L7 BA in Adult and Further Education (60 Credits)

Bachelor of ArtsAdult and Further Education

Part Time
Cork Road
12 months

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 in Adult and Further Education is a 60 credit, NFQ Level 7 award, follow-on course from the Higher Certificate, designed to meet the needs of tutors and practitioners who are currently working in adult and further education settings (FET) including adult basic education, adult literacy, adult education and community education or those wishing to pursue a career teaching or tutoring in the FET sector.  Throughout the programme, participants will develop their knowledge of adult education theory in order to enhance their practice and self-confidence as adult education tutors/practitioners.  The programme offers participants the opportunity to build on their knowledge base, so that they can critically reflect on the values which are under-pining their practice while simultaneously extending their skills to become more innovative in their approaches to adult education practice.  The programme reflects the key developments and trends in contemporary adult education, both nationally and internationally.  Our experienced lecturing team enrich participants' learning experience by valuing the wealth of experience and knowledge that adult learners bring to the classroom.  Participants can apply their learning directly to their practice and share their experiences with peers and lecturers in a supportive learning environment. This modular programme is delivered in part-time blended flexible mode in order to facilitate adult learners.

The BA in Adult and Further Education is a modular part-time programme with a flexible delivery model that facilitates the working practitioner. This course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and blended learning. Classes are delivered on Fridays and Saturdays, on campus in WIT (on average one or two per month) and use of the WIT virtual learning environment (moodle) in order to facilitate adult learners. You can choose how many modules you wish to complete in each year (1-5 years).

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Adult and FE BA in Adult and Further Education

Classes are delivered in weekend blocs (Friday and Saturday) on campus in WIT (on average 1 or 2 per month). Classes are workshop-style, where collective, collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged. 

The programme consists of a combination of mandatory modules (5 x 10 credit modules) and elective(s) totalling 10 credits (ie 1 x 10 credit or 2 x 5 credit modules) (60 credits in total). The modules address key areas in adult and further education including teaching, research, policy, equality and technology. Participants must complete the 5 mandatory modules and may then select 10 credits from the list of elective modules. The choice of elective module(s) is subject to numbers.

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
( All 10 credits )( Choose 10 credits in total )
Nature of Enquiry in Adult & Further Education Blended Learning (10 credits)
Psychology of Adult Learning 2 Leadership in Adult & Further Education (10 credits)
Education PolicyFamily Literacy (10 credits)
Language and Power in SocietyAdult Numeracy (10 credits)
Practical Teaching SkillsTESOL 3 (10 credits)
Curriculum Development 2 (5 credits)
Action Research (5 credits)

We accept applications for modules throughout the academic year, subject to availability on the timetable.  All modules are offered subject to sufficient numbers and resources.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development or Higher Certificate in Arts in Adult and Further Education or a relevant qualification equivalent to a full award (120 ECTS) at Level 6.
  • Applicants must be actively working in the Adult and Further Education & Training sector for the duration of the programme.
  • Applicants may be invited to attend an interview for entry to 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 for more information www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

Non-Standard Applications/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Please Note: 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.
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€2,220 - Total Cost  (6 x €370) 
€370 per 10 credit module 
€270 per module - this subsidised rate is available for those working in the adult literacy service. 
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. 

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Career Opportunities
The programme will enhance participants’ career professional competence and capabilities as adult education and further education and training (FET) tutors/practitioners.  Previous graduates have gained employment in Education Training Boards (ETBs), SOLAS and other FET settings.

Progression/Further Study Opportunities
On successful completion of this programme, graduates may progress to further studies at NFQ Level 8.  They can choose to complete the BA (Hons) in Adult and Further Education or the BA (Hons) in Teaching in Adult and Further Education (Teaching Council Approved) in WIT, which will enhance their professional competence and capabilities as adult education tutors/practitioners.  Alternatively, graduates may choose to undertake an equivalent programme in another Higher Education Institute.

Please consult our Programme Pathways Infographic below for information on further study opportunities available at Level 8 & Level 9. 

Programme Pathways Infographic

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