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Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education


Develop your training in line with current best practice nationally and internationally

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education will help you revitalise your teaching and training by building on your existing skills and competencies, sharing practice and experience, and being introduced to leading edge research, support tools, pedagogies and resources.

Why Study Training & Education at Griffith College?

Have you got a level 8 degree and are interested in gaining a qualification to teach or train in your area of expertise? Is teaching in higher education something you may be interested in? Or are you a trainer or HR consultant and would like to secure a qualification in training? Here are some of the benefits of studying with Griffith College:

  1. You will join a collaborative, reflective community of training practitioners
  2. You will create an e-Portfolio of teaching/training experience for career development
  3. The first 12 months are delivered via block release of one weekend per month
  4. On completion, you will be qualified to teach at third level or provide training within the workplace
  5. Graduates will also be able to progress to MA in Arts in Training and Education.

Course Highlights

  1. The first 12 months are delivered via block release of two days per month for three months. (One Fri & Sat per month)
  2. Practical and applied learning
  3. Taught by experienced professionals

Intake Dates

  • Dublin: January 2020*, September 2020

*Please note that the January 2020 intake only applies to those who have completed the Certificate or those who are eligible for advanced entry onto the Postgraduate stage of the programme. Please contact the admissions office for further information.


What our students say

I found this course extremely informative. I was able to put my learning into practice after each lecture. The teaching staff were fantastic and supported me every step of the way.

Emma Flynn
Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education
Course details

This programme is delivered on a block release basis (i.e. two days per month - Friday and Saturday). There are eight overlapping and integrated leading edge modules. The course takes place from September to July.


Psychology and Inclusivity in Higher Education and Training

This module aims to support learners as they develop a broadly based, and intellectually challenging theoretical framework for teaching and learning, and an awareness of the current debates, literature and research in the area.

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Pedagogical Practice 1

This first module on the programme offers learners opportunities to understand when and how to apply a wide range of teaching and training methods and techniques suitable to the needs of student groups. Learners develop diagnostic and creative skills, which allow them apply appropriate and relevant teaching and training supports and techniques.

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Professional Practice and Management

The Professional Practice and Management module embraces a diverse range of objectives. These objectives provide learners with the opportunity to evaluate cultural and social factors, which impact on teaching, training, learning and assessment, and to promote an inclusive and productive training and educational environment. It additionally allows learners to critically evaluate training and teaching within a professional context and to examine the cost benefit analysis for such education and training initiatives.

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Pedagogical Practice 2

This module on the programme offers learners opportunities to develop their understanding of when and how to apply a wide range of teaching and training methods and techniques suitable to the needs of learner groups. Specifically, learners advance their ability to develop diagnostic and creative skills, which allow them, apply appropriate and relevant teaching and training supports and techniques.

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Technology Enabled Learning

This module aims to introduce learners to the use of innovative technology in education to enhance the learning experience. Learners critically evaluate these technologies and assess their appropriateness for different users and groups of users. The module enables learners to assess technologies through their social and personal use and through the lens of pedagogy and learning theories allowing them to blend technology to enhance pedagogical practice.

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Research Methodology

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with a practical opportunity to write a project proposal at a postgraduate level. Learners negotiate their research brief with appointed tutors. They draw on the advanced learning and development throughout the programme to tailor a proposal to specifically suit their own professional or academic practice. In doing so, learners draw on the many facets of research both in an educational context and in an industry environment.

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Reflective Practice and Development

This module allows learners determine how their own philosophies of education and training influences their pedagogy. They also learn how to become reflective and evaluative practitioners by understanding the reflective and on-going process of their own learning and development as a trainer and/or educator.

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Assessment and Programme Design

This module on the programme introduces learners to the landscape of post compulsory education. It seeks to enable the learner to discuss philosophies of higher & further education and training, their context and drivers, and interpret how they influence the design and assessment of programmes. Additionally, learners are exposed to principles and practice of constructively aligning assessment with learning outcomes.

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How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need a Level 8 Primary degree in their area of expertise. There is also a minimum 30 hour teaching or training experience requirement. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL):

We welcome applications from those with prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the Post Graduate Diploma in Training & Education programme.

Applicants who wish for their prior academic and/or professional learning experience to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

How to Apply

Students who wish to apply for this course may apply directly to Griffith College.

Students will be required to submit a copy of their:

  • Primary degree award (Level 8)
  • A copy of their CV
  • A letter of reference proving the teaching/training experience
  • Proof of their identification in the form of a driver’s licence or passport.
Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. 

Study Mode: Part-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,550.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 4,350.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education may go on to complete the MA in Training and Education.

Career Progression

 Learners who complete this programme will have a range of skills that will be attractive across all sectors in training and education. The programme will help those who are training in industry / private sector or lecturing in the 3rd level sector.

The skills acquired on this programme help the graduate become a more effective communicator and resource in any workplace. It helps the learner to progress their classroom presence in different areas and implement their new skills & knowledge of technology in the classroom.

The course also gives the learner the opportunity to start new practices and to network with others in the sector.


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