Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies (30 Credits)

CertificateAdult Literacy Studies

Part Time
1 year

€320 per module


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 Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies is a 30 credit NFQ Level 6 minor award aimed at current adult tutors and explores theories and good practice in adult literacy, adult basic education and adult education.  This programme is ideally suited for tutors of adults who do not have a background in adult literacy tutoring but wish to gain an understanding of adult literacy needs and be introduced to approaches in addressing needs that would be relevant and applicable in their classroom.  Integrating Literacy is a key objective for further educators in the current SOLAS Strategy.  The Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies is designed to enable tutors and trainers of adults to meet the challenge of promoting, developing and encouraging literacy and numeracy. The programme is delivered by our experienced lecturing team, all of whom have a background in adult literacy.  The programme delivery promotes the practice of collective and shared learning optimising the knowledge and skills that the students bring to the process.  Classes are delivered in workshop-style, where collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged.

Programme Delivery
The Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies is a part-time blended learning modular programme with a 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 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.  The Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies can also be delivered on an outreach basis, please contact the Course Leader Ms. Eilish Dunworth Email: [email protected] or the Literacy Development Centre to arrange an Outreach Delivery Email: [email protected] 

Programme Information Flyer

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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.

The Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies comprises the following three 10 credit modules:

Integrating Literacy in Adult and Further Education Literacy and Society Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Adult and Further Education
This module aims to enable students to relate literacy issues to teaching in a variety of contexts in order to facilitate the needs of students who present with literacy difficulties This module aims to introduce students to the current social, cultural and economic issues informing policy and practice in the field of adult literacy This module aims to develop students' understanding and awareness of equality and diversity in adult and further education

Applicants must

  • Have on-going experience in adult literacy for the duration of the programme and must show a capacity for third-level study. 
  • Complete an application form and in some cases attend for interview in order to assess their suitability for the programme.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English.  Please see our website for more details  www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

Non-Standard Applicants/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants with significant professional experience in further education may apply for exemptions using WIT’s RPL Policy. For further information on advanced entry to this programme, please contact the Course Leader Ms. Eilish Dunworth 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

€320 per 10 credit module.
€210 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. 

LDC Fees Guide LDC Fees Guide

On successful completion of the Certificate in Adult Literacy Studies 30 credit minor award, graduates may progress to undertake and complete an additional 90 credits to be awarded the 120 credit NFQ Level 6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Adult and Further Education.  However, graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise in adult literacy tutoring and gain the qualification required for adult literacy tutors may go on to undertake and complete an additional 90 credits on the 120 credit NFQ Level 6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development programme, which is the only nationally recognised programme designed specifically for adult literacy practitioners. Graduates from the programme have held roles including adult literacy organiser, adult literacy tutor, resource worker, adult basic education tutor.

Check out our programme pathways infographic below for further study opportunities available. 

Progression Pathways Infographic

Course Leader

  • Ms. Eilish Dunworth


    Email: [email protected]

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