NUI Galway’s Adult Learners Information Evening on 21 June 2017

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If you want to advance your qualifications or develop new skills, there is no shortage of part-time courses at NUI Galway. One of the best ways to see what’s on offer is NUI Galway’s Adult Learners Information Evening. This takes place on Wednesday 21 June from 5.30-7.30pm in the Orbsen Building on the university campus.

What’s on?

Students will meet representatives from over 40 part-time programmes at the event. These include subject areas of:

  • Business and Management
  • Community Education
  • Adult Training & Education Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Languages
  • Information Technology
  • Pre-University Courses
  • Science and Technology

“With courses being offered through classroom-based mode, online or through a blend of both, flexibility and a range of student supports are guaranteed to all students with a variety of learning and lifestyle needs,” highlights Nuala McGuinn, Director at the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway.

New programmes from NUI Galway

Among the new programmes on offer at NUI Galway from September 2017, is the Diploma in Political Science and Sociology. This programme explores issues affecting the modern world as well as political structures and policies.

The Diploma in Management is also new for 2017. This looks at the principles of contemporary management, as well as organisational psychology and behaviour in organisational effectiveness.

“Through this programme, students develop essential negotiation and management skills and learn to apply this knowledge to a wide range of organisational settings”, explains programme coordinator, Eilis O’Regan.

BA in Humanities and Social Sciences

The popular BA in Humanities and Social Sciences is also on offer. This has a range of study paths in English, History, Archaeology, Languages, Irish Studies and Economics. Students develop a deep understanding of these content areas. In addition, they will develop strong research, writing and analytical skills. These are key transferrable skills which will prepare them for future promotion and employment.

Science and technology programmes 

Programmes in the Science and Technology area including specialisms in Medical Device Science, Automation and Control and Lean & Quality Systems. Interest has grown over the past number of years as a direct result of industry requiring increased skills in these areas. Study options are available at Diploma and Degree as well as individual module level. Furthermore, there are 60 free course places on these Diploma programmes under the Springboard initiative.

Continuing Professional Development

All occupations are becoming more knowledge-based. Consequently, there is an increasing emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

“Adult learners at NUI Galway can choose individual modules from a suite of standalone courses in Adult Training and Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Community Education, Social Care, Business and many others”, says Nuala McGuinn.

These courses are ideal for learners who do not have the time to commit to a full programme of study as well as those who require a module for retraining or upskilling.

Language courses

There are also diplomas level language courses for adult learners. Students practice their chosen language through a variety of activities, such as guided speaking practice and listening comprehension activities, as well as grammar and vocabulary exercises. Languages on offer include Gaeilge, French, Italian (via classroom mode and online), Spanish and German.

Other courses

Other related professional development opportunities include Early Childhood Studies, Information Technology, Play Therapy, Community Education and Business as well as Adult Training and Education Studies.

For further information check out the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development’s website or call 091 494066 to speak with one of the programme coordinators.




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