Skills for Life and Employment

Course overview

This part time course runs frequently throughout the year in various locations around Ireland. It involves:

Attendance at two 2 day workshops (with an interval of approx. 3 weeks between the two workshops);

Skills for Life and Employment module;

Submission of an assignment (the assignment requires the student to develop a personal competence portfolio).

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have reached 21 years of age on 1st January of the calendar year of entry. Applicants under 21 years of age must satisfy the matriculation requirements of NUI Galway. Applicants will be expected to have basic computer skill competence and should have access to the internet.

Additional requirements


Duration: approx. 12 weeks

Next start date: October 2014

ECTS weighting: 10

Awards: Foundation Diploma in Skills for Life and Employment

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Part-time, distance learning and blended learning programme delivered through self-study texts, regional workshops and online activities.

Course outline

When you have successfully completed the programme you will be able to:

Identify the skills of successful personal development and self-management and use these skills;

Identify key communication skills and use these skills to develop effective communication techniques and practices;

Identify people and task management skills and develop your competence in these areas;

Describe the concept of entrepreneurship and its key principles; develop your competence in these areas;

Develop a personal portfolio of core skills and use this portfolio to enhance personal and professional prospects.


Applications and selections

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Requirements and assessment

Patricipants are required to complete an assignment for submission to NUI Galway for assessment. The assignment relates to material covered in the module and emphasises the practical application of this course material to work situations. Participants are given written feedback on the assignment.  Participants who complete the Foundation Diploma in Skills for Life and Employment may claim exemption from the Skills for Life and Employment module in the Certificate for Training and Education programme.

Find out more

Open Learning Centre

Ballard House



T 353 91 494055

F 353 91 528905



Fees for this course

EU (Total): €850

A number of scholarships will be available for applicants who have become unemployed (since January 2008) and wish to update their skills and knowledge. Scholarships will constitute up to 50% contribution to programme fees. A separate application process will be required.

Scholarship Form