Certificate in Contemporary Living

Certificate in Contemporary Living

CCL Application Form 2016 

Duration: 2 Years

What is a Certificate in Contemporary Living?

  • The Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) is a two year education programme for people with intellectual disabilities designed for delivery in a third level education setting.
  • It focuses on helping students develop strategic skills to promote self-reliance and independence and increased participation in society.
  • The CCL course provides structured opportunities for interaction between students with intellectual disabilities and non disabled students. As such it is about inclusion and not just about access.
  • The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) in TCD developed the CCL programme in 2005 and the first cohort of students graduated from TCD in February 2008.

Learn more about what it is here:

Programme Aims and Objectives

The Certificate in Contemporary Living seeks to support individuals with intellectual disabilities in developing core skills required for participation in contemporary society and to do so in a way which promotes lifelong learning and inclusion in a third level environment.

The overall learning objective is to facilitate individuals with intellectual disabilities to develop and enhance the skills necessary for effective participation in contemporary society. Specific learning objectives include:

  • The enhancement of literacy skills for effective communication in everyday life.
  • The enhancement of skills required to effectively use current technologies to access information available in electronic format.
  • The enhancement of interpersonal skills necessary for self-determination and community participation, including personalised planning and self advocacy skills.
  • The enhancement of applied mathematical skills including money management, budgeting and time management.
  • The enhancement of understanding of Irish lifestyle and culture and its similarities and differences to other countries.
  • The development/enhancement of applied work skills in a work placement setting.
  • The application of the literacy, mathematical, communication, employment, self reflection and cultural appreciation skills necessary for contemporary living.

What will I be studying?

Year 1

Students take 20 credits as follows:

Module Code    Module Title Credit Weighting
 SS1825 Personal Effectiveness  5
 SS1824 Information and Communication Technology  5
 SS2817 Social Science: An International Perspective  5
 SS1826 Expressive Arts  5


Year 2

Students take 20 credits as follows: 

Module Code    Module Title Credit Weighting
 SS2816 Mathematical and Financial Management  5
 SS2825 Health and Wellbeing  5
 SS2818 Career Development and Work Placement  5
 SS2819 Inclusive Studies and Research  5

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic qualifications required for admission to the programme, however all applicants are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disability
  • Be committed to their ongoing learning and personal development

For further details on modules descriptions, assessment and examination procedures, please contact Ms. André Kenneally by email at: a.kenneally@ucc.ie

What will it cost?

The fee is currently €2,000 per year.

Further Information 

The CCL course in UCC is directed by Dr. Máire Leane, Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC.  All queries about the CCL may be directed to Máire.  Her email is: m.leane@ucc.ie and her phone no. is 021 4902831.

Application Process

An Open Day will be held from 7pm to 8.30 pm in the O'Rahilly Buildling, UCC on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 to provide information for the next intake of students on the course. All students interested in doing the course are asked to complete an application form, which is available at the top of this page. 

The closing date for applications is Weds., April 27th, 2016.  Interviews for successful applicants will be held on Monday, May 16th, 2016. The course will begin each year in September and will continue until the following May with students attending UCC for two days per week during that time. 





School of Applied Social Studies

Staidéar Sóisialta Feidhmeach

William Thompson House, Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland.