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Course Timetables and Information


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Basic Skills Computers Junior Cert Leaving Cert Return to Work / College Leisure
Internet Skills Internet Skills English Politics & Society Human Growth & Development Positive Psychology
Using your phone Word Processing QQI 3 History Classical Studies Psychology of People QQI 5 Relaxation &  Mindfulness
Reading Word Processing  QQI 4 Classical Studies Study Skills  Cognitive Behavioural Thinking
Writing Word Processing QQI 5 Dyslexia Strategies Creative Writing
Maths ECDL (blended learning)* Social Studies QQI 5 Art
Spelling Excel QQI 4 Excel QQI 4 Irish 
Digital Skills Computers Retired Philosophy QQI 5 Yoga
Dyslexia Support Digital Media QQI 3 & QQI 4 Leaving Cert English Philosophy
Word Processing QQI 4

Course Descriptions

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Art for the Community

(Claire Behan) Mon 2pm-4pm

This is very relaxed art class where you decide how much or little you want to do. There is no accreditation. It focuses on painting

Art and Design for Beginners

(Claire Behan) QQI Level 3 Weds: 9.30-11.30

For the beginner! More than drawing and painting! Express yourself!  The course includes clay modeling, lino cutting, mask making and mosaic work as well as drawing and painting.

*There is a 30 charge for materials per term

Art History for Beginners

(Claire Behan) Weds: 12:00-13:00

Not suitable for anyone who has done art history with us before!

We are really sorry you can’t do it again even if you missed lots of classes and can’t remember anything of what you did or don’t mind repeating everything

You will learn more about art appreciation and art criticism.

You will learn how to identify artists, their influences and different styles. You will also explore movements such as Neoclassicism, Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and lots more.

Ceramics (Claire Behan)

Fri: 12pm-1.30pm

Due to limited places, places in the ceramics class will be given to people who have already completed a module with Claire.

In ceramics you will learn how to hand build and sculpt objects using clay and you will develop clay modelling techniques. You will learn how to decorate clay objects before they are glazed in the kiln and after they are glazed.

*There is a 30 charge for materials per term

Classical Studies

(Joan Foley)

Junior Cert Tues 11.30am-1.30pm

Leaving Cert Mon and Thurs: 2pm-4pm

Do you want to know about and understand the history, myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome? How did the Greeks and Romans live, fight and die? Who was Julius Caesar? What was in Troy? Why is the Acropolis in Athens such a big deal? What did Socrates teach us?

Alexander the great: The personal life, wars and battles of Alexander the Great, the amazing leader of one of the greatest empires of the ancient world.
Examine the achievements of the Romans in their art and architecture and their connection to the buildings all around us in Dublin.

Cognitive Behavioral Thinking for Beginners and Improvers

(Julie Moloney)

Different times Mon and Fr

We do not have control over many things in life. The one thing we do have control of is how we think.

Doing this course will change your life for the better!

Student Review! “Look at as a full service and NCT for the mind. You will examine your thinking, identify negative patterns and learn how thinking and behaviours are linked. You will come out a better, more relaxed person with strategies for self-improvement for the long term. I did!”

NB: This course is not a medical course. It is not a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course.

It is not suitable for people who have been referred by a psychiatrist for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It does not meet any clinical/medical or rehabilitative criteria. It is not a therapeutic course. It is a thinking course.

Communications Level 3

Mon and Weds 2pm-4pm

What Will I Learn Example
Digital Skills Checking websites

Send emails and attachments

Typing up letters

Booking tickets

Shopping online

Sending photos to family

Editing photos

Using Whats App/Facebook

Using voice to text to send text messages and to write things


Using my phone

Using Spellcheck and online dictionary

Reading Skills Looking up reviews of things you want to buy

Look up recipes/timetables

Looking up what the doctor tells you

Reading magazines and newspapers

Read new stories online

Reading books

Learn how to use google maps

Use the apps for Dublin Bus

Writing Skills Improve spelling

Using a dictionary

Write letters

Write short reports

Write emails

Write reviews

Creative Writing

(Siobhan Lavelle) 2pm-4pm

This course is aimed at people who are returning or who have returned to secondary level education as an adult. The course is for complete beginner creative writers. The aim is to get people to write personal memories, stories and poems. Get into Reading explores English literature, where the group read together and discusses their responses.

Digital Media Level 3 and Digital Media Level 4

QQI 4 Tues 9.30am-11.30am
QQI 3 Weds 9.30am-11.30am

  1. Create digital video and audio clips
  2. Use Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels
  3. Digital media and your online identity
  4. Digital media and how you can use it for work
  5. Analyse fake new
  6. How digital media has influenced our lives and society
  7. Analyse online social, political or environmental campaigns that you are interested in.

Dyslexia Strategies

Thurs 12.15-1.30pm and Fri 11am-1pm

What will you learn?

Study skills, assignment and essay writing, reading, writing, spelling and using technology.

It is most useful if you are completing or have completed a QQI Level 4(Leaving Cert standard) qualification and if you want to do further study or you are planning to go back to work

You have been diagnosed with dyslexia or you have indicators of dyslexia.

How do I join?

You will meet with the tutors to work out if this is the right group for you.

We will do an assessment with you to work out if you have indicators of dyslexia.

Drama Appreciation for Beginners and Improvers

(Joan Foley) Tues 2pm-4pm

You discuss and read plays and visit the theatre. It is a drama appreciation course. Students read the plays in class and discuss the themes. There is no acting or performing.

Drawing QQI Level 3/4

(Claire Behan) Fri 1.30pm-3.330pm

You have already completed Art and Design Level 3 or Painting Level 4

English Leaving Cert

( Ken O’Duffy) Mon 9.30-11.30 and Fri 9.30-11.30am

Learn to enjoy English and the fun of reading and writing. Open yourself up to books, films, poetry and drama. Challenge yourself with an exam. You will love it.

If you are thinking of further education or going to college,

Leaving Cert English will help you prepare for the assignments, essays and reports. If you are out of practice, with writing, this course will help you brush up.

English Junior Cert

(Joan Foley) Mon 9.30-11.30am

Did you leave school early without doing an exam?

Do you feel like you are missing out?

Do you feel that if you had the chance now, you would enjoy a ‘school’- type subject?

Learn to enjoy English and the fun of reading and writing.

Improve your spelling!

Open yourself up to books, films, poetry and drama.

Improve your writing and your reading skills.

Develop your vocabulary.

Develop your creativity through reading and writing.

Discuss your ideas and thoughts with your class mates.

Challenge yourself with an exam. You will love it.Go to the theatre and on outings with your class.

Environmental and Social Studies Junior Cert

(Joan Foley) Thurs 9.30-11.30am

Develop your thinking and analytical skills.

Discuss current affairs and what is happening in the world.

Learn about Ancient Greece, Viking Ireland, Urbanisation, the Industrial Revolution Globalisation, Migration and lots more.

MS Excel QQI Level 4

(Fidelmia Corcoran) Fri 1.30pm-3.30pm

This course is the equivalent to the ECDL.  In order to do this course, you must be very familiar with the keyboard, be able to copy and paste text and know how to save and print files. On the first day of the course, your skills will be assessed to work out if this is the right class for you.

Learn how to use all the features of MS Excel, if you are returning or thinking of returning to work, you will need this.

History Junior Cert

(Joan Foley) Tues 9.30-11.30pm

Are you curious about the world? Do you want to understand why we are where we are? In order to understand what is going on in the world today, we need to understand the past.

*There is a book you have to rent to go with this course.

Interculturalism QQI Level 4

(Tues and Weds 2pm-4pm)

Explore intercultural issues

  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Oppression
  • Stereotyping
  • Power
  • Integration
  • Colonialism
  • Emigration
  • Diaspora
  • Migration
  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers
  • Immigration and slavery.
  • Examine how these issues exist in society and in political and national situations
  • Describe conflicts between different cultural groups
  • Describe the global village
  • Look at how different governments and legal systems deal with racism and oppression

Book: An Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Ríoghnat Crotty (€23.99

Publisher: Gill ISBN 9780717156306 

Irish for Beginners and Improvers

Rebbecca Callaghan: Weds: 1pm-2.30pm Improvers

Rebbecca Callaghan: Tues: 1.30pm-2.30pm Beginners

Rebbecca Callaghan: Tues: 7pm-9pm Improvers

Rebbecca Callaghan: Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin, Glasnaon Rd, Finglas. Weds 9.30am-11am Conversation Class. All levels.

Irish for fun! Come along and brush up on your cupla focail.

Maths QQI Level 2

(Fidelmia Corcoran) Mon & Thurs 1.30-3pm

Start from the very beginning with Maths.

Maths QQI Level 3

(Fidelmia Corcoran) Thurs & Fri 11.30am-1pm

You will learn about addition, subtraction, multiplication, long division, percentages, fractions, measurements, weights, interest rates, using a calculator.

Maths QQI Level 4

(Fidelmia Corcoran) Thurs 9.30 -11.30am Fri 9.30-1.30am

If you are thinking of further study or returning to the workplace, it is important to be confident about your Maths.

At Level 4, you do all of Level 3 Maths but at a higher level such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, long division, percentages, fractions, measurements, weights, interest rates-simple and compound; using a calculator; algebra: linear and quadratic equations; geometry.

Painting QQI Level 4

(Claire Behan) Weds 1.30pm-4pm

This course is for people who have previously completed the Art and Design QQI Level 3 or a course of the same standard. Learn to express your ideas through paint. Find out about different painting techniques and how to use colour.

  • There is a €30 charge per term for this course for materials. All materials are supplied.

Politics and Society Leaving Cert

Mon and Fri 11.30am-1.30pm

  • Human Rights
  • Globalisation
  • Interculturalism
  • Being an active citizen
  • Equality
  • Sustainable Development
  • Development in the Third World
  • Social Media and politics
  • Poverty
  • Climate Change
  • Political thinkers and how they influenced the type of government we have

Book Required €24.95-you have to buy this book.

ISBN-13: 9781910936917


Author and Name of Book: Power and People by Joseph Mac Bride & Mary Teresa McBride

Philosophy QQI Level 5

(Ken Duffy) Fri 1.30pm-3pm

This course is for people who have done Philosophy with Ken before or who have done another QQI Level 5/Leaving Cert Subject

It would be very useful for third level and would be an interesting subject to discuss in your interviews for college.

We also have a Junior Cert Philosophy course for people who haven’t done Philosophy before

  • Explain how rationalists, empiricists and idealists view the world
  • Look at political and moral philosophical theories including those of Plato, Locke,
  • Hobbes, Kant, Marx and Mill.
  • Examine the arguments for and against the existence of God and the problem of evil
  • Existentialist philosophy: Sarte, Heidegger, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
  • Identify elements of informal logic in arguments including meaning, definition, argument and fallacy.

Philosophy Beginners

(Ken Duffy) Thurs 1.30pm-3pm

This course will stimulate your thoughts and expand your mind. This course is discussion based and for enjoyment, whereas Philosophy QQI Level 5 is an academic course.

  • Discuss the philosophy of the Irish government and of the EU.
  • What is the role of the EU in dealing with the Syrian conflict?
  • Why should I be a good person?
  • How should we behave towards one another?
  • Are we really free to choose who we are and what we do?
  • Does God exist?
  • Why is there evil?
  • Are morals relative or absolute?

Positive Psychology Tues 2pm-4pm

How do I lead a full life?

Explore the meaning of flourishing outlined by Martin Seligman the founder of Positive Psychology.

How can we flourish in our own lives?

What is happiness? Is it pleasure or flow or is meaning more important?

Explore the power of connection and positive communication.

Discover the power of 5: 1

5 positive thoughts versus 1 negative thought

Psychology of Human Growth and Development QQI Level 5(5N0754) (Julie Moloney) Tues 9.30-11.30am

How do children, adolescents and adults grow and develop?

Topics: Drug addiction; Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need; alcoholism; the stages of grief; strategies for teenagers coping with peer pressure; Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.


Bowlby’s Theory of Attachment: factors that influence and affect attachment.

Mary Ainsworth Test for measuring attachment.


  • What makes up the personality?
  • Five stages of psychosexual development.
  • Defence mechanisms: repression, denial, projection.

Erikson “Adolescence is a time for the search for identity”.

Marcia  Theories of identity.


You will learn more about research, assignment writing, note-taking skills, study skills, group work, presentations.

You will get to know more about the cognitive, perceptual, physical, emotional, social, capabilities and limitations of yourself and other people.

You will learn more about teamwork, negotiation skills, and conflict management.

Adult Education Guidance free of charge is included in this course. Our Adult Education Guidance team will help you work out where you are going next.

What do you need to do this course?

  • Minimum Junior Cert level or the same standard.
  • You must have native speaker standard of English.
  • We will ask you to write something to help us work out what courses suit you best.
  • IT Skills: You will have to type up your assignments and email them to Julie.
  • Minimum Junior Cert level or the same standard.
  • You must have native speaker standard of English.
  • We will ask you to write something to help us work out what courses suit you best.

Psychology of People

Tues 11.30am-1.30pm

  • Beliefs, assumptions and attitudes and how they impact us
  • Self and self-image; personality and work behaviour; conflict
  • Personality, traits and types; how does it help me understand myself and others
  • My physical wellbeing: sleep, diet, exercise, positive regard and sources for support
  • Psychological wellbeing: self-acceptance; positive relationships self-perception
  • Good listening skills, empathy, unconditional positive regard and realness


Behaviourism Pavlov, Skinner and Bandura.

Psychodynamic theory Freud, Erikson and Adler

Cognitive and developmental theory Piaget, Vygotsky and Kelly

Humanism Maslow and Rogers

Relaxation and Mindfulness Beginners and Improvers

(Julie Moloney) Mon and Tues various times

Does it feel like you can’t switch off? Do you have thoughts going round and around in your

head? Does it get worse the more you try to stop them? Do you dream of having a peaceful mind?

Do you want to feel calm and accepting? Do you want to take a break from the madness of life?

Do you want to learn to cope in difficult situations?

Who is it for? For people who are interested in the topic and might like to study it further at a higher level and who have not been in education for a while.

There will be a focus on research, assignment writing, note-taking skills, study skills and group work.

Social Studies QQI Level 5

(Rebbecca Callaghan) Tues and Thurs 2pm-4pm

Starts Jan

Book required:

An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland

By Bernadette McDonald€21.99

ISBN: 9780717156221 Publishers: Gill & Macmillan

Entry Requirements

You should have minimum of Junior Cert/Inter Cert standard or something similar.

If you are not a native English speaker, your English must be of a standard to interact easily with native speakers and to have the writing skills needed to be successful in the module.

Topics include:

  • Roles &structures in society; equality; racism; substance abuse; violence.
  • Agencies of socialisation e.g. family, peer group, education, media, religion.
  • Division of society into different social strata i.e. by class, gender and race/ethnicity poverty, power inequality, social mobility.
  • Discrimination on individuals in society.
  • History and culture of travellers.

Study Skills

Thurs 2pm-4pm

If you have left school before the Leaving Cert and you are now doing a QQI Level 4/5 module and are planning to study further, be your own best friend.

Take this Study Skills module.

An hour a week now, when you have time will help you more than anything else save time in college.

Learn how to take notes in class and from your text

Learn how to read and summarise using the SQR3 reading technique

Learn how to use mind maps.

Learn how to use paragraphs in an essay.

Learn how to create a good start, middle and end to an essay.

Learn how to use the Harvard Referencing Technique.


Various Times -Jan will advise you which of the spelling groups suits you best.

Learning to spell is useful for all areas of your life. We have different spelling groups for different spelling needs. The spelling groups look at ways to help you become a better speller and how to work on the spellings that are most useful for you.

Spelling for Beginners

(Jan) Tues 1.30pm-3pm 

Spelling for Improvers

(Jan) Weds 9.30am-11.30am

For students who have completed a spelling group with Joan and for new students.

Spelling for Dyslexia

(Gemma) Weds 1.30pm-3pm

It is a spelling group for people who want to continue learning.

It is suitable for people who have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Word Processing QQI Level 4

(Fidelmia Corcoran) Mon 11.45-1.30pm

If you are going to college or going back to work, do yourself a big favour and get good typing and word processing skills. Save yourself the heartache, the panic, the tears and the frustration down the line, when faced with volumes of essays and assignments to be typed all at once.

(Priority for people with children in primary school, as we have no childcare facilities)

Word Processing QQI Word Processing Level 5

Mon 9.30am-11.30am (Fidelmia)   Tues 7pm-9pm (Caroline)

Improve your typing speeds. Learn more about tables

manual text formatting, applying styles, creating tables, inserting and manipulating tables and  graphics, adjusting the appearance and positioning of text and graphics; mail merge; margins; tabs; line spacing; tracking and reviewing documents.

Talk to your tutor to see about which class is best for you

Psychology of People QQI Level 5

Tues 11.30am -1.30pm

This course is for people who have done a Level 4 or Junior Cert subject before

We have other classes and course in Cognitive Behavioural Thinking and Positive Psychology without certification

  • Beliefs, assumptions and attitudes and how they impact us
  • Self and self-image; personality and work behaviour; conflict
  • Personality, traits and types; how does it help me understand myself and others
  • My physical wellbeing: sleep, diet, exercise, positive regard and sources for support LO9
  • Psychological wellbeing: self-acceptance; positive relationships self-perception
  • Good listening skills, empathy, unconditional positive regard and realness


Behaviourism:                                                  Pavlov, Skinner and Bandura.

Psychodynamic theory:                                 Freud, Erikson and Adler

CDETB Adult Education Centre, Barry Rd. Finglas.

Text: 0877953235 email

Tues 3pm-6pm


ECDL is only available to people getting a social welfare payment(but you can still learn)

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) –Blended Learning

  • Would you like to do the ECDL online through E-College but have the support of a tutor in the classroom?
  • Do you want to update your IT Skills but find it hard to get the right course for you?
  • Is it hard to motivate yourself with online learning?
  • If ECDL is too easy for you, check for more advanced computer classes –these courses are also free of charge
  • Open and drop-in learning- come for 1 hour or come for 5 hours
  • No commitment necessary
  • You can do one module or all modules.


  • Computer Essentials: file creation and management, networks, and data security.
  • Online Essentials: web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.
  • Word Processing: creating, formatting documents
  • Spreadsheets: understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate an ability to use a spreadsheet

Standard Modules

  • IT Security: use techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.
  • Online Collaboration: collaborative tools, such as storage, productivity applications, calendars, social media, web meetings, learning environments, and mobile technology.
  • Presentations:presentations and presentation software.
  • Databases: create and modify tables, queries, forms and reports. Also, how to relate tables, and how to retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools.
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