Open Training College: BA in Professional Social Care (Disability)

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Open Training College: BA in Professional Social Care (Disability)

- part-time, flexible learning opportunity for unqualified Social Care Workers, Care Assistants (Health and Social Care) and SNAs.

Celebrating over 25 years of delivering education and training solutions to the health sector, the Open Training College is currently enrolling students for the BA in Professional Social Care (Disability). This 3-year, QQI validated, Level 7 degree is aimed at unqualified Social Care Workers; Care Assistants (Health and Social Care); SNAs and people interested in a career within disability services. Easy to use learning supports enable students to work fulltime or part-time while studying this course.

This course will help to provide participants with the skills to work effectively within the rapidly evolving disability services sector so that students can deliver better person centred services to the people they support.

There are extensive benefits in undertaking this Professional Social Care degree:

  • students will be supported throughout the course by a designated tutor with extensive front line experience
  • students can easily balance work, family and study commitments
  • our active learning community (students, tutors and learning support staff) is always there to support students as they learn
  • it is an applied programme dealing with real world challenges, where the assignments tackle issues that students are likely to face in the workplace
  • it reflects the current regulatory and public policy environment (incl. HIQA, New Directions), the challenges driving the sector, and best practices

Students who successfully complete the Level 7 degree (or equivalent) may apply to the Honours BA in Professional Social Care (Disability) which is a Level 8, QQI validated course recognised by social care professionals working and leading in the sector today.

What is it like to study at the Open Training College?

The College uses a blended approach where each module combines online learning, tutorials (telephone, online, virtual) and face to face workshops. Learning materials are designed to accommodate the pressures that come with trying to balance work, life and learning. To support all online aspects of the course, the College has a dedicated elearning team to support you throughout your studies.

The Student View:
'It's an applied and practical degree programme so students get to earn a recognised QQI qualification at Level 7.The presentation and quality of information presented at workshops is excellent and motivates students to question how they currently support services users and to strive to continuously to improve the service they provide."

Roisin O'Neill, Person in Charge, St. Michael's House

The College is now receiving applications for this course and has scheduled informal interviews and information sessions for all applicants on Monday, September 10th, 2018 in Goatstown, Dublin 14.

For those interested in applying for a place on this course, please now visit:

OTC Online Application Centre

Fees: Application - €95, Annual tuition - €3,480 (payable in quarterly instalments, tax relief option available and includes PEL [Protection of Enrolled Learner] insurance)

The deadline for the autumn cohort of applicants is September 5th. For those who cannot make that date, a final cohort of interviews will take place later in September for a late entry option.

For more information please contact Conor on 01-2990580 or email, or feel free to read more information at


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