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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Training & Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate)
Certificate in Training and Education - Year 1
Diploma in Arts (Training and Education) - Year 2
BA Degree in Arts (Training and Education) - Years 3 & 4
Adult Training and Education Studies offers part-time, distance learning courses aimed at people who are working, or are interested in working as trainers, instructors or educators. We offer well designed and structured courses presented by helpful and supportive staff. The programme structure allows students to study at a time and pace that suits their circumstances.
These courses are suitable to mature applicants from backgrounds such as:
- Vocational trainers;
- Solas instructors or people wishing to pursue a career as a trainer in Solas;
- Educational consultants;
- Human resource specialists;
- Those practising or planning a career as trainers in the educational, industrial, commercial, voluntary and community sectors.
Over the past number of years, students who have attended the programme have come from a wide range of areas including; Defence Forces, Solas, Gardaí, Customer Service, Childcare, Hairdressers, Carpenters, Security Specialists, Driving Instructors, Training Specialists, VECs, ITs, Outdoor Pursuits, Writers and Artists.
Applicants must normally have reached 21 years of age on January 1st of the calendar year of entry. Applicants under 21 years of age must satisfy the matriculation requirements of NUI Galway. Applicants typically have appropriate experience in a training or educational organisation and must be in a position to undertake assignments and end of year projects relating to practical aspects of training or education. Applicants will be expected to have basic computer skill competence and should have access to the internet.
Certificate - 1 year, Diploma - 2 years and Degree - 4 years
Next start date: September 2015. Commencement and Workshop dates will be available in June.
ECTS weighting: Certificate - 45 ECTS, Diploma - 90 ECTS, Degree - 180 ECTS
Certificate in Training and Education
Diploma in Arts (Training and Education)
Bachelor of Arts (Training and Education)
Closing date: Please contact the Programme Administrator
NFQ level: Certificate/Diploma - Level 7, Degree - Level 8
Year 1: Introduction to Learning, Essential Trainer Skills, The Individual Learner, Learning in Groups, The Learning Process, Skills for Life and Employment.
Year 2: Management of Training and Education, Course Design, Course Delivery, Understanding Communities, Introduction to Research in the Social Sciences, Work-based Project.
Year 3: Organisational Management: Human Resources, Social Science: Research Methods, Project Planning, Management and Evaluation, Lifelong Learning: Contemporary Policy and Practice, The Virtual Learning Environment, Coaching for Improved Performance, Quality Assurance: Monitoring, Evaluation Assessment, Work-based Project.
Year 4: Critical Thinking, Management of Innovation, The Political and Social Context of Education, Research Project.
Note: Modules of equivalent status may be offered on each year of the programme
Applications and selections
Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015: Apply here
NOTE: A non-refundable application fee of €30 is to be paid online at time of application.
All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/
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
- or signing for social insurance contribution credits
Please contact the Programme Administrator for further information. Supporting documentation relating to the above eligibility categories will be required as part of your scholarship application (e.g. a letter from the Dept. of Social Protection).
Requirements and assessment
Students may take year 1 of this programme as the first year in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Training and Education, or as a stand-alone course for which a Certificate in Training and Education will be awarded. At the end of year 2, a Diploma in Training and Education will be awarded. On completion of year 4 a Degree in Training and Education will be awarded. Participants must successfully complete all course requirements before proceeding to the next year of the Bachelor of Arts programme.
Each programme comprises a number of modules. Course assessment generally takes the form of continuous assessment, but may also include written examinations. Continuous assessment methods include written assignments, end of year projects and/or practical assignments.
Workshops will take place at various locations which are selected to be geographically accessible for students.
Find out more
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nuns' Island, Galway
T 353 91 494055
F 353 91 528905