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Diploma in Irish
Course Code: IET44

Diploma in Irish

Entry Requirements:

The course is open to those who have attained a pass grade in Irish in the Honours level Leaving Certificate examination and/or who satisfy the Academic Director of the course or his/her appointee that they have a sufficiently high degree of competence in written and spoken Irish. Each applicant must complete an Irish placement test (online) to determine the applicant’s Irish language level.

Duration: 2 year part-time course, September to April
Fees (euro):
  • Student of St Angela’s or IT Sligo - €200
  • Staff or Alumni of St Angela’s, NUI Galway or IT Sligo - €660
  • General Public - €990
Application Process:

Online application or download application

Next Intake:

September 2014 in St. Angela's College, Sligo

Closing Date:

Programme Overview

Course Aim:

This course aims to provide the student with a high level of communication and written skills in Irish, enabling them to effectively conduct their professional business in the language. 

Objectives of the course

  • To provide the student with a level of proficiency that will enable him/her to communicate effectively in Irish.
  • To develop the student’s understanding of the correct usage of Irish.
  • To give the student an insight into Gaelic culture and learning.
  • To foster a positive attitude towards Irish among the students that will increase their use of Irish in their everyday communication. 

Course structure:

Year 1: 72 hours in total. 

  • Semester 1 - 9 weeks @ 3 hours per week
  • Semester 2 - 10 weeks @ 3 hours per week and one weekend of lectures held in the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Year 2: 72 hours in total

  • Semester 1 - 36 hours over ten weeks
  • Semester 2 - 36 hours over ten weeks

The Diploma consists of five modules. Students must successfully complete all modules to be awarded a Diploma.  The five modules are:

  • Written Irish and Grammar (Years 1 and 2). 

  • Conversation strategies (Years 1 and 2). 

  • History and Literature of the Irish Language and the Gaeltacht (Year 1). 

Course participants will sit an oral and written examination at the end of each year.  They will also be required to compile a portfolio based on work completed inside and outside the classroom.

Oral Examination

Students’ competence in spoken Irish will be tested by oral examination in the first and second years. 

Written Examination

Students must satisfy the examiners that they can write accurately in Irish and will be tested by written examination at the end of the first and second years. 

Continuous Assessments

Students will be required to complete written assessments during each year of the course.

Year 1: two assessments. 

Year 2: two assessments.   

Contact Details

Further Information:
Caitríona Leather,
Oifig an Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge,                  
Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge,
Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.

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