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1 Community Education Guide to Classes Welcome to our guide to adult community education classes. We really hope you find a course here that you would like to do. If you have never done a course at An Cosán, or have never been back to education, you are especially welcome. Join over 7,500 students whom An Cosán has welcomed since opening its doors in Our courses aim to support you to develop your own capacities and experience a sense of empowerment in your life and community. We hope there is something for everyone, whatever your interests or goals. You can attend classes here in An Cosán or through our blended on line programmes. Doing a course in An Cosán can be life changing, yet we know it is not always easy to return to education. We offer a range of supports which include on-site childcare, counselling, access to computers, mentoring or additional supports for learners with special needs, within the limits of available resources. There are always new workshops, seminars and courses happening at An Cosán. If you would like us to keep you up to date about what s happening here or receive further information on any of our courses, please leave your contact details with Lily on or Throughout the year the An Cosán Outreach Team support local people in the community of Tallaght West who wish to return to education. We hold regular coffee mornings, information days and various introductory sessions to a range of courses. For further details contact Imelda at There is 5 contribution per class to help towards our overhead costs, hospitality and student supports. Student Supports All students have access to a number of supports with regard to academic study, including mentoring, supervised study, one-to-one meetings with the programme coordinator alongside tutorials within each individual module and support in terms of preparation for the assessments. To apply for a course you can do any of the following: Come along to our Registration Day on Wednesday September 3 rd here in An Cosán from 10am 8pm. Contact Lily Ward, Administrator, on or An Cosán, Fortunestown Road, Jobst own, Tallaght, D 24. Contact the relevant programme coordinator as detailed in the brochure Follow us on Check out our website

2 Community Education Classes These classes will generally run from Sept May 2015 unless otherwise stated English Classes One in four of us have difficulty with reading, writing and spellings. This class will help you improve these skills in a confidential small group setting am am English Introductory am pm Improve your Spelling 1.45 pm 3.45pm English Intermediate ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages Introductory course: Helps build literacy skills in English and increase your confidence in speaking the language. Advanced course: helps you to improve your verbal and written skills in English. Women and Wellness Develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to take charge of your own well-being ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) Course costs to include Skills Card and Materials. Weekly payment plan in place. 7 modules including Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Using Databases, Presentation & IT Security. Basic ICT skills required. Positive Parenting 10 Week Programme Take your parenting skills to the next level with simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life. This 10 week course supports you to enhance and build relationships within families

3 Spirals 4 Week Programme This programme is for young parents of children aged from birth to three years. The programme explores books and toys, and discusses feeding, nutrition, and child safety. Workshops include interactive play sessions each week. All materials are provided Personal Development A holistic programme which empowers you to understand and look after your emotional health, increases self-awareness and build confidence. Identify and set goals to bring about positive changes in your life. Introduction to Drama Take a leap! Discover your creativity and build your confidence. Explore what drama means through theatre, games, exercise and improvisation. U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Are you over 55 years? Join this fortnightly group to pursue your interests in a social setting where learning is life-long! Introductory Courses in Computers 10 Week Programme Learn all the skills you need to get the most from everyday technology. These short courses are for complete beginners and are a fun and informal introduction to the Internet, and more. Child Care Major Award QQI FETAC Level 5 This, Back to Education Initiative, childcare course delivers one module over the academic year. Entry criteria apply. For further information contact: Deidre Bannon Community Development Major Award QQI FETAC Level 5 This ongoing modular part time course is targeted at community activists, workers or volunteers who have an interest in, or experience of, involvement in the community. This programme provides a progression into our BA Degree in Leadership and Community Development. For further information contact: Sinead Kelly Y-WIT Young Women into Technology Workshops These workshops are designed to reach out to women and invite them to hands-on fun workshops whereby they will learn how to use basic sof tware, how to use social media and the internet, as well as coding and eventually designing their own apps! For further information contact: Sinead Kelly Reading Workshop Learn about new picture books to share with your child and explore active ways to read new words and develop a love of reading at this monthly workshop. A new book will be featured each month for children between 3-8 years. Men s Shed An Cosán supports local Men s Shed projects with access to community education. For further information contact: Terry McManus For general queries about any of our Community Education courses contact: Lily Ward, Administrator or Imelda Hanratty, Outreach Coordinator

4 Accessing Employment Are you interested in gaining a qualification and improving your employment opportunities? Ask us about the range of part time programme options below which support your return to work Community Care Major Award QQI FETAC Level 5 This part time programme will help you develop personal qualities and knowledge required for employment in social services. This could include working with family and community groups in respite care, residential units or care of the elderly. Entry to QQI/FETAC programmes is determined by a short informal interview that will support you to select the most appropriate course to meet your needs. Some certificate courses have minimum entry requirements. A learner who successfully completes one of our QQI (FETAC) Programmes, may progress to Further and Higher Education, using the Higher Education Links Scheme. Childcare Major Award QQI FETAC Level 5 This part time programme will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work with young children and their families in an early childhood care and education setting. Post Programme Support into Employment This 3 month course is designed for students who have completed an accredited course and would like to be supported to access employment opportunities. Learners will gain skills and confidence through employability skills training, mentoring, group work, and one to one support. For further information contact: Sinead Kelly

5 Higher Education and Continuous Professional Development An Cosán is committed to supporting continual professional development in the community and voluntary sector and offers the following programmes. Early Childhood Curriculum Minor Award QQI FETAC Level 6 This module is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills required to implement the early childhood curriculum which int egrates the two national early year s frameworks Síolta (Quality) and Aistear (Learning) through the pedagogical approach and curriculum of Highscope. Applicants must a Highscope qualification. Childcare Major Award QQI FETAC Level 6 This programme, delivered on a modular basis, is suitable for individuals who are currently working in Childcare, as the assessment is based on children and management in your workplace. Participants must have completed and received the full FETAC award in Childcare Level 5. An Cosán is currently offering the following third level part time modular programmes validated by IT Carlow under delegated authority from Quality and Qualifications Ireland QQI (formally HETAC). These programmes are developed in the context of adult education and lifelong learning and are intended for mature students. Minimum entry requirements apply, please contact coordinator for more detailed information. Childcare and Development Special Purpose Award QQI HETAC Level 6 The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the required physical care of a child, in partnership with parents which addresses developmental progress and nutrition. BA Degree Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development QQI Level 7 Fee paying This three year part time programme provides an academic qualification in the area of addiction and community development work. It will build the capacity of drugs workers and volunteers to become increasingly effective leaders and reflective practitioners.

6 BA Degree in Leadership and Community Development QQI Level 7 Fee paying This three part time programme aims to build the capacity of individuals to effect change in their local community, the opportunity to build on participants existing knowledge base, apply theory to practice and critically reflect on experience. BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care QQI Level 8 Fee paying This three year part time programme aims to develop early childhood professionals to become competent to deliver and manage quality service to children and families. An Cosán s Virtual Community College An Cosán is committed to delivering it s curriculum into the 21 st century in a virtual context. This will support the future growth and development of community education into the future nationwide. An Cosán will be offering 5 Special Purpose Awards which will be delivered virtually. Special Purpose Awards QQI Level 7 Fee paying Transformative Community Education Leadership and Community Development Active Citizenship Technological Enhanced Learning Supporting Children and Families with Additional Needs The facilities available at An Cosán and other partners in the virtual delivery of our curriculum include an Open Learning Centre which has computers and internet access, classroom/ study rooms and hospitality. Students will have access to Blackboard, IT Carlow s virtual education resource, including both the virtual and on campus library. For further information contact: Mary Paul Keane BROOKFIELD BROOKFIELD RD KILTALOWN FORTUNESTOWN WAY Mary Mercer Health Centre JOBSTOWN RD RD FORTUNESTOWN RD KILTALOWN To BLESSINGTON N81 FETTERCAIRN JOBSTOWN Petrol Station The Jobstown Inn CHEVERSTOWN RD COOKSTOWN RD KILLINARDEN Funding An Cosán is grateful for the support of the following Government Depts/Bodies: Dept. of Social Protection, Dept. of Education and Skills, Dept. of Environment, Community and Local Government, Pobal and Health Services Executive. An Cosán is also deeply appreciative of all the support it receives from our corporate sponsors; Accenture, ESB, Xilinx, Airtricity and IBM. COOKSTOWN RD Tallaght Hospital COOKSTOWN WAY TALLAGHT BYPASS To M50 & DUBLIN KILLINARDEN RD

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