
  • Boundary Management 6N2207 – Boundary management as an indicator of professionalism and effectiveness in one’s caring approach is explained in this module. Learners are guided to value, establish and maintain boundary management while working in teams, respecting ethics and confidentiality.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Training/Workshops

  • MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression) Certification (Optional): MAPA is a nationally recognised and leading programme, MAPA® is a behaviour management system that teaches skills for assessing, managing, and responding to risk behaviour. The focus is on verbal de-escalation, prevention, and early intervention. Safe physical intervention options are also taught, to be used only as a last resort. The programme gives the learner an effective framework for decision making and problem solving. Learners leave the course equipped with the skills and confidence to champion a culture of Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security.  Full attendance is required, and successful participants will be certified for two years.
  • Holistic Therapies

For entry to Level 6 a full QQI Level 5 Award in a complementary area is required. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.  An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • MTU Cork: Social Care (MT573)
  • UCC: Social Science (CK102)
  • UCC: Youth & Community Work (CK114)
  • WIT: Social Care Practice (WD192)

Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and Waterford IT for preferential entry for CCOC students. Up to 390 CAO points for any IT can be attained. See Progressions for details.

Graduates are well placed to secure roles delivering and supervising front line services , contributing to organisational planning, in social care, care homes, hospitals, private homecare sector and intellectual disability environments.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €330 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €80). See Payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • QQI Level 6 Advanced Social and Vocational Integration (6M2218).
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake a block work placement of a minimum of 60 hours in a variety of social care, community and health settings, which they organise themselves. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course. Hepatitis B and flu vaccinations (others may be required in individual settings) are required for work experience in a healthcare setting. Applicants should be aware that healthcare environments used in work experience may insist that students are fully vaccinated for Covid 19.
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Email: healthcarelevel6@ccoc.ie          Tel: (021) 4223839

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