As part of AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival, 2nd – 6th March 2020, An Cosán VCC are opening our doors to meet you, learners and community organisations who are interested in finding out more about how you can get back to education this year. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Learning for Life’ #LearningForLife
Join us at our OPEN DAY at An Cosán Virtual Community College
Date: Wednesday 4th March 2020 | Time: 10am - 1pm | Followed by Community Walk & Talk at 1pm
Address: Ground Floor, 4-5 Usher’s Court, Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8
Pop in to our office for an informal chat with members of the team and find out about your options. Then join us for a Community Walk & Talk around The Liberties leaving our office at 1pm
Discover your potential through face to face and blended online learning
Are you thinking about going back to education? Would you like to join a short unaccredited module or achieve an accredited qualification with the option to progress to a Certificate, Higher Certificate or BA Degree?
An Cosán VCC is here to help you succeed through face to face and blended online community, further and higher education, using the latest virtual and online technologies.
About An Cosán VCC
An Cosán’s holistic, learner-centered model puts you, the learner at the heart of all we do. Our hospitality is integral to our ethos providing ‘a place of heart and home’ and recognises that learners’ basic needs must be met before they can excel in their studies. Everyone who comes through the door of An Cosán speaks of the warmth, welcome and visible spirit of care that is present.
An Cosán is here to help you succeed through our model of life long community education. We provide people of all ages with pathways to learning, leadership and social enterprise. An Cosán offers a variety of affordable short programmes: ‘First step back to Education’, through to a wide range of options in community, further and higher education programmes including early years education and care, wellness, parenting, community development, leadership, addiction studies and social enterprise. Our accredited programmes offer progression paths towards Certificate, Higher Certificate and BA Degree awards and all our higher education programmes are accredited through our collaborative partnership with Institute of Technology Carlow.
Our programmes aim to support you to develop your own capacities and experience a sense of empowerment in your life and community. Within the lifetime of the current Strategic Plan 2018-2021, all our programmes will be delivered within the European Commission’s Digital Competence Framework. A key element of our work is the development of a critical digital mindset, which prepares individuals to be adaptable and versatile in the face of ongoing and potentially far-reaching changes to the digitalization of societies. We focus on developing the ‘digital agency’ of individuals in terms of their development as digital citizens and digital workers.
Discover your full potential through both face to face and blended learning programmes
You can attend face to face classes in An Cosán in Tallaght West or access programmes through our blended online learning model with An Cosán’s Virtual Community College (VCC) from anywhere in Ireland. Through the Virtual Community College, An Cosán is now working with local Community Partners across Ireland to bring our programmes and holistic approach to address local barriers and challenges at a local level. The VCC empowers people to learn anywhere, at any time, using the latest virtual, online and mobile technologies.
Who are our programmes aimed at?
Our programmes are designed for adults of all ages (18+). So if you’re ready to learn, we offer a practical and accessible alternative to guide you along the path of learning, helping you at every step of your journey.
- Early school leavers Did you leave school early, or maybe you just want to learn a new skill? Our further education and training programmes will help you take the next step. We are building a range of post primary courses for learners, helping you prepare for employment or higher education.
- Continuous Professional Development In the Community Education sector, we know the challenges of developing our skills and competencies with limited time and resources. An Cosán VCC offer a new, creative approach to continuous professional development with our Accredited Higher Education Blended Learning Programmes
- Those seeking Higher education options Through online learning, our students can access a range of higher education options that might not have been possible before. Cost is no longer a barrier, and you can fit your learning around your own schedule. As a VCC learner, you are encouraged to actively engage with your own learning and valuable networking opportunities are available through our learning community.
What courses do we offer?
We offer a variety of affordable short and accessible unaccredited programmes, through to a range of options in community, further and higher education programmes including early years education and care, wellness, parenting, community development, leadership, addiction studies and social enterprise including our year long Certificate, Higher Certificate and BA Degree programmes. We are now enrolling for a wide range of unaccredited and special purpose award programmes commencing in Spring Term 2020 and for our new academic calendar starting in September 2020 as outlined below:
Certificate (Major Award) Programmes (QQI Level 5) starting Spring 2020: - Business Administration and Digital Skills for Work* (for participants in Dublin Inner City and Tallaght West)
Certificate Programmes (QQI Level 6) starting September 2020: - Leadership & Community Development - Applied Addiction Studies & Community Development - Leadership and Social Enterprise
Higher Certificate (QQI Level 6) / BA Degree Programmes (QQI Level 7 ) starting September 2020: - Leadership & Community Development - Applied Addiction Studies & Community Development
- Explore course options and your progression routes
- Find out how to register
- Find out what financial and other supports are available
- Meet with members of the An Cosán VCC team
If you are unable to attend our OPEN DAY and would like to receive further information contact us and we'll get back to you: