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Training & Education

About the course
Recent developments in training and education (for example the 2010 Hunt Report commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills) advocate the requirement for professional practice standards amongst higher education experts and industry training specialists. This programme will provide a forum for developing the pedagogical approaches suggested in the Hunt report. They call on educators to design pedagogy to meet the needs of the different learning styles and multidisciplinary areas.

This, they continue, will require educators to 'stimulate active, not passive learning, to encourage students to be critical, creative thinkers'. The postgraduate diploma in training and education will support and guide participants in developing their practice in line with current best practice both nationally and internationally.

Upon completion of this programme, you will be able to:
– Appropriately select from the broad field of learning theories and concepts to optimize the learning experience for learners.

– Allow leading edge theories and concepts of training and education to inform dynamic and engaging pedagogies.

– Use the relevant theory and concepts to underpin development of an inclusive training and education environment.

– Allow the theory of, and best practice in, learning technology enhance a range of educational and training contexts.

– Apply research skills, to constructively critique, draw conclusions and offer recommendations within the field of education and training.

– Apply current legislation, institutional policy, best practice and professional ethics in programme design.

– Justify the application of appropriate techniques, resources and technologies to engage learners.

– Design educational or training programmes, including developing programme aims and learning outcomes for the relevant programme level.

– Evaluate the learning processes and learning profiles of their learners.

– Allow reflective practice to inform pedagogical practice and development.

– Contribute to the scholarship of training and education by pursuing ongoing continuous professional academic development.

Entry requirements

Minimum Level 8 Award in own area of specialism Minimum: 30 hours teaching or training experience (10 of which must be during the course of the programme).


1 year (September – July; block release basis – one weekend per month).

Careers or further progression

Career Progression
On completion of this programme, students are qualified
to teach at third level institutions or train within industry.

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Please contact the Admissions Office
t: +353 1 415 0415

Subjects taught

– Pedagogical Practice 1
– Assessment and Programme Design
– Reflective Practice and Development
– Technology Enabled Learning
– Research Methodology
– Psychology and Inclusivity in HE and Training
– Pedagogical Practice 2
– Professional Practice and Management


Validated by QQI.

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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