For academic year 2020/21 all our programmes were delivered fully online given Covid-19 restrictions. We are currently planning for academic year 21/22. Delivery will be dependent on Covid-19 guidelines and may be fully online or blended delivery (a mixture of online and face to face delivery on site in Waterford). We may need to take a semester by semester approach to this depending on Covid -19 guidelines, for example, over time the guidelines may allow us to return to more face to face delivery. This will be fully confirmed before programmes start.
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.
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. 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 WIT (on average 1 or 2 per month) and use of the WIT virtual learning environment (moodle) in order to facilitate adult learners.
However, during Covid-19 times the programme has been delivered fully online. This includes both live sessions through platforms such as zoom, group work activities online and self directed learning. 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)
Electives - Choose three from the following:
* 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 9 mandatory modules and may choose three elective modules (30 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.
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 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
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.