College Details

Add to Favourite

An Cosán Virtual Community College

Ground Floor 4-5 Usher’s Court, Usher’s Quay, Dublin City South, Dublin, Ireland. Eircode: D08 W289

For thirty years, An Cosán has been delivering lifelong learning in Tallaght West, teaching from early years to adulthood in communities that struggle with injustice and inequality. An Cosán is now developing a national profile through its innovative and award-winning Virtual Community College (VCC).  VCC is reducing the digital divide, supporting learners to develop their skills through using 21st century teaching and learning technologies, and offering additional supports to learners to enable them achieve their full potential.

Virtual Community College (VCC) is working to create a future in which further and higher education can become a reality for those affected by injustice and inequality and all those who wish to continue their education in an accessible and affordable way. We cater for learners who have not benefited from mainstream education and offer additional supports to all learners so they can achieve their full potential. Our vision is to reduce the digital divide and support learners to achieve academic excellence through the use of online educational technologies.

Our vision is to reduce the digital divide and support learners to achieve academic excellence through the use of online educational technologies.

 

Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of the Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation module are to provide an understanding of a range of models and approaches to the treatment of addiction problems. To provide an historical overview of approaches and rehabilitation to substance abuse. To develop an understanding of treatment and rehabilitation as central tenet of the National…

Certificate in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development

Programme Overview  VCC is working in partnership with IT Carlow to develop a blended online Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Community Development (QQI Level 7).  Learners who complete Stage 1 at Level 6 of the NFQ (60 credits) are eligible to exit the programme with a “Certificate in Leadership and Community Development” (Minor Award…

Certificate Leadership and Community Development (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  VCC is working in partnership with IT Carlow to develop a blended online Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Community Development (QQI Level 7).  Learners who complete Stage 1 at Level 6 of the NFQ (60 credits) are eligible to exit the programme with a “Certificate in Leadership and Community Development” (Minor Award…

Certificate Leadership and Social Enterprise (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  VCC is working in partnership with IT Carlow to deliver a blended online Certificate in Leadership and Social Enterprise (QQI Level 6).    This interdisciplinary 1 year blended online certificate programme aims to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in the theory and practice of applied addiction studies and community development. The purpose of the programme is to build the capacity of community drugs…

Citizenship and Social Action (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The Citizenship and Social Action course will explore theoretical concepts of democracy, citizenship and social action. Students will also analyse specific case studies in relation to citizenship, social action and democratic participation in the age of the internet. Alongside this, they will investigate and identify strategies and practical approaches to support digital citizenship. Finally,…

Drug Prevention, Education & Awareness (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of this module are to introduce students to best practice in the area of preventative education and family support in an Irish context and to provide a general introduction to prevention education theory & practice.  Format Induction Day: Full Day Face to Face workshop (10am-4pm) Online Sessions: Once a week for 2 hours…

Equality and Diversity (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of Equality and Diversity module are to introduce learners to theories and concepts of identity, equality and diversity. Explore the social construction and status implications of identity, culture and diversity within Irish society. Support learners to examine and reflect on their own understanding of equality, diversity and anti-discrimination and the relationship…

Group Work and Facilitation Skills (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The Group Work and Facilitation Skills programme will develop learners’ understanding of group dynamics, of the principles underpinning facilitation styles and interventions, and of a range of group work techniques. Learners will practice and improve their facilitation and presentation skills as well as their capacity to plan, deliver and evaluate a group. The programme will…

Introduction to Community Leadership (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The Community Leadership programme will explore the role of leadership in the community sector. Learners will investigate a model of grassroots community leadership in practice, nationally and globally. Learners will also examine the concept of leadership within the context of social activism and analyse different leadership styles and qualities. Learners will identify their own…

Introduction to Counselling and Motivational Interviewing (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of Introduction to Counselling and Motivational Interviewing module are to Introduce participants to a range of counselling theories and concepts. Explore key components of each counselling methodology from an addiction perspective. Explore ethical principles of addiction counselling. Introduce participants to the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing. Facilitate the practice of motivational…

Leadership and Organisational Development (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of Leadership and Organisational Development module are to define the role of leadership and its relationship to management in the community and voluntary sector. Examine appropriate organisational structures in community organisations. Explore the importance of governance and current legislation governing the community sector. Explore the process of strategic planning and development…

Leadership and Organisational Development (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of Leadership and Organisational Development module are to define the role of leadership and its relationship to management in the community and voluntary sector. Examine appropriate organisational structures in community organisations. Explore the importance of governance and current legislation governing the community sector. Explore the process of strategic planning and development and…

Learning to Learn at Third Level (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The Learning to Learn at Third Level programme is designed to support learners to develop skills and confidence in preparing for education at third level.  Students will explore a range of different learning styles and will be introduced to academic reading and writing; reading techniques and strategies; planning, structuring, writing assignments and using…

Management Development (QQI Level 6)

Contact Office for Course Details

Reflective Practice, Knowledge, Skills & Attitude (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The Reflective Practice, Knowledge, Skills & Attitude programme aims to support students to gain experience as a practitioner in a community development context and integrate relevant theory with practice. Develop self-awareness and core skills to critically reflect on their practice in a comprehensive and ethical manner. Be responsible for managing their continuous professional development.  Format…

Social Policy (QQI Level 6)

Programme Overview  The aims of the Social Policy course are to examine the executive functions of state and the processes involved in decision making and social policy development within government. Outline the historical development of Irish social policy. Introduce the social policy framework with regard to Health, Education and Community and Voluntary Activity. Examine the relationship…

The Nature and Context of Addiction

Programme Overview  The Nature and Context of Addiction programme will introduce students to the meaning and nature of addiction. Will provide an overview of predominant theories of causation – biological, psychological, sociological and cultural. Will introduce students to the theoretical orientations in the treatment of addiction – medical, pharmacological, spiritual, psychological and psychoanalytic. Will provide…

Transformative Community Education (QQI Level 7)

Programme Overview  The Transformative Community Education programme will explore theoretical concepts of community education, lifelong learning transformation and social change. Analyse specific case studies in relation to community education, social action and transformation. Investigate and identify strategies and practical approaches to curriculum design, development and delivery for transformative community education and support digital citizenship and social…

Map