Course Overview

This module aims to develop the knowledge competencies, and skills required for supporting people who present with behaviours that challenge/behaviours of concern. The module provides an introduction to behaviours that challenge. On completion of the module the learner will have the knowledge and skills to identify the functionality of behaviours that challenge. The learner will also have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop interventions that are based on a multi element approach offering both proactive and reactive strategies for those who present with these behaviours. The module has been prepared in response to the developing trends in behaviours that challenge practice nationally and internationally. It is also in recognition of the need for specialist preparation for nurses, teachers, multidisciplinary team members, and special education needs assistants, nursing assistants, social care workers, parents and other groups supporting people with behaviours that challenge.

Please note all stand alone modules run depending on sufficient numbers.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

This module is assessed by coursework assignment and on-line activities (e-tivities; and on-line participation through discussion boards). The aim of these activities are to assess knowledge and application to practice of module topics.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


  • Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register 
    (for those required to register with a professional body)

Be currently employed in healthcare or social care either in: clinical or social care practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

Applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Academic Test is required.

Additional Requirements


One Semester (Sept-Dec)

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning: e-tivities; on-line participation through discussion boards and one day College attendance for workshop.

ECTS weighting



Stand Alone Module: Behaviours that Challenge


Course code

Course Outline

Online Induction Days begining the week Monday 14th September 2020.

This course will commence on Monday 28 September 2020 (online).

College Attendance:
Workshop - Saturday 3rd October 2020

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies delivers a number of stand alone modules which address issues of interest to all health and social care professionals. Credits attained can be accumulated over a 2-3-year timeframe and put towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/ Professional Studies). The modules are delivered in a flexible manner to accommodate the learning requirements of busy healthcare professionals. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Please note all stand alone modules run depending on sufficient numbers.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€900 (2020/2021)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Dympna O’ Connell
Course Co-ordinator
School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
T: +353 (0)71 9135611