Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHA90

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 May 2024

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The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a post-graduate programme for anyone working in, or seeking to work in, an environment where Further Education (FE) awards (QQI or equivalent) are offered.  These include, but are not limited to, FE colleges, community education, Youthreach centres, charities and private providers.

 This course is particularly suited to those already working with adult learning groups, particularly where this is in a setting that delivers QQI awards.  If this is you, it may help to stabilise and advance your career prospects.  It also allows you to take some space to reflect on your practice and the ideas that underpin it. 

You need to fulfil one of the following criteria:

an honours degree (level 8);


an ordinary degree (level 7) with relevant experience;


another professional qualification (equivalent to 180 credits at level 7) with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in vocational or instructional settings - applicants via this route will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to successful progression through a recognition of prior learning process.    

Applicants should have an interest in, and ideally experience of, adult learning in groups.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


Online application only

PAC Code MHA90

The following documents should be uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.

In addition to details forwarded to PAC and the application details on PAC, each applicant is required to provide a short narrative in which they outline why they are applying for the course, what they hope to get from it, both personally and professionally, and what experience they will bring to the course. This narrative should be inserted into the PAC personal statement text box.

Applications via PAC are reviewed and those who are deemed appropriate are interviewed with a view to determining the suitability for the course for the student and the suitability of the student for the course.  All successful applicants are required to secure Garda Clearance before undertaking placement.

All successful applicants are required to secure Garda Clearance before undertaking placement.

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