Course Overview

Adult Training and Education Studies offers part-time, distance learning courses aimed at people who are working, or are interested in working as trainers, instructors or educators. We offer well designed and structured courses presented by helpful and supportive staff. The programme structure allows students to study at a time and pace that suits their circumstances.

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.

Applications and Selections

Applications are closed for 2015. Applications will open for the next academic year in Spring 2016.

NOTE: A non-refundable application fee of €30 is to be paid online at time of application.

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:

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

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, but may also include written examinations. Continuous assessment methods include written assignments, end of year projects and/or practical assignments.

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 and Degree - 4 years

Next start date

September 2015. Commencement and Workshop dates will be available in June.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Applications will continue to be accepted up to 31st August 2015.

Next start date

September 2015. Commencement and Workshop dates will be available in June.

NFQ level

Certificate/Diploma - Level 7, Degree - Level 8

Mode of study

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

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: 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, Understanding Communities, 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.

Note: Modules of equivalent status may be offered on each year of the programme.

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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

€2,900 per year

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