Course Overview

If you work as a tutor or instructor in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector and wish to gain academic recognition for prior certified and experiential learning, then this course is for you! This course will guide and support you in preparing a portfolio of evidence documenting your prior learning at NFQ level 7 in the area of adult learning practice.

Applications and Selections

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Contact course coordinator regarding start dates.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

You will need to attend a two-day workshop. Assessment is by means of a combination of online activities and portfolio completion.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should also have appropriate experience in a training or educational organisation and must be in a position to undertake assignments and work-based projects relating to practical aspects of training or education.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 

Additional Requirements


20 weeks, part-time

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Mode of study

Blended learning

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Course Outline

The aim of the course is to guide and support you in the preparation of a portfolio of evidence documenting your prior learning at NFQ Level 7 in the area of adult learning practice. This course will suit you if you want to:

  • Gain recognition for prior learning
  • Map your experiential learning to specific learning outcomes
  • Create a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your prior learning achievements 

The course includes the following module:

Adult Learning Practice

You will learn how to gather and collate certified and experiential learning, how to map your prior learning to specific learning outcomes and how to assemble a portfolio of learning that represents the breadth, depth and scope of your prior learning as relevant to your role as a tutor/instructor. This module will help you complete an RPL portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your relevant knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Responding to adult learner requirements and learning preferences
  • Planning instructional lessons
  • Using a range teaching methods and techniques
  • Establishing and maintaining a supportive and motivational learning environment
  • Managing learner groups and dynamics

Further Education

Participants who successfully complete the course gain an exemption from relevant modules in the Certificate in Training and Education course.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is suitable for tutors or instructors working in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€500 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,000 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

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Edel Molloy
Tel: +353 (0)91 494058