General Digital Studies 386452

What is the aim of the programme?

The aim of this skills to compete programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to build the knowledge, skill and competence required for participation in higher education, including acquiring a broad range of knowledge for an academic discipline, and key skills for academic research and enquiry. The programme will also enable learners to develop the skills to access the labour market. Students are offered ESOL support if needed. All our students avail of free Career and Educational Guidance and Information service.

On completion of this programme learners will have acquired a broad range of knowledge in an area of personal interest together with key skills for academic research and enquiry. Learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to make informed decisions concerning participation in further education or training.

The successful completion of the course will enable applicants to apply to higher education courses. This course will give you a full QQI LEVEL 5 Award and skills that will enhance your chances of employment.

What is the course content and certification?

This course leads to NFQ Level 5 QQI Certificate in General Studies 5M3114.

Title Award Awarding Body
Word Processing Word Processing (5N1358) QQI – Term 1
Communications Level 5 Communications (5N0690) QQI – Term 1
Desktop Publishing Level 5 Desktop Publishing (5N0785) QQI – Term 1
Research And Study Skills Research & Study Skills (5N3113) QQI – Term 1
Spreadsheet Methods Spreadsheet Methods (5N1977) QQI – Term 2
Web Authoring Web Authoring (5N1910) QQI – Term 2
Safety And Health At Work Safety & Health at Work (5N1794) QQI – Term 2
Personal Professional Development Personal & Professional Development (5N2985) QQI – Term 2

What are the entry requirements?

  • Education: Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme. Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.
  • Screening Process: Applicants are invited to an English reading and writing and numerical assessment regardless of previous education attainment. This assessment is called screening. Based on the outcome of this screening, applicants may be invited for interview, offered an alternative course to suit their learning needs, placed directly onto a course or referred to our Guidance Service

How much does it cost?

There are no fees for people who fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • Adults who are in receipt of a social welfare payment; or
  • Adults who left school early; or
  • Adults who did not complete the Irish Leaving Certificate; or
  • Adults who have a valid medical card
  • Adults who are on credits.

When does it happen?

This course is part time, during the day and it takes place in Adult Education Centre Riversdale, Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin 15.

Term 1: Start Date 04/09/2023, Duration 16 weeks – Part time

Term 2: Start Date 17/01/2024, Duration TBA – Part time

*This course, times, dates and modules are subject to change.

How to apply?

Please apply though clicking the link below before the start of term.

If the application deadline has passed and you still want to be considered for the next intake or put your name on a waiting list, please contact the reception in Riversdale at 01-8236532.

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Our Adult Literacy and BTEI courses are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020