Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHA90

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 May 2020

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The Higher Diploma in Further Education is made up of three areas of professional development:

  1. Foundation Disciplines of Adult and Further Education

  2. Professional Studies

  3. Teaching Practice


Registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland

  1. Candidates are responsible for checking their own eligibility to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland separate from their application to Maynooth Universityfor the Higher Diploma in Further Education.
  2. Candidates are required to contact the Teaching Council of Ireland for further information as applicants are dealt with on an individual basis. 
  3. Applicants wishing to register as a teacher in the Further Education sector must meet the requirements set out in the  

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a professional teaching qualification in further education. It provides student teachers with the theoretical knowledge and the practical and reflective skills required to confidently work in further education settings. The course includes a 100 hours teaching practice.

Closing date 30 April 2020

Commences September 


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 -  Applicant 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:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Online application only

PAC Code MHA90

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or 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 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.

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