Institute of Education

Education and Training

Education and Training
CAO Code:
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
Minimum Points
3 or 4 Years
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There’s a strong demand for educators across Ireland, from individual communities through to large organisations, and the Education and Training degree will give you a firm foothold in an area with excellent employment opportunities. Our practice-based approach to learning, teaching and assessment includes psychological foundations and a wide range of methodologies.

You will acquire practical knowledge on key areas such as curriculum design, implementation, assessment and education policy, while also developing skills in information technology for education and interpersonal communications for multicultural/diverse societies.

The degree contains two strands of study:

3 year option - level 8 honours degree

4 year option - level 8 honours degree which allows registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland as a teacher in Further Education

Completion of the degree in three years earns you a level 8 hons BSc in Education and Training. Completion of the optional placement year extends the degree to four years and awards the level 8 hons BSc in Education and Training (Further, Adult and Continuing Education), and enables you to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland as a Further Education Teacher. 

Delivery Modes:

The full-time delivery mode is delivered during traditional university hours.

It’s been such a stepping stone for me in creating a great career for the future

The B.Sc. in Education and Training will develop your skills in teaching and training by: 

  • Developing your understanding of all aspects of education and training, both in the formal and informal sectors (adult education, community education and workplace education and training) as they have evolved in the social and historical context in Ireland
  • Enhancing your understanding of the key theories underpinning education, community development and organisational learning
  • Providing you with the practical and theoretical skills necessary to deliver quality education and training
  • Enhancing your abilities to communicate effectively in a learning environment

The course focuses on the development of specialist knowledge and skills in:

  • Social and personal development
  • Practice based teaching and learning
  • Curriculum design, implementation, assessment and evaluation
  • Instructional design
  • Interpersonal communications and education for multicultural and diverse societies
  • Information and communications technology applications in education and training
  • Learning styles, group development and special educational needs
  • Policy and practice in education and training contexts
Qualify as a Further Education Teacher, fully recognised by the Teaching Council
Develop your skills in a course that blends education and training
Diversify your career prospects
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

'DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice.

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year.

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules.

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Melanie Murphy

It’s been such a stepping stone for me in creating a great career for the future

Career Areas
Adult Education
Community Education
Private Sector
Public Sector
Career Tags
Further Education


Leaving Cert

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

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EU Transfer Applications

Applications are welcome from applicants who have studied at level 6, 7 & 8 in relevant areas. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€12,600 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February or 1st May. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/QQI Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at