Knowing what’s available makes your decision to return to education a lot easier. Photograph: iStock
Adult education: A glossary

Access: For all the talk of the Leaving Cert being “fair”, it’s never been fair for students from disadvantaged backgrounds – whether school-leavers o(...)

The Europass Diploma Supplement is a standard supplemental set of information about a qualification developed jointly by Unesco and the Council of Europe.

I am applying for a postgraduate programme in France and I have been asked to provide my “Europass Diploma Supplement” and information about my underg(...)

Some master’s programmes will facilitate an immediate transfer on to a PhD.

Taught postgraduate courses can be a continuation of your undergraduate studies or in an entirely new area. How to differentiate between what’s on of(...)

“Both technical and soft skills are necessary to successfully perform and advance,” says Sharon Walsh of Fidelity Investments. Photograph: iStock

The different strands of the Irish education and training system have their own particular roles to play in preparing students for the world of work.(...)

How many further and higher education options do students have?

Choosing a college course is one decision – where to do it is a whole other question. But, with Covid-19 upending so much about further and higher edu(...)

Taught postgraduate courses can be a continuation of your undergraduate studies or in an entirely new area.

How to differentiate between what’s on offer and, more particularly, how to ensure your course has credibility in the labour market, is a major challe(...)

Competition has increased, so many graduates go on to  enhance their skill set. Photograph: iStock

How to differentiate between what’s on offer and, more particularly, how to ensure your course has credibility in the labour market, is a major challe(...)

Almost 400,000 are employed in Ireland’s public sector. That includes the civil and public services as well as commercial and non-commercial semi-State bodies and covers almost every possible job type from archaeologist to zoologist. Photograph: iStock

Almost 400,000 people are employed in Ireland’s public sector. That includes the civil and public services as well as commercial and non-commercial se(...)

Research is key to establishing what course is the correct one for you. Photograph: iStockphoto

Just over 30 per cent of graduates from Irish third-level institutions now progress onto postgraduate studies, a drop of 10 per cent from the highs of(...)

If you wish to apply for a specific course, your informal learning over your lifetime will be given due recognition within the adult education system. Photo: iStock

Question: I’m 35 years of age and left school after my Junior Cert. I would love to re-enter the education system but don’t know where to start. I am (...)

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