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Monaghan Institute link with St. Angela’s College, Sligo Are you interested in > AS001--Home Economics & Biology 3. Meet financial requirements for the SUSI Second Level Teaching Maintenance Grant, or be in receipt of a becoming a > AS002--Home Economics & Religious Back to Education Allowance. Home Economics Education Second Level Teaching > AS003--Home Economics & Irish Second 4. Be currently registered one of the Teacher? Level Teaching (a qualification in Irish is approved QQI - FET Level 5/6 course at required pre entry) Monaghan Institute. > AS004--Home Economics & Economics If so, then read on! Second Level Teaching There is a limit to the number of places available on the APT Programme and a quota of places reserved on the BAPME Each programme is 5 years in duration. Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes Monaghan Institute is involved in an The APT Project is actively reaching out to for Further Education students. Access to Post Primary Teaching students who are interested in becoming The APT Project provides a number of Programme (APT) with St Angela’s College, secondary school teachers. In order to be pre-entry and post-entry supports for Sligo. St Angela’s has developed a considered for a place in the APT Project and successful QQI-FET entrants and students QQI - FET link with Monaghan Institute, to enter an ITE programme at St. Angela’s, you need to take part in some In-reach and give Further Education students a direct will need to: Out-reach activities throughout their year entry route into the following Bachelor in Monaghan Institute. of Arts/Professional Masters in Education 1. Be eligible for free-fees (BAPME) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes which are available through 2. Be a first-time entrant to Higher Education Please contact Karol Harvey, Guidance the APT Project at St. Angela’s: (i.e. not already have obtained a Bachelor’s Counsellor at Monaghan Institute for degree, or higher) further details. Email: email@example.com. Sports Scholarships We are committed to supporting talented athletes reaching the top of their sport while achieving academic success. Balance study with sporting ambitions through scholarship programme at MI that provides free access to sports facilities, performance appraisal and planning and financial assistance to students excelling in their chosen sport. Students will also be given the opportunity to increase the Academic profile of their sport within the college. Scholarships New for 2018/19 Entrance Scholarship Monaghan Institute recognises the calibre of its incoming high-achieving students with the award of the MI Entrance Scholarship. Entrance Scholarships are presented to first year students who achieve 400 points or more in their Leaving Certificate (or equivalent second level examination) in recognition of their academic accomplishment to date. In addition to a bursary towards course fees, the students, along with their parents/guardians or former school principal, will be invited to come to MI for the presentation of the scholarship. The award is based only on the previous academic year prior to commencement of studies.
CONTENTS 1 Welcome 2 10 Reasons to Study with Us 3 Application Procedures 4 Studying at Monaghan Institute 5 Financial Matters 6 Guidance & Counselling 8 Mature Students 9 Students Union 10 Sports, Clubs & Societies 11 European Cultural Exchanges 12 National Framework of Qualifications 13 Progression Routes 14 MI Library/eCollege 16 02 17 68 74 83 About MI PLC Pre-University Training Application Courses Courses Courses Form BUSINESS STUDIES AND ADMINISTRATION LTS4 QQI Tourism and Travel with Cabin Crew BSA1 QQI Business & Office Administration Level 5 18 Training Level 5 51 BSA2 QQI Advanced Certificate in IT and Business Management 19 LTS5 QQI Tourism and Event Management Level 5 52 BSA3 QQI Pharmacy Counter Assistant Level 5 20 LTS6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Business Tourism & BSA4 QQI Accounting, Payroll & Financial Studies Level 5 21 Event Management 53 CARING STUDIES SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT CS01 QQI Nursing Studies Level 5 23 STE1 QQI Applied Ecology Level 5 55 CS02 QQI Health Services Skills Level 5 24 STE2 QQI Horticulture Level 5 56 CS03 QQI Community and Social Care Level 5 25 STE3 QQI Science & Laboratory Techniques Level 5 57 CS04 QQI Applied Social Studies & Psychology Level 5 26 STE4 QQI Food Science, Health & Nutrition Level 5 58 CS05 QQI Advanced Certificate in Applied Social Level 6 27 STE5 QQI Animal Care Level 5 59 STE6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Animal Science EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES Level 6 60 ECS1 QQI Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 29 ECS2 QQI Early Childhood Care & Education - SNA Level 5 30 HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY THERAPY ECS3 QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education HBT1 QQI/City and Guilds Hairdressing Level 5 62 Level 6 31 HBT2 QQI Beauty Therapy and Make-up Level 5 63 ECS4 QQI Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & HBT3 QQI Advanced Certificate in Beauty Therapy Education - Special Needs Assistant Level 6 32 Level 6 64 COMPUTING AND ENGINEERING ARTS & HUMANITIES CE01 QQI Network Technician & Internet of Things (IoT) Technology AH01 QQI Liberal Arts Level 5 66 Specialist Level 5 34 AH02 QQI Performing Arts Level 5 67 CE02 QQI Advanced Network Technician & Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Specialist Level 6 35 PRE-UNIVERSITY COURSES CE03 QQI Games Design & Software Development Level 5 36 PU01 Pre-University Animal & Agri-Sciences Level 5 69 CE04 QQI Advanced Certificate in Software Innovation & Design PU02 Pre-University Arts Level 5 70 Level 6 37 PU03 Pre-University Business & Accounting Level 5 71 CE05 QQI Digital Media & Web Design Level 5 38 PU04 Pre-University Computing Level 5 72 CE06 QQI Advanced Certificate in Digital Media & Web Design Level 6 39 PU05 Pre-University Health & Social Studies Level 5 73 CE07 QQI Digital Marketing & eBusiness Level 5 40 CE08 QQI Digital Photography & Creative Media Level 5 41 APPRENTICESHIPS CE09 QQI Music Technology & Creative Media Level 5 42 ATI Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship 75 CE10 QQI Engineering Technology Level 5 43 Electrical Apprenticeship (Phase Two) 76 CE11 QQI Building Construction & Renewable Energy Systems Level 5 44 CE12 QQI Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Technology Level 5 45 TRAINEESHIPS CE13 QQI Motorsport Engineering and Motor Mechanics Level 5 46 OEM Engineering Traineeship 78 Laboratory Assistance Traineeship 79 LEISURE, TOURISM & SERVICES LTS1 QQI Sport & Leisure Management Level 5 48 Bachelor of Business (Honours) Degree with DkIT 80 LTS2 QQI Sports Coaching & Exercise Studies Level 5 49 Graduation Celebrations 2017 81 LTS3 QQI Advanced Certificate in Health, Fitness & Sports Privacy Notice 82 Performance Level 6 50 Application Form 83
WELCOME TO 2 MONAGHAN INSTITUTE A message from Director Dr Fiona Mc Grath There are many routes to a job and local needs and current/future skills career success. Increasingly, further shortages. The work experience you education and training are required. complete as part of your training keeps Universities or Institutes of Technology both you and staff attuned to the don’t suit the needs of all – for some realities of modern business/industry/ 34,000 Leaving Certificate and mature commerce. Dr Fiona McGrath students, a place on a PLC Course is the On the other hand, if you wish to Director preferred option. Courses are open to a wide range of participants proceed to further studies at Institutes of “ including school leavers, adults and Technology or Universities we will equip second chance learners, social welfare you with the skills necessary for recipients, graduates wishing to re-skill academic life. All of our courses carry etc. nationally and internationally recognised certification and provide learners with We thank you for your Monaghan Institute offers a wide range the opportunity to progress to further study through the Higher Education interest in our of further education and training (FET) courses. Each course is specifically Links Scheme. Over the years, a courses and assure you designed for employment – the significant number of past graduates of a warm welcome and balance between theoretical and have gone on to complete higher a quality training practical study is decided with the degrees are now in employment or job-market firmly in mind. Close links running their own businesses and service at Monaghan “ with local employers and the playing an active part in the community. Institute. community ensure that the focus of Others have used further education to FET course provision is reflective of retrain or up-skill and have changed career. To read the full welcome message visit www.monaghaninstitute.ie Failte chuig Institiuid Mhuineachain A message from Deputy Director Rynagh Williams Our mission is to create a learning supportive learning environment. environment that will enable every learner that we welcome to Monaghan Monaghan Institute has been approved as Institute to excel. Students who choose a registered provider by QQI and other to study at MI learn the skills they need internationally recognised certifying to succeed; in college, in their career and bodies (e.g. City & Guilds, ITEC) having Rynagh Williams in life. Our outstanding students have agreed its quality assurance policies & Deputy Director bright futures and I would like to thank procedures. We are continually reviewing and developing our work “ you for considering Monaghan Institute and guarantee you the attention, support practices to ensure a quality service to all and guidance you require in your learners, past, present and future. academic journey with us. Monaghan Institute fosters positive It is my pleasure to Staff at Monaghan Institute are working relationships with other welcome both new and highly-qualified, enthusiastic and providers at home and abroad. The dedicated to high academic Institute is currently developing returning students to achievement in the context of a warm constructive contacts with Stranmillis Monaghan Institute and tutor-learner relationship. We can give University College, Queens University, wish you well in your you the kind of individual attention Belfast and Institutes of Technology in studies this year. which will ensure your success, Dundalk, St. Angelas Sligo, Letterkenny and whether you have just completed Blanchardstown. Our learners have also Leaving Cert or are a mature student completed modules of their courses at returning to education. We welcome training institutions in Belgium, France, learners of all ages, abilities and Portugal, Germany, Canada Denmark and nationalities and will provide you with a the Netherlands.
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM TOP REASONS 1 3 Learners of all ages 10 WITH US TO STUDY catered for within a friendly college atmosphere, with state of the art facilities and relatively small class groups providing a unique learning experience. 2 3 Courses designed to Dedicated staff who enhance your career are highly qualified in prospects, with strong links their fields, concerned to local business, industry for student welfare and and commerce and an interested in seeing emphasis on work their learners experience. progress. 4 6 Career guidance & Quality Assured counselling service courses leading available to support you to nationally and in your learning and Course fees are low. internationally 5 future career choices or Attending college locally recognised progression to further also reduces travel costs certification. studies and living expenses. 7 8 Progression opportunities to a wide variety of degree Excellent results achieved courses at third level institutions across the country, by learners. through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Advanced entry arrangements exist with Dundalk Institute of Technology for learners who complete Level 6 Advanced Certificate programmes. 9 10 Active Students’ Union Maintenance Grants organises many apply & those in extra-curricular activities/ receipt of social welfare charity events and acts as an payments can avail of effective communication link financial assistance through between learners and college the VTOS or Return to staff, local media and the Education programmes community. DONT STOP AT 10 Check out our website to find out more: www.monaghaninstitute.ie
APPLICATION PROCEDURES 4 APPLICATION PROCESS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS APPLICATION DEADLINE Monaghan Institute operates a policy Leaving Certificate with five O6 grades Applications should be submitted to of selection and admission of learners (or five passes pre 2017) or equivalent the Institute by 31st May. All that is, at all stages and in all ways, is the standard entry requirement for application forms will be date stamped equitable, transparent and Level 5 courses. Leaving Certificate on receipt. Late applications may be accountable and respects the rights Applied or QQI Level 4 Award are also considered, where vacancies exist on and dignity of applicants. The process acceptable on the majority of Level 5 courses. for gaining access to full time courses. Some courses have subject courses at Monaghan Institute specific requirements. Interviews (where applicable) will only consists of several sequential stages: be allocated on the basis of the receipt > Application A QQI Level 5 award or equivalent in of a completed application form. > Interview (where applicable) a relevant subject area is the standard > Selection and notification entry requirement for Level 6 > Registration Advanced Certificate courses. Please > Induction (where applicable) refer to the prospectus for further > Garda Vetting (where applicable) information. DOCUMENTATION INTERVIEWS ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIRED All courses are delivered through Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements for English. Learners are advised that to All applicants must include the particular courses will be interviewed. benefit from their chosen course they following: Interviews for places on courses are should be proficient in written and > Completed Application Form held at various times throughout the spoken English. Applicants who do (detachable from the back of this academic year. Following interview, not have English as their first language prospectus or available on our you will be notified in writing of the may be required to do an English website at outcome. Provisional offers will issue Language proficiency assessment as www.monaghaninstitute.ie). Make to successful candidates. Once you part of the interview process. sure to select courses in order of receive an offer it is important that you N.B. English language proficiency tests preference, as you may be allocated read all documentation carefully and take place on set dates in May and a place on your second/third choice comply with any requests. September only. Alternatively course as classes fill up. applicants who have obtained an > Personal Public Services Number .............................................................................. internationally recognised English (i.e. RSI No.) must be included on the language qualification should enclose application form. a copy of the certificate with their > Copy of most recent school report/ REGISTRATION application form. examination results, if applicable. Applicants must attend Registration .............................................................................. .............................................................................. in late August - you will be notified of the date. Failure to complete the LEAVING CERT RESULTS Registration process will result in the APPLICATION & withdrawal of any conditional offer. ENQUIRIES Leaving Certificate results (where Courses commence at the end of applicable) should be forwarded by August/early September - you will be Director, applicants upon receipt in mid-August. advised of the exact start date for your Monaghan Institute, The Institute will confirm course offers chosen course area at Registration. The Education Campus, when results are submitted. As course formation of courses is subject to a Armagh Road, places are limited, early application minimum enrolment. Monaghan Monaghan. and prompt acceptance of places is Institute reserves the right of Tel. 047-84900 recommended. admission to any course it provides. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.monaghaninstitute.ie
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM 5 STUDYING AT MONAGHAN INSTITUTE INDUCTION COURSE CONTENT If you register for a place on any of the Childcare or The information outlined in this prospectus is as Healthcare courses, an induction process will apply. This accurate as possible at the time of going to print, but is involves two weeks (at the start of the first term) of activities subject to continuing development. QQI award structures and experiences which help you explore the key caring skills are subject to change and as a result modules listed may required for a range of settings. All learners on Childcare vary. The Institute reserves the right to change any or all of and Healthcare courses will be asked to complete the Garda the modules listed in the course descriptors or to change, Vetting process when they recieve their offer of a place. cancel or limit in size any course, class or subject. Monaghan Institute reserves the right not to offer places on Programmes are subject to validation by QQI. caring courses if induction, including Garda Vetting, is not satisfactorily completed by the learner. ....................................................................................................................... ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE ACCOMMODATION There are a variety of assessment methods used, If you will be living away from home while attending depending on your chosen course area. Some modules Monaghan Institute a list of local estate agents can be involve continuous assessment of project work, while others provided. You can also join the Facebook Group called may involve oral presentations, practical skills tests and/or “Student Accommodation Monaghan” on our website to examinations. This allows you to build up credits connect with local landords. For more information visit throughout the year towards final results/award. www.monaghaninstitute.ie. There is a range of good quality accommodation available at affordable prices within ....................................................................................................................... walking distance of the Institute and the town centre. ATTENDANCE AND PROGRESS Monaghan Institute reserves the right to ask any learner WORK EXPERIENCE/INDUSTRY LINKS to leave a course as a result of unsatisfactory punctuality, attendance, academic performance or conduct. Monaghan Institute has developed close links with local business/industry/commerce. Employers across a wide range of sectors (e.g. hairdressers, childcare providers, offices, beauty salons, healthcare facilities, etc) provide work experience on a regular day release basis or on block placement. Relevant work placement is an integral part of each vocational course. Many learners secure permanent employment from their period of work experience. The Institute requires that all learners carrying out work placement, which involves contact with children/vulnerable adults, are vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.
FINANCIAL MATTERS HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO STUDYAT MONAGHAN INSTITUTE? 6 A QUICK GUIDE: > There are no tuition fees for EU nationals > Government levy of €200 per PLC student applies > Applicants pay a booking deposit of €50 before course commencement to secure their place. > Applicants pay other costs (books, exam fees, professional membership fees, optional training etc) > Non EU nationals are charged a tuition fee determined by the Irish Government Monaghan Institute prides itself on keeping the cost of accessing its courses to a minimum In 2011, a Government Levy of €200 was introduced to be charged to learners (EU nationals) enrolling on fulltime PLC courses. The following categories of participants are exempt from paying the €200 Government levy: > Full medical card holders in their own right and their dependent children > Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme > Those in receipt of the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme or the Back to Education Allowance These exemptions apply only to the Government Levy.
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM Depending on course selection Education & Skills fee of €3,653, plus > have attended a minimum of five 1 7 payment may also be required for the relevant course fees. academic years in the Irish school some of the following: system, as at 31 August 2018; and Note: Pilot arrangements for access Books, field trips, specialist equipment to PLC courses exist on the following > have been part of an application for (e.g. hairdressing/beauty kits, scientific basis for three particular groups protection or leave to remain for a instruments), sports coaching, learner (asylum applicants, subsidiary combined period of 5 years as at 31 services, registration charges by protection applicants and those at the August 2018. professional bodies and examination leave to remain stage but in respect fees. For further details contact the of whom a deportation order has not Persons with special leave to remain college office on 047-84900 or issued): in Ireland or in any of the categories www.monaghaninstitute.ie to which the pilot arrangements apply Applicants in these three groups must: must produce appropriate ............................................................................. documentation to verify that status, as > meet the definition of protection applications cannot be processed until Monaghan Institute welcomes applicant or person at leave to the relevant paperwork is submitted. applications from suitably qualified remain stage (other than those at the international learners. deportation order stage); International Applicants should contact the college office at: Applicants from Non-EU countries, > have obtained the Leaving with the exception of those who have Certificate; Tel: 047 84900 special leave to remain in Ireland, are Email: email@example.com obliged to pay a Department of GRANTS VOCATIONAL TRAINING BACK TO EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES SCHEME ALLOWANCE (BTEA) Full-time learners may be eligible to (VTOS) apply for PLC maintenance grants, The Department of Social Protection which are means tested. You should This is a scheme operated to give administer the Back to Education contact your local Education and unemployed people educational Allowance Scheme as one of its second Training Board (ETB) for further details opportunities without losing their chance educational opportunities for or visit www.studentfinance.ie or benefits. VTOS is funded by the unemployed people, lone parents and www.susi.ie where applications can be Department of Education and Skills with people with disabilities. This scheme made online or downloaded. assistance from the European Social Fund. allows you to keep your social welfare It applies to all full-time courses offered at payment and return to full time CAN I ATTEND Monaghan Institute. second/third level courses. MONAGHAN INSTITUTE AND CONTINUE TO WHO QUALIFIES? For further details contact your local ETB or social welfare office or visit RECEIVE SOCIAL You must be aged 21 or over and be in www.studentfinance.ie or www.welfare.ie WELFARE? receipt of unemployment payments or other social welfare benefit for at least 6 Two special schemes exist that may months. The number of places on VTOS is allow applicants who are receiving limited and priority is given to those who certain social welfare benefits to are long-term unemployed and have not attend an approved full time course had the opportunity to complete and continue to receive payments. second-level education. For further details These schemes are: Vocational Training contact your local ETB Office or visit Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and the www.vtos.ie Back to Education Allowance Scheme (BTEA) BENEFITS OF VTOS These schemes allow eligible Books, materials and examination fees are participants to: paid for on VTOS and participants receive > Start or continue education and a meal and travel allowance (depending training on distance from the Institute). Childcare > Develop new skills support is also available through the > Gain certification at a range of levels Childcare Employment and Training > Enhance employment prospects Support Scheme (CETS).
8 GUIDANCE & Karol Harvey Guidance Counsellor COUNSELLING WHAT IS AVAILABLE? JOB SEARCH SKILLS > A free and confidential Guidance and Counselling Learners are equipped with job search skills through a series service is available to support learners. of workshops on CV writing, interview skills, introduction to > Advice and assignment support are available for those aptitude tests and work placement schemes. making the transition back to education. > Supports are provided for learners with disabilities and specific learning difficulties. PERSONAL COUNSELLING The Guidance Counsellor can help you identify and solve any worries and anxieties that may interfere with your THE GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING academic and personal development. These may include SERVICE social/personal difficulties, financial worries or study problems. The counselling service provides a supportive Monaghan Institute provides the services of a qualified and safe environment in which personal issues can be Guidance Counsellor. This service focuses on the provision discussed. of: > Educational Guidance: Supporting individuals with their continuing education & researching progression DISABILITY SERVICE pathways. Supporting individuals who are returning to education as mature students. At Monaghan Institute we recognise that a disability can > Vocational Guidance: Assisting individuals to reflect on impact on your ability to participate in further education, so their career choices and to engage in Career Planning for we work with learners to help ensure the impact is the future. minimised. At Monaghan Institute we are committed to > Personal Counselling: Provision of Counselling for promoting equality of opportunity for all learners. If you individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties. have a disability or specific learning difficulty we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your particular needs. We provide a range of supports PROGRESSION AND CAREER such as learning support, assistive technology and special INFORMATION accommodations for examinations. This service can help you with the transition from college If you have an educational assessment report, please submit to working life through one-to-one guidance, together a copy with your application form. It is the responsibility of with the provision of career information and career talks each learner to disclose their special educational needs as from Universities and Institutes of Technology. You will also early as possible so applications can be processed. be provided with information on opportunities for further study at home and abroad. You may avail of individual and Note: Any information you provide will be retained and group support with completion of the CAO and UCAS used by the Institute solely for the purposes of assessing application forms and advanced entry forms. Learners will your educational needs and in line with the Privacy Notice also receive support with the mature student entry routes on page 82. used by many third level institutes.
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM BENEFITS OF RETURNING TO 9 COMPLETE A COURSE AT MONAGHAN INSTITUTE There are many personal rewards for adults retuning to education. Learners find the experience exhilarating, stimulating and liberating. Mastering new skills and acquiring new knowledge is extremely rewarding. In addition, it provides those retuning to education the opportunity of new employment prospects or of entry to University or to Institutes of Technology to continue their learning journey. Mature graduates of Monaghan Institute courses are now continuing their studies in Trinity College Dublin, NUI Maynooth, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Glasgow University, Dundalk Institute of Technology and at other third level colleges nationally and in the UK. ...................................................................................................................... CHOOSING A COURSE Taking a decision to attend Further Education requires major commitment on the part of the learner and choosing the right course will involve some ground work. Consider courses that you have a genuine interest in and a desire to learn more about. Interest enhances a participant’s motivation to study and acquire more knowledge of a subject area. Research your chosen course on the website @ www.monaghaninstitute.ie We recommend attending our Open Day or Information Evening during the year. Please check the website for upcoming events. Individual Course Tutors and the Guidance Counsellor can be contacted through the college website to answer any question you may have. At Monaghan Institute mature students may not need to have the usual academic entry requirements. Consideration MATURE is given to your life and work experience. The Institute will look for satisfactory evidence of your ability to pursue and benefit from the course you have applied for. Your STUDENTS application will be evaluated on previous experience, references and/or testimonials as well as performance at interview. At Monaghan Institute we promote access to further and higher education for mature students. We recognise ....................................................................................................................... the contribution that mature students have made to the college. In this era of lifelong learning we are committed to having the supports and services in place to assist you NEXT SEPTEMBER in your studies. We appreciate that many people might have left school early or were unable to achieve their full Once you have enrolled on your course a Monaghan potential due to financial, social or family pressures. Over Institute make contact with the college Guidance service to the years circumstances can change and the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have. return to education now presents itself.
STUDENTS 10 UNION As the principle vehicle of communication and representation between learners, tutors and the local community, the Students’ Union is involved in promoting and improving the quality of life of each learner attending Monaghan Institute. The Students’ Union consists of a President, Vice President and one representative from each course. From these representatives, a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer are chosen. Together the team organises various functions throughout the year to benefit both the learners and the local community. The Union provides opportunities for involvement and individual development of all learners, encouraging the widest possible participation in a variety of activities. SOME OF THEIR PAST FUN-FILLED EVENTS INCLUDE: > The Students’ Union members organise fund raising events for different charities such as bed pushes, head shaves, coffee mornings, sponsored walks, auctions, table quiz, raffles, Christmas food appeals, Ribbon Appeal, concerts, karaoke and talent nights. > The Book and Creative Writing club share stories and partake in workshops with guest speakers. > The Photography club share ideas and techniques by taking photos of college events. > The Music club play at seasonal celebrations which include the Halloween Bat Festival and Fancy Dress, Christmas Lunch Party, Green Day for St. Patrick’s Day and End of Year Formal. > The Debating Society is involved in competitions with other PLC colleges in the region. > Football, Soccer and Hurling teams have participated in competitions with other Further Education Colleges and Universities. > Basketball, Badminton and Futsal leagues provide opportunity for participation in team sports and there is even the Staff v Students challenge match. > Learners have access to the football pitch, sports hall and gym on campus. They can also avail of Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, where they can go abseiling, canoeing, orienteering and camping.
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM SPORTS, 11 The Institute offers a wide range of sports, clubs and societies which cater for both the laid back learner and the competitive crusader, CLUBS & encouraging all to roll up their sleeves and get involved. SOCIETIES SPORTS FACILITIES Monaghan Institute currently has a growing number of sports, clubs and Our sports facilities are available to societies to further enhance learners all learners, from those who wish to experience as part of their college life. socialize and meet friends through There are a range of options available a leisure pursuit, to those who have that should encompass all learner aspirations of representing their clubs, interests. We also encourage students counties or country at their chosen to be creative and develop a new club discipline. Various activities are or society around their particular organised on campus from interests through the Students’ Union. recreational classes to sports events in So whether tennis, basketball, hill some of our state of the art sporting walking or canoeing is for you or if facilities; you enjoy reading, films, comedy or theatre, we will encourage you to get > Sports Gymnasium involved in the things you love as part > Fully Equipped Fitness Suite of your experience with us. > Fitness Studio > Sports Pitches/Courts CLUBS & SOCIETIES: PURSUITS > Men’s GAA > Equestrian > Rotary and Lions > Swimming Club > Athletics > Pool and Snooker > Kayaking/Canoeing > Hurling > Sub Aqua Diving > Golf > Basketball > Debating > Abseiling > Ladies GAA > Soccer > Orienteering > Rock-Climbing > Boxing > Badminton > Drama > Music > Hill-Walking .................................................................................. SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS Monaghan Institute stive to support sporting talent within the college. For information about the MI Sports Scholarship programme please refer to the inside front cover of the prospectus.
EUROPEAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE 12 Over many years, Monaghan Institute has been dynamic in initiating and developing broader educational links within Europe. A number of highly successful exchange projects have resulted. > Staff are involved on an ongoing basis in cross-cultural programmes. The SOCRATES project during 1996/97 linked Monaghan Institute with European partners - Kursuscentre, Denmark and Pontypridd College, Wales, in the development of a European Studies module. > Students from Ales, in the South of France proved excellent partners for Leisure & Tourism students in a three week work placement exchange funded by the LEONARDO programme in 1997/98. Similarly, in January 1999 Childcare and Leisure students participated in a LEONARDO exchange to Holland. > Also in 1999, a number of students from Monaghan Institute took part in a WIDER HORIZONS Customer Care training programme which culminated in two months work experience in Toronto, Canada during the summer. > In 2003, 2005 and 2007 Childcare students completed three weeks work placement in Brakel, Germany on a LEONARDO exchange. > Nursing students also visited Thisted, Denmark on a similar LEONARDO work placement programme in 2005 and 2007. > IT & Office Administration students visited Quimper, France in 2009 & Information Technology students travelled to Holland in 2010, also funded through LEONARDO. > In 2015, Multimedia, Business Administration, Computer Games Design and Information Technology students completed work placement in Drachten, Holland, under the ERASMUS PLUS programme. with a further ERASMUS + work placement project taking place there in 2018 for Software Development and Computer Games students.
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM 13 NATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF QUALIFICATIONS Quality & Qualification Ireland (QQI) makes awards in further & higher education & training SEC - State Examination Comission (Department of Education & Skills) Institutes of Technology Universities Awards in the Framework Major Awards: named in the outer rings, are the principle class of awards made at a level Minor Awards: are for partial completion of the outcomes for a Major Award Supplemental Awards: are for learning that is additional to a Major Award Special Purpose Awards: are for relatively narrow or purpose specific achievements AWARDS IN THE FRAMEWORK The National Framework of Qualifications consists of 10 Levels, encompassing all education and training provision in Ireland. QQI awards are available at Levels 1-10. The Framework shows how education & training awards relate to one another. A key element of the Framework is to enable access and progression opportunities between Levels.
PROGRESSION 14 ROUTES HOTEL BUSINESS & CARING ADMINISTRATION STUDIES HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY THERAPY LEISURE, TOURISM & SERVICES School EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES A COMPUTING & ENGINEERING A A HIGHER EDUCATION LINKS SCHEME ARTS & The Higher Education Links Scheme facilitates learners from HUMANITIES Monaghan Institute who have achieved a full QQI Level 5 Certificate or Level 6 Advanced Certificate to progress to a range of courses at Higher Education Institutions SCIENCE & THE throughout the country. There are approximately forty ENVIROMENT Higher Education Institutions offering progression to a wide variety of Level 6 Higher Certificate, Level 7 Ordinary Degree and Level 8 Honours Degree programmes. To apply, current learners submit their third level applications to the CAO by 1 February. In July, QQI results are issued to the CAO and participating institutions. Components leading to the best 120 credits (highest grades) are scored and applicants are ranked accordingly. NB: Some HEI’s require the best score in a single QQI assessment session for ranking purposes. For details of specific linked awards or specific module requirements please contact the Admissions Office of the individual Higher Education Institution or visit www.cao.ie or www.qqi.ie
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM NEFHEA 15 Level 5 DklT and the Further Education Colleges in the region Monaghan Direct entry (including Monaghan Institute) have come together to Institute into Level 6 at Monaghan form the North East Further & Higher Education Alliance Institute (NEFHEA). NEFHEA aims to promote greater take up of Year 1 Entry further and higher educational opportunities among learners in the region. Working through the Alliance, Direct entry into Year 1 of a Monaghan Institute and the other FE colleges will ensure Level 6 Degree Course* balanced provision of educational opportunities across the Monaghan north east region and cooperate in the joint Institute development of programmes. Another priority of the Alliance is to increase the transition rates of students from Further Education colleges in the region to Dundalk Year 2 Entry Institutes of Technology/ Institute of Technology. Currently students with a QQI Universities award from Monaghan Institute can use their qualification to progress to DklT under the Higher Level 7 Education Links Scheme. (Ordinary Advanced Degree) entry into QUALITY AND QUALIFICATIONS Year 2 of a IRELAND Year 1 Entry Degree Course** Quality and Qualifications Ireland was established under Level 8 the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and (Honours Training) Act 2012. The new Authority was created by an Degree) amalgamation of four bodies that had both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities: the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), the National Level 9 Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB). The new Authority has (Masters assumed all the functions of the four legacy bodies while Degree) also having responsibility for new statutory responsibilities in particular areas. Direct entry into Employment Direct entry into Employment FETAC and HETAC award holders can be assured that their Level 10 awards will continue to be recognised at home and abroad. (Doctoral They will also continue to be recognised through the Degree) National Framework of Qualifications. See diagram on page 13 or visit www.nfq.ie. Direct entry into Employment Employment Please Note: *Applicants must apply through CAO for Level 7/8 Degree courses **Applicants must apply directly to Institute of Technology/ University for Advanced Entry into Year 2 of relevant degree courses. Places are assigned based on previous academic results and availability and are subject to the criteria of each individual Institute of Technology/University.
MI 16 LIBRARY The Library which is located on the first floor is a modern, engaging, comfortable space for studying, researching and learning. It plays a central role in supporting the Further Education and Training (FET) courses on offer at the Institute and provides a gateway to necessary resources you will need for your chosen FET course. In addition, it offers access to print and electronic information together with books, journals, magazines - on subjects relevant to Monaghan Institute learners. The Library is available online at www.monaghaninstitute.ie where learners can make reservations, check book availability and pay fines. The Library also offers access to an online library Books24x7.com. It is available for all students offering on-demand, instant access to the complete text of thousands of best-in-class online books, book summaries, audiobooks, research reports and best practices. Collections represent sources in business, technology, healthcare, early childhood care & education and more. The library is specially designed to provide enhanced daylight levels, double height study space and has been acoustically treated in order to provide our learners with a modern, spacious and quiet study/research space. A breakout social area is located immediately outside the library where learners can get refreshments and access Wi-Fi in a modern setting. Library staff are available to assist and guide you on finding the best resources and on efficiently using the managed print service which is available to learners. Learners can access Wi-Fi on portable devices or use any of the available PC’s for research and study purposes. Access to the library is available to all registered learners and your student ID card is also your Library card. The ID card is chipped to facilitate learners borrowing/returning books, paying fines, printing and photocopying; you should have your ID card with you when you visit the library. Pr MO S E-COLLEGE A PT I M IC M AU Dw CO Monaghan Institute is now providing online courses and TO Ps D RO E S internationally recognised qualifications in the IT sector. We K are delighted to be working in collaboration with eCollege, SO e OB CO M TA Prodigy and Skillsoft in piloting online learning FT AD CIS opportunities for our students. E Fl The available courses offered are qualifications by Microsoft Office Specialist - MOS, Microsoft Technical Associate, Adobe, CompTIA, Cisco and Autodesk. Students can avail of a wealth of online resources in the form of practice tests, videos and online learning environments. learning Learning and assessment is organised through the Gemetrix, LearnKey, Measure Up and Moodle softwares, allowing students 24 hour access to learning. Our library is the ideal location to access these systems.
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM 17 Look for these symbols BUSINESS as courses may offer the following progression routes: STUDIES & ADMINISTRATION Degree Employment MI Progression Progression Progression COURSES “ STUDENT SPEAK > Business Studies & Office Administration I attended an Open Day at Monaghan Institute. I felt very intimidated walking through those > Advanced Certificate in IT & Business doors for the first time and if truth be told I just Management wanted to walk straight back out again, but one of the tutors immediately caught sight of me > Pharmacy Counter Assistant and came straight over to chat with me and offered me advice on the different courses being run there. After a ten minute > Accounting, Payroll & Financial conversation with her I knew I had just taken Studies the first step towards the rest of my life. Claire Rushe Business & Office Administration Graduate
Business Studies & Office Administration 18 Level 5 - BSA1 - 1 year full time This course is designed to give a clearly structured business education that provides a solid foundation for success in a business career. PLC COURSES/BUSINESS STUDIES & ADMINISTRATION IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU? This course aims to equip both school leavers and mature applicants with necessary business skills and a thorough knowledge of the computer application packages used in the modern office, as well as preparing learners for further study in related areas. It also suits learners who wish to defer their college place for a year and acquire good IT skills to assist them. WHAT WILL YOU STUDY? Gain a comprehensive understanding of application software including Spreadsheets, Word Processing and Databases. Learn the principles of Accounting and related software and study the CAREER PROSPECTS concepts of Business Administration and Customer Relations. Business Studies & Office Administration graduates 91% find employment in diverse fields. Here are some Areas of study to include: of the most popular career destinations you could > Business Administration Skills progress to: > Customer Service > Accounting – Manual & Computerised Accountancy | Sales and Marketing | Business > Spreadsheet Methods Administration | Banking and Finance | Retail | > Text Production (Keyboarding) of Business & Office Human Resources | Customer Care | IT | > Database Methods Administration graduates > Word Processing are either working or are > Reception & Frontline Office Skills in further education > Work Experience Optional: MI PROGRESSION Medical Terminology > Level 6 Advanced Certificate in IT & Business Management QUALIFICATION DEGREE PROGRESSION 5M2102 QQI Level 5 Business Studies There are many degree options available from this course, including: STUDENT SPEAK “ > DkIT - Business Studies (Years 1 and 2 at Monaghan Institute) – Level 8 Little did I know that the day I > DkIT - Accounting and Finance – Level 8 decided to go to Monaghan >. DCU - Business Studies – Level 8 Institute to look around, would > UCD - Commerce – Level 8 > NUIG - Commerce (Global Experience) - Level 8 change my outlook on education, and my future. Thanks to all my hard work I secured EMPLOYMENT PROGRESSION employment, straight from Monaghan Graduates progressed to work for the following companies: Institute to the furniture shop where I completed my work experience, where I > Combilift Ltd “ now work as a clerical administrator. > Monaghan County Council > Cavan and Monaghan ETB Jeanette Mullen > Department of Finance and Revenue Graduate > Monaghan Hospital
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM Advanced Certificate in IT & Business Management 19 Level 6 - BSA2 - 1 year full time Business is at the forefront of every sector and companies require people who can build bridges between IT and business, and to innovate using IT resources. As a graduate in IT & Business Management, you will be perfectly suited for a career at the in-demand juncture between management and computer science. The skills you learn PLC COURSES/BUSINESS STUDIES & ADMINISTRATION in IT, business, organising and innovation will give you a great head start! IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU? If you already hold a Level 5 Qualification or equivalent in Business or a relevent field of study, the Advanced IT & Business Management course will equip you with a superior level of computing skills and a detailed knowledge of practices and processes relating to the business environment. WHAT WILL YOU STUDY? There is an emphasis on business management, accounting and advanced computer skills. Learners who successfully complete the course are equipped with a practical understanding of the business environment and will hold a qualification in modern business skills. CAREER PROSPECTS Areas of study to include: Advanced IT & Business graduates find > Business Management employment in diverse fields. Here are some of the > Applied Economics most popular career destinations you could progress > Spreadsheets to: > Computerised Accounts Business > Relational Database graduates have the highest Business Administrator| Business Analyst | Legal average starting salaries of €30,000 > Web Authoring Administrator | Financial Services Operative | > Word Processing Accounts Assistant | Office Supervisor / Manager| > Work Experience Clerical Assistant | Personnel Assistant | > Communications > Statistics Optional: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification DEGREE PROGRESSION There are many degree options available from this QUALIFICATION course, including: 6M4985 QQI Level 6 Business > DkIT - Business Studies (Years 1 and 2 at Monaghan Institute) – Level 8 > DkIT - Business & Management - Level 7 (Direct entry STUDENT SPEAK to second year) “ > LYIT - Business (Accounting) - Level 8 Monaghan Institute is a > LYIT - Business – Level 8 new modern building with > GMIT - Business – Level 8 great facilities and a great atmosphere, but I think EMPLOYMENT PROGRESSION it’s greatest strength is the Graduates progressed to work for the following tutors who will go the extra mile to companies: support and encourage a student who > The Department of Foreign Afffairs & Trade is willing to work hard towards their > Cavan & Monaghan ETB “ > The Peace Link shared goal. > Family Carer’s Ireland > McArdle Cassidy McQuaid Ltd Taine Traynor Graduate
Pharmacy Counter Assistant 20 Level 5 - BSA3 - 1 year full time This course is designed to equip learners with relevant knowledge, skills and experience to work as a pharmacy counter assistant. PLC COURSES/BUSINESS STUDIES & ADMINISTRATION IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU? Work in this industry varies from dispensing over the counter medications, helping clients choose medical aids and appliances to demonstrating and selling cosmetics, perfumes etc. As well as a QQI qualification, learners complete the Irish Pharmacy Union’s Medicines Counter Assistant award. WHAT WILL YOU STUDY? This course will focus on a range of business and health related subjects relevant to employment as a pharmacy counter assistant. Work Experience is within a retail pharmacy. The IPU Medicines Counter Assistant module is designed to provide the skills and CAREER PROSPECTS knowledge to deal effectively with customers in the pharmacy. Emphasis is placed on questioning skills, product Pharmacy Counter Assistant graduates find knowledge and appropriate referral. employment in diverse fields. Here are some of the most popular career destinations you could Areas of study to include: progress to: 100% > Customer Service > Medical Terminology Medical Counter Assistant | Medical Secretary | > Nutrition Pharmacy Health Care Adviser | Cosmetic Sales > Retail Selling Assistant | Pharmacy Field Sales Representative | > Skin Care, Eye Treatments & Make-up of last year’s Pharmacy Store Manager | > Word Processing Graduates achieved > Safety & Health at Work a full QQI Level 5 > Reception & Frontline Office Skills HIGHER CERTIFICATE PROGRESSION award > Work Experience There are many higher certificate options available from this course, including: Additional: Medicines Counter Assistant (MCA) Irish Pharmacy Union > LYIT - Pharmacy Technician - Level 6 > DIT - Pharmacy Technician - Level 6 > IT Carlow - Pharmacy Technician - Level 6 QUALIFICATIONS > IT Athlone - Pharmacy Technician - Level 6 5M4468 QQI Level 5 Community Health Services Medicines Counter Assistant (MCA) Irish Pharmacy Union DEGREE PROGRESSION There are many degree options available from this course, including: STUDENT SPEAK > DkIT- Science (Pharmaceutical Science) – Level 7 “ In September 2016 after having a > LYIT – Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science - Level 7 > DCU – Health and Society - Level 8 baby, I felt that I needed changes > UCD – Social Science - Level 8 in my life so I came to Monaghan Institute. At times it was not easy to juggle college work with family EMPLOYMENT PROGRESSION responsibilities. However, with hard work and Graduates progressed to work for the following support from tutors I have finished the course companies: and I am so happy about it. The college is a > Eakins Pharmacy great stepping stone for career change. Hard “ > Coyle’s Pharmacy work always pays off! > Leavy’s Pharmacy Ruta Rackyte > Dolan’s Pharmacy Graduate > Boots Pharmacy
ABOUT PLC PRE UNIVERSITY TRAINING APPLICATION MI COURSES COURSES COURSES FORM Accounting, Payroll & Financial Studies 21 Level 5 - BSA4 - 1 year full time This course is designed to enable the learner to develop a keen understanding of principles and practices of the maintenance of financial records, both manually and using integrated accounting software. Learners will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain payroll records and perform many office administrative and PLC COURSES/BUSINESS STUDIES & ADMINISTRATION financial procedures. IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU? This course aims to give participants the knowledge and skills to carry out the accounts and payroll function in a small or medium business. It is a good addition to the CV of anyone wishing to improve career prospects in office administration or payroll but also an excellent starting point for candidates wishing to progress further into accountancy and finance studies at third level institutions in Ireland. WHAT WILL YOU STUDY? This course will focus on a range of accounting and business related subjects to assist the learner to develop the skills to work in a variety of roles in an organisation including accounts, payroll and administration. In addition, work experience within a business setting forms an integral part of the course. Areas of study to include: > Accounting – Manual & Computerised > Legal Practice and Procedures > Payroll – Manual & Computerised > Business Administration Skills > Bookkeeping – Manual & Computerised > Spreadsheet Methods > Word Processing > Financial Services CAREER PROSPECTS Companies in the > Communications accounting and > Work Experience Accounting, Payroll & Financial Studies graduates find No. 1 financial sector are the employment in diverse fields. Here are some of the most QUALIFICATION popular career destinations you could progress to: 5M2102 QQI Level 5 Business Studies Accounts Assistant | Payroll Assistant | Clerical Assistant | employer Business/Financial Analyst | Personal Assistant | in Ireland DID YOU KNOW? MI PROGRESSION To pursue a job in the > Level 6 Advanced Certificate in IT & Business i Management accounting and finance field is a smart decision! DEGREE PROGRESSION Graduates are always in There are many degree options available from this demand and it is seen as course, including: a stable and reliable career choice. > DkIT (Year 1 & 2 at Monaghan Institute) - Business – There are many different roles in this Level 8 > DCU - Accounting and Finance – Level 8 field range from entry level positions > UCD - Commerce – Level 8 > NUIG - Commerce – Level 8 to executive level. > NUIM - Accounting and Finance – Level 8
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