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Neurodiversity for the Workplace - Continuing Professional Development Certificate - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration12 weeks
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 8
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose Award
Fees€1,250 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 August 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024
Course Delivery MethodOnline


Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

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The Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Neurodiversity in the Workplace is designed to upskill individuals so that they have a working knowledge of how Neurodiversity exists within the workplace and what are the policies and legislative context and the practicalities that govern best practices for companies in this area. Those who take this course will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to foster a more diverse and inclusive work culture. Due to a paucity of research in the area of Neurodiversity in Ireland, further education and training is crucial to support industries (small, medium and large) to adapt to changing legislation and maximise the full potential of neurodivergent staff.

Neurodiversity is a broad umbrella sociological concept that can be defined as an approach to learning and disability that suggests diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal/slight variations in the human genome. It uses terms like “Neurodivergent”, which is a term that refers to people who have less than typical cognitive variations such as Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia et cetera. “Neurotypical” refers to people who have typical development, and intellectual/cognitive functioning.

Course Practicalities

This course comprises two 5-credit modules delivered over a 12-week period. It is designed for industry. It is delivered on one night a week (plus two, one-day 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

The Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Neurodiversity in the Workplace is designed specifically for industry. The course is aimed at 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 industry. It is for people who are interesting in learning more about Neurodiversity and how it relates to industry. You will be introduced to the different ways in which Neurodiversity currently exists in industry, its history, including what the different strengths, challenges and conceptualisations are.

This course will explore the policies and legislative context and the practicalities that govern best practice for companies in this area. This will include covering areas such as recruitment, inclusion, support and retention of neurodivergent workers and colleagues. 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 working in the industry for ideally at least two years;
  • Hold a QQI level 7 or equivalent qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be considered for entry based on an interview and successfully demonstrating that they hold an equivalent.

Fees and Costs

€1250 Partial funding is available from the Biopharmachem Skillnet to eligible candidates.

Skillnet Funding can only be applied where the employer pays the course fees on behalf of the student. 

Self-employed applicants can avail of the subsidy.

BioPharmaChem Skillnet will issue the invoice directly to you or your organisation. 

Public-sector and companies outside of the Republic of Ireland are not eligible for the subsidy but can still apply directly to UCC to participate in the course.

Applicants who are not eligible for the BPC subsidy will be invoiced directly by UCC.

Fee subsidies for eligible candidates may be available through the Biopharmachem Skillnet. Click the Apply button below for further information. 

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:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]

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