Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Advanced Psychosocial Awareness
(Inclusive Education & Training)

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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.


  • 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.


September to May.


€330 including QQI examination fees (Medical card holders exempt from €80). See fees & payment for details.


  • 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.


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.

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.

This subject examines the theories of Leadership and explores what is needed to be a leader. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to lead and evaluate in team settings. 

Boundary Management - 6N2207

The learner will be equipped with the knowledge, skill and competence to demonstrate and practice clear understanding of the ethical, legal and personal issues relating to appropriate boundaries in the workplace.

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.


Is this course taught online or in person?

The APATP is delivered on-site in Cork College of FET (Morrison’s Island Campus) within the classroom.

I don't have a Level 5 award, but I have much vocational experience, am I eligible to apply for this programme?

Applicants must have a full QQI level 5 award in a relevant area, to be considered for the APATP programme. Vocational experience certainly supports an application, but on its own does not meet the entry requirements.

Must I be Garda vetted for this course?

Yes. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course. It is a requirement for work placement and Garda Vetting from Cork ETB is required. The college Garda Vetting Office will assist you with your application.

Do I need vaccinations for work experience?

This depends on where your organise your work placement, who should inform you if they have particular requirements.

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.

Vaccinations are at the student’s own expense and administered outside of the College, organised by the student at a GP’s surgery/medical centre etc. Proof of Vaccinations may be required by the College Vaccination Office and work placement.

Must an applicant have completed a level 5 award to be eligible for the Advanced Psychosocial & Awareness and Training Programme (APATP)?

Applicants should have a full QQI level 5 award in a relevant area of study.

Examples include (list is not exhaustive):

  • QQI Level 5 Health Service Skills (5M3782).
  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies (5M4349).
  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies (5M2181).

Applications are welcome from those currently completing their QQI level 5 studies in a relevant area, who are expected to have full certification prior to commencement of the forthcoming APATP programme.

For queries on meeting entry requirements: Email:

How many days per week is this full-time course, what should I expect?

Teaching occurs from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Fridays. Classes are of one hour duration.

Class timetables vary.

Individual class timetables are not available until Induction (usually 1st or 2nd week in September).

Upon completion of the course, where can employment be found?

Successful graduates from this course may secure roles in health, disability, education and intellectual disability environments.

If my highest level of education is a Leaving Certificate, am I eligible to be considered for this APATP Programme?

You would not be eligible to apply for the APATP programme & we would recommend that you consult our website and apply for a QQI Level 5 programme. When you have completed a level 5 award in a relevant area, you can then apply for a level 6 award.

How long is this full-time day course?

The duration of the full-time day course is one academic year, typically from mid-September until mid-May. The college closes for Mid-term, Christmas and Easter holidays as determined by the Department of Education and Skills.

What are the fees for this course?

€330 including QQI examination fees (€80). Medical card holders exempt from the €80. NON- EU FEE €3,654 + course fees above.

Is work experience/placement organised by the college or do I have to find my own?

Work Experience/Placement is mandatory for this course. Students are required to source their own work placement.

Does the course offer a student visa for international students?

No. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet Immigration and Visa requirements prior to applying for a place on a course. Post Leaving Certificate courses,

such as this course, are not eligible to obtain a study visa to enter the state. Further details are available at


Students will undertake a block work placement in a variety of community and health settings which they organise themselves. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course.  Vaccinations are required for work experience in a healthcare setting. 


Some of our popular progression opportunities include:

MTU Cork

  • Social Care (MT573).


  • Social Science (CK102)
  • Applied Psychology (CK120)
  • Youth & Community Work (CK114).

SETU (Waterford)

  • Social Care Practice (SE919).

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU(Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for Morrison’s Island Campus students. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.


Roles in health, disability, education and intellectual disability environments.

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