DCU St Patrick's Campus

Foundation Programme in Education and Training

Course Details

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Foundation Programme - no corresponding NFQ award - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
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1 yr
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Are you passionate about making a difference? Do you want a varied career that allows you to develop people’s skills and knowledge in a wide range of settings? This course puts you on the road to being a qualified trainer and also offers a pathway to DCU’s BSc in Education and Training.


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For anyone interested in becoming a professional trainer or educator, this course opens up a whole world of opportunities. There is a strong demand for educators and trainers across Ireland, and you can use the skills and knowledge gained on the course in a range of settings - from individual communities, through to large organisations. 

Training for Success
Explore all aspects of education and training, learn the key theories behind education, community development, instructional and training design and organisational learning; and master the skills to confidently deliver quality education and training across a range of environments.

This course is delivered collaboratively with Whitehall College of Further Education. 

During term time, learners will spend one day a week in DCU and four days in Whitehall College of Further Education. The DCU modules will be delivered at first year degree level and are part of the suite of modules offered on the BSc in Education and Training (DC235).

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Ruhi Manjali

A career in the education sector has always been something I've been interested in, but I've always doubted my ability to complete a degree.

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Entry Requirements

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All suitable applicants will be invited to interview and asked to submit a written assignment during the application process.

This course is offered jointly by DCU and Whitehall College of Further Education. See whitehallcollege.com

No Entry Path

No Entry Path

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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This one-year course offers modules at QQI NFQ 5, including two modules (at NFQ 8) that form part of the undergraduate degree in Education and Training. Students who successfully complete the programme will have the opportunity to progress to Year 1 of the full-time BSc in Education & Training in DCU. In addition students may be eligible to apply to other third level colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Between DCU and Whitehall College of Further Education you will cover:

  • Communications
  • Concepts in Education and Training
  • Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Social Studies
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Word Processing
  • Concepts and Contexts in Education and Training (DCU Component)
  • Social and Personal Development and Communication Skills (DCU Component)

For more information on the course structure click here

How To Apply

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 Apply for this course directly through Whitehall College of Further Education.  See www.whitehallcollege.com

Candidates should apply directly through Whitehall College of Further Education. See whitehallcollege.com

This course is offered jointly by DCU and Whitehall College of Further Education. See whitehallcollege.com

Apply directly to Whitehall College on (01) 837 6011

 Apply for this course directly through Whitehall College of Further Education. See  www.whitehallcollege.com

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