Institute of Education

Foundation Programme in Education and Training

Foundation Programme in Education and Training
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This course serves as an inroad to the teaching and training and associated professions for those who have recently completed the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) but are not in University or to mature students who wish to progress to Higher Education.

You will gain an understanding of 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.

The Foundation Programme in Education and Training offers modules at QQI Level 5 and QQI Level 8. This course is delivered collaboratively with Whitehall College of Further Education. Learners will spend one day a week per semester and a further 4 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). The course aims to provide a foundation for students who wish to progress to the BSc in Education and Training.

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 pass the two DCU modules and achieve the full award Education and Training 5M3635 with 3 Distinctions and 3 Merits 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)
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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Career Areas
Adult Education
Community Education
Private Sector
Public Sector
Career Prospects
The Adult and Further Education and Training sector
The growing Community Sector
Trade Unions
Voluntary Bodies
Training departments in large organisations and businesses
FET Teacher/Trainer
Instructional Designer
HR and Training

As a graduate of the course you may be considered for admission to the B.Sc. in Education and Training course.

If you want to begin work, you can look toward:

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General Entry Requirements

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

Leaving Cert

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

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

EU Transfer Applications

No Entry Path

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.


Next Steps

Mature Applicants

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

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

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

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

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

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to Whitehall College on (01) 837 6011

Make an Application

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