Do I need a Leaving Certificate?
No, it is not necessary to have your Leaving Certificate. Students must be 23 years or over on the 1st January 2010.
Are there any other entry requirements?
Other than the age requirements stated above, there is no formal selection procedure for most courses although, because of their content, some are more suited to those with previous knowledge or experience of the subject. As courses are delivered in keeping with adult education practice, participants will be expected to:
- Be willing to engage with group activities and group learning
- Be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience
- Have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessment requirements.
We strongly recommend that you seriously consider the above before applying for a course.
Some courses have been designed with the particular needs of trainers and tutors in mind. It is important therefore that applicants for these courses are practitioners in the relevant subject area.
Will I have to sit examinations?
You will normally be required to produce essays or another equivalent piece of work to fulfill the assessment requirements for Certificate courses. Some modules on the part-time BA are assessed by sit-down examinations, but the majority of modules utilize continuous assessment.
What do I need to be awarded credits?
All students are expected to undertake regular reading and complete written assignments. You will need to have achieved an 85% attendance rate and have satisfactorily completed all the required assignments.
Will I need computer skills?
Computer skills are always an advantage particularly for access to information on the Internet, Library Catalogue or electronic resources, however they are not essential. We do request that all assignments be typed.
What is a module?
A module is a block of learning in which a particular topic is taught and assessed.
What is ECTS?
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. All undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Adult & Community Education are linked to this system. This means that where equivalence of learning is found, students may carry credits to other courses or degrees within the credit transfer system.
What is APL?
APL means Accredited Prior Learning. Students may apply to transfer a maximum of up to 60 credits for recognition of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) to our BA Local Studies or BA Community Studies degree programmes.
What will I do if I am away when the course enrolment takes place?
Please make contact with us before you leave, we will try to accommodate you with alternative arrangements in so far as we can.
Proficiency in English
Programmes are delivered through English. Students are advised that to benefit from chosen programmes they should be proficient in both written and spoken English.