L6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy Development (120 Credits)

Higher Certificate in ArtsArts in Literacy Development

Part Time
2 years

€320 per module

120 ECTS

Who is this programme aimed at?
This programme has been designed for 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.


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Programme Structure

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: 

Electives - Choose one of the following:

  • Adult Numeracy
  • TESOL 1
  • New Literacies
  • Literacy & Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Integrating Literacy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Plain English
  • Family Literacy
  • Literacy and Society
  • TESOL 2*
  • Adult Education for Citizenship and Human Rights
  • Education Policy
  • Training for Tutor Trainers
  • Equality & Diversity in Education
  • Health Literacy
  • Environmental 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.

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
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.

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.


€320 per 10 credit module.
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

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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. 

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Course Leader

  • Ms. Eilish Dunworth


    Email: [email protected]

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