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Certificate in Disability Studies (Level 7)
Bachelor of Arts (Disability Equality Studies), Diploma in Arts (Disability Equality Studies) and Standalone Module in Disability Studies options are also available.
Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence this Certificate Programme. Candidates are however, expected to have good reading and writing skills and basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Candidates under 21 years should meet the University's minimum matriculation entry requirements.
Those for whom English is not their first language should check the university requirements at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international/english.html
Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
For language exemptions please refer to the National University of Ireland guidance at: http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp
€995 for the year
Background to the programme
There are approximately 600,000 disabled people living in Ireland (approximately 13% of the population). When this statistic is applied to the day-to-day experience of most Irish citizens however, it is rarely the case that 13% of the people will go to school with, work with, socialise with, elect, consult or otherwise meet, are disabled colleagues or friends. This indicates that there is an absence of disabled people as equal and effective citizens in Irish society. How our society 'disables' people requires robust investigation.
Other statistics bear this out; the level of education completed by disabled people is substantially lower than that achieved in the general population. Disabled people are much less likely to have completed third level education. The unemployment rate amongst disabled people is higher than (30.8% compared with 19%) in the overall population. Disabled people have poorer general health than the overall population (CSO, 2011).
Disability studies allow us to understand that these poorer outcomes arise, not because of the impairment or condition - which is a fact of life for the individual - but because society has been constructed by non-disabled people, with non-disabled people in mind. Disability studies allow us to understand disability in a different way; not as a health issue or something to be 'cured', nor as something to arouse sympathy, but as a political and social issue. The study of 'disability' is therefore inextricably linked to the concept of equality.
St. Angela’s College and Disability Studies (full-time and part-time)
St. Angela’s College have been running the full-time BA (Health and Disability Studies) since 2011. This was the first, social-model led, level 8 disability studies programme in the Republic of Ireland. St. Angela’s College is well positioned to facilitate the study of equality and social inclusion for and with disabled and non-disabled people, from across the island. In partnership with The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA) we have now developed the Certificate in Disability Studies and the part-time BA (Disability Equality Studies) in response to the issues outlined above. DESSA are the national leaders in developing and delivering social inclusion initiatives and effective mainstreaming for and with disabled people and their families. This partnership provides an opportunity to work with experts in the field and also creates a connection to community services and Disability Equality Networks facilitated by DESSA.
This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format. This means that students will study independently at home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments and they will attend a small number of workshops which will be scheduled throughout the academic year, from September to May. Depending on the numbers and locations of students, these workshops may be offered in various geographic locations in Ireland. St. Angela's College and DESSA are also delighted that the programme will have a strong input from disabled academics and activists.
This programme is intended for:
This programme may be of interest to disabled people in Ireland, or people currently working in the disability and community sectors. People working for, or living with, disabled people may also be interested in the programme. DESSA delivers a nation-wide Empowering-Parents Programme and Peer-Mentoring training that has initiated research that identifies how disabled people, parents/siblings and guardians are seeking effective 3rd-level options for accredited disability-equality further education.
This programme is provided on a modular basis over one year through blended learning; combining independent home study, online learning and workshops. Students will undertake 1 module in semester 1 (September to December) and 1 module in semester 2 (January to April). Each module carries a number of European Credit Transfers (ECTS) with students undertaking 15 credits in this year.
Students will study independently at home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments and will attend workshops for selected modules. These workshops will be scheduled throughout the academic year from September to May.
*Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time, for any of the above modules under exceptional circumstances, approved by the College of Arts, NUI Galway.
This Certificate Programme will afford the participants an opportunity to form new perspectives about disability. The course will equip students with the knowledge to challenge existing concepts of what it means to be disabled and thereby contribute to the move towards a more equal society. Graduates of the Certificate in Disability Studies may progress to the Degree/Diploma in Disability Equality Studies in St. Angela's College. Further education in the field of disability studies will offer a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to work in the community or disability sector at the individual, group or organisation level.
NUI Galway and St. Angela's College, Sligo, offer a range of Postgraduate Programmes that will be suited to the graduates of the BA (Disability Equality Studies). Students may choose to pursue further studies in the areas of Disability Studies or Community Development for example.
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FAQs Disability Studies/Disability Equality Studies
FAQ – Disability Studies / Disability Equality Studies
Why were the BA /Diploma (Disability Equality Studies) programme, the Certificate in Disability Studies programme and the Stand-alone Module developed?
The suite of disability studies / disability equality studies were developed to accommodate a growing need for effective 3rd-level, accredited disability-equality education. That growing needs is evident among; disabled people, those working in the disability sector or elsewhere and people who have commitments that prevent them attending college, so a suite of online options was created.
Who is it aimed at?
These options are aimed at anyone with an interest in disability. That might include disabled people, people working for or with disabled people, families and carers of disabled people and those working in the disability or community sectors, for example.
I am neither disabled nor do I work in the disability sector. Is it still a good idea for me to do this course?
Yes. We understand that the subject and format of the courses may suit you, even if you are not in one of the above categories. We welcome any applicants with an interest in disability.
Are preferences for entry shown for applicants from the above categories?
No preferences will be shown based on the above categories.
Do I need to have the leaving cert or equivalent to gain admission to the programme?
No. Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence disability studies / disability equality studies. Candidates are, however, expected to have good reading and writing skills, and basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Candidates under 21 years should meet the university’s minimum matriculation entry requirements:
Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the leaving certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
For more detailed info on NUI matriculation read here: http://www.nui.ie/college/docs/matricRegs/matricRegs_2015_2016_EN.pdf
For queries on exemptions from the minimum matriculation requirements please contact student services: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 071 9195514
Those for whom English is not the first language should check the university requirements at:
How do I apply for the BA /Diploma (Disability Equality Studies) programme, the Certificate in Disability Studies programme and the Stand-alone Module?
The Standalone Module
Students wishing to opt for the Stand-alone Module should download the application form, fill it in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: M Hession, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.
The Certificate in Disability Studies
Students wishing to enrol onto the Certificate in Disability Studies programme, should download the application form, fill in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: M Hession, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.
The BA/Diploma (Disability Equality Studies)
Students wishing to enrol onto the BA/Diploma (Disability Equality Studies) programme, should download the application form, fill in with your details and personal statement and then post it to: M Hession, Bachelor of Arts Office, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.
Applications open on April 3rd 2017
Do I have to attend for a selection interview?
No, there will be no interviews for selection. Selection will be based on your application form only.
When will I know if I’ve got accepted onto the module/programme?
Receipt of application form will be acknowledged by email. Applicants will be responded to by the 30th June 2017
Are there a minimum number of students needed to run the programme?
Yes, 16 students are required in order to run the programme.
If I apply, at what stage will I know if the course is actually going ahead or not?
You will know if the course is going ahead no later than the 15th September 2017
Is the BA an honours degree programme?
Yes, the BA is an honours degree programme, NFQ Level 8.
What is the duration of the programme?
Is there an option for finishing up after two years and if so, what award will I get?
Yes, if you have successfully completed the first two years of the programme, you can exit the programme at this point with a Diploma in Arts (Disability Equality Studies).
What are some of the modules (subjects) I will be studying?
What level of award is the Certificate in Disability Studies?
The certificate is an NFQ Level 7 award
What is the duration of the programme?
What are the modules (subjects) I will be studying?
Are there any academic credits associated with the standalone module?
Yes students successfully completing the assessment will gain 10 ECTs which can be used towards an award in the future.
What is the duration of the programme?
What is the module I will be studying?
Concepts and Paradigms of Disability
How are these modules assessed?
Assessment of course modules is by written assignments and a variety of project work in each year of the programme. There are no examinations.
What sort of jobs might the degree lead to?
The degree programme will offer a wide range of career opportunities within the disability sector, from service delivery to policy-making to administration. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to advance their careers in the Disbaility / Community Sector at the individual, group or community level.
Students may also choose to pursue further studies in the areas of Disability Studies or Community Development, for example.
For a more detailed look at the type of opportunities we envisage for graduates of this course you can read our Further Studies and Career Opportunities Tab.
Will I be expected to attend college in Sligo?
No, you will study independently from home, supported by on-line lectures and assignments. You will also attend workshops for selected modules. These workshops will be scheduled throughout the academic year, from September to May, and will be located at different centres throughout the country, depending on where the students are located.
However, you will have to attend a two-day orientation day at St. Angela’s College in Sligo. At the beginning of the programme. This will take place in September 2017 and will be on a Friday and Saturday (Proposed dates 22nd and 23rd September 2107, NOT CONFIRMED)
What will the workshops consist of?
The workshops offer a chance to explore further some of the topics studied online, to give them a practical application and to answer questions on a face-to-face basis.
Where will the workshops be taking place?
The locations of the workshops will depend on the number of students and their geographical locations. We expect there will be workshops in Dublin, Sligo and Kerry, but again this is dependent on numbers.
Can I choose the location of the workshops I attend?
Yes, as long as they are being provided in different locations and this depends on the numbers of students in these locations.
Approximately how many workshops will there be?
Up to 4 per year.
How is the programme examined?
Continuous assessment is used in these options – you will undertake project work online, assignments and essays.
I have not studied in a long time, will that matter?
No, as long as you have the basic reading, writing and IT skills that enable you to study independently.
What kind of online resources will be available to me for research/completing assignments?
You will have access to St. Angela’s Moodle platform for course notes and resources. You will also have access to NUI Galway’s extensive online library resources.
What kind of technical facilities will I need at home?
What are the annual fees of the degree?
The Standalone Module fees are €495 payable on Registration
The Certificate in Disability Studies fees are €995 payable on Registration
BA (Disability Equality Studies) €2800 for 2017/18. We have striven to make the programme as accessible as possible and this figure represents a considerable saving in comparison to a similar course undertaken on a full-time basis.
Will I be able to pay the fees in stages?
Yes, you will be able to pay the fees in two stages: half the payment at the start of the programme, in September and the other half at the start of semester 2, in January.
As this is my first time studying at degree level am I entitled to claim under the free fees initiative?
No. As the course is part-time you will not be eligible for the free fees initiative.
Can I claim tax relief on the fees?
Yes, you can claim tax relief of 20% on the fees. Find out more here:
I am unemployed, will attendance at the programme affect my benefits?
No, you will still receive whatever benefits you were receiving before enrolling.
I have a specific learning difficulty. How will the college support me during the programme?
St Angela’s College values the participation of disabled students who may have a medical or mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty and promotes a learning environment that will enable all students to become independent learners and highly skilled graduates.
Prospective students may find out more about St Angela’s Student Services at http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/departments/details.php?dept=Student%20Services&&info=About
You can contact our student services officer directly at email@example.com or call +353 71 9195514
Or our Disability Officer at Disability@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or call +353 71 9195543
For help with essay writing the Academic Writing Centre at NUIG provides a phone service for distance learners. Find out more information here: http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/awc/
Where can I get more information about the programme?
All the information on the Disability Equality Programme should be here on the website and on this FAQ. If you can’t find the information you need please contact St. Angela’s at: firstname.lastname@example.org