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UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, Access and Lifelong Learning Centre, Level One, James Joyce Library Building, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

UCD courses are available at University College Dublin – we offer a number of options for part-time study, some of which are managed by UCD Access & Lifelong Learning.

Founded one hundred and sixty years ago, University College Dublin has continued to make a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland through its vast range of UCD Courses.

Access Courses
UCD Access & Lifelong Learning offer Access to Arts & Social Sciences and Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture courses to mature students. These are Special Purpose awards, Level 6, which equip mature students with the skills and confidence required to take the next step to a Third Level course in UCD. You can find more information on our Access Courses webpage.

Open Learning
UCD Open Learning gives you the opportunity to study a range of undergraduate modules in UCD. There are no entry requirements and the Open Learning modules are open to everyone. You can take any combination of modules for interest only (audit) or you can complete the course assessment (credit). Each module is worth 5 ECTS and you can accumulate modules towards an award.

Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning courses are part-time specific interest courses that are participative, engaging and facilitated by experts in their field.

Writing - Creative Step - Creative Writing for Beginners
This course is designed to help people take that step; people who are keen to begin writing but remain intimidated by the blank page. Emphasis will be on producing something new: crafting effective sentences, learning…
Writing - Creative Writing Workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method
This daylong generative writing workshop will use a proven creative writing method to unlock creativity. The Amherst Writers and Artists Method Workshop has been used with great success throughout Ireland and the USA for almost…
Writing - Five-Day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method
This course is perfect for those who would like an intensive creative writing experience. Using the Amherst Writers and Artists creative writing workshop method, this course meets for three full days to build on creative…
Writing - The Creative Step Part 2
Like Creative Step Part 1, this course is designed to help people who are keen to begin writing but remain intimidated by the blank page. As with the previous course, we will look at some…
Writing - The Secrets of Writing Great Fiction 1
This course is tailor-made to facilitate emerging writers, those with on-going projects, as well as published authors. The aim of this course is to assist writers to realise their writing ambitions and potential by finding…
Writing - The Secrets of Writing Great Fiction 2
The aim of this course is to assist writers to realise their writing ambitions and potential by finding and using their skills to create fiction for todays market. The course is tailor-made to facilitate beginners…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Crime Social Services & The Justice System
This module introduces the student to Crime in Ireland from a comparative perspective, to the elements of the Criminal Justice system and to the official Justice and Social Policy responses to crime. The course includes…
Writing - Creative Step - Creative Writing for Beginners
This course is designed to help people take that step; people who are keen to begin writing but remain intimidated by the blank page. Emphasis will be on producing something new: crafting effective sentences, learning…
Writing - Creative Writing Workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method
This daylong generative writing workshop will use a proven creative writing method to unlock creativity. The Amherst Writers and Artists Method Workshop has been used with great success throughout Ireland and the USA for almost…
Writing - Five-Day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method
This course is perfect for those who would like an intensive creative writing experience. Using the Amherst Writers and Artists creative writing workshop method, this course meets for three full days to build on creative…
Writing - The Creative Step Part 2
Like Creative Step Part 1, this course is designed to help people who are keen to begin writing but remain intimidated by the blank page. As with the previous course, we will look at some…
Writing - The Secrets of Writing Great Fiction 1
This course is tailor-made to facilitate emerging writers, those with on-going projects, as well as published authors. The aim of this course is to assist writers to realise their writing ambitions and potential by finding…
Writing - The Secrets of Writing Great Fiction 2
The aim of this course is to assist writers to realise their writing ambitions and potential by finding and using their skills to create fiction for todays market. The course is tailor-made to facilitate beginners…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Child Abuse Sexual & Domestic Child Abuse
This module addresses contemporary thought on child abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence and prostitution in Ireland and includes an overview of the social and justice responses to these problems. Drawing on social…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Understanding Irish Modernisation
This module examines the main ideological and intellectual perspectives within which debates about Irish modernisation and understanding of crises facing Ireland, however defined, from the seventeenth century to the near present have been framed. It…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Childhood Inequality in a Global Context
The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a critical, multidisciplinary, child-centred perspective on inequalities in the global context. Inequalities between children and adults as well as divisions which cut across childhood…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Housing Policies Neighbourhoods & Homes
Housing not only provides shelter it has many other important social and economic functions. It impacts on the wellbeing of individuals and families and the cohesion of neighbourhoods. Housing provision is costly for governments and…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Social Protection - Security Work & Poverty
This module explores the income maintenance function of the Irish welfare state in the OECD context. It examines why and how states provide income supports for individuals and households, what direct effects these supports have…
Social Policy Social Work & Social Justice - Immigration & Irish Society
Drawing on the work of a broad range of contemporary writers this course examines the implications of immigration and social change on a range of areas of Irish social policy. These may include: housing, integration…
Sociology - Ireland in Comparative Perspective
Ireland is in a state of ongoing transformation, experiencing rapid and dramatic economic, social and cultural changes in a short period of time. Yet there are structural continuities traced back to modern Irish society before…
Sociology - Sociological Analysis & Research Design
From a curriculum perspective, the aim of this module is to introduce students to sociological research practice. It thus constitutes the foundation for further study of research and methodologies in Sociology and other disciplines. The…
Women's & Men's Health
The module aims to promote an understanding of womens and mens health issues and enable individuals to make informed decisions about key health related issues. The module is based on a holistic concept of health…

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