Adult Education: a pick ’n’ mix
A sampling of some of the vast selection of adult education courses around
One-year preparatory science studies at Coláiste Ide include biology, microbiology, chemistry and physiology
Adults looking at a return to education are spoilt for choice.Here’s a sample of the many options for adult learners. Contact your local education and training board for a list of courses leading to a certificate, diploma, or other qualification. Or you can explore full-time degree courses in your local institutes of technology or university.
Science, engineering and technology (SET) courses, as well as those in agriculture, architecture and construction, have become more popular in recent years as students hone in on job prospects, but it’s hugely important to pick a course you are passionate about: don’t go for something that doesn’t truly interest you or you could risk dropping out. Despite the trend towards SET, agriculture and construction, a humanities or arts qualification is still hugely beneficial and employers value people who have shown that they can research, write, and critically analyse and engage with information.
This selection is primarily focused on courses leading to a qualification or job, but you can alternatively look at a night course in your local community college or at the adult education centre in your local third-level institute: UCD and UCC are among those with excellent options. Also be sure to check community education options: Maynooth University’s department of adult and community education and the adult education organisation AONTAS are excellent starting points.
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Pre University Science Course
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education, Dublin One-year preparatory science studies course including biology, microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, laboratory skills and mathematics. In 2013, four students went on to Trinity College Dublin and several others made it to UCD, and Maynooth. This year three students secured places in Maynooth University.
This course could be a valuable investment in the future: engineering and science job prospects remain strong, as reflected by the growth in demand for these courses in this year‘s CAO points. colaisteide.ie
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Various part-time courses
, Cork Institute of Technology CIT’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems
, part of the manufacturing, mechanical and biomedical engineering departments, has developed programmes in the areas of control and automation, sustainable energy, project management, quality/ manufacturing/ lean six sigma, and biomedical engineering.
The course is part CIT’s continuing education prospectus (weekend and evening courses) for 2014/15, which covers a range of courses all disciplines – business and accounting, human resource management, computing, engineering, science, humanities, art, music and maritime, as well as Springboard programmes and customised and in-company training. cit.ie or call 021-4335900.
Certificate in autism studiesUniversity College Corkucc.ie/en/ace-cassfor more details./
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CPD courses for finance professionalsInstitute of Chartered Accountants in Irelandqualifax.ie
Waterford College of Further Education
Bachelor of business studies with GermanUniversity of Limerickul.ie