In addition, students may wish to visit the Gaeltacht.
REQUIREMENTSApplicants must satisfy College’s and University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectuses or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
It will also be of interest to you if you have studied Irish previously but would like to complete a refresher course.
The programme will start with the basics and build from there.
Prior Experiential Learning in the form of native-speaker or near-native speaker fluency level may be taken into consideration for the exemption of students from having to take First Year modules.
PROGRESSIONOn successful completion of this course students may be permitted (subject to interview and the APL process) to transfer into Year 2 of Ulster University’s part time BA Irish Language and Literature course or Year 1 of Ulster University’s full-time BA course.
The Course Lecturer Christopher Markey, gained his Doctorate in Irish Studies from the University of Ulster in 2006.
As well as lecturing on the Diploma in the Irish Language at the Southern Regional College, he delivers Gaeltacht courses designed specifically for trainee teachers.
OTHER FEES ASSOCIATED WITH COURSE None, although students are advised to purchase a recommended dictionary (approximately £10.00).The course will consist of 5 hours of class onsite per week.Students will receive additional online support and assistance throughout the duration of the course.The opportunity to develop transferable skills and learn basic computer-skills is built into the programme.Students are expected to speak Irish as much as possible, independent learning thus being complemented by group learning and by peer learning activities.On completion, you will be able to display fundamental oral and written communicative skills in Irish, demonstrate a knowledge of Irish grammatical structure and be able to read selected literature.The course is aimed primarily at those who have not had the opportunity to study Irish before but who would like to acquire key skills in the language.The initial offer standard may vary from year to year.Prospective students are made aware of admission criteria on enquiry.Students are encouraged to discuss aspects of their work in class in order that they should fully participate in and benefit from the learning experience.Learning Our goal is to provide patterns of learning suited to individual student needs within an intellectual and physical environment conducive to learning and personal development.