Course Description

Certificate in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development



Certificate in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development is a course run by An Cosán Virtual Community College, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course with a duration of 1 Year. Certificate in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development gives a Course Qualification of Award / Certificate, awarded by Institute of Technology Carlow. For more information about Certificate in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development at An Cosán Virtual Community College, please review the details below.

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 Level 6) or to progress to Higher Certificate (QQI Level 6) and BA Degree (QQI Level 7) awards. 
 

Aim of Programme 

The aim of this interdisciplinary 1 year blended online certificate programme is 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 workers and those working and  

volunteering in the wider community within an addiction context. 

 

Format and Modules at a Glance 

The first Induction day will introduce students to the course content, the technology, as well as one another. Each Module begins with six-hour face-to-face Saturday Workshop 10.00 – 16.00 followed by 6 weekly online live sessions once a week (day and time will be determined by demand).  We also offer tutorial sessions in the virtual classroom to help learners with their study skills and assignments.  The following modules are included: 

 

Modules at a Glance: Stage 1 / 60 ECTS 

Module #  Title  Date for Face to Face workshops (attendance is required) 
    Induction Day  Midway Workshop 
Module 1  Learning to Learn at Third Level  TBC September 2020  TBC September 2020 
Module 2  Introduction to Community Development  TBC October 2020  TBC November 2020 
  Midterm Break  TBC October – TBC November 2020 
Module 3  Social Analysis   TBC December 2020  TBC January 2021 
  Christmas Break  TBC December 2020 –TBC January 2021 
Module 4  Group Work and Facilitation Skills  TBC February 2021  TBC March 2021 
Module 5  The Nature and Context of Addiction  TBC March 2021  TBC April 2021 
Module 6  Drug Prevention, Education & Awareness  TBC May 2021  TBC June 2021 

 

*All 6 programmes above are included in the Certificate but the order in which they run may vary. Participants can take modules at their own pace over 1 to 2 years.   

 

 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment 

Students will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop research and problem-solving skills through work and enquiry-based learning, more formally structured tuition, and self-directed learning.  They will develop competencies in the following transferable skills: written and oral communication, critical thinking, digital literacy, group collaboration, problem solving, planning & time management.  A variety of assessment methods such as reflective journals, presentations, research projects, portfolios and assignments are used on the programme. 

 

Learner Supports  

At VCC, we support our learners fully so that they can achieve their full potential.  

  • Technology moderators provide technical support and encouragement to learners in advance of and during online sessions. 
  • Qualified tutors with in-depth classroom experience and subject matter expertise are readily available to discuss programme content. 
  • One-to-one online mentors are available throughout the programme. 
  • Learners are actively encouraged to support one another and build collaborative learning communities.   

 

Time commitment 

For each accredited programme (6 modules), you need to be available for two full day Saturday workshops (2 x 6-hour face-to-face workshop) and 6 online sessions (2.5 hours per week). It is recommended that participants allocate a minimum of 3 hours per week for self-directed study to cover suggested readings and videos. 

Entry Requirements 

Applicants must be 18 years+.  Applicants should have completed the Leaving Certificate or a QQI (FETAC) Major Award at Level 5 preferably in the area of leadership, community development studies or a related area. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Institute of Technology Carlow policy on recognition of prior learning (RPL). Applicants may be required to attend for an interview.  

 

Admissions 

We are currently receiving applications for programmes commencing in September 2020 Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.   

  • OPEN DAY: Registration & Information: Friday 17th January 2020 (10am-2pm) 
  • Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 12th June 2020 (to determine if we will run courses in AM/PM). 
  • Deadline for Registration & Bursary Application: Friday 7th August 2020 

 

Fees 

Fees for a Certificate Programme are €1,800.  A deposit of €400 must be paid to secure a place.  An instalment plan is available. 

For more information and to register a place contact: 

Phone: 01 534 1847Email: info@ancosanvcc.com Web: www.ancosanvcc.ie    

 

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Training ProviderAn Cosán Virtual Community College
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 8
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationAward / Certificate
Awarding BodyInstitute of Technology Carlow
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate
Course Start Date5th September 2020
Course End Date30th June 2020
Course Duration1 Year
Course TimeTo be determined
Course Fee1800
Entry RequirementsEntry Requirements Applicants must be 18 years+. Applicants should have completed the Leaving Certificate or a QQI (FETAC) Major Award at Level 5 preferably in the area of leadership, community development studies or a related area. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Institute of Technology Carlow policy on recognition of prior learning (RPL). Applicants may be required to attend for an interview.
Phone01 534 1847
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