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The Open College

01 206 1750
Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland. Eircode: D18KX34

The Open College is Ireland’s largest provider of courses and QQI awards (formerly FETAC) in Distance Learning and eLearning.

The Open College was founded to deliver flexible programmes and education choices to the public utilising a variety of delivery methods that include Distance Learning, eLearning & Attendance Learning and to provide these QQI courses at Market Leading prices with courses starting from only €259!

Our range of courses at The Open College offer more opportunities than ever before with a choice of over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 distance eLearning component Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories including:

Healthcare
Childcare
Business & Finance
Journalism & Writing
Special Needs Assisting (SNA)
Management
Training & Delivery – Train the Trainer
Digital Media
Psychology
Law
Montessori Teaching
Sports & Exercise and many more.

We are approved to offer awards which are part of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, which is overseen by the Irish Department of Education. The QQI qualifications you can achieve through The Open College are fully recognised by employers both nationally and internationally with some awards now mandatory requirements in Irish sectors like Childcare and Healthcare.

For more information on the distance learning courses offered by The Open College, view our courses below in the Nightcourses.com Course Finder.

Activities Coordinator

This new and unique Open College designed Activities Coordinator continuous personal development (CPD) course will look at how therapeutic and recreational activities are of paramount importance in the promotion of resident’s / clients quality of life and how the Activity Coordinator plays a central role in delivering purposeful activities that stimulate residents and improve their wellbeing.…

Adv. Montessori with ECCE Major Award – (QQI Level 6)

The Montessori parts of the course train the learners to educate children in a way that gives them the best possible foundation for life. “Maria Montessori’s goal was to develop the whole personality of the child and her system is based on her strong belief in the spontaneous working of the human intellect. The main…

Advanced Business Management (QQI Level 6 Major Award)

Who should complete the Advanced Business Management (QQI Level 6 Major Award) course? This course equips Managers including those new to Management with comprehensive skills in the management of people, resources and activities. The course is based around eight sought after and highly practical modules but you have a choice of 6 elective modules. At The…

Advanced Childhood Care & Education – (QQI Level 6 Major)

This Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6 Major award programme – 6M2007 will provide learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to work as autonomous practitioners and to lead and supervise others in the provision of quality early childhood care and education in a variety of ECCE settings, whether working in a day care…

Approaches to Early Childhood Education - QQI Level 5

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the philosophy and practice underpinning a specific approach to Early Childhood Education, to include one of the following Montessori, Froebel, Steiner or Weikart. Module objectives: To familiarise the learner with various educational theorists and their programmes suitable for…

Care of the Older Person (QQI Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this course will: demonstrate good work practices in the provision of individualised holistic care for older people understand the concept of the ageing process be able to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings enhance the quality of life of the older person.…

Care Provision and Practice (QQI Level 5)

Who should complete this course? This programme is open to individuals with an interest in caring for older people, but it is of particular relevance to carers working with or planning to work with clients in the community. This is an area of considerable growth in employment, whether in care centres or in the client’s…

Care Skills (QQI Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this course will: recognise the personal care needs of clients respond effectively to clients’ individual needs, with their involvement and use of choice acquire practical skills in the area of client personal care maintain a safe, healthy and hygienic environment for clients.   Who should complete this course? Learners who wish…

Child Development (QQI Level 5)

This Child Development Level 5 module is one of the mandatory modules required for obtaining the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate. On successful completion of this module learners will be equipped with knowledge, skill and competence relevant to the theory and practice of child development and learning within Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)…

Child Health and Well Being (QQI Level 5)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide for the health and well-being of children and maintain healthy, hygienic and safe practices and environments in a range of early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings. Learners who successfully complete this module will: understand the responsibilities…

Child Protection & Welfare in ECCE Settings

This new and unique Open College designed Child Protection and Welfare in ECCE Settings continuous personal development (CPD) course will highlight the importance of having a clear and detailed background knowledge about Child Protection and Welfare Issues of Children. It is essential to have this knowledge in order to protect the Children in your Care. You as an…

Child Psychology (QQI Level 6)

The aim of this QQI Child Psychology Level 6 course is to provide the learner with the necessary theoretical knowledge relating to child psychology, as well as an understanding of how that theoretical knowledge is relevant in applied contexts as reflected, for example, in best educational practice being tied to the cognitive level of the…

Childhood Social, Legal and Health Studies (QQI Level 6)

Who should complete this course? Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Social & Legal issues in Childcare at Level 6 Students who wish to understand the social policy and legislation relevant to early childhood education and care settings, children and their families and the skills necessary for dealing with child protection issues.  …

Children with Additional Needs (QQI Level 5)

This QQI Children with Additional Needs module is designed to enable the learner develop skills, gain knowledge and attitudes necessary to work with children who have additional needs. The learner will gain an understanding of the support needed to ensure children are fully included and integrated in a variety of care and educational environments. It…

Community Care (QQI Lvl 5 Major Award)

This Community Care assistant Major Award equips students with the skills and knowledge to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Care Worker and acquire practical skills for work in the caring environments.  You will gain an understanding of the nursing process, appreciate the models…

Creative Writing 5N4765 (QQI Level 5)

This QQI Level 5 Creative Writing course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their creative voice through writing. It aims to give students an understanding of the process of writing, key aspects of writing fiction, as well as the possibility of getting work published. Course documentation for this journalism course is detailed, comprehensive…

Dementia Care & Awareness

This new and unique Open College designed Dementia Care & Awareness course will look at how dementia is now both a national and global concern and why there is a need to develop awareness and understanding of the facts pertaining to dementia. This course will explore the neurology of dementia, the various forms of dementia…

Digital Marketing (QQI Level 5)

This Digital Marketing online course will introduce students to the core competencies required to develop and execute digital marketing strategies and activities. It will provide a detailed understanding of what Digital Marketing is, major trends and important concepts such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Science of Adwords Traffic, types of Online marketing, eMail Marketing, Viral…

Disability Awareness (QQI Level 6)

Learners who complete this new programme will obtain the knowledge on different definitions of disability in relation to historical and cultural influences. Learners will acquire knowledge of various types of physical and learning disabilities. They will be familiar with the different assistive technology and teaching methods which will help with the negative aspects of each…

Disability Awareness (QQI Level 6)

Learners who complete this Disability Awareness programme will obtain the knowledge on different definitions of disability in relation to historical and cultural influences. Learners will acquire knowledge of various types of physical and learning disabilities. They will be familiar with the different assistive technology and teaching methods which will help with the negative aspects of each…

Early Care & Education Practice (QQI Level 5)

The Early Care & Education Practice module is designed to equip the learner with the personal skills and knowledge required to work in a professional manner with children, parents and colleagues either in the home or a childcare setting. It aims to promote good practice, equality of opportunity and respect for diversity in lifestyles, religion…

Early Childhood Arts and Culture (Montessori Culture)

The purpose of this QQI Early Childhood Arts and Culture (Montessori Culture) award is to equip the learner with the necessary skills and competence to ensure that each child develops a competent level of learning through Arts and Culture in the ECCE setting. Each student will gain a full understanding of the montessori method of…

Early Childhood Care & Education

This QQI Level 5 Childcare Major award programme is designed to prepare you to work in a supervised role, competently, safely and effectively with children aged 0 – 6 years. The Early Childhood Care & Education course is designed to emphasise the integrated nature of work with young children. It will also prepare you to…

Early Childhood Curriculum (QQI Level 6)

Who should complete this course? Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Early Childhood Programmes at Level 6. Students who aim to promote good practice, equality, and respect for diversity in early childhood education and care. Students who wish to understand child development from 0-6 years. Students who are looking to complete the QQI advanced…

Early Childhood Education & Play (QQI Level 5)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to ensure that each child’s learning development and well-being is facilitated through the provision of opportunities, experiences, activities, interaction, materials and equipment, having regard to the age and stage of development of the child and the child’s cultural context.…

Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language)

The purpose of this QQI Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language) award is to equip the learner with the necessary skills and competence to ensure that each child develops a competent level of literacy and numeracy skills as developed through the montessori method of teaching. Each student will gain a full understanding of the…

Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life & Sensorial)

The purpose of this QQI Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life & Sensorial) award is to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge to implement an appropriate ECCE environment that encourages and supports the holistic learning of the child. The learner will gain the relevant skills and competencies to ensure that the environment is developed…

Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Method)

The purpose of this QQI Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Method) Level 6 award is to equip the learner with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement appropriate philosophies to apply to the ECCE setting. Learners will be introduced to philosophical approaches for ECCE settings and previous approaches so that comparisons can be made. The Aistear…

Exercise & Fitness (QQI Level 5)

The aim of this newly validated Exercise & Fitness 5N2668 module is to teach knowledge and understanding in the field of Exercise and Fitness. The learner will be introduced to the principal theories of planning and evaluating exercise programmes. They will then be expected to apply these theories in a practical fitness instruction context. This will…

Health and Safety at Work (QQI Level 5)

This QQI Level 5 Health & Safety at Work  module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment. The learner will be supported in achieving an awareness of safety and health issues in the workplace. The tutor will assist the learner…

Healthcare Support – (QQI Level 5 Major Award)

Who should complete the Healthcare Support – (QQI Level 5 Major Award) course? The Healthcare Support Course is designed to give those wishing to work in the healthcare system a thorough grounding in the necessary skills. The course is relevant and highly practical, with each module focusing on a specific area of care. The Healthcare Support…

Healthcare Support – (QQI Level 5 Major Award)

Who should complete the Healthcare Support – (QQI Level 5 Major Award) course? The Healthcare Support Course is designed to give those wishing to work in the healthcare system a thorough grounding in the necessary skills. The course is relevant and highly practical, with each module focusing on a specific area of care. The Healthcare Support…

Healthcare Support – (QQI Level 5 Major Award)

The Healthcare Support Course is designed to give those wishing to work in the healthcare system a thorough grounding in the necessary skills. The course is relevant and highly practical, with each module focusing on a specific area of care. The course aims to prepare learners for a career both here in Ireland and Internationally…

Human Growth and Development (QQI Level 5)

This module aims to introduce learners to human development and behaviour from infancy to old age. The module is designed for learners who intend to work in a variety of community/social care settings where frequent demand is made on the individual to relate to people at various levels of personal development and to understand the…

Infection Prevention & Control (QQI Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this course will: understand what the area of Infection Control means and its importance for every member of the Healthcare team have a better understanding of the basic principles of infection control and be able to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control be aware of the importance of infection…

Intellectual Disability Studies (QQI Level 5)

This course is designed for people who wish to work in the area of intellectual Disability, employers in the intellectual disability area would favour job candidates with this module completed. The course will also be of particular interest to family members and friends who have contact with a person with Intellectual Disability. This Component Certificate…

Leisure Facility Operations (QQI Level 5)

The aim of this QQI Leisure Facility Operations – 5N4667 course is to provide the learner with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge relating to Leisure facilities. The theoretical understanding needs to be applied in the real environment to protect against health and safety issues, hygiene, legal and management best practice. Thus the gamut of leisure operations…

Medical Terminology & Administration (QQI Level 5)

This QQI Level 5 Medical Terminology & Administration distance learning programme is designed for people who wish to gain a recognised qualification to enable them to begin work or improve their career in Medical Reception and Medical Administration roles.   Students will learn how to: use and understand medical terminology, understand relevant legislation, manage healthcare…

Mental Health (QQI Level 6)

This QQI level 6 Mental Health course is a distance learning programme run by The Open College. This QQI Mental Health Awareness qualification is designed for a broad spectrum of health care workers who would benefit from a greater understanding of Mental Health. This course covers topics such as stress, phobias, anxiety, eating disorders, and…

Nursing Theory and Practice (QQI Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this Nursing Theory and Practice course will: outline the history and development of nursing acquire a knowledge of the structure and function of the health care service in the Republic of Ireland know the various disciplines and specialities within nursing understand the nursing process appreciate the models of care be aware…

Nutrition (QQI Level 5)

The purpose of this QQI Level 5 Nutrition course is to provide you with the knowledge of the composition of food and how food affects an individual’s personal well-being.   Topics covered include: Composition of Food Nutrition and Health Nutrition and Exercise Food Labelling. Unit Details   Unit 1 Composition of Food Learners should be…

Operating Department Care Skills (QQI Level 5)

This Operating Department Care Skills Level 5 award will: Enable the learner to acquire the knowledge and competences necessary to deliver effective, safe and efficient client care within the operating department. Facilitate the learner to gain understanding of the physical and psychological needs of the client within the operating department. Facilitate the learner to understand the importance…

Palliative Care Support (QQI Level 5)

This Palliative Care module is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills of the palliative care approach to enable them to care for the person diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and, in the last days of a person’s life and also his/her family in a dignified and holistic way. Course documentation for…

QQI Activities of Living Patient Care

This Activities of Living Patient Care award will: Facilitate the learner to gain understanding of the Activities of Living and its application to client care. Facilitate the learner to gain knowledge and competency in the delivery of holistic care to clients/patients and understand the importance of promoting of quality of life for client /patient. Facilitate…

QQI Anatomy & Physiology

The purpose of this QQI validated Anatomy & Physiology award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the structure and function of the human body. On successful completion of the modules the learner will have the skills to understand the interrelationships between systems of the body and recognise the…

QQI Business Law (Level 5)

This course proposes to give the student the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles and practices of business law and its impact on a range of business organisations.   Who should complete this course? Students who wish to obtain a general understanding of Business Law principles and to enable them to appreciate the role…

QQI Business Law (Level 6)

This QQI level 6 Business Law module is designed to enable the learner to gain an in depth understanding of the Legislative Environment in which a modern business must survive. Learners will be aware of and be able to apply the Legislation that applies to their particular area of business.     Learners who successfully complete this…

QQI Care Support

Learners who successfully complete this course will: understand the responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. recognise the need for continuing development in care work, drawing on personal reflection and experience. promote good practice and respect for diversity in the care setting. understand the importance of working effectively as part of a team. communicate and…

QQI Criminal Law (Level 5)

This course proposes to give the student the knowledge, skill and competence of the principles and practice underpinning criminal law and the application of criminal law in legal practice.    Learners who successfully complete this course will: develop a general understanding of the Irish Criminal System develop an appreciation of the elements required for a crime…

QQI Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 5 Major Award)

Distance Learning Early Childhood Care course with The Open College in South Dublin. This QQI Level 5 Childcare Major award programme is designed to prepare you to work in a supervised role, competently, safely and effectively with children aged 0 – 6 years. The course is designed to emphasise the integrated nature of work with young…

QQI Employment Law (Level 6)

This QQI Employment Law course is designed to enable the learner to gain an in depth understanding of the Legislative Environment in which a modern business must survive. Learners will be aware of and be able to apply the Legislation that applies to their particular area of business. It is designed to equip participants with knowledge of…

QQI Legal Practice & Procedures (Level 5)

  Topics covered include: Unit 1: Introduction to the Irish Legal System Unit 2: Sources of Irish Law Unit 3: Remedies in the Irish Legal System Unit 4: Law of Torts Unit 5: European Union Law Unit 6: Constitution of Ireland Unit 7: Specific Legal Documents and Legislation.   Learners who successfully complete this course…

QQI Print Journalism (Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this course will: acquire the ability to write in different registers be able to edit and layout newspaper pages undertake research on a given topic demonstrate an understanding of political and social affairs both national and international.   Who should complete this course? Students who wish to achieve a QQI credit…

QQI Psychology (Level 5)

The aim of this QQI Applied Psychology course is to provide the learner with the necessary theoretical knowledge relating to applied psychology, as well as an understanding of how that theoretical knowledge is used in applied contexts as reflected, for example, in treatment approaches for psychological disorders. Similarly, the course will cover theory and application…

QQI Train the Trainer (Level 6)

The purpose of this QQI validated Train the Trainer (Training Delivery and Evaluation) 6N3326 award is to develop an understanding of the methodologies and processes available to approach Training Delivery and Evaluation. We will do this by equipping the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in Training Delivery and Evaluation through planning, design, delivery, assessment and evaluation.…

QQI Training & Development – Special Purpose Award

The purpose of this QQI Training and Development – Special Purpose Award (6S3372) is to develop an understanding of the methodologies and processes available to approach Training Needs Identifications and Design. We will do this by equipping you with the knowledge, skill and competence to identify training and development needs. You will achieve this based on specific…

QQI Training Delivery and Evaluation (Level 6)

The purpose of this QQI validated Train the Trainer (Training Delivery and Evaluation) 6N3326 award is to develop an understanding of the methodologies and processes available to approach Training Delivery and Evaluation. We will do this by equipping the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in Training Delivery and Evaluation through planning, design, delivery, assessment and evaluation.…

QQI Training Delivery and Evaluation by Distance Learning (Level 6)

The purpose of this QQI Train the Trainer (Training Delivery and Evaluation) 6N3326 award by eLearning is to develop an understanding of the methodologies and processes available to approach Training Delivery and Evaluation. We will do this by equipping the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in Training Delivery and Evaluation through planning, design, delivery, assessment and evaluation. Specifically…

School Age Childcare

This School Age Childcare 5N1781 module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to implement and evaluate school age childcare programmes.   At the end of this course Learners will be able to: Outline the elements of an effective school age childcare programme. Explain the importance of developing programme plans that are inclusive…

Social Studies (QQI Level 5)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required for employment in a Social Care Setting. It will introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies and to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general. Learners…

Special Needs Assisting (QQI Level 6)

The purpose of this QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assisting (SNA) programme is to equip the learner with the skills necessary to ensure adults or children with special needs are offered the same opportunity to access education compared to those who do not have special needs. Learners will examine the different educational options available for children…

Special Needs Assisting (SNA)

This SNA Level 5 module is designed to enable learners to work effectively as Special Needs Assistants and gain an understanding of the skills required to ensure children they are working with become independent learners. They will learn to work under the direction of the teacher and work as part of the multidisciplinary team. Through…

Sports & Recreation Studies – (QQI Level 5)

The aim of this QQI Sports & Recreation Studies – 5N2667 course is to provide the learner with the necessary practical and theoretical knowledge of Sports and Recreation in Ireland.  The learner will acquire  an understanding of how different sporting organisations work successfully. Similarly, the learner will acquire an understanding of how these organisations are…

Sports Psychology – (QQI Level 6)

This QQI Level 6 Sports Psychology 6N4665 programme is designed to assist learners in understanding the psychological aspects of sport. It aims to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to understand and help change the behaviours of athletes in order to improve performance. Sports Psychology is continually growing in Ireland. This has been aided by the success…

Sports, Recreation & Exercise – QQI Major Award

This one year part time QQI Level 5 Major Award in Sports, Recreation and Exercise is a broad Sports and Leisure course that will enable students to demonstrate and apply a range of skills and knowledge in a variety of Sports and Recreation contexts. Students will acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to assist…

Supervision in Early Childhood Care (QQI Lvl 6)

On successful completion of this QQI Supervision in Early Childhood Care module learners will be equipped with knowledge, skill and competence in relation to management theory, the role of the supervisor, supervision practice, motivation theory and practical supervision skills. This will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to supervise others in providing…

Understanding Special Needs (QQI Level 5)

This Understanding Special Needs module is designed to give learners an understanding of the context of special needs, associated issues with special needs and approaches to ensuring the needs of children with special needs are met. Learners will gain broad knowledge of a range of special needs, the cause, treatment and interventions also. Learners who…

Workplace Statutory Policies & Procedures (QQI Level 5)

The purpose of this very comprehensive Workplace Statutory Policies & Procedures module is to provide learners with a general understanding of legal principles and procedures, safety and quality in the workplace.   Learners who successfully complete this course will: develop a general understanding of the Irish legal system evaluate the impact of the law on…

Writing Skills for Journalism (QQI Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this course will: understand the ways in which the reading public is offered information develop writing skills that answer the editorial needs of newspapers, radio or television write in different registers work to pre-defined, tight deadlines spot a potential story demonstrate an understanding, in writing, of the difference between fact and…

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