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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:

    3rd January 2019

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. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


Course Fee: €1,980 

Duration & Delivery

Participants will attend classes on a part-time basis on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Classes will be held on campus at CIT and at the Bessborough Centre.   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 course will commence in early February.  The duration of the programme is one Semester ending in May.


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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  • Closing date for receipt of applications is 3 January 2019;
  • Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified by 7 January 2019;
  • Interviews will take place on Friday 11 and Saturday12  January 2019;
  • Candidates will be informed of the outcome on Wednesday, 16 January 2019
  • Classes commence on Friday, 8 February 2019, and will continue on Friday afternoons and Saturdays for 13 weeks.  

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

Dr Catherine Molyneaux
021 433 5312