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Pre-Teaching and Education Studies

Course Description

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to engage with the education and training industry and environment gaining an appreciation of underpinning philosophies and requirements, to consider professional practice and development opportunities, and or to progress to further or higher education and training. This course provides learners with an insight in to the world of teaching and education. It is ideal for those considering a career or further studies in Primary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, Further Education Training or other forms of teaching and education. Participants will learn about the approaches to and concepts of Education and Training, Team-working, Research and Study Skills and the Psychology of People. Learners will need to progress to third level education to complete their qualifications to teach.
Courses offered subject to resources and demand; modules advertised may be subject to change.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Communications Level 5
  • Concepts in Education and Training
  • Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Psychology
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment. 

It allows students to create links with employers, ideally learners will gain work experience within a teaching/training environment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements)

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to work within any training, instructional, educational field.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Education & Training (5M3635)

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