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 Professional Development module;

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

Applications and Selections

Application Open Date: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015: Apply here


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

2015-2016 Fee Scholarship Application Form

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).

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Participants 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 Professional Development may claim exemption from the Skills for Life and Employment module in the Certificate for Training and Education programme.

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


approx. 12 weeks

Next start date

October 2015

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please contact the Programme Administrator

Next start date

October 2015

NFQ level


Mode of study

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

ECTS weighting



Foundation Diploma in Skills for Professional Development


PAC code

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.


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.

Find out More

Programme Administrator

Adult Training and Education Studies

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nuns' Island, Galway


T 353 91 494055

F 353 91 528905