Course Description

Pre-University Arts / Teaching

Students on Education and Training courses at Dunboyne College benefit from close links with Maynooth University and can access a range of academic and student supports across both campuses.
Our one-year course, similar to our other arts programme, aims to prepare students for entrance into Arts
programmes in Irish universities and colleges but also lay foundations for those who want to pursue a career as either a primary or post-primary teacher. While the course also prepares students for entry to employment in a range of settings, it is mainly aimed at those who want to pursue careers in the education and training arena.
By progressing to an arts degree or education and training qualification and then on to a post graduate qualification, students can access the many opportunities in the world of education and training. This course basically lays the foundation for those who know education is their first choice of career.

The following modules will be offered subject to availability or demand and are subject to change:

• Concepts in Education and Training
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Research and Study Skills
• Psychology
• Understanding Special Needs
• Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
• Approaches to Early Childhood Education
• Language Options: Gaeilge, French, Spanish
• English Literature
• History
• Word Processing
• Digital Presentations

• Level 5 Education and Training 5M3635 or General Studies 5M3114

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CollegeDunboyne College of Further Education
Course LocationDunboyne, Meath
Course CategoryEducational & Teacher Training
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Course Start Date17th September 2024
Course End Date23rd May 2025
Course Duration1 Year
Course TimeFull time
Entry RequirementsENTRY REQUIREMENTS • Leaving Certifi cate or Leaving Certifi cate Applied or; • Mature Students or; • Other equivalent qualifi cations All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
Carear PathThere are now over 175 places in First Arts in Maynooth, 30 places in UCD as well as numerous places in Universities including DCU, UCC and a large range of other degree courses available in universities for students who hold a QQI qualification in Education and Training. There are also opportunities in education, training, European administration, as well as, in the business world. Graduates from this course may gain entry to the BSc Education and Training at DCU. While there is no direct link to primary teaching from QQI, students on completion of the Level 5 award, may apply through the CAO for a range of available courses as part of the newly expanded QQI Links scheme. These include Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies at Marino Institute of Education, Post-Primary Teacher Education at DCU and Arts Degrees at DCU, Maynooth and UCD. There are also a large range of other degree courses available in universities throughout the country. On successful completion of an undergraduate degree, students can then apply for the Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) which enables them to qualify as a primary or post-primary teacher and register with the Teaching Council. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: Maynooth: MH101 Arts (Level 8, 4 Years) UCD: DN520 Arts (Level 8, 3 Years) MTU Cork: MT930 Home Economics and Business Teaching (Level 8, 5 Years) DCU: Post Primary Teacher (Level 8, 4 Years), DC118 Business and Irish (Level 8, 4 Years), Arts (Level 8, 3-4 Years) DC235 Education and Training (Level 8, 4 Years) DKIT: DK861 (Level 8, 4 Years) Marino: CM010 Education Studies (Level 8, 4 Years), CM020 Early Childhood St. Nicholas: NM801 Mary Immaculate College: MI015 Education, Home Economics and Business Studies (Level 8, 4 Years) Montessori Education (Level 8, 4 Years) Education (Level8, 4 Years) ATU St. Angela’s College Sligo (NUIG): AU988 Home Economics Teacher Education (Level 9, 5 Years) MTU Tralee: MT911 Health and Leisure Studies (Level 8, 4 Years) With progression link to PME Physical Education Teaching – University of Limerick TUD Blanchardstown: BN118TU993 Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8, 4 Years)* Developmental work is currently underway to implement direct and guaranteed pathways into the teacher-training programmes in Maynooth University and other Higher Education Institutions including the Maynooth University Level 6, ‘Think about Teaching,’ Foundation Certificate. Currently, students attend classes on-campus in Maynooth University one day per week in partnership with the university’s, ‘Turn to Teaching Programme,’ and Maynooth Access Programme.
Course Code5M3635
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Dunboyne College of Further Education
Dunboyne Business Park
Dunboyne, Dunboyne, Meath
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