Course Overview

This course provides a comprehensive grounding in the knowledge and skills required to develop professional competence in training delivery and related activities.

Students may take year 1 of this course 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 course.

In Year 1 the course focuses on basic trainer skills, adult learning theories, and individual and group management techniques. In Year 2 it focuses on curriculum design, course delivery methods, assessment of learning, and management of training and education. Years 3 and 4 will extend your knowledge and skills development to encompass human resource development, project and change management, quality assurance, coaching techniques, online learning, lifelong learning issues, community issues, the sociology of education, and critical thinking. You will also learn and apply research skills in the completion of work-based projects.

Applications and Selections

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Online Applications will reopen in April 2020

A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Each course comprises a number of modules. Course assessment generally takes the form of continuous assessment.  Continuous assessment methods include written assignments, practical assignments, online activities, learning portfolios, group projects and work-based research projects.

Workshops will take place in NUI Galway and, subject to numbers, at one other national location.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants typically have appropriate experience in a training or educational organisation and are in a position to undertake assignments and end of year 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


Certificate: 1 year, Diploma: 2 years, Degree: 4 years

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

NFQ level

Certificate/Diploma: Level 7, Degree: Level 8

Mode of study

Blended learning

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)


Course code

Course Outline

Year 1 Timetable

Year 1: Introduction to Learning, Essential Trainer Skills, The Individual Learner, Learning in Groups, The Learning Process, Online Teaching and Learning Essentials.

Year 2: Management of Training and Education, Course Design, Course Delivery, Assessment of Learning, 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.

NB: Modules of equivalent status may be offered on each year of the course.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

On completion of the Degree in Training and Education, students may undertake the Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Development or the Professional Diploma in Education (Further 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

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.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,900 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€3,400 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 2019_20 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Edel Molloy

Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 353 91 494058/494055

What Our Students Say


Geraldine Sidley |   Employment Services Officer

The element of the course that I enjoyed most was the academic sense of achievement which is very rewarding but also that I have developed friendships during my time on the course. As I work part-time the course afforded me a structure that suited the needs of my family. I believe that I have developed key competencies that will be useful in my role as Employment Services Officer within the Department of Social Protection. The range of topics I studied has provided me with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the adult learning education sector and the labour market. The support I received from the staff of NUI Galway was very helpful. They were professional and always on hand to assist with any queries I had.

Gerard O'Connor |   Games Manager Leinster GAA

The theory of training has revolutionised my training methods and I now deliver in a more professional manner. The resource materials supplied are still a reference point for me and I use them continually in my work.


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