Frequently Asked Questions
Is Flexible Learning For Me?
Flexible Learning is the term used in Athlone Institute of Technology to encompass the range of part-time/evening/on-line/blended learning programmes which are offered in the Institute. Other terms which are often used include Life Long Learning or Adult Education. Flexible Learning is for you if
- You want to upskill or gain additional knowledge in a specific area relevant to your work and can only study on a part-time basis
- Wish to gain a third level qualification but can only complete a programme on a part-time basis due to other commitments
- Want to learn about a new area/develop a new skill out of general interest, not related to your career or work
AIT offers a wide range of programmes in its Flexible Learning portfolio across all of its different academic Departments. Review the programmes on offer and hopefully, you can find a programme/module of interest which suits your needs.
If you can’t find something that you meets your needs make sure to register your details with us by signing up to be included on our newsletter (see below) which will provide updates on new programmes and modules being offered.What is the difference between on-line and blended learning?
An on-line programme normally has over 80% of the content delivered fully on-line and there is limited actual ‘class time’ where students meet each other, and their lecturer(s) in person.
Blended learning programmes can have between 20%-80% of the content delivered on-line with the remaining involving either lectures/practicals/tutorials delivered at one the Athlone IT’s campus.How do I find out more information?
Join us in our digital booth at the Virtual Education Expo. This gives you the chance to chat to us about your course choices, our campus facilities and student supports. This is an exclusive opportunity where the staff of the Department of Lifelong Learning will be online to answer your questions and help you choose the course that’s right for you.What does 'Level' mean in the Course description?
The Level of your award links to the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). This is a nationally agreed framework which allows education providers to match the level of their academic programme with the demands of the qualification. For example the Level 5 Certificate is a Level 5 award. The Level also reflects the amount of independent work and analysis that you are expected to do with this increasing as you move up the various levels. Details of the NFQ can be found here http://www.nfq-qqi.com/
Normally you can consider that a programme/module at
- Level 6 will have content and being delivered in a way which is similar to that in a first or second year of a 4 year degree programme
- Level 7 will have content and being delivered in a way which is similar to that in third year of a 4 year degree programme
- Level 8 will have content and being delivered in a way which is similar to that of a final year of a 4 year degree programme