Certificate in Interpersonal Communications - Part Time

This course has the status of a continuing education course, NFQ Level 7, offered through the Department of Applied Psychology and Centre for Adult Continuing Education University College Cork in association with the Lifelong Learning Department at Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre.

Course Outline

Communication is the life-blood of any social system (family, health, social, religious, legal, community). Effective communication entails having an understanding of the dynamics of social systems and the types of communication that operate typically within them. The agent of communication is the self and, indeed, most communication is determined by how the individual communicates with self. The course will focus on both the personal and Interpersonal aspects of communication within and across the particular social systems of which course participants are members.


  • To provide participants with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal communication
  • To introduce participants to the influence of the different social systems – couple relationship, family, classroom, school, community, workplace, church, country on how individuals communicate
  • To build effective ways of listening and communicating in the relationship with self and others
  • To apply the mature communication developed to a variety of key social systems, particularly, the couple relationship, the family and the workplace


Being at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application; A detailed application form prior to the closing date which will request applicants to present a 500 word statement outlining their reasons for wishing to register on the programme.

Course Modules*

Module TitleNFQ LevelAward
Authentic Self ExpressionLevel 7Certificate
Family RelationshipsLevel 7Certificate
The Nature and Power of Emotions and ThoughtLevel 7Certificate
The Nature of CommunicationLevel 7Certificate
Holistic Approaches to Stress and IllnessLevel 7Certificate
Sexual MaturationLevel 7Certificate

*Subject to change*

Course Practicalities


Course assessment is by continuous assessment

Who teaches this course?

Dr Tony Humphreys

Course Delivery:

Classes are delivered part-time over one academic year every Thursday from 4pm to 8:30pm. Beginning 29th of September 2022.

Fees and Costs

 €3,000 per academic year 

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

Want to know more?

Contact Programe Coordinator Dr. Tony Humphreys:
Email: tonyhumphreys1@eircom.net or Phone: (021) 4642394

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.

Qualification Award

NFQ Level 7 Special Purpose


Laois Education Centre

Block Road



County Laois


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking

Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Margaret Morrin, Centre Director




(057) 8623161

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