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Stand Alone On-Line Blended Learning Modules • Level 9

Module Content & Structure

The aim of the modules is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for those interested in and/ or working with learners with special educational needs.

These standalone on-line blended learning modules involve e-tivities, discussion boards and face-to-face workshops. All on-line modules have a weighting of 15 ECTS. Modules are offered regularly over the academic year. All modules are completed within one semester (i.e. 12 weeks). Completion of two modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate.

Completion of four modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma.

Module Description

This module will focus on developing an in-depth understanding of the concept of literacy. It will provide an overview of literacy, focusing in particular on the areas of reading and writing.

It will also enable the learner to develop an understanding and knowledge of assessment procedures with regard to reading and writing as well as critically appraising strategies and approaches to developing these aspects of literacy.

The implications of digital literacy in the development of a broad and balanced curriculum for professional settings will also be addressed.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


1 semester.

Number of credits

30 ECTS - Postgraduate Certificate

60 ECTS - Postgraduate Diploma

Further enquiries

Centre for Special Educational Needs,

Inclusion and Diversity

Education Department

St. Angela's College

Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 9195552/071 9143580


Assessment method

Assessment is continuous, with each module assessed independently through e-tivities, discussion boards and a written assignment or equivalent.

For those who opt not to be assessed, participants may audit a module or modules and receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity.

Application date

Application form online

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: Annually

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