Course Overview

This course is specifically targeted at those who currently hold coordination, managerial and supervisory responsibilities in corporate Learning and Development roles; as well as new participants entering this sector. The course aims to develop effective and responsible change agents to design, develop and operationalise strategic plans within their areas of responsibility and emphasises skills development around Coaching, Human Resource Management and Online Learning Development.

This course allows you to gain a one-year part-time Diploma in Learning and Development (30 ECTS) and is accredited at Level 8 on the NFQ.

Mode of Study: Online Learning

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Students are required to participate in online discussions and activities throughout the year. All modules are individually assessed. Assessment will be by means of a combination of written assignments, reflective journals, e-learning and multi-media exercises, group projects, practical assignments, and presentations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a relevant coordination, managerial and or supervisory experience in the lifelong learning sector (e.g. FET, Corporate, Public or Community Service). However, new applicants to Learning and Development are invited to apply for this course.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). Applicants who do not satisfy these academic entry requirements can apply for this course through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

Online Learning

ECTS weighting



Diploma in Learning and Development


Course code

Course Outline

Course Delivery

This course is delivered online through:

  • Live online lectures
  • Podcasts and presentations (recorded spoken lectures with presentation slides)
  • Screencasts 
  • Reading material, assignments and online discussions

This course will help you build your professional competence. On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an up-to-date specialised knowledge learning and development change management frameworks paying particular attention to  identifying how their activities are shaped by organisational policies and economic conditions;   
  • Carry out a situation analysis with a view to gaining insights into the activities, implications and challenges of implementing strategy within a changing political, societal, economic and organisational environments;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and models of coaching and mentoring and their role in enhancing individual performance in the workplace;
  • Critically analyse core concepts, principles and models of human resource management and human resource development in relation to their application and their limitations;
  • Explain the range of knowledge, skills and competence needed by learning and development practitioners to develop, facilitate and manage an effective virtual learning environment and the range of knowledge, skills and competence needed by learners to fully engage in collaborative virtual learning communities;
  • Apply advance analytical skills to the practical considerations of establishing a virtual learning environment that encompasses online learning models and blended learning models;
  • Self-assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills to evaluate and monitor personal and professional development;
  • Perform professional roles and responsibilities in a way that fosters a climate of mutual support and trust, that instils an agentic culture of accomplishment and that enables continuous improvement of strategy implementation and change management processes.

Further Education

For graduates who do not hold an undergraduate degree, this course offers exemptions into the Business/Commerce (Degree/Diploma)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course will provide you with a recognised training qualification that can lead to or accelerate career opportunities in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Corporate training and professional development sectors
  • Further education and training sectors
  • Voluntary and community-based training organisations
  • Human resources and staff development areas of a wide range of organisations
  • Private training providers

Who’s Suited to This Course

These courses are suitable to those from backgrounds such as:

  • Learning and Development managers and practitioners;
  • Vocational trainers;
  • Solas instructors or people wishing to pursue a career as a trainer in Solas;
  • Educational consultants;
  • Human resource specialists;
  • Those practising or planning a career as trainers in the educational, industrial, commercial, voluntary and community sectors.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,585 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€2,515 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€70 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€3,085 2022/23


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Please download the 2022_23 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Adult Training and Education Studies

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 353 91 494059/494055
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