Foundation Teaching (Level 5)

The course is aimed at individuals who are considering a career in variety of education contexts. For example, adult education, workplace-based, community education and training/learning and development.

This course offers such learners an opportunity to gain an understanding of the teaching profession and its methodologies. Learners will gain a wide understanding of educational systems, teaching practices in Ireland and will examine key educational issues including such as, the social influences surrounding how people learn, and the potential barriers to learning.

On this course, you will study core foundation modules in education as you develop your own style and skills as an educator.

  • QQI Certificate in Education and Training (5M3635 ) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Education and Training
  • Award Code: 5M3635
  • Level: 5 – further education & training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Concepts in Education and Training
  • Training and Development Contexts
  • Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Social Studies
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

Disclaimer: The college  reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • Maynooth University – Think about Teaching Foundation course
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M2102) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

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