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Department: Access Office

Certificate in Mentoring and Education

NFQ Level: 6
Credits: 15
Award Type: Special Purpose Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: 31st May 2021 @ 17.00
Modules: View Modules

Course Description

The Certificate in Mentoring and Education will introduce participants to the role of a peer mentor (*) and how to be an effective role model, mentor and support person for students, parents and individuals within the Community at large.

It will also aim to provide participants with an understanding of the Irish education system, its structures, governance and procedures.
The niche skills and practices developed with this level 6 programme will allow for graduates to look for opportunities in the area of mentoring in the community access to education.

(*) Peer mentoring is a relationship between people in which one person has more experience than the other in a particular domain and can provide support as well as knowledge and skills transfer.

This Certificate in Mentoring and Education is a Programme for Access to Higher Education 3 (P.A.T.H.) initiative which was designed for the Community in consultation with community partners.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a basic level of I.T. skills, e.g. use email, internet, video calls etc., have a strong interest in access to education, with a commitment and desire to work actively as a peer mentor within the Community at large. Applicants will be required to attend an interview on campus (subject to COVID-19 restrictions and permissions) or via an online platform, in early June 2021.

Priority will be given to applicants with:

  • The willingness to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, agencies and sectors.
  • An ability to build a trusting relationship with communities within the region. • An interest in the issues that affect participation and attainment in education.


This programme will consist of a preparatory course in June 2021 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions and permissions) and the accredited Certificate course from September to December 2021 and from January to May 2022.
Students will be required to attend 1 full day or 2 half-days per week on campus (subject to COVID-19 restrictions and permissions) throughout the duration of the programme.


  • The Irish Education System (5 Credits)
  • Mentoring for Education (10 Credits)


Fees do not apply to applicants who are successful in gaining entry to the course.

There is a standard weekly allowance to cover participation in the course. Applicants will have the option of applying for the Student Assistance Fund after registration in September if additional support is needed.

Progression Opportunities

Not Applicable

How to apply please contact:

Access Office

Phone: 066 7145636

Certificate in Mentoring Education

Lifelong Learning Department

Email: email
Phone: 066 7191701