Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People

Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People

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Course title Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People
Course code UDCADPTE
Postnominal Dip. C.A.D.P (Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The main aim of this programme of study is to enable students to gain a deep understanding of disability, especially from the social and cultural aspect. It may be extended by another year of two semesters on a part-time basis leading to a Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People, and yet again extended to a further year of two semesters leading to a Higher Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People.


The course caters for students who, while they have attained the requisite level of education, may need support to update or enhance their study skills, especially in the initial stages. For this reason, for the first semester there will be emphasis on content as well as method in order to ensure that the students learn how to learn, and gain confidence in carrying out assignments and being assessed.

The general aims of the programme of study are to enable students to:
a) increase their knowledge of disability issues;
b) be aware of and analyse the complexity of these issues; and
c) be able to compare them to similar and related issues.

The programme of study is firmly embedded in the discipline of disability studies and therefore based on the social model of disability, that is the acknowledgement that the obstacles faced by disabled people in society arise not so much from their biological impairments as from the socially-created barriers that they face on a daily basis. Both disability studies and the social model are a product of the disabled people’s movement whose rallying call is ‘nothing about us without us’. This means that disabled people should be involved in all work related to disability at all levels, since they are the ones who have the lived experience of disability. To this end, disabled people with the necessary qualifications will be involved in lecturing in the study units, while the concepts behind the social model and the ‘nothing about us without us’ slogan will be the basis of the course content. It is also envisaged that some of the students will be disabled people themselves. This would greatly enhance the experience of all the students within the course in terms of learning how to give disabled people the opportunity to secure their rightful place in society.

Since the programme of study is based on three years of study with exit awards for each year, the study-units on offer are planned in a manner that the first year of studies provides the foundation with study-units covering all areas of study that need to be covered for the general aim to be reached. Thus, the first year, which leads to the award of a Level 5 Certificate, will be sufficient on its own for students who stop after the first year of study to reach the aims listed above and the learning outcomes listed below. At the same time, those who follow the programme of study at Diploma, and even more so at Higher Diploma, level will be able to deepen their knowledge of relevant issues and increase their skills.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall be in possession of the Certificate in Community Access for Disabled People or comparable qualifications.

Applicants applying for admission under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations shall be required to sit for a written examination. Successful candidates shall then be called for an interview conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three persons appointed for the purpose. Applicants are required to pass both the written examination and the interview.

The University Admissions Board, on the advice of the Board, may allow applicants in possession of additional qualifications and relevant experience evaluated according to the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy to be admitted to Year 2 of the Course under those conditions as the Board may impose.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 900
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,250
Diploma Award (Year 2)

The learning outcomes for the Diploma course are:

a) identify socially-constructed disabling barriers in different aspects of life and ways in which they can be removed

b) describe services and initiatives that are aimed specifically at increasing access and inclusion for disabled people

c) analyse different aspects of life and how these affect disabled people

d) apply the knowledge and skills acquired to a community-based project

e) produce a self-reflexive report on the project
The course is intended for those who need a sound and extensive understanding of disability issues.
Since disability is becoming an increasingly important issue in our society, this course will provides its graduates with skills that will increase their opportunities for employment in the social, welfare and/or community field in voluntary, non-governmental and governmental settings, especially those related to disability.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 24 March 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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