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General Learning Disabilities

Stand Alone on-line Blended Learning Modules Level 9
Module Content & Structure
The aim of the modules is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for those interested in and/ or working with learners with special educational needs.

These standalone on-line blended learning modules involve e-tivities, discussion boards and face-to-face workshops. All on-line modules have a weighting of 15 ECTS. Modules are offered regularly over the academic year. All modules are completed within one semester (i.e. 12 weeks). Completion of two modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate.

Completion of four modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma.

This Module's Description
This module aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the concept of GLD. Characteristics of GLD are outlined with respect to mild, moderate, severe and profound GLD. Policy with regards to the development of educational provision for learners with GLD is explored and current educational provision is outlined.

The importance of assessment of learning needs is an important part of this module and there is guidance offered in choosing appropriate assessment tools to identify priority learning needs and, in turn, to inform planning for teaching and learning.

Strategies and interventions to support learners with GLD are introduced, with a particular focus on the development of language and communication skills, as well as social and personal development.

Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion of three modules from those
listed below which must include the online blended learning module on Educational Research

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


1 semester.

Number of credits

30 ECTS - Postgraduate Certificate
60 ECTS - Postgraduate Diploma

Further enquiries

Centre for Special Educational Needs,
Inclusion and Diversity
Education Department
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 9195552/071 9143580

Assessment method

Assessment is continuous, with each module assessed independently through e-tivities, discussion boards and a written assignment or equivalent.

For those who opt not to be assessed, participants may audit a module or modules and receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity.

Application date

Application form online

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: Twice Annually (October and January)

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