UCC Adult courses

Facilitating Inclusion [Disability Studies] - HDip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Facilitating Inclusion [Disability Studies]

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 8

  • NFQ Award Title


  • Fees

    €2400 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates may be required to attend for interview. Shortlisting may apply. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th August 2019

  • Next Intake

    September 2019

  • Venue



  • Start Date

    September 2019

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies) (HDFIDS) is a unique course and a progression route for graduates of the very popular part-time Diploma in Disability Studies (DDS) as well as the Diploma in Autism Studies. It is an opportunity for people working in the area of disability to enhance their knowledge and skills to enable them to support the fuller participation of people with disabilities in education, training, work and leisure. It incorporates the twin aims of lifelong learning – active citizenship and employability. The course includes an introduction to sign language, inclusive media and the skills required to successfully design a course that maximises the inclusion of people with disabilities. It also looks at the social context of mental health and autism. Accessibility to sport and leisure, the creative arts and culture also form part of this course and you’ll be encouraged to contribute constructively to the ongoing debate around disability and inclusion locally, nationally and internationally.

Course Practicalities


Some of the modules combine in-class examinations in the form of multiple choice questions with a practical element – sign language/social media online assessment. The rest of the course is evaluated by continuous assessment through a combination of essays, reflective logs, a journal of learning, case study, oral presentation, and course design.

Who Teaches this Course

Teaching staff are chosen for their expertise and interest in the area of disability and inclusion. This includes the School of Applied Social Studies, School of Music, School of History, Computer Science and ACE.


UCC Campus


Why Choose This Course

I chose to do the course because I wanted to broaden my perspective beyond my personal experience.

Katherine O'Leary


Find Out More

The HDFIDS is unique: there are no similar programmes currently on offer in Ireland. It is a natural progression route for graduates of the Diploma in Disability Studies (and other courses) as well as an opportunity for anyone working in the area of disability to improve their knowledge and skills. The course also gives a progression route to a Masters in Social Science (Disability Studies).

One of our students has recently secured a post as a community employment supervisor, training 31 people on CE schemes. She observed that most of the interview focused on inclusion and feels that embarking on the HDFIDS and the DDS contributed to her getting this position. She also feels the course helps her not only in her role as supervisor and trainer but also in her work with the older people many of whom have a disability.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

While students come from different part of Munster to attend the HDFIDS, one student is commuting from Spain and she has commented that embarking on HDFIDS: “has deeply affected the way I carry out my job. I am an EFL (English Foreign Language) teacher here in Madrid, and I primarily teach people from the organisation ONCE (National Council for the Blind). It has proved hugely challenging adapting text books and my own professional training as a teacher to this post”. She believes that her experience on the course has played a huge part in her professional development.

Skills and Careers Information

On successful completion of the Certificate in Facilitating Inclusion (Disability Studies) you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of models and theories around disability and inclusion
  • Apply different methods of facilitating inclusion
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to work, education, training and leisure practices
  • Facilitate people with sensory impairments in achieving their learning objectives
  • Demonstrate the ability to use inclusive media
  • Reflect on personal and professional values in relation to practice in mental health and distress
  • Reflect on how Autistic Spectrum Disorders are conceptualised and defined

On successful completion of the HDFIDS students should be able to:

  • Design and deliver courses, workshops or seminars in a way that embraces diverse learning needs
  • Critically assess the implications of policies and practices on the ability of people with disabilities to participate in the community locally, nationally and internationally
  • Identify barriers to participating in sport and leisure for people with disabilities, and ways of overcoming these
  • Explore key issues in creative art and culture relating to inclusion


Applications will be considered from those who:

  • Hold a primary degree in any discipline (but preferably in the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Care) and evidence of working in the area of disability, whether in a personal, professional, voluntary or community capacity)
  • Or the candidate can hold a Diploma in Disability Studies/Autism Studies and have, in the opinion of the selection panel, evidence of substantial experience (at least two years) of working in the area of disability, whether in a personal, professional, voluntary or community capacity.
  • Candidates may be required to attend for interview. Shortlisting may apply.

Fees and Costs

€2400 per academic year

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

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]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.

You can also download and post in your application ACE Application Form 2019



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Contact details for this course

Year 1 Modules

  • AD5832: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Inclusion (Disability Studies) (10 credits)
    An interdisciplinary module informed by the arts, humanities and social sciences that investigates society's understanding of disability from a historical, social, cultural, political, legal, global and educational perspective.
  • AD5833: Introduction to Sensory Awareness and Communication (5 credits)
    Deaf, Deaf-blind, Vision impaired and Blind Awareness: types of deafness, deaf-blindness, vision impairment and blindness; preferred communication methods; acceptable terminology; attitudes towards deafness and blindness; technical and mobility aids; LSPs; national organisations working with deaf, deaf-blind people, vision impaired and blind people. Communication Tactics with deaf and deaf-blind people - basic skills for communicating with deaf or deaf-blind people. Mobility and daily living strategies for vision impaired and blind people.
  • AD5834: Introduction to Assistive Technologies (5 credits)
    Introduction to Assistive Technology; Information Technology; Accessible formats.
  • AD5835: The Social Context of Mental Health (5 credits)
    Theories and definitions of mental health and distress from a historical, cultural, medical, social and holistic perspectives; contemporary debates on policy and practice on mental health issues; ethics and values in mental health; the role of service users in mental health policy practice; links between creativity and mental distress.
  • AD5848: Universal Design and Inclusive Strategies (5 credits)
    Inclusive strategies; universal design; universal design for learning; critical skills/analysis.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD5836: Autism: The Social Context (5 credits)
    A brief history of autism and associated life experiences; the impact of autism on the individual, the familiy and carers; the concept of the 'autistic spectrum'; autism as a social construction: the individual model versus the social model of disability.
  • AD5837: Design, Training and Inclusion (10 credits)
    Assessing learning needs; reflecting upon and designing accessible teaching practices to meet the diverse needs of people with disabilities; incorporating flexible approaches to learning and assessment; designing accessible promotional materials.
  • AD5838: Inclusion and Development (Disability Studies) (5 credits)
    Definitions and models of disability which inform policy and practice in developing countries will be reviewed. The personal experiences of people living with an impairment will be considered. The role of the community and of carers will be examined. The contribution of International and National organisations of disabled people will also form part of the module.
  • AD5839: Sport, Leisure and Inclusion (Disability Studies) (5 credits)
    Types of sports and leisure; common barriers to sport and leisure for people with disabilities in Ireland; comparative analysis with other countries; adapted sports; making sport and leisure accessible to people with disabilities; sport and leisure as tools for the inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • AD5847: Creative Art, Culture and Inclusion (Disability Studies) (5 credits)
    Various cultural forms including painting, sculpture, literature, poetry, music, theatre and dance; popular culture including television programmes, pop music, films, art design fashion; the visibility and invisibility of disability.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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