4 tips for choosing the right part-time course for you!

Taking a new part-time course at NUI Galway is the perfect start to your lifelong learning journey! We have compiled a few tips to help you choose the best course for you…

1. Think about your interests and strengths                 

This is an important one, taking a part-time course costs money and will be time consuming – and while it may sound obvious, in order to fully commit and enjoy the course, you need to be interested in the subject! We often get queries about what part-time course students should choose, however this is unique to each person.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I doing this for professional or personal reasons?
  • What do I want to achieve at the end of this – new career, upskill in an existing one?
  • Am I studying for my own personal enjoyment, to gain confidence, meet people etc.?

The answers to these questions will help you in your decision-making process.

2. Review the course content and method of delivery

Our part-time courses are offered in a number of flexible ways to suit adult learners. When looking at a part-time course that you are interested in, always check the method of delivery. Ensure you check the following:

  • Is it classroom-based? If so when do the classes take place (evening, weekend, during the week)?
  • Is it delivered through blended learning – what is the attendance requirement, how is the course assessed (continuous assessment or exams)?
  • If the course is delivered online, do I have basic IT skills, do I have regular access to a computer and the internet?

Your preferred mode of learning (i.e. whether attending regular classes or studying at home online), will point you to a specific set of courses that suit your needs best.

3. Review the entry requirements and your education to date

Have a look at the entry requirements to see if you are eligible for the course. All our part-time courses are Level 7 and upwards – find out more about NFQ levels here. Don’t be disheartened if you are not eligible, talk to the course administrator and see if there is any course you can do prior to the chosen part-time course. You may be eligible for the course through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

4. Contact the course administrator for further details

A course administrator is assigned to each part-time course and is listed on the course webpage under the Find Out More tab. Contact the administrator to discuss any queries or concerns you may have. Once you have reviewed and gathered all the information above, you will be in a good position to choose the part-time course for you, see our full list of courses at: www.nuigalway.ie/adult-learning/courses

You are in good time to start thinking about your part-time course at NUI Galway as we have just launched our Adult Learning prospectus 2020 and online applications are now open.

If you would like to be included in our Adult Learning mailing list to keep up-to-date on new courses, upcoming events, application deadlines etc., please email adultlearning@nuigalway.ie with your details.

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