Social Studies At The Open Training College

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Thinking of getting ‘professionalised’? The Open Training College is still open for applications for its BA in Applied Social Studies (Disability) courses commencing September 2015.

‘Learning Together’

The Open Training College provides accredited training to people employed, or seeking employment, in the disability/human service and non-profit sectors across Ireland, using an approach developed specifically for people who need to balance their work, life and learning commitments.

The College wishes to help prepare social care workers to meet the challenges arising out of the implementation of the HIQA Standards and Regulations which demands a workforce that has the knowledge and skills to deliver improved services’ comments Raymond Watson, Head of eLearning at the Open Training College.

The Open Training College’s ‘LEARNING TOGETHER’ approach to training – built on 20+ years of collaboration with students and the more than 120 organisations in the sector – has created a unique environment in which people can learn and work together in ways that make a real difference to their career and to service users’ quality of life.

The approach is reflected in the courses offered by the OTC, including the BA in Applied Social Studies (Disability) which has been created specifically for, and by, people working in the sector. It provides people with the practical knowledge and skills needed to become successful Social Care Workers.

Important reasons why you, or a colleague, should consider the BA Applied Social Studies (Disability):

  • Exclusively aimed at people working in disability services
  • Applied programme addressing real work issues
  • Designed to accommodate the pressures and responsibilities you face
  • Develops social care skills and competencies required to deliver person centered services and deliver on the social care needs of the person
  • Ensures understanding and application to practice of the statutory and regulatory environment
  • Delivers outcomes for the person that lead to an improved quality of life
  • Best practice application ensuring the rights, autonomy, equity and participation of the person who uses the service
  • Access to a vibrant community of practice to share ideas and align yourself to national and international best practice
  • Tutors have first-hand experience of working in front line disability services
  • Blended eLearning model ensuring limited time out of work
  • Award winning Supported Open Learning model
  • Accredited by QQI/HETAC and is placed at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications


The course is competitively priced at €2,980 (tax relief and a flexible instalment plan is available).

Leading Excellent Practice in Social Care

“I think I would award an A1 grade to the Open Training College because it has enabled me to make an impact on the ground within my disability service. The application of learning is key to allowing change to take place on the ground.”

Don Campbell, Manager, Irish Wheelchair Association, graduated 2011



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