Each student embarking on a college programme of study will study a number of modules which relate to the career area you have chosen. Class teachers will outline the modules relevant to your particular course during your induction period. Your programme is a combination of theory and practice where you will be encouraged to find information for yourself, to develop your skills in communication and teamwork.
You will work in groups on some assignments and do others individually. The programme emphasises the fact that that you must be actively involved in your own learning through a variety of activities. Assignments will be set which will help you to develop skills and see knowledge as an integrated whole.
QQI awards are normally achieved in one year. They are composed of a minimum of eight modules.
Certain modules will be specific to the vocational area and there will be a Work Experience module included. QQI courses are moderated by approved External Authenticators to ensure national standards are met.
Higher National Diploma and National Diplomas (HNDs & NDs) will normally have 16 modules studied over two years. All BTEC courses are moderated by an external verifier. The standards verifier will usually visit the college in an academic year and will meet with some of the students on the course.
A class teacher will monitor the progress of the group and of individual students. At induction your class teacher will explain the organisation of your particular course.
During the year you will have periods when you are not timetabled for formal classes. These periods allow you time for research, reading and completion of assignments. Organising your time is an important skill which enables you to get the most out of your programme.