L8 BA (Hons) in Adult and Further Education (60 Credits)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Adult and Further Education

Part Time
18 mths

With ongoing social distancing regulations likely to continue in place into the academic year 2020/21 WIT is reviewing delivery modes of part-time courses for the coming year. This may mean a change from the typical course delivery schedule. We are planning to publish the listing of part-time courses that will be offered for 2020/21 with further details on schedules and modes of delivery in early July

The BA (Hons) in Adult and Further Education is a  60 credit, NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree, a follow-on to the Level 7 BA in Adult and Further Education Degree programme and is designed to meet the needs of current adult and further education tutors/practitioners who do not require or already have Teaching Council registration.  Throughout this interactive programme, participants will deepen their knowledge and understanding of adult education, education systems and the challenges facing teachers and adult learners in different educational contexts.  They will also enhance their teaching skills and develop research skills in order to carry out primary research relevant to their practice or work context.  The programme reflects the key developments and trends in contemporary adult education, both nationally and internationally.  This modular programme is delivered in part-time mode in order to facilitate adult learners, classes are workshop-style, where collective, collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged.   The programme is usually completed within 18 months.

The BA (Hons) in Adult and Further Education is a part-time blended learning modular programme with a flexible delivery model that facilitates the working practitioner. The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and blended learning, classes are delivered in two-day weekend blocs (Friday and Saturday) on campus in WIT (on average 1 or 2 blocs per month). The programme is usually completed within 18 months.

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The programme consists of a combination of taught modules, and a supervised research project. There are a number of mandatory modules and one elective module (60 credits in total). The modules address key areas in adult and further education including curriculum planning, research, policy, psychology, critical education theories and equality. 

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Quality, Curriculum Planning & Assessment in Practice (10 credits)Education, Equality & Social Inclusion (5 credits)
Psychology and Learning in Further & Adult Education ( 5 credits)Critical Education Studies ( 5 credits)
Research Methodologies (10 credits )
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Research Project (15 Credits)
Elective (10 credits): Promoting Literacies for Learning in Adult & Further Education OR Strategic Management and Leadership in Adult & Further Education (choice is subject to Numbers )

Please Note:  Participants must complete all 6 mandatory modules and may choose one elective module.  Choice of elective module is subject to numbers/availability.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants for this programme are required to hold a BA in Adult and Further Education (NFQ Level 7) OR a BA in Community Education and Development (NFQ Level 7)  OR  a relevant qualification equivalent to a full award at Level 7 (180 ECTS).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 18 months professional experience in the adult and further education and training (FET) sector.
  • Applicants must have access to ongoing professional experience for the duration of the programme.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, you will need an IELTS score of 6 (minimum of 5 in each component) or equivalent.  Please see our website at www.wit.ie/englishrequirements


Non-Standard Applications/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applications for recognition of prior learning (advanced entry or exemptions) are welcomed from potential applicants who may have the appropriate level of knowledge and with significant professional experience in the FET sector.  For further information on advanced entry to this programme, please contact the Course Leader Ms. Anne-Marie Cullen Email: [email protected] 

How to Apply
Application forms for this Course are available to download from our website by clicking here or by contacting the LDC Project Administrator, Literacy Development Centre Tel: 051-302689  Email: [email protected]  completed forms to be returned to the LDC Project Administrator, Literacy Development Centre.
LDC Application Form LDC Application Form

€300 per 5 credit module, €450 per 10 credit module, €550 for the Research Project
Flexible payment options are in place for students who wish to pay per module etc.  
You may be entitled to a subsidy if you are an adult literacy practitioner or in receipt of a social welfare payment. Please enquire for further details.  Detailed information regarding the cost of the LDC programmes and fee procedures are outlined in the LDC Fees Guide, please click here to view the LDC Fees GuideLDC Fees Guide LDC Fees Guide

On successful completion of this course, graduates may progress to the NFQ Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Teaching in Further Education (WD589/WD569) or Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (WD603) or MA in Management in Education (WD548) in WIT or equivalent courses in another Higher Education Institute.  Please consult our Programme Pathways Infographic for further information. 


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