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Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Social Care

  • Type of Course:

    Special Qualification,Certificate

  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

One Semester

Admission Requirements:

This specialist programme will be of interest to practitioners with 2 years prior experience working with children and/or families in a professional capacity. Practitioners should be at least one year post qualified and actively engaged in work with children and families at the time of application and for the duration of the programme. An honours degree (Level 8) in Social Care, Social Work, Youth and Community Work, Early Years Education, Occupational Therapy or similar cognate fields of study is required to apply.

National Vetting Bureau (NVB):
CIT uses the NVB to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. Evidence of supporting documentation will be required on offer of a place on the programme. For more information, please click here.

Supervision: attendance at work based supervision is highly desirable.

Course summary

This special purpose 30 credits award develops advanced professional competency in working with Children and Families in complex clinical settings. The course is being offered by CIT in partnership with the Bessborough Centre, Cork and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. It will be delivered by Institute staff alongside practitioners from the Bessborough Centre. The programme is designed to enable practitioners to stay in close touch with practice, whilst also developing the leadership and educational competencies of practitioner staff. It also facilitates practitioners from a wide range of specialisms to learn together and learn from each other’s service specific experience in pursuit of integrated cross-service and cross sector practice and management competence.


Applied Social Studies

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

An Information/Registration session will take place on Tuesday 4th September 2018 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


Course Fee: €1,980 

Duration & Delivery

The programme, will be delivered on a part-time basis over one semester. Weekly lectures will take place on Monday evenings approximately 4.30pm – 9.30pm and on Friday afternoon for three hours. Some weekend lectures are anticipated. Successful applicants will have notice of dates and confirmed location prior to starting. Student class contact time will be 8.5 hours per week. Please note the timetable is subject to minor changes and successful applicants will be provided with all course documentation on acceptance of an offer of a place on the programme.

The duration of the programme is one Semester (15 weeks) ending in January.


The Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families will be awarded on completion of this programme. The Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families within the Department of Applied Social Studies is a 30-credit special purpose award (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Validating Body: Cork Institute of Technology



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Application Process:

Applications will be accepted by submitting the relevant application form to the Department of Applied Social Studies, CIT.  Selection will be based on application form, references and interview.

Application form can be downloaded by clicking button below. 



Application Form



Mary Cooney
021 433 5320

Jim Walsh
021 433 5312