Prizes, discounts and giveaways at Which Course Virtual Week

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Which Course Virtual Week kicks off on Monday 12 September 2016. Which Course Virtual Week is Ireland’s first online course fare and it runs until Saturday 17 September. The event features hundreds of courses from some of Ireland’s leading course providers. These include diploma courses, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, specialist studies, health and fitness training, beauty courses, hobbies and much more. Best of all, we have some fantastic giveaways for attendees. Here they are!

Aspens Beauty College

Aspens Beauty College has been running courses for over 25 years at their city centre location. The College was founded in 1991 by Neelam Jethi in 1991 and has an excellent reputation in running short beauty classes. Classes are based on a one to one tuition to suit each student’s individual needs. Aspens Beauty College covers all types of beauty courses. These include the following skills:

  • Threading
  • Specialised and basic waxing
  • Spray tan
  • Massage – including Indian head massage
  • Individual eyelashes
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting
  • Manicure-pedicure
  • Skincare
  • Make up
  • Gel and acrylic nails… and more!

Ashfield College

Ashfield College has a long and proud tradition of preparing students for the Leaving Certificate. Ashfield College topped the Irish Times 2013  School League Tables across all categories including No.1 Feeder School and No.1 School for High Points in Ireland.

All of their teachers are highly qualified in their subject area. Many are published authors in their subjects, as well as providing the articles for the highly regarded Sunday Business Post Education Supplement.

Ashfield College has developed best-in-class online resources and exceptional study notes written by our expert teachers. This reduces the amount of time taking notes, helping student to focus their studies and achieve the very best results possible.

Ashfield College offers a quiet haven for effective study. They provide a subsidised bus service for students who live in locations where a direct route via public transport is not possible.


Coach4Life was founded by Carolyn Curtis. She is member of the International Coaching Federation and has life coached hundreds of groups and individuals over the last 15 years.

Carolyn is passionate about motivating and inspiring others to create the life they want. Her work has been featured in the Irish Times and in the Irish Examiner and she’s even been quoted in Oprah Magazine.

In January 2008 Carolyn became one of two trainers in Ireland licensed by Susan Jeffers to write and deliver workshops and courses based on Susan’s best-selling book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway®

Having recognized a need in the market for highly skilled life coaches, Carolyn developed the Coach4Life Training Diploma programme to train exceptional coaches. This training course takes place in Cork, Lanzarote and online.

City Colleges

City Colleges offers students superb tuition, innovative and flexible study modes, the best and most up-to-date study materials, and a relentless commitment to personal attention. City Colleges represents a completely novel approach to third-level professional education and examination preparation. Many of Ireland’s leading lecturers in the areas of Professional Law, Professional Accountancy, Childcare, Business Studies, Computing, Event Management and Psychology have come together to offer students a different kind of educational experience, one where the learner’s needs are paramount, and his or her expectations are constantly surpassed.

The City Colleges Group delivers programmes from two venues in Dublin and a suite of on-line courses nationwide.

The College of Progressive Education

The College of Progressive Education are leading providers of QQI accredited childcare and montessori courses, healthcare courses and special needs assistant training. Established in 1986, the college delivers quality courses in an enjoyable and supportive adult learning environment.  All of their tutors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with students.

Since 2003 the College of Progressive Education has been a provider of internationally recognised QQI major award programmes (formerly FETAC). All of these awards are aligned on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. The college offers a range of learning options including full-time, part-time and blended  learning (online) designed to suit a range of learning styles.

The college has a dedicated team of academic advisors as well as tutors to support and advise students throughout their course.

Dublin Institute of Design

The Dublin Institute of Design was established in 1991. DID offers runs full and part-time degree and higher education qualifications in interior design, graphic design, web design and fashion design. They also offer shorter accredited programmes in computer aided design, visual merchandising, fashion design, personal image and styling, graphic design, web design, interior design, app design, product design, and digital photography.

Digital Skills Academy

Founded in 2008, the Digital Skills Academy is an established, innovative leader of digital industry-linked online Higher Education & Training programmes. They have a proven track record of achieving graduate career goals. The Digital Skills Academy believes in valuable and cutting edge digital technology skills with real-life applications, and their international participants work with their industry partners, so every graduate has the skills, contacts and experience to hit the ground running in the tech world from the moment they graduate.

Dundrum Academy of Performing Arts

The Dundrum Academy of Performing Arts provides intensive training in drama, dance and music for kids aged 4-17. DAPA offers top training with well-known actors and performers, and is run by industry professionals.

DAPA’s acting courses cover a wide range of skills. These include imaginative improvisation, acting skills, mime, script work, poetry, commedia del arte and physical theatre. The Singing and Music courses include chart and classical, but with a bias towards musical theatre, focusing on vocal training and pronunciation. Dance and Movement courses provide  fun and challenging modern jazz ballet classes with a focus on fitness, spacial awareness and co-ordination.

Emergency Services Training Institute

The Emergency Services Training Institute was established in 2008. ESTI delivers the most flexible, accessible, cost-effective and professional education and training in emergency services in Ireland.  The Emergency Services Training Institute is a wholly Irish owned company and has grown to become the largest PHECC Recognised Training Institute in Ireland, employing a significant number of people on a full and part-time basis.

ESTI specialises in the delivery of the highest quality education and training, taught by the very best Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic Tutors in the country, all of whom are fully operational in frontline, statutory, voluntary and private services in Ireland.

Their clients include Dublin Fire Brigade; Dublin Airport Fire & Rescue Service; Kildare Fire Service; County Cork Fire & Rescue Service; Aer Lingus; Aer Arann; Cityjet and host of other companies, colleges and emergency services as well as the general public.

Focus Training

Focus Training in the UK is recognised by the fitness industry as a trusted training provider. They have a portfolio of high quality venues across the UK delivering a full programme of popular courses. Most of their qualifications are completed by a combination of tutor supported distance learning and attendance at a venue to complete a practical assessment or workshop.

Focus Training offers outstanding tutors, excellent course materials and a level of support to help students gain their qualifications and fully prepare for a successful career as a fitness professional.

IE Network

IE Network is a Dublin-based initiative of the Dublin Regional Authority. IE Network was born out of the post-Celtic Tiger era and was founded in November 2010 to assist unemployed people who are highly skilled and/or professionals.

IE Network has three purposes. Firstly, it facilitates professional and social networking amongst unemployed people who are highly skilled and/or professionals. Secondly, the organisation assists members become employed either through setting up a business, or by brushing up on their job-seeking skills, such as interview techniques and CV writing. Finally, the IE Network supplements public services with tailored professional training and events aimed at the specific needs of their members.

IE Network provides a platform for mutual support to members. They provide emotional, psychological, and moral support for its members who are trying to get back into the workforce or set up a business.

Innopharma College of Applied Sciences

Innopharma College of Applied Sciences is an award winning global institute dedicated to applied sciences. The college is an education, research and technology institute for industry-led technology, education and training programmes in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food industries. Innopharma College of Applied Sciences has grown to become one of the top institutes delivering world-recognised qualifications up to Masters’ degree level in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food sectors.

The college offers the highest quality facilities and has developed strategic collaborations with a number of Ireland’s most established higher-level education institutions. Innopharma College of Applied Sciences offers an education team with extensive industry experience. Many lecturers have held senior management positions with major blue chip multinational companies in Ireland and internationally.

International Career Institute

International Career Institute (ICI) is a leading provider of distance education. Using experienced industry based faculty and the latest resources, ICI delivers career and lifestyle focused courses to a broad range of people and businesses worldwide.

ICI is part of a network of affiliated colleges established in 1978. Together, they educate tens of thousands of students yearly worldwide.

ICI students learn skills that will change their employment prospects and increase their value to employers. The Institute listens to employers, through its strong links to industry. Their tutors are professionals who are not full time teachers but also practitioners who actively work in their field of specialization. ICI currently offers over 50 exciting career and lifestyle focused courses to a broad range of adult learners regardless of location or prior experience and education.

Motions Health & Fitness

Motions Health & Fitness Training are one of the longest established and best known institutions in Ireland, offering health and fitness courses with professionally accredited qualifications.

These include the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (Accredited by University of Limerick) and Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (Accredited by ITEC). These professionally recognised qualifications are highly regarded in Ireland and abroad.

Motions Health & Fitness Training was established in 1984. Since then Motions has built up a highly professional team of dedicated tutors. These tutors have extensive experience as fitness instructors and massage therapists and offer tremendous insights into their subjects. This ensures that participants in courses at Motions receive quality training from a professional and highly qualified team. Graduates from Motions have gone on to establish very successful careers in the fitness and leisure industry in Ireland.

NUI Galway

NUI Galway is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. A tertiary-level educational institution, NUIG is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.

Founded in 1845, NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research led university with a commitment to top quality teaching.

The University is home to more than 17,000 students and around 2,500 staff. NUI Galway’s teaching is delivered across over 60 disciplines, which are organised into 16 Schools and – in turn – five Colleges.

NUI Galway attracts over €50 million in direct research income annually. They are home to a number of research centres and institutes that are recognised worldwide for the quality of their research.

At their Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUI Galway offers an extensive range of professional, part-time and evening courses. These affordable and flexible part-time courses cover a variety of subject areas such as Business & Management, Science & Technology, Arts & Social Sciences, Community Education, Early Childhood Studies and Training & Education – as well as short courses, CPD courses, Springboard courses and online courses.

The Open College

The Open College is Ireland’s largest provider of QQI awards in Distance Learning and eLearning. The Open College was founded to deliver flexible programmes and education choices to the public utilising a variety of delivery methods. The college offers a choice of over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 distance eLearning component Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories. These  include:

  • Healthcare
  • Childcare
  • Business & Finance
  • Journalism & Writing
  • Special Needs Assisting (SNA)
  • Management
  • Training & Delivery – Train the Trainer
  • Digital Media
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Montessori Teaching – New QQI distance learning Montessori modules Just Launched
  • Sports & Exercise and many more.

The Open College are approved to offer awards which are part of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. This is overseen by the Irish Department of Education. The QQI qualifications achieved through The Open College are fully recognised by employers both nationally and internationally.

Paramount College

Paramount College, part of the Paramount Professionals Global Group, provides Education and Training Courses to both individuals and companies.

They deliver QQI accredited programmes and have significant experience and expertise in the design and delivery of multiple courses providing a one stop shop for all your training needs.

Paramount College provides courses in:

  • Business and Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Digital Marketing & IT
  • Corporate Training
  • Personal Development & Education
  • Healthcare Training and Education
  • Telecommunications

Their Micro Learning Programmes provide education and training delivered in bite-size flexible modules to meet the specific needs of individuals and businesses.

 Pitman Training Maynooth

Pitman Training in Maynooth offers the widest range of training programmes in the area. Their adult education courses include the Pitman Training Diploma programmes. These are entirely job focused on IT and office skills, so that you can be confident about getting the job you want, changing your career direction, or learning higher level skills to progress your career.

Pitman courses and diplomas are delivered in a fully flexible way. They are open during the day, in the evenings and on Saturdays. It truly means that you will never miss a lesson, and can fit your study around family, work and friends.

Well over 70 percent of Pitman students go on to get jobs within six months of completing their Pitman Training Diploma studies. Some of their most popular courses include:

  • Medical Secretary Diploma
  • Office Skills Diploma
  • Administrative Assistant Diploma
  • Legal Secretary Diploma
  • Management Diploma
  • Sage Accounts Training Course
  • Book-keeping Courses
  • Microsoft Office Diploma
  • Executive PA Diploma

The training takes place in their new centre in Maynooth. Pitman Training Diplomas and Certificates are nationally and internationally recognised qualifications which confirm to employers that you have the work skills and knowledge that they are looking for.  Pitman Training helps 10,000 people every year to get the skills they need for the careers they want.

Pitman Training Swords

Pitman Training in Swords offers a range of high quality courses and diploma programmes, which are the gateway to a well-paid career as a PA, secretary, book-keeper, administrator, IT professional or manager. Their most popular programmes include:

  • Executive PA Diploma
  • Legal Secretary Diploma
  • Medical Secretary Diploma
  • Secretarial Diploma
  • Advanced Accounts Diploma
  • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access
  • Typingand Shorthand
  • IT Technical Training

Pitman Training Centre helps 10,000 people every year to get the skills they need for the careers they want.

Whether you’re interested in secretarial, Microsoft Office, keyboard skills, book-keeping and accounts, IT or any of their other courses, their training is designed to help both boost your confidence and enhance your skills.

Last year, more than 55,000 courses were delivered through Pitman’s network of 80 centres worldwide. And every Pitman Training course is designed to provide the knowledge and experience that employers are looking for.

Pitman Training Mullingar

Pitman Training located in the town centre of Mullingar is a one-stop shop for getting upskilled, retrained and ready for employment.

All Pitman Training Mullingar students receive:

  • Training in their specific area of choice
  • Support from our trained supervisors

For those interested in changing their current job or getting a job we also offer:

  • Career consultations
  • CV Workshops
  • Mock Interviews
  • Help with getting work experience
  • Job opportunities

The Pitman Training Mullingar jobs team is clued into what jobs are out there, where they are and who to apply to. They work closely with each student to help them successfully gain the skills/training and experience which will give them the cutting edge when applying for jobs or looking to move up the ladder at work.

They also link in with businesses to get you work experience and job opportunities.  By combining both the skills you gain from their training courses with the work experience that they arrange you will become more employable.

Pitman Training Naas

At Pitman Training in Naas, their friendly and helpful staff are here to help you achieve your goal, whether it is updating your current skills or moving to a new career.

Whether you’ve just left college, are returning to work, looking for a new career or haven’t studied for many years, Pitman Training in Naas can help. They also have a CV expert to help you to present yourself in the most positive way to your prospective employer.

Pitman Training in Naas pride themselves on our exceptional level of customer service and the quality of our training. Their training is completely flexible to fit around all aspects of your busy life. Their Course Advisors are specially trained to help select the right courses to maximise your potential and assist you in achieving your future goals.

Pitman Training helps 10,000 people every year to get the skills they need for the careers they want.

The DJ School

The DJ School provides courses for party and club DJs in Ireland. In addition, the DJ training offers you practical, hands-on training by leading DJs in Ireland.

Since 1999, The DJ School (formerly the Dublin Media Centre) has teamed up with Star DJs, Ireland’s largest DJ providers, and together run the DJ School – the leading training programme in Ireland to cater exclusively for night-club and party jocks.

The DJ School is an intensive course held at a city centre nightclub. This course is comprised of specialist modules covering the various essential aspects of DJ training.  All classes are taught by experienced disc jockeys, who work in some of Dublin’s top clubs and venues.

The DJ School runs over three consecutive Saturdays.  No experience is needed to take part in this course and all equipment is supplied.

The Radio School

The Radio School has been in operation since 1995 and offers a range of radio broadcasting courses designed and developed to meet the demand for highly-trained personnel in the Broadcasting and Media Industries.

Their radio course modules are highly intensive programmes aimed at giving participants a thorough grounding in the areas of broadcasting. Areas such as voice-training, editing, news-reading to digital recording, radio commercial production and engineering are topics included in their syllabi.

To work in a professional environment you must be familiar with the operation of professional standards of equipment as well as have the ability to use creative skills to enhance the on-air product. The Radio School Dublin utilises state-of the-art broadcast and recording equipment in a professional broadcast setting.

As part of their objective to give students a “real world” view of broadcasting, the practical element of their courses are held at the studios of a local radio station. This enables students to view, first-hand, the various operational aspects of the radio station, and to learn in professional surroundings.

Scotland’s Rural College

In 2012, four respected education providers– Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC – merged to become Scotland’s Rural College. SRUC delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries. This is founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services is of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy-makers.

SRUC draws on their accomplished history of more than a century of success in supporting land-based communities and industries. SRUC strives to lead the way in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits while providing a strong voice for rural industries.


Anne Sexton

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