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Code
BLITD
Delivery
Blended
Level
6
Duration
2 years
Credits
120 ECTS
Next Intake
Rolling intake
Application Status
Open
Fees
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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 Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development is a 120 credit, NFQ Level 6 award aimed at current adult literacy tutors, adult and further education tutors and practitioners working or volunteering in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector.  It is also suited to those wishing to pursue a career teaching or tutoring in adult basic education, FET and community education contexts.  The programme, developed in conjunction with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is aimed at practitioners working in the field of adult literacy, community development or adult basic and further education to provide the theoretical background, practical skills and opportunity to reflect on practitioners' role in supporting adult learners experiencing literacy difficulties.

What does the programme involve?
The aim of this two year programme is to create highly skilled and academically competent practitioners, to enable them to consolidate good practice.  It will do this by locating the learning within a theoretical framework, giving adult literacy practitioners the tools to evaluate current scholarship in literacy. The programme has been developed in conjunction with NALA and in consultation with the ETBI to ensure that it is relevant to the current developments in the sector and that the programme consistently meets the standards required for adult literacy practitioners.

The programme achieves this by helping practitioners to:
- Identify and promote good practice which has been developed by people working in the field
- Explore theories which underpin different aspects of adult literacy and adult education practice
- Relate theory to practice
- Create meaningful links with other education sectors.


Delivery
The Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development is a part-time blended learning modular programme with a flexible 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. Classes are workshop-style, where collective, collaborative and creative learning is strongly encouraged.

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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. 

Year 1 Core Modules (All mandatory) 

Year 2 Core Modules (All mandatory)

  • Introduction to Study Skills and Academic Writing
  • Developing Literacies 1
  • Introduction to Curriculum Development and Assessment
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Adult Education
  • Practical Teaching Skills
  • Reflective Practice
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Adult Learning
  • Developing Literacies 2*
  • Counselling Issues in Adult Literacy
  • Groupwork

Electives - Choose two from the following: 

 

 

  • Integrating Literacy
  • Literacy and Society
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Education Policy Development

 

 

  • TESOL 1
  • TESOL 2
  • Digital Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy
  • Family Literacy

 

* This course has prerequisites, please refer to the module descriptions. All modules carry 10 credits and are offered subject to sufficient numbers and resources.
Please note: Participants must complete all 10 mandatory modules and may choose two elective modules (20 credits).  Electives will be offered subject to viability.

Total credits for Year One - 60 credit hours. Total credits for Year Two - 60 credit hours.  
Total Credits: 120 credit hours for an award at NFQ Level 6  - Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development.

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.

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We accept applications for modules on our Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development throughout the academic year.


Fees
€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

This NFQ Level 6 Award 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.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates may progress to the NFQ  Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Adult and Further Education (WD_BADFE_D) in WIT or equivalent courses in another Higher Education Institute.

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

Progression Pathways Infographic

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Literacy Account
Literacy Account
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Catriona Warren
Catriona Warren
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