Our courses are created by and for people in the human services and non-profit sector.

They are sector specific, student-centred, practical, relevant and professionally accredited.

Applied Management

Manage to Make the Difference

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Our accredited certificate, degree and professional development programmes provide people with the knowledge and skills required to manage effectively in a challenging environment.

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Applied Social Care

Achieve Excellence

OTC, Home, LearningOur degree level and professional development programmes provide disability and social care professionals with the skills required to deliver effective person centred services.

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Professional Development

Build Your Capabilities

OTC, Home, LearningOur professional development programmes provide a platform to develop your skills, build on your capabilities and develop your career plans.

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Our approach and educational philosophy is entirely driven by the needs of our learning community.

This is made up of our expert staff, committed students, partner organisations and service users who, working together, create a truly unique learning experience.

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We, first and foremost, regard our students as colleagues dedicated to the common cause of enhancing the lives of service-users.

We recognise the fundamental importance of providing an environment in which their learning is acknowledged, encouraged & integrated into working practices. This influences who we are and everything we do.

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We believe in the importance of a learning organisation.

Human services and non-profit organisations are always learning to deliver better services.

We have spent over 20 years working as training experts. In that role we have combined extensive first-line experience with a detailed knowledge of the strategic and operational dynamics of the space.

From that we have developed a range of bespoke tools, methodologies and models that are aimed specifically at people in human services and non-profit organisations and provide us with a unique perspective on the sector. This drives how we develop our training programmes but it is also the foundation on which our consultancy services are built.

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Training and Development SP Award commencing March 15th – meet Anthony, our trainer

The OTC is now accepting applications to the Level 6 Special Purpose Award, Training and Development course, commencing on March... Read More →

Alan Martin – winner of the Gerry Clarke Award for Best Reflective Practice in Social Care 2018

The OTC is delighted to announce that Alan Martin, Camphill Communities has been awarded the Gerry Clarke Award for Best... Read More →

The Gerry Clarke Award for Best Reflective Practice in Social Care

Gerry Clarke tutored on the social care programme for the Open Training College for 7 years, before the OTC lost... Read More →

Missed the Social Care (Disability) course application deadline?

There is an option still available to you until October 9th. The Level 7 BA in Professional Social Care (Disability)... Read More →

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Winner of the International eLearning Awards in 2016 and AONTAS Nationwide Star Award Winner in 2010

National & International Educational Awards Winner

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