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Discover your full potential through accessible Adult and Community Education with An Cosán. Join our online Open Day to find out more!

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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 Further Education or Higher Education and receive a Certificate, Higher Certificate or BA Degree? 

An Cosán are now enrolling for a wide range of programmes across our Adult and Community Education provision, through our classroom-based model in An Cosán Tallaght and our Online Community Education model to individuals all across Ireland.

An Cosán offer a range of affordable short and accessible Access courses, with progression options to Further and Higher Education including programmes in early years education and care, community development, leadership, addiction studies and social enterprise.

An Cosán are hosting a series of online Open Day information sessions to help you make an informed decision! If you would like to find out more about your options register to attend an Information Session today by following the steps below:

[*Covid19 Update: The delivery model in September 2021, will be subject to Government Covid19 restrictions in place at that time]

How do I apply for a Programme at An Cosán?

Step 1: Attend one of our weekly online live & interactive Open Day Information Sessions

Register to attend an information session by clicking on Select a Date button on this Eventbrite page https://bit.ly/AnCosanOpenDays2021

  • We will send you a Zoom link and brief instructions on how to join on the day of your session
  • You will need access to a smart phone / laptop and internet to access this online session.
  • If access to technology is a barrier or if you are unable to attend one of the dates listed, please get in touch, by contacting a member of our team directly on email info@ancosan.ie or Phone 01 - 462 8488 and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements. 

Step 2: Review Financial Supports

We know going to college can be an exciting but also expensive experience, and we know biggest barriers people face in accessing education is financial. Many of An Cosán’s courses are funded, and we have also put together a list of financial supports that may be available for you.

Click here to view the Guide to Financial Supports: https://www.ancosan.ie/financial-supports/

Step 3: Register for your Programme using our Online Application Form

To register for Access or Further Education Programmes: Please e-mail info@ancosan.ie

To register for Higher Education Programmes: Our Online Application Form is open for applications. Higher Education Applications are open from April to 23rd July 2021. If you know what programme you want to register on, you can click here to apply today. https://ancosanvcc.secure.force.com/FullApplication/WebApplicationForm_Full

Applicants will be asked to submit a Letter of Application by email at the time of Application. A template Letter of Application Form is available by contacting our team. Further details are outlined in FAQ below.

Again, if access to technology is a barrier please get in touch, by contacting a member of our team directly on email info@ancosan.ie or Phone 01 – 462 8488 and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements.

Deadline for all applications for Higher Education Programmes

- Round 1 Deadline Friday 21st May 2021

- Round 2 Deadline Friday 23rd July 2021

As places are limited we recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Step 4: Your Application is reviewed / Applicant Interview (if required)

You may be invited to attend an online applicant interview zia zoom.

Higher Education Applications will be reviewed:

Round 1: 21st May-4th June 2021

Round 2: 23rd July – 6th August 2021

Step 5: Offer of Place

An Cosán will make offers to successful applicant.

Higher Education Offers will be made:

Round 1: 4th-11th June 2021

Round 2: 6th-13th August 2021

Step 6: Submit Deposit and Payment Schedule

Applicants will be asked to confirm and to secure your place by submitting your Deposit and Payment Schedule before start of programme, if applicable.

Higher Education Places to be secured:

13th-20th August 2021

Step 7: 2021/2022 Term 1 Starts Dates

For Higher Education Programmes:

Induction Week Start – Week beginning 6th September 2021

Term 1 Classes Start – Week beginning 13th September 2021

For Access and Further Education Programmes:

Start dates vary, most will commence early September, please check with info@ancosan.ie if you have any questions

Why attend?

  • Explore course options and your progression routes
  • Hear from members of the An Cosán Team about what is required, programme content, entry criteria, student supports. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
  • Find out how to register
  • Find out what financial and other supports are available
  • Meet online with other potential applicants and members of the An Cosán team

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do Programmes take place?

You can attend our classroom-based programmes in An Cosán Tallaght or access our Online Community Education model empowering you to learn anywhere, at any time, using the latest blended, online and mobile technologies from anywhere in Ireland*.

Our Online Community Education programmes combine face-to-face workshops with online lectures and assignments. Discussion, interaction and teamwork make for both an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience. We use the latest educational technology, and work with Community Partners across Ireland so everyone can access the education they deserve. We make it easy for you to do your coursework at a time that suits you best. We work around your schedule, not the other way around.

Contact Maria Flanagan, Community Partner Lead on email m.flanagan@ancosan.ie to find out if there is a Community Partner in your area.

[*Covid19 Update: The delivery model in September 2021, will be subject to Government Covid19 restrictions in place at that time]

Who are our programmes for?

Our programmes are designed for adult learners. If you are 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. Our provision spans the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), through access education, further education to Level 8 higher education degrees.

  • 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. 
  • Learners seeking Higher Education options - Through online learning, our students can access a range of higher education options that might not have been possible before. Our Programmes are affordable, and you can fit your learning around your own schedule. As a An Cosán learner, you are encouraged to actively engage with your own learning and valuable networking opportunities are available through our learning community.
  • 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 offers a new, creative approach to continuous professional development with our Accredited Higher Education Blended Learning Programmes.

What courses do we offer?

Higher Education

Institute of Technology Carlow is now a Designated Awarding Body (DAB). An Cosán is a Linked Provider of Institute of Technology Carlow Awards. These programmes are developed in the context of community adult education and lifelong learning and are intended for mature students. Entry requirements apply.

Check out our Higher Education courses here: www.ancosan.ie/higher-education

Community & Further Education

Our model of Transformative Education seeks to ensure that all individuals who attend our programmes reach their full potential as individuals and grow their capacity to take responsibility for social change in their communities, contributing to the eradication of poverty and social injustice.

Check out our Community & Further Education courses here: www.ancosan.ie/further-education

For More Information:

Read more about An Cosán’s ethos in “About An Cosán” section.

If you are interested in receiving further information on any of our Programmes, please contact a member of our team using the contact details below and we will forward you our Programme Prospectus.

Tel: 01 - 462 8488 | Email: info@ancosan.ie | Visit our website: www.ancosan.ie

Follow us on social media:

Twitter:                https://twitter.com/an_cosan

Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/AnCosan

LinkedIn:              https://www.linkedin.com/company/an-cosan


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About An Cosán

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 is here to help you succeed through our model of lifelong community education.  We do this through our models of face to face and blended online education offering foundation, further and higher education, using the latest virtual and online technologies.

An Cosán (Gaelic for ‘The Path’) is Ireland’s largest community education organisation. The mission of An Cosán is to bring about social equality and an end to poverty through community-based adult education, the provision of early years supports and empowering social enterprise development. Over the past three decades, An Cosán has provided pathways to empowerment via community education to thousands of people. More recently, the organisation has expanded its reach to a national scale using technology to deliver virtual access to its range of learning programmes.

Transformative learning is at the core of An Cosán’s model of adult and community education. Recognising that the formal education system has failed a large portion of the community and that many adult learners have a deep distrust of mainstream education, An Cosán consciously seeks to create an alternative, welcoming space. Hospitality, providing ‘a place of heart and home’, is integral to the ethos, recognising that individual learners’ basic needs must be met before they can excel in their studies. Specialised learner-centred supports facilitate each learner’s lifelong learning goals, while addressing the challenges and barriers experienced in communities suffering disadvantage. Education is understood not only as personal development but as sustainable community development. All Learners are encouraged to participate in cross-community issues and reinforce commitment to community development. The environment makes a statement to the local community of Tallaght West and to communities nationwide about what they deserve, what they have a right to expect and what they have in large measure gained for themselves.

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.

 

 

For More Information

 

If you are interested in enrolling and receiving information on any of our Programmes, please contact our team on:

 

Address: Kiltalown Village Centre, Jobstown, Dublin 24

Tel: 01 - 462 8488 | Email: info@ancosan.ie | Visit our website: www.ancosan.ie |

Follow us on social media:
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/an_cosan
Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/AnCosan
LinkedIn:              https://www.linkedin.com/company/an-cosan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancosan.ie/

 



 

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