ChildVision, National Education Centre for Blind Children, Dublin.



Grace Park Road, D09WK0H Drumcondra

Drumcondra, Dublin, IE, D09WK0H

Certificate in Higher Education: Working with people with a visual impairment, 2019 – 2020.

Aim of the course

The course is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and insights of students who either work with people with a visual impairment or have a general interest in the field. It is an introductory award and as such makes no assumptions about prior knowledge or experience of visual impairment.

Modules within the award are designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge on issues such as the
anatomy, physiology and conditions of the eye as well as orientation, mobility, rehabilitation and the use of
alternative formats and ICT.

Who should do this course?

Potential students who will benefit from this award include:

• Those working in the field of visual impairment in a variety of different roles, such as teachers, SNAs,
social workers, nurses and care assistants.

• Those working in different environments which meet the needs of people with disabilities, including
visual impairment.

• Parents, guardians or siblings.

• Those of you who may have an interest in visual impairment but who do not presently work in a related
environment Course Structure and Content

Duration: 2 years. 6 Modules.

Year 1
• Study Skills
• Nature and causes of Visual Impairment incorporating Multiple Disability and Visual Impairment
• Alternative Formats

Year 2
• Orientation and Mobility
• Technical Skills
• Policy and Practice
• Assistive Technology

Teaching Staff: Students will be taught by a team (2 from ChildVision, 1 external) whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. All are registered lecturers with the University of Worcester.

Entry Requirements: Potential students are invited to complete and return the University of Worcester application form to ChildVision. This is processed at ChildVision and successful applications are forwarded to Admissions at the University of Worcester.

Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent. Experience in the realm of  visual impairment is also taken into consideration.

Fees: The course fee is €2,100. Payable in full or by instalments.

Contact Time: This part time course will be taught on specified Wednesdays / Fridays from17:00 to 20:00 and on specified Saturdays from 9:30 to 16:30 over a period of 20 months from March 2019 to October 2020.

Course Location:  ChildVision campus.

Accreditation: This course is run by ChildVision and accredited by the University of Worcester.


To register for this course or for further information please contact The CPD Administrator, Aedín Connaughton. Tel: 01 837 3635  Email:

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