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Course Details


Award Title: QQI Level 5 – Education & Training

Duration: One year  –  September  2024 to  May 2025.


This full-time one-year programme is aimed at those who wish to pursue teaching as a career. It will concentrate on skills and knowledge essential to a teacher. It mainly
prepares students for entry into Arts Degree programmes for second level teaching.
Having completed this course students can apply for a Level 8 degree and then progress to a Professional Masters in Education Primary, subject to achieving the required grade in Irish.
* It should be noted that there is no direct link from a QQI Level
5 Award into Primary Teaching in Ireland at present.

  • Concepts in Education & Training
  • Interpersonal & Group Behaviour 
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience 
  • Psychology
  • Research & Study Skills 
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education 
  • Understanding Special Needs 
  • Irish 

 All Modules are subject to change.

Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 4, or equivalent standard of education. All applicants are subject to an interview and an online assessment. Depending on work placement setting, Garda Vetting may also be required.

Links to Third Level 

For further information, please contact Elaine on 057 9349424 or email

€50 QQI Level 5 Certification Fee – Medical Card holders or those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment are exempt from this Certification Fee.

VTOS: If you are over 21 years of age, are unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of the course, instead of their social welfare payment.  Small meal and travel allowances may also apply.

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