Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 8

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CAO Points :

.Adult education is a transformative and powerful tool for change. Impacting positively on the lives of those who participate, their wider communities and society as a whole, adult education provides a platform for radical and progressive thinking. The Certificate in Adult and Community Education, delivered by experienced and dedicated tutors, introduces research based teaching and learning methods which will provide students with both the knowledge and practical skills required to work with adults across a range of settings.  The course provides an excellent foundation for those considering a change in career towards adult teaching or for people employed in sectors where communication with adults in a learning environment is required such as libraries, galleries, museums, etc., or educational settings for rehabilitation and recovery.

The NUI Cert. in Adult and Community Education will be held on our Maynooth Campus Monday Evening 7.00-10.00pm  The duration of the course is 100 hours.  Students will attend 1 evening per week for a 3 hour facilitated workshop/tutorial.  Students will also attend 3/4 Saturdays over the duration of the course. For assessment purposes, students are expected to have at least a 85% minimum attendance, complete a Learning Journal and complete Essays & Project work.

Course Duration: 100 hours part-time over one year which may include 3 - 4 Saturdays.

The NUI Certificate in Adult and Community Education is a standalone qualification however, when combined with the NUI Certificate in Equality Studies (On Line) and another of our certificate courses such as Disability Studies; Counselling Skills; or Community Development and Leadership it forms part of the Diploma in Arts: Training and Development for Socially Inclusive Workplaces.

Every year a number of students from this course successfully progress onto the BA Community Studies (MH803) carrying with them the credits that they have accumulated on this level 8 course as Recognition of Prior Learning.  








International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Participants must be 21 years of age or over on 1st January of the year in which the course commences. 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.

Additional Information

Admission Requirements

Participants must be 21 years or over

Have experience in Adult & Community Education

Have the capacity to complete a course at NUI Certificate level

Openness to reflect on one’s own practice, attitudes and beliefs.

Commitment to learning in a group setting.


Start Date: Oct. 3 2016

Please apply through our On Line system at the following link:

For further information please contact Kay Loughlin at or ring 01 708 6062

An Easy Payment Plan is available upon registration.

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