UCC Adult courses

Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Neurodiversity for the Screen Industry - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration12 weeks
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 6
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose Award
Fees€600 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 May 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024
Course Delivery MethodOnline


Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

Neurodiversity Screen Ireland

This programme provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of Neurodiversity in the context of the screen industry. The programme will provide students with a holistic and people-centred understanding of the multi-faceted concept and movement of Neurodiversity. Please see below a short introductory video on the course. 

Important Notice: Course Registration Deadlines

Please take note of the following deadlines for this course:

Round One Application Deadline: Friday, May 31st, 2024

  • If the course fills by this deadline, there will be no round two application process. Early application is advisable as there are limited numbers of places for this course. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by this date to guarantee consideration.

Final Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2024

  • In the event that there are additional places available, round two applications will open. Round two applications will close on August 31st, 2024.

We highly recommend early application to secure your place in our courses.

Course Practicalities

This course comprises two 5-credit modules delivered over a 12-week period. It is designed for screen industry professionals. It is delivered on one night a week (plus two, one-day Saturday workshops). This module comprises of 250 hours of student workload whereby students will be provided with self-study programme material online including a number of virtual activities, and will be required to attend: 3 hours total lectures per week (1.5 pre-recorded, 1.5-hour live lecture) and 9 x 1 hour tutorials.

The remainder of the programme is completed through self-directed learning, readings and participation in online discussion boards. 

Classes are delivered through Microsoft Teams and all course materials will be provided on Canvas (UCC's online learning environment).

Why Choose This Course

This course is designed specifically for the screen industry by screen industry professionals, including Screen Ireland. The course is aimed at Producers, Directors, Company leaders, HOD’s, Managers, Supervisors, Teams, and anyone interested in fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and the screen industry. It is for practitioners who are interesting in learning more about Neurodiversity and how it relates to the screen industry. You will be introduced to the different ways in which Neurodiversity currently exists in the industry, its history, including what the different strengths, challenges and conceptualisations are. 

This course will explore the legal obligations and the practicalities that govern best practice for companies and practitioners in this area. The hope is to create a culture in which everyone has the opportunities to thrive and participate in the industry’s operations and leadership. 


Candidates should be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application and must:

  • Be a screen industry professional
  • Hold a QQI level 6 or equivalent qualification
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level6 or the equivalent TOEFL score or the equivalent Duolingo score.

Recognition of Prior Learning

In exceptional cases applicants not meeting the above criteria will be considered for entry based on an interview and successfully demonstrating that they hold an equivalent practice experience relevant to the course aims and objectives.

Fees and Costs


For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. once registered.

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • The full fee is required to complete your application. 

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