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Ageing Health & Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability (P. Grad. Cert.) (Online)

Key Facts

Course Code: DPCNM-AHWI-1O09  (Online)

Course Code: DPTNM-AHWI-1F09 (F/T)

Course Code: DPTNM-AHWI-1P09 (P/T)

Duration: 1 year part time (Online)

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30 June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


Overview

This interdisciplinary course will develop and strengthen the skills, competencies and knowledge of students, thus enabling them to promote and develop excellence in the delivery of care for people with an intellectual disability. Students will explore the physical health, policy and complex care needs of people with intellectual disabilities. The course will prepare them as leaders in quality and person-centred care for people with intellectual disabilities as they age.

The past number of decades have seen a significant increase in the life expectancy for people with an intellectual or learning disability. A success but also a challenge if increased years are to be filled with life affirming experiences. To support this outcome this course will equip students with knowledge and skills to critique and produce cutting edge research and promote skills translational to practice to enhance care delivery and support. 

The Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, based at Trinity College Dublin, hosts IDS-TILDA, the world leading longitudinal research initiative focused on ageing and intellectual disability, the most complete multidisciplinary body of research in this field, directly informing policy and practice to enhance the lives of older people with intellectual disability. This new Interdisciplinary MSc/P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert will be underpinned by research emanating from the IDS-TILDA study. 

Course Options

The course is taken online within one academic year.

Students who successfully complete the course may apply for re-admission to the M.Sc. in Ageing Health & Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability within five years of first entering the P.Grad. Cert. online course.

Structure & Delivery

All orientation and course content is delivered online; students are not required to attend onsite. The course will include 9 live webinars supported by discussion board topics and students’ contributions.

Course Content

Assessment

  • Health and Well-Being for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability in Contemporary Society (10 ECTS)

The assessment method includes participation in e-tivities and an assignment. 

  • Principles and Perspectives of Service Delivery for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability

The assessment method includes e-tivities and a presentation.

  • Complex Care Realities for the Older Person with an Intellectual Disability

Students are assessed by participation in e-tivities and an assignment.

Entry Requirement

Applicants must fulfil the entry criteria listed below:

  • A 2.1 degree in the applicant’s field of practice, for example OT, physiotherapy, medicine, dental, pharmacy or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme
  • must have current registration with the relevant professions’ regulatory body, where applicable.
  • from across a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds will be considered and are invited to apply
  • whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as specified at https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/requirements/international.php

Applicants without a primary degree, in exceptional circumstances when they satisfy the Admissions Sub-committee may be recommended. There will not be interviews.

Documentation required to complete application

  • Two academic references OR one academic reference from an academic involved is a previous course of academic study and one professional reference from the employer or work practice area. Each reference should confirm the potential and suitability of the applicant to undertake the course
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
  • A letter of support from your Director of Nursing (where applicable)

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

Applicants who wish to undertake the P. Grad Certificate consisting of three specialist modules online, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 30 ECTS credits, should apply directly for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability, DPCNM-AHWI-1O09.

Students who successfully complete the Online Postgraduate Certificate programme may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P. Grad. Cert) or may progress further on the Postgraduate Diploma (P. Grad. Dip.) and Masters (M. Sc.) in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability programme.

Otherwise, applicants who wish to apply for the M. Sc. or P. Grad. Dip. programme should apply directly for the M. Sc. in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability,

Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P. Grad. Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.

Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M. Sc. within five years of first entering the Certificate or Diploma programmes.

Language

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

IELTS (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based

  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge: 
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Master's Pathway Programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. 

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Please click here for Pre-Masters pathway programme

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2021/22 applications in light of test centre closures.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.

An applicant whose first language is not English but who has taken a degree through the medium of English may be eligible. However some courses may request applicants to present an English Language qualification under certain circumstances.