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Education and Training

Course Details

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 and trainers across Ireland, from individual communities through to large organisations. On this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to enter a career area that can change lives, and one that has excellent employment opportunities.


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Education Theory
You will explore how teachers and trainers engage their learners and develop their understanding in any given topic. You will look at how people learn, how to use a variety of teaching methods to appeal to different learning styles and how to tailor your planning to get the very best from each learner.

Teaching Skills and Placement
As you develop your skills, you will be given practical advice on how to improve as a teacher trainer. You will also learn how to plan and construct lessons and then you will get the chance to practise your teaching in a safe environment before getting work experience in real life environments.

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Entry Requirements

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

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

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. The specific criteria for entry may vary for each programme. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places, so early application is advised. Submission of an application does not guarantee an offer. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

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. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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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.


  • Academic Writing and Reading
  • Citizenship, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Communication Skills
  • Curriculum Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Teaching Preparation
  • Advanced Teaching Strategies
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Designing instruction for the training environment
  • Mediation Skills
  • Policy & Structures
  • Psychology
  • Professional Skills
  • Optional placement year in Further Education and Training setting for Teaching Council Accreditation
  • Creating Learning Environments using ICT
  • Developing a Research Perspective
  • Equality, Access and Inclusion
  • HR and Training in a Globalised World
  • Leadership and the Learning Organisation
  • Philosophy
  • Research Project
  • Sociology
  • Values, Identity and Intercultural Learning

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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


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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th of November 2023.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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