Qualification : HIGHER DIPLOMA

Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHA91

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 04 August 2021

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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 part time over 2 years. 

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: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.


National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Modules include

Year 1: Philosophy of Adult Education, Sociology of Adult Education, Learning Methodologies, Curriculum Studies and Assessment, Psychology of Adult Development

Year 2: History and Policy in Further Education, Reflection, ethical and professional practice, Counselling in Adult Education 

Course Duration: 2 years part-time

This course has professional accreditation in Further Education & Training

Initial Teacher Education from the Teaching Council of Ireland, enabling graduates to work in adult / further education and training settings.


Online application only

PAC Code

The following information 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.



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