Course Description

Personal Effectiveness Course (QQI Level 5)

The Open College

The purpose of this QQI level 5 Personal Effectiveness course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to apply a range of personal and learning skills in a variety of personal, civil and vocational contexts, operating with autonomy while under general direction.

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of personal effectiveness.
  • Ability to analyse critically how personal roles contribute to the smooth running of organisations.
  • Develop appropriate problem solving skills.
  • Able to examine how effective groups are formed and managed.
  • Critically reflect on how the learner impacts on others and how working with others may impact them.
  • Acquire skills to carry out research and collaborative skills.
  • Develop the academic and vocational language, literacy and numeracy skills related to Personal Effectiveness through the medium of the indicative content.
  • Enable the learner to take responsibility for his/her own learning.


Who should complete this course?

  • People who wish to gain a professional, accredited qualification by distance learning.
  • The module is designed to offer the learner the opportunity to develop, practise and gain credit for a range of key generic personal and interpersonal skills which are important in dealing with many situations in the workplace.


The specific learning outcomes are grouped into 6 units.

  • Unit 1: Organisational Awareness
  • Unit 2: The Individual and the Organisation
  • Unit 3: Problem Solving
  • Unit 4: Presentation Skills
  • Unit 5: Effective Meetings Skills
  • Unit 6: Participating in Groups.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Business or Management) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.
  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.
  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.


Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 5N1390
College Name The Open College
Course Category Adult Training and Development, Education
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 314.00
Course Duration 8 Weeks
Course Times This Personal Effectiveness – QQI Level 5 (5N1390) course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Personal Effectiveness (5N1390)
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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