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Course Title
Institute of Education

Foundation Programme in Education and Training

Non Award Visitor (Education & Training)

  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€0
  • Non EU Fees€0
About fees & requirements

This course serves as an inroad to the teaching profession for those who have recently completed the Leaving Certificate but are not in University or to mature students who want to progress to Higher Education.

You’ll gain an understanding of all aspects of education and training; learn the key theories behind education, community development 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 FETAC Level 5. This course is delivered collaboratively with Whitehall College of Further Education and Dublin City University (DCU). Learners will spend one day a week in DCU as two modules will be taught in DCU at first year degree level. The course aims to provide a foundation for students who wish to progress to the BSc in Education and Training.

About the course

This one-year course offers modules at FETAC Level 5, including two modules (at level 8) that form part of the undergraduate degree in Education and Training.

If you complete 10 ECTS Credits on the NAVET 1 programme and also successfully complete the Level 5 Certificate in Education and Training (5M3635) in Whitehall College of Further Education (or any other NAVET linked college) with at least an overall merit, you may be eligible to progress to Year One of the full-time BSc in Education and Training (ET1) course in DCU.

Between DCU and Whitehall you’ll 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)

Course Life

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.


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:

  • Education
  • Training

In these areas


General Entry Requirements

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

Leaving Certificate

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.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC 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. 

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.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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

Mature Applicants

This course is offered jointly by DCU and 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