Course Overview

You can select one of the following Foundation Diploma courses:

Foundation Diploma (Training and Education)

Train the Trainer - Essential Trainer Skills
This programme equips participants with the key trainer competencies necessary to function effectively in a modern work environment.
Module: Essential Trainer Skills

Performance Sports Coaching
This programme enables those with sports coaching roles to acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills in coaching for performance improvement.
Module: Essential Trainer Skills (Sports Coaches)

Skills for Professional Development
This programme focuses on the development of skills that are seen as central to enhanceing life courses and employment capacity.
Module: Skills for Professional Development

Assessment: Theory & Practice
This programme provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to design and develop a range of assessment strategies that are constructively aligned with learning outcomes and that comply with FETAC (or equivalent) guidelines.
Module: Assessment: Theory and Practice

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Our Foundation Diploma's run frequently throughout the year in various locations around Ireland and they include:

  • Attendance at two 2-day workshops (with an interval of 3 weeks between the two workshops)
  • Selected Module
  • Submission of an assignment*

*You will be required to complete an assignment for submission to NUI Galway for assessment. The assignment relates to material covered in the modules and emphasises the practical application of this course material to work situations. You will be given written feedback on the assignment.


Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants typically have appropriate experience in a training or educational organisation and are in a position to undertake assignments and work-based projects relating to practical aspects of training or education.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 

Additional Requirements


12 weeks (approx)

Next start date

Autumn 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

Autumn 2018

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting



Foundation Diploma in Training and Education


PAC code

Course Outline

Train the Trainer-Essential Trainer Skills
This course enables you to develop the skills to deliver effective training courses. It is structured to allow you to gain an understanding of adult training and learning principles and to deliver courses that engage adult learners. You will learn how to:

  • Analyse training needs
  • Design and develop relevant training course materials and content
  • Select and adopt engaging training methods to deliver effective training sessions
  • Assess learning achievement
  • Evaluate the overall effectiveness of a training course

Performance Sports Coaching
This course focuses on practical ways of improving performance in the field of sport. The emphasis is on developing the skills you require for effective face-to-face coaching aimed at enhancing individual sports performance. You will learn how to:

  • Apply the key skills of an effective performance improvement coach to your practice
  • Conduct performance gap analysis
  • Develop your own coaching style
  • Design and set performance standards
  • Apply an effective model of coaching for performance improvement

Skills for Professional Development
This course focuses on the development of core competences that will contribute to your professionalism and your employment opportunities. You will learn how to:

  • Assess your core skills to manage your professional development
  • Communicate and present yourself effectively through verbal, written and digital communications
  • Manage work relationships, work effectively in a team and plan resources
  • Creatively solve problems, address concerns and make informed decisions
  • Develop a strong CV that reflects your skills-set

Assessment: Theory & Practice
This course helps you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design & develop a range of assessment strategies that are constructively aligned with learning outcomes and that comply with QQI (or equivalent) guidelines. You will learn how to:

  • Develop a range of assessment tools for use in assessment plans
  • Design assessment that is valid, reliable, fair and practical, that matches learning outcomes and that takes account of learner diversity
  • Plan and implement assessment strategies that meet the requirements and standards of awarding bodies (e.g. QQI)
  • Develop a marking rubric that assesses learning achievements against established standards
  • Apply the principles of constructive feedback when assessing learning achievement

Further Education

Participants who complete one of the Foundation Diplomas in Training and Education may claim exemption from one of the modules in the BA in Training and Education.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course will provide you with a recognised training qualification that can lead to career opportunities in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Further education and training sectors
  • Voluntary and community-based training organisations
  • Human resources and staff development areas of a wide range of organisations
  • Private training providers
  • Corporate training and professional development sectors

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is suited to:

  • Further education tutors
  • Vocational trainers, instructors, tutors
  • Educational consultants
  • Self-employed trainers
  • Those practising or planning a career as a trainer in the educational, industrial, private, voluntary or community sectors

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€850 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,350 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Administrator

Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 494055


Derek Rogers |   Student

I would like to thank the sports unit of NUIG for providing a great course .The Performance Sport Coaching course was a great experience, it gave me a more detailed view on how sport can be viewed .The tutor was excellent and provided great documented information that we can always go back on .The vast experience of the coaches in the room was amazing .We spent a lot of time listening to their experience and from this alone I learned a lot. I would highly recommend coaches from all sports to attend this four day course.