The Higher Certificate in Arts in Adult and Further Education is a 120 credit, NFQ Level 6 award aimed at current adult and further education and training tutors or practitioners and those wishing to pursue a career teaching or tutoring in adult basic education, further education and training (FET) and community education contexts. The programme explores theories and good practice in adult basic education and adult education and will equip participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to work/act as tutors, facilitators and trainers in adult basic education, FET and/or community education settings. It is a part-time blended learning programme, with a delivery model that facilitates the working practitioner, scheduled on weekend teaching blocs. Classes are delivered in workshop-style, where collective, collaborative and creative lerning is strongly encouraged. Participants can apply their learning directly to their practice and share their experiences with peers and lecturers in a supportive learning environment.
The programme aims to:
The Higher Certificate in Arts 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.
The programme comprises the following 10 credit modules. Classes are delivered workshop style, where collective, collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Study Skills & Academic Writing||Introduction to Philosophy of Adult Education|
|Groupwork||Practical Teaching Skills 1|
|Introduction to Curriculum Development and Assessment||Introduction to the Psychology of Adult Education|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Education Policy Development in Adult & Further Education||Choose two electives|
|Integrating Literacy in Adult & Further Education||Literacy and Society|
|Technology in Adult & Further Education||Digital Literacy|
|Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Adult & Further Education||Family Literacy|
|Literacy and Specific Learning Difficulties|
Please note: Participants must complete all 10 mandatory modules and may choose two elective modules (20 credits). Elective modules will be offered subject to viability.
Non-Standard Applicants/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants with significant professional experience in the Further Education and Training (FET) sectory may apply for advanced entry or exemptions using the RPL Policy. For further information on advanced entry to this programme, please contact the Course Leader Ms Catriona Warren [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 Catriona Warren at [email protected] or contact the LDC Office at [email protected]
€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.
Literacy Practitioner Subsidy Form
Participants who successfully complete the Higher Certificate in Arts in Adult and Further Education may progress to undertake the NFQ Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Adult & Further Education, which will enhance their professional competence and capabilities as adult education tutors/practitioners. Please consult our Programme Pathways Infographic below to give you an idea of the pathways/progression opportunities available to you for further study.