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Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development

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  • Programme Overview

    The Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development (CGLPD) at Mary Immaculate College is a two-year programme for people with intellectual disabilities delivered in an inclusive third level setting. This course is devoted to the academic learning, personal growth and career development prospects of the student. The full development of each student’s potential, dignity and self-worth is embraced.

    Aims & Objectives

    • To promote lifelong learning for individuals
    • To promote inclusion in the third level environment
    • To develop skills for modern society
    • To develop social skills through peer interaction
    • To enhance individual employability
    • To develop full citizenship and self determination
    • To broaden horizons for individual learners 
    • To fulfil the personal educational interests of individuals

    Core Values

    • A belief in the capacity of individuals to self-actualise
    • A respect for the contribution and value of different types of student learners
    • A belief in the right of every individual to access third level education

    The Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development is about re-imagining and re-thinking education and learning outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities, by providing an opportunity to study in a third-level college.

    Sectoral Partners

    • Brothers of Charity
    • Enable Ireland
    • St. Cronan’s Association
    • St Joseph’s Foundation



    Dr Órla Slattery, Programme Coordinator

    T: +353 61 774757


    Programme Content

    The central objective of the Certificate in General Learning and Personal Development, is to provide a pathway to third level education which empowers adults with an intellectual disability to achieve their educational and employment goals. Linked to the NFQ, this accredited Level 4 certificate programme, offers a progression route to further education and training options. The initiative aims to build capacity among learners and enable them to develop the skills required to become independent citizens.

    Over the course of the programme students have the opportunity to undertake the following modules:

    • Interpersonal Communications Skills
    • Social Studies
    • Creative Art Appreciation
    • Mathematics & Financial Management [ 1 & 2]
    • Information Communication Technology
    • Career Development
    • Research & Study Skills Development
    • Work Placement

    The structure of the two year programme is as follows:

    Structure of CGLPD Programme
    Structure of CGLPD Programme
    The two-year certificate programme is organised around modules and transferrable skills

    Entry Requirements

    Prospective entrants must:

    • Be 18 years of age on enrolment
    • Have been identified as having an intellectual disability from birth or early years
    • Have a commitment to ongoing learning and personal development
    • Have three or more Level 3 FETAC Minor Awards (including Literacy/ Communication and, preferably, Numeracy), or equivalent

    How to Apply

    Closing Date for Applications: TBC for 2019

    Fees: €1,500

    Please Note: An information event in relation to applications for the CGLPD, is generally in March every year with an application deadline in early May. Check back here for information in spring 2019.

    See 2018 application form here.

    Programme Coordinator
    Dr Órla Slattery
    +353 61 774757

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question