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Distance Learning Distance learning is an excellent mode of study for people who are unable to attend classes or lectures when and where they are held. Hence, rather than the student going to classes, the classes are brought to the student! Furthermore, students can fit their studies into their existing life, rather than trying to arrange their lives around their studies. Students can also continue to work while gaining a qualification, which is an important factor for some people. Distance learning is not a new idea, but with recent developments in home computing, it has become easier and profitable for many more course providers to deliver their programmes via home-based study. Course material can be provided to students via: Course packs through the mail CD-ROM On-line via the Internet Video T.V. (The Open University broadcasts programmes on BBC television at night that are designed for students completing its many courses.) Distance Learning Options in Ireland In Ireland, distance learning courses are provided by a number of course providers. Some of the options available to individuals wishing to study via this mode are listed below. Oscail. Dublin City University in collaboration with other Irish Universities offers three streams of study leading up to a Bachelor’s degree. Diploma in I.T. / Bachelor of Science in I.T. Diploma in Arts / Bachelor of Arts The final year of the Bachelor of Nursing Studies degree Open University. Though UK based, the Open University offers Irish students the chance to obtain qualifications up to Bachelor’s degree in several disciplines. Undergraduate Certificates in Accounting, German, Health and Social Care, Health Promotion, Managing Care, Management, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Spanish, Web Applications Development, Specialist Teacher Assistant, Early Years Practitioner. Undergraduate Diplomas in Classical Studies, Computing, Design and Innovation, Economics, English Language Studies, Environment and Development, Environmental Policy, French, Geography, Geography and Environment, Geosciences, German, Health and Social Welfare, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Literature, Mathematics, Molecular Science, Music, Natural Sciences, Physical Science, Politics and Government, Pollution Control, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Policy, Social Policy and Criminology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Systems Practice. Bachelor’s Degree. The routes available are the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts and/or Bachelor of Science degrees in: Hibernia College. Ireland’s newest on-line college offers people the chance to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. For the most part, the college focuses on post-graduate courses including: Graduate Diploma in Primary Education M. A. in Hospitality Management M. A. in Public Administration Institute of Public Administration. The IPA offers home-study students two Bachelor’s degree options: Bachelor of Arts in Public Management Bachelor of Business Studies Marketing Institute of Ireland. Offers candidates professional qualifications in Marketing including: Foundation Certificate in Marketing Diploma in Marketing Graduateship of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (Grad. MMII) School of Practical Childcare. Offers a selection of childcare modules for the home-based student. Kilroy’s College. Students can study Junior and Leaving Certificate subjects as well as IT Training, Business & Computer Skills, Childcare, Communication, Leisure, Sport, Mind & Body, Languages, Adult Education Studies. FÁS Net College. FÁS offers a number of courses on-line including courses in Business, Office Applications, Web Design/Programming, Technical Support and Soft Skills/Personal Development. National Training and Development Institute. Offers home-based training in Information Technology. Further Information Oscail http://www.oscail.ie Open University http://www.open.ac.uk Hibernia College http://www.hiberniacollege.ie Institute of Public Administration http://www.ipa.ie Marketing Institute of Ireland http://www.mii.ie School of Practical Childcare http://www.practicalchildcare.com Kilroy’s College http://www.kilroyscollege.ie FÁS Net College http://www.fas-netcollege.com October 2003. Compiled by Clare Adult Learners Guidance Service (CALGS). Sources of information used include course outlines from course providers. Although every effort is made to ensure that the information contained in the sheet is accurate, readers should check with the appropriate organisations for the latest information. CALGS accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained in this document or for any actions arising from its use.
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