Higher Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People

Higher Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People

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Course title Higher Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People
Course code UHDCADPTE
Postnominal H. Dip. C.A.D.P (Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
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.

The full programme of study, which is offered in stages, is based on three years of part-time study with exit awards at the end of each year. Students who successfully complete the study-units offered during the first year of the course (30 ECTS credits) would be eligible for the award of a Level 5 Certificate, or they may proceed onto the next year of the course. At the end of the 2nd Year of the course, students who successfully complete the study-units of the second year can choose to stop their studies at this point and exit with a Diploma of 60 ECTS credits, or proceed onto the third and final year of the course to qualify for the award of a Higher Diploma on successful completion of the full 90 ECTS credits for the programme.


The course caters for students who have attained the requisite level of education but may need support to update or enhance their study skills, especially in the initial stages. For this reason, during 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.

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.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 2,700
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
Certificate Award (Year 1)

The learning outcomes for the Certificate course are:

a) identify sources of information such as journal papers, books, reports and other literature which are relevant to specific disability-related issues

b) present and discuss disability-related issues in a manner which is clearly based on a knowledge of the relevant literature and the arguments and topics discussed in that literature

c) report on disability-related issues in various formats, including in academic essays in English

d) compare the results of different studies which are carried out in the disability sector and the opinions of leading thinkers on disability issues

e) develop, implement and report on an activity that highlights one of the disability issues covered in the programme of studies.


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


Higher Diploma Course (Year 3)

The learning outcomes for the Higher Diploma course are:

a) identify and explain the different philosophical, sociological and/or psychological issues which underpin various disabled-related topics

b) identify and report on a salient issue that disabled people face in local contemporary society

c) compare how a specific disability issue is experienced by disabled people in Malta and abroad

d) report on a rights-based issue and how it affects a particular group of disabled people

e) present the results of the guided long essay to different stakeholders and discuss it with them.
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 provide 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 2018/9.

Last Updated: 19 July 2018

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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