Course Code BET
NFQ Level 5
Duration 1 Year
QQI Code 5M3635
Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Education and Training
This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature people seeking the necessary preparation to progress to further or higher education. It is a comprehensive pre-university course that aims to provide you with the necessary writing and critical skills for learning at further or higher education and training. Learning the concepts and principles in educational, social, political and psychological studies will also give you a broader social knowledge relevant to careers in the social care and educational fields.
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I didn’t do well at school, I started a course in Ballyfermot College of Further Education when I was 25. This course directly led to my being accepted by Trinity College Dublin, where I eventually attained a BA in History and English Literature, and an M.Phil. in linguistics. Last year I got my PhD there. I also had a novel published (Dublin Seven), and have written various articles along with multiple appearances on national TV and Radio. The gentle introduction to academic writing I got at BCFE really helped me build the foundations to get back into education and progress to the highest levels, and allowed me to excel in University. The atmosphere at BCFE was great, the staff really supportive and helpful, and the small class sizes meant there was an opportunity to avail of the sort of one on one attention from teachers that is rare at third level. I cannot recommend this institution enough, the course really got me out of a rut, and started me on a path that would change my life.
Frankie Gaffney, Author and Lecturer
Pre-University Level 5 Certificate (2006 – 2007)
Completing a foundation course with BCFE was a good decision in my case. It offered me the environment, tools and confidence to take on 3rd level study. I not only developed skills in writing and research, which I applied on a very regular basis on my Communications degree at DCU, but I also developed the capability to tackle 3rd level study. Going from BCFE’s foundation course to DCU’s BA in Communications felt like a smooth transition after all the work I had put in, as well as all the support I received from BCFE. The year I spent at BCFE, helped build my academic confidence to the point that I felt I could approach any task presented to me at University. Definitely BCFE positively contributed to where I am now.
Camilla Abu, currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing in DCU
Pre-University Level 5 Certificate (2016 – 2017)