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
The Open Learning Centre 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;
- FÁS instructors or people wishing to pursue a career as a trainer in FÁS;
- 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, FÁS, 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 work-based 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 of each academic year
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)
NFQ level: Certificate/Diploma - Level 7, Degree - Level 8
Year 1: Essential Trainer Skills, The Individual Learner, Learning in Groups, The Learning Process, The Assessment of Learning, 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
NOTE: A non-refundable application fee of €30 is to be paid online at time of application.
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: Participants will be required to attend module related workshops guided by tutors from NUI Galway. Workshop locations are selected to be geographically accessible for students. Locations in recent years have included Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Kilkenny, Kildare, Sligo, Donegal, Kerry, Waterford and Galway. Workshop locations may change from year to year