Empowering and Supporting Families (Level 8, 5 ECTS Credits)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Social Care

  • Type of Course:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Qualification:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online

  • Application Closing Date:

    14th December 2020

Course Duration:

One Semester (Tuesday 6pm - 9pm)

Course Summary

This module is an excellent opportunity for any person working in the social care sector who wishes to learn more about the area of family support or for those whose career aspirations are in the social care area.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should possess a minimum of a QQ1 Level 6 Award in Social Care or related area.
Candidates must have a strong proficiency in English, both written and oral.
Candidates must be Irish citizens or have gained approved residence/work status in Ireland.
It is desirable that candidates would have work experience in the social care sector.


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Course Fee

This Level 8 module is funded through an initiative of the HEA. Programmes are free of charge if you are unemployed, a homemaker returning to work or are in receipt of the COVID-19 unemployment payment at the time the programme begins 26th January 2021.


If you are in employment, were previously self-employed or are a recent graduate (2020), you may be eligible provided you meet the nationality/visa requirement and residence requirement. These categories of learner are eligible for 90% funding and will be required to pay 10% (€38) of the standard tuition fee.The standard tuition fee for this module is €380.


These are in line with the current requirements for Springboard courses 


Refund Policy

Students should note that the 10% course fee is non-refundable except in cases where courses do not proceed.



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Applied Social Studies


Module info >>


This module evaluates the role of the family from a needs perspective, with reference to the
family’s social, economic, health and psychological needs and the ensuing challenges
which need to be addressed to promote flourishing families. It also explores the role of the
educator within a pivotal and critical role, as mediator between the school, the family,
community and possible family support services.


Students will develop skills to assess the needs of children, mediate with parents, advocate for families within the school, and between the school and other social, health, educational and family support agencies.


MTU Cork: Single Module Certification (5 ECTS credits at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications)

Completion of the module counts for 5 credits towards the BA (Hons) in Social Care [total = 60 credits].


It would also be useful as a Continuous Professional Development accredited Special Purpose Award, adding relevant education for those working in social care, particularly in the growing area of family support.

Online application is open (link is at the end of this page) for Returners, the Employed, formerly Self Employed and recent Graduates who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement 26th January 2021.

Please upload CV and transcripts of results of any previous qualifications in the online application form.

To progress your application to this programme, two non-academic eligibility requirements must be satisfied. These are your Employment status and your Residency/Nationality status.  

Eligibility criteria is in line with the current requirements for Springboard courses  

If you require documentation from the Department of Social Protection please call the customer service line on 071 9193302 to request this letter.

These courses will be filled on a first come first served basis so it is important to read and follow the below instructions correctly.

Your application will not be assessed further until the supporting documentation is submitted. Please upload the relevant documentation with your application. Please note that all applicants are required to submit a passport or birth certificate (a driving licence will not be accepted).

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email registration@cit.ie for assistance.

1. Employment Status 

a)  Unemployed 
Please email supporting documentation that you are currently in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection payment outlined below, or that you are signing for Social Insurance Contribution Credits. This supporting documentation should be in the form of a receipt of payment or a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

Please call the customer service line on 071 9193302 to request this letter

  • Jobseekers Benefit 
  • Jobseekers Allowance 
  • One Parent Family 
  • Disability Allowance 
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age 
  • Carers Allowance 
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist 
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension 
  • Blind Pension 
  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

b)  Employed/Self Employed 
Email a copy of your most recent Employment Detail Summary, payslip, other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from your current employer, to confirm employment. 

c)  Returner 
A declaration to attest to your employment status must be sworn before a Commissioner of Oaths.  It must be signed, dated and stamped before submission. When this has been completed, please email the form to registration@cit.ie 

2. Residency/Nationality Status

As required by Higher Education Authority

  • All applicants are required to submit a passport or birth certificate.  
    Please note driving licence will not be accepted
  • Candidates must provide documentation to provide proof that they have been resident in an EU country for 3 of the past 5 years preceding entry of the programme i.e. since January 2016
  • Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Examples of Documents acceptable for evidence of having lived in an EU country 

  • A sworn Affidavit from a solicitor in Ireland confirming residency in Ireland for specific dates (from and to). Your name and passport number to be noted, dated, and stamped by a solicitor’s office.  
  • Original letter from a place of work – dated, stamped, and signed by an official there. Dates from and to clearly indicated. 
  • P60 from 3 of the last 5 years.




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