For academic year 2020/21 all our programmes were delivered fully online given Covid-19 restrictions. We are currently planning for academic year 21/22. Delivery will be dependent on Covid-19 guidelines and may be fully online or blended delivery (a mixture of online and face to face delivery on site in Waterford). We may need to take a semester by semester approach to this depending on Covid -19 guidelines, for example, over time the guidelines may allow us to return to more face to face delivery. This will be fully confirmed before programmes start.
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 Teaching in Adult & Further Education is a part-time blended learning modular programme with a flexible delivery model that facilitates the working practitioner. Traditionally, the programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and blended learning. Classes are delivered in weekend blocs (Friday and Saturday) on campus in WIT (on average 1 or 2 per month) and use of the WIT virtual learning environment (Moodle) in order to facilitate adult learners.
However, during Covid-19 times the programme has been delivered fully online. This includes both live sessions through platforms such as zoom, group work activities online and self directed learning. Classes are workshop-style, where collective, collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged. 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.
|Semester 1||Semester 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 )|
|Semester 3||Semester 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.
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. Ann Marie Cullen Email: [email protected]
How to Apply
To apply for this programme simply click on the 'Apply Here' button below. If you have any questions please contact the Course Leader Ann Marie Cullen at [email protected] or contact the LDC Office at [email protected]
€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 Guide.
Literacy Practitioner Subsidy Form
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.