UCC Adult courses

Learning and Development Practice - Dip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Learning and Development Practice

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education, Business and Law

  • Duration

    3 teaching periods

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special purpose

  • Fees

    Course fees are collected by the IITD. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants will be at least 21 years of age. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    September 2023

  • Next Intake

    September 2023

  • Venue


  • Start Date

    September 2023

Course Outline

The Diploma in Learning and Development Practice, offered in partnership with the Irish Institute of Training and Development, aims to provide a structured and authentic learning opportunity for those wishing to acquire an academic and practical knowledge of the learning and development profession. In addition it aims to arm the student with a practical skill repertoire to give him/her standing within the learning and development profession as strategic business partner utilising impactful learning and development intervention. The Diploma in Learning and Development Practice is intended for those involved in learning and development in organisations and those self-employed within the private training provider industry, including those who currently are not in employment. It is also applicable to those who are entering the learning and development profession as well as those involved in the administration of training wishing to enhance their knowledge and skill set in this field.

See http://www.iitd.ie/EducationCPD/TDQualifications/Level7.aspx

Throughout this programme the student will be guided through an academic grounding and practical skill development across the span of the learning and development specialist’s role.
Students take modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Those exiting with modules AD1023, AD1024, AD1025, and AD1026 will be awarded a Certificate in Learning and Development Practice. 

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Ann Marie Atkins at annmarie.atkins@ucc.ie or Irish Institute of Training and Development (iitd) at info@iitd.ie

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Louise Fleming at l.fleming@ucc.ie. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This is a part-time programme, delivered over three defined teaching periods via blocks of learning there within. Lectures will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 9.00am to 5.00pm. (Those wishing to exit following the completion of the first 30 credits will leave with the award of a Certificate in Learning and Development Practice).

The Programme is delivered through attendance at lectures and facilitated workshop events, Self-study using dedicated learning materials.


The Diploma in Learning and Development Practice utilises a range of continuous assessment approaches including work-based assignment, presentation, online discussion forum and CPD Planning.

Why Choose This Course

Following completion of this programme the student can use the qualification to pursue a career in learning and development provision; ranging from learning event design to the delivery of training, in a variety of organisational settings. Students could also pursue the delivery of learning needs assessment on a consultancy basis.  This qualification can also be put forward for an application for IITD membership and related professional development activity.


  • Normally, applicants for entry to the Diploma in Professional Training Practice will be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • Hold a Leaving Certificate/FETAC level 5 qualification or equivalent.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.
  • This programme is open to those in employment, self-employed and those who are unemployed.
  • Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme.  

Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point.  Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

Full Diploma: €2450 (TLS Member Grant Funded Rate); €2850 (Non TLS Members).
Certificate: €1650 (TLS Member Grant Funded Rate) €1850 (Non TLS Members).
Course fees are collected by the IITD.

How Do I Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Educational Certificates [if applicable]
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]

Contact details for this course

Similar Courses

Human Resource Development (Learning and Development)

Learning and Development (Consultancy)

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Year 1 Modules

  • AD1023: Learning and Development in Organisations (5 credits)
    · Defining Learning, Education, Training and HRD
    · Why Learning & Development in Organisations?
    · The Strategic Context of Learning & Development
    · Relationships with HRM and Talent Management
    · Learning & Development in different organisational contexts (MNC's, SME's, & NFP's)
    · Gaining buy-in for the business impact of Learning and Development
    · Stakeholders or Actors in the Learning & Development Process
    · The Role of Learning & Development Specialists.
  • AD1024: Positioning Learning and Development in Organisations (10 credits)
    · Linking Learning & Development to Business Strategy and Goals
    · Translating Business Strategy into a Learning Strategy
    · Learning & Development Mission Statements, Policies & Practices
    · Defining Training Needs Analysis in the context of a Learning Strategy
    · Sources of information about Learning & Development Needs
    · Gap analysis and identifying appropriate learning opportunities
    · Prioritising Learning & Development Needs with resource constraints
    · Selecting the most appropriate Learning & Development Strategy
    · Implementing Learning & Development Strategies
    · Enhancing the Status and Reputation of Learning & Development.
  • AD1025: Designing Learning and Development Activities (10 credits)
    · Designing Learning & Development - The Key Decisions
    · Structured and Unstructured approaches to Learning and Development
    · The process of learning; Learning styles and principles of adult learning
    · Choosing Learning and Development methods - work-based, online, blended, alternative media etc.
    · Training design factors - learning objectives, content, diversity in participants (culture, languages, physical and mental ability)
    · Development of training materials and resources
    · Structuring and sequencing materials to optimise learning
    · Assessment strategies to capture learning/ transfer post training
    · Delivery approaches and styles
    · Creating authentic learning and participant engagement
    · Location and creation of a learning environment
    · Participation in Learning & Development - Motivation, Self-Confidence, Attitudes.
  • AD1026: Measuring Effectiveness of Learning and Development (5 credits)
    · How can Learning & Development effectiveness be measured
    · Lag and lead criteria to assess effectiveness
    · Defining the process of evaluation and transfer of learning
    · Types of learning and development evaluation - what can be evaluated
    · Measuring and evaluating the intangible outcomes of learning and development
    · Methods and criteria used in the evaluation and measurement of learning and development effectiveness
    · Models and levels of evaluation e.g. Philips, Kirkpatrick etc.
    · 'Return on Investment' (ROI) - The Challenges
    · Communicating and Implementing outcomes from evaluation processes to bring about enhancement.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD2011: Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations (10 credits)
    Why Coaching and Mentoring as Learning & Development interventions
    · Role of coaching and mentoring in an organisational context ¿ boundaries & relationships
    · Coaching and Mentoring models
    · Developing a coaching and mentoring policy
    · Designing and establishing effective coaching and mentoring processes
    · Developing team and individual coaching and mentoring plans
    · Abilities and skill sets of effective coaches and mentors
    · Supporting the coaching and mentoring process.
  • AD2013: Contemporary Developments in Learning and Development (5 credits)
    The content of this module is intended to evolve with trends in the field. The following content is representative of material covered within this module.

    · The evolution of the learning and development specialist to be an OD Specialist
    · The contribution of learning and development to knowledge management in organisations
    · Cross cultural dimensions of learning and development
    · Learning and development issues in multi-nationals
    · Employability, talent development, and learning and development
    · Diversity issues and learning and development
    · The 'New Career' and learning and development challenges
    · Ethics, CSR, Sustainability and Learning and Development.
  • AD2014: Becoming a Learning and Development Specialist (5 credits)
    · Identity, Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence of a Learning and Development Specialist
    · Skills and competencies of an effective Learning and Development Specialist
    · Developing learning and development delivery and facilitation skills
    · Working effectively in cross-cultural environments
    · Managing relationships with line managers and senior management
    · Working with external providers and strategic partners
    · CPD and the Learning and Development Specialist.
  • AD2039: Technology Enhanced Learning (10 credits)
    1. Options and role in an online learning programme
    2. Theory and principles underpinning online learning design
    3. Applying ADDIE to online course design
    4. eLearning trends and technology.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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