Course Overview

Literacy has been highlighted as a priority in the Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020 (DES, 2011).  St Angela’s College has responded to this strategy through the development of a module on Literacy. This module will focus on developing an in-depth understanding of the concept of literacy. It will provide the participant with an overview of literacy, focusing in particular on the areas of reading and writing.  It will also enable the participant to develop an understanding and knowledge of assessment procedures with regard to literacy and to critically appraise strategies and approaches to developing literacy.  The module is delivered using online components as well as face-to-face workshops.

Applications and Selections

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SEN Stand Alone Modules*

*The modules can be undertaken as standalone modules or as a progression pathway for Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Arts qualification (Level 9) and are university accredited.

When submitting this application please ensure that you have satisfied the requirements listed below.  Incomplete entries or those not fulfilling these requirements will not be considered.

  1. Fully completed application form and relevant accompanying documents (requirements outlined in application form) submitted via email
  2. Application Fee €25 (non-refundable) payable Online Payment Facility 

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Closing date for applications for the October 2022 modules will be 2nd September 2022.
Due to the large volume of applications in recent months, it is strongly advised to apply as soon as you have decided on your preferred option as places will be awarded on a first come basis. 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Continuous assessment will apply throughout the module. It will combine coursework on relevant aspects of Special Educational Needs with e-tivities, discussion boards, portfolio/project-based learning, literature reviews and case studies, which will be carried out within an appropriate educational context during the academic year. The concept of the ‘reflective practitioner’ will be a basic criterion permeating all forms of assessment.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Additional Requirements


Nine Weeks

Next start date

October 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

2nd September 2022

NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Stand Alone Module: Literacy


Course code

Course Outline

Commencement Date: Monday 3rd  October 2022

Workshop Date: Saturday 8th October 2022

As well as Literacy, the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity at St. Angela’s College, Sligo has developed an suite of additional modules at postgraduate level in the following specific interest areas:

Completion of two modules from the above suite of modules (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate
Completion of four modules from the above suite of modules (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma
Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion (an honours standard) of three modules from those listed above which must include the on-line blended learning module on Educational Research Methods.

Further Education

Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion of three modules which must include the online blended learning module: Educational Research Methods. The exit award will be a Master of Arts in Professional Studies in Special Educational Needs.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

This module is suited to a wide range of participants from a variety of settings, including:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Graduates who wish to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and are awaiting a place on the programme
  • Qualified teachers who are seeking full-time employment
  • Employees within the Health Service Executive who work with learners with Special Educational Needs
  • Principals, managers and Department Inspectorate
  • Employees and Managers within Early Childhood Education sector
  • Classroom assistants (including cuntóirí teanga)
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Learning Support Tutors
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Parents and Family Members involved in the care of learners with special educational needs
  • Any others involved in the training or educational needs of learners with special educational needs

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€900 (2022/2023)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Ms Brigid Dolan / Ms Laura Whitcroft
Centre for Special Eeducational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity,
School of Education, 
St. Angela's College,
Clogherevagh, Lough Gill,
Co. Sligo, F91 C634

T: +353(0)71 9195552