Education - Further Education

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a post-graduate programme for anyone working in, or seeking to work in, an environment where Further Education (FE) awards (QQI or equivalent) are offered. These include, but are not limited to, FE colleges, community education, Youthreach centres, charities and private providers.

This course is particularly suited to those already working with adult learning groups, particularly where this is in a setting that delivers QQI awards. If this is you, it may help to stabilise and advance your career prospects. It also allows you to take some space to reflect on your practice and the ideas that underpin it.

Subjects taught

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Entry requirements

You need to fulfil one of the following criteria:
an honours degree (level 8); or

an ordinary degree (level 7) with relevant experience; or

another professional qualification (equivalent to 180 credits at level 7) with a minimum of three years relevant experience in vocational or instructional settings - applicants via this route will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to successful progression through a recognition of prior learning process.

Applicants should have an interest in, and ideally experience of, adult learning in groups.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

MHA90 1 year full-time Closing Date: 30 May 2024
MHA91 2 years part-time Closing Date : 30 June 2024


MHA90 1 year full-time
MHA91 2 years part-time

Post Course Info

This course has professional accreditation of Further Education Initial Teacher Education from the Teaching Council of Ireland. (

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime,Part time

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