Course Overview

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

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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Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.
A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.


All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information:

Who Teaches this Course

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.  Continuous assessment methods include written assignments, practical assignments (videos), online activities, learning portfolios, group projects and work-based research projects.

Workshops will take place at various locations which are selected to be geographically accessible for students.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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 end of year 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.

Additional Requirements


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

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

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)


PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1 Timetable 2017

Year 1: Introduction to Learning, Essential Trainer Skills, The Individual Learner, Learning in Groups, The Learning Process, Skills for Life and Employment.

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 programme.

Further Education

On completion of the Degree in Training and Education, students may undertake the Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Development

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 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Coordinator

Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 353 91 494055 /494058
Fax: 353 91 528905

What Our Students Say


Noel Melvin |   Learning and Development Manager, Ulster Bank

This course allowed me the opportunity to enhance both my knowledge of adult learning theories along with the practical activities required to enhance the learning of the staff I train on a daily basis. The flexibility and balance of workshops and assignments allowed me to continue with a full time career while studying in my own time.

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.