Certificate in Social Prescribing (Online)

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 20
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Special Purpose Award
  • Duration 1 year

Course Summary

This programme aims to provide existing and potential Social Prescribing Link Workers with targeted evidence-informed knowledge, skills and competencies in the field of Social Prescribing, delivered in an easily accessible manner.  

In supporting the role of Social Prescribers this certificate will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively communicate with participants and stakeholders, identify local expertise and resources, coordinate and facilitate programmes of activities, write reports and funding applications and conduct evaluations to support the diverse health and wellbeing of their local community. 

Students will develop a practical understanding of the importance of engaging with allied health professionals and community practitioners in supporting the needs of participants through a series of guest lectures and online seminars. 

Key Course Information

Application Closing Date : 10th September 2021

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry to this Special Purpose Award a standard applicant must achieve a pass in the leaving certificate (or equivalent examinations) with five grade D's which must include Mathematics and English or Irish. An E in Higher Level Mathematics is also acceptable, as is a B2 or higher in Foundation Mathematics.

Applicants who may not meet the above minimum entry requirements can have their experiential, work-based learning considered and need to contact the programme team.

The programme welcomes, and will be of value to all, but especially those working in health, social care, wellbeing, disability services, primary care, those working with children and older people and people working within health promotion, allied health professions, community development, public service.

Further Study

Graduates of the programme may consider undertaking awards in related fields of social care, occupational health, and psychology. These programmes are available with IT Sligo. Interested students will be provided with a programme progression talk before they complete their programme.

Students may also wish to progress to community development awards which are available within the CUA group.

Programme Fees

Total Fees: €1,500