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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 (Ord) 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 SETU Waterford (on average 1 or 2 per month) and use of the SETU Waterford virtual learning environment (Moodle) in order to facilitate adult learners.
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BA in Adult and Further Education
The programme comprises the following modules. Classes are delivered workshop style, where collective, collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged.
|Mandatory modules||Elective modules|
|Nature of Enquiry in Adult & Further Education||Blended Learning (10 credits)|
|Psychology of Adult Learning 2||Leadership in Adult & Further Education (10 credits)|
|Education Policy||Family Literacy (10 credits)|
|Language and Power in Society||Adult Numeracy (10 credits)|
|Practical Teaching Skills 2||TESOL 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.
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. Ann Marie Cullen Email: [email protected]
How to Apply
To apply for this programme simply click on the 'Apply Here' button. If you have any questions please contact the Course Leader Ann Marie Cullen at [email protected] or contact the LDC Office at liter[email protected]
€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.
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 SETU Waterford, 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.