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Behaviours that Challenge
Course Code: INT35
Entry Requirements:
  • Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


  • Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*


  • Be currently employed in healthcare or social care either in: clinical or social care practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

        Applicants will normally have gained:

  • A primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.


*For those required to register with a professional body

If you have not undertaken formal study for some time and are concerned regarding your academic study and writing skills, you are strongly advised to  undertake the access module (Academic Writing and Learning Skills Module-available through the Centre for Lifelong Learning) prior to attempting any standalone modules.

Credits from standalone modules can be accrued towards the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies).

Some of our standalone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.


Online Induction Days begining the week Monday 14th September 2020.

This course will commence on Monday 28 September 2020 online.

Attendance Days:

Workshop - Saturday 3rd October, 2020

Fees (euro):


Application Process:

Please download the application form from the Downloads and Other Information tab, or contact: 

Postgraduate Administrator 
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill

T: 071-9135612



Next Intake:

September 2020

*Please note: late applications will be considered and all modules run depending on sufficient numbers.

Closing Date: 2020-06-19

Programme Overview


This module aims to develop the knowledge competencies, and skills required for supporting people who present with behaviours that challenge/behaviours of concern. The module provides an introduction to behaviours that challenge. On completion of the module the learner will have the knowledge and skills to identify the functionality of behaviours that challenge. The learner will also have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop interventions that are based on a multi element approach offering both proactive and reactive strategies for those who present with these behaviours. The module has been prepared in response to the developing trends in behaviours that challenge practice nationally and internationally. It is also in recognition of the need for specialist preparation for nurses, teachers, multidisciplinary team members, and special education needs assistants, nursing assistants, social care workers, parents and other groups supporting people with behaviours that challenge.

This module is assessed by coursework assignment and on-line activities (e-tivities; and on-line participation through discussion boards). The aim of these activities are to assess knowledge and application to practice of module topics.




Contact Details

Carmel Jennings
The Department of Nursing & Health Studies
St Angela’s College
Lough Gill
T: 071 91 35 618

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