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The programmes listed lead to awards in the NFQ. The provider that offers the programme will have full details.




Higher Certificate in Arts

Programme Purpose

The Higher Certificate in Arts (Level 6, 120 ECTS) is a multi-purpose award designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners. It offers an inspiring and challenging educational experience, developing a broad range of knowledge and theoretical understanding across a spectrum of academic disciplines, whilst also proving personal and academic skills development and a structured pathway to further educational opportunities. It provides an alternative learning route into and through existing offerings with additional support structures and provides an opportunity for learners to experience an extended and closely supported transition into third-level education with significant subject specialisation at Level 6. In Stage one academic modules comprise of: Contemporary Humanities; Contemporary Social Sciences; Economic and the World of Business; Film and Creative Media. As well as learning provided in modules on Academic Skills (10 ECTS) and Digital Skills (5 ECTS). The third strand in Stage one is the Career Discovery module which provides learners with the beginnings of a platform for educational and career related investigation, job analysis, CV building, interview practice and work experience identification. In Stage two there are two strands: academic underpinning in the module Critical Thinking Skills (10 ECTS) and elective academic pathways (50 ECTS). Specialist pathways include: ? General Arts ? Psychology ? Social Science ? Film and Creative Media ? Business ? Marketing ? Accounting and Finance ? Law The Higher Certificate in Arts aims to produce graduates who are knowledgeable and academically well-rounded, possessed of a wide range of transferrable skills, and well-qualified and prepared to successfully progress to a range of further academic or work-related challenges. There is an embedded award of a Certificate in Arts (Level 6, 60 ECTS), available to learners who do not wish to complete the full Higher Certificate award. The Certificate in Arts (Level 6, 60 ECTS) equates to the first year and first stage of the Higher Certificate in Arts programme and is offered to allow maximum flexibility for learners.

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Centres offering Higher Certificate in Arts

Name Address Contact Website
Dublin Business School Exams Office, 13/14 Aungier Street,, Dublin 2 , D02 WC04. 01 417 7500