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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Colaiste Feiste
  • BBC/RTE Freelance

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Primary School teacher
  • Primary Language tutor
  • Secondary School teacher
  • Irish Language Officer
  • Presenter

Overview

Achieve fluency in spoken Irish and efficiency in written Irish. Completion of this programme can be a pathway to study Irish at degree level.

Summary

Study Irish Language at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The University offers a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse constituency of students. The breadth of Irish language provision at Ulster and the practice amongst staff and students of the School of Irish Language and Literature of using Irish as a primary medium of communication reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland. The University’s Irish programmes play a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic literary and linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market. At a personal level our programmes also fulfil the needs of individuals who wish to acquire the necessary competence to fully participate in the Irish language community as confident and independent users of the language. The Diploma programme has been designed to reflect the University’s vision of leading in the provision of professional education for professional life. The commitment to support graduates in gaining stimulating and fulfilling employment is one of the School’s primary concerns.

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About this course

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About

The Diploma in the Irish Language (Belfast, Magee, Cookstown) represents an exciting opportunity for a wide range of people to study the Irish language from a completely new beginning. Over the two years you will receive a solid grounding in the key areas of Irish pronunciation, conversation, grammar and reading and writing skills.

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 items from the literature.

As well as serving as a possible pathway for entry to a BA degree in Irish, the course can be seen as a free-standing unit in its own right which will help open up third level education to a wider audience.

Also offered at as a validated course in Southern Regional College, Newry (contact SRC directly for further information).

Attendance

Part-time (2 years). Classes normally take place from September to May every week (Monday 5.30pm - 8.45pm) with additional lectures/seminars either being offered every second Wednesday or in blocks depending on venue. The course includes on-line tuition and a full induction is provided for those with no computing experience.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

N/A

BTEC

N/A

Irish Leaving Certificate

N/A

Scottish Highers

N/A

Scottish Advanced Highers

N/A

International Baccalaureate

N/A

Access to Higher Education (HE)

N/A

GCSE

GCSE profile to include a pass in English Language plus 4 other subjects at grade C or above (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

The University will consider applications on the basis of a wide range of qualifications plus experiential learning for those who do not hold the ‘normal’ entry qualifications.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning involve language and conversation classes, exercises in practical language skills, the examination of texts, guided-reading and self-directed learning, lectures and use of audio material, error analysis and feedback.

Assessment will involve coursework assignments, translations, class tests, aural assessments, oral examinations and written examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

Native speakers of Irish can apply to seek exemption from Year 1 and direct entry to Year 2 (based on interview).

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Colaiste Feiste
  • BBC/RTE Freelance

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Primary School teacher
  • Primary Language tutor
  • Secondary School teacher
  • Irish Language Officer
  • Presenter

Career options

Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of areas including education, the media, publishing, government, librarianship and various areas of business.

Work placement / study abroad

N/A

Academic profile

All staff in Irish are members of The Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute which was rated the second in the UK for Celtic Studies in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Staff are actively involved in world leading research that informs the subjects they teach.

Apply

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

You are advised that the deadline for submission of applications is 15th May. We will consider late applications but these may suffer delays in processing and places may be unavailable.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,156.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Scholarships may be available for GAA members as part of the 'Gaeilge sa Chlub' Scheme.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

School Office (Magee) Mrs Ros O' Hagan

T: +44 (0) 28 7137 5277

E: Irishmagee@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office (Belfast) Sharon McKee

T: +44 (0) 28 9536 7482

E: irishbelfast@ulster.ac.uk

For queries about your application or admission process please e-mail artsdirectentry@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

“I really enjoyed and benefitted from the Diploma course. I went from having virtually no Irish to being comfortable using Irish in everyday situations. The tutors understood that it was difficult for me to return to education and they really helped build by confidence.”

“Bhain mé sult mór as an chúrsa seo. Cé go raibh beagán Gaeilge agam ag tosú dom, chuidigh an cúrsa seo liom eolas a chur ar rialacha gramadaí na teanga agus cuid de na drochnósanna a bhí agam a dhíbirt as mo chuid cainte/scríbhneoireachta.”