Access Education Courses

Access Education (Foundation Level) - Face-to-Face Courses

Community Education at An Cosán seeks to build skills and confidence to promote personal and professional development. Our courses are designed to support you at whichever stage of your learner journey you are at!

All our Access courses are currently taking place face-to-face (but adhering to social distancing guidelines) in our centre in Jobstown.

 

Are you afraid of technology?  Do you feel like you have been left behind in this digital age? Our computer and technology courses aims to provide learners with the skills and confidence to live and work in a digital world.

These courses are delivered once a week over 27 weeks
  • Basic Computers: For complete beginners to learn all the skills you need to get the most from everyday technology in a fun and informal environment.
  • Women in Technology: This course supports women in a safe environment to gain skills and build skills in using modern technology.
  • Digital Pathways

Digital Inclusion & eLearning Tools:

  • Digital Stepping Stones is an online tool which allows people to evaluate their digital level competency, recognising the digital skills they already have and identifying gaps in their knowledge. The tool, based on the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, DigComp 2.1, is free and easy to use. For further information or to arrange a training session, contact Mark Kelly, Digital Inclusion Coordinator, An Cosán at m.kelly@ancosan.ie.
  • The Accenture Skills to Succeed Academy offers over 60 bitesize, interactive modules preparing learners for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and succeeding in an evolving and increasingly digital world of work. An Cosán provides train-the-trainer sessions to community partners on using the Skills to Succeed Academy. For further information or to arrange a training session, contact Mark Kelly at m.kelly@ancosan.ie.
  • SCOPE – an online learning platform offering skills development for third sector staff and volunteers in the fundamentals of governance, fundraising, risk management, financial management and communications.. It is aimed particularly at those who are socially excluded and find it difficult to access training opportunities. For further information contact Maria Flanagan, Community Partner Lead at m.flanagan@ancosan.ie

Next Start Date:
Learners can join anytime during the year

The health and wellbeing strand aims to provide learners with the space to explore their own sense of wellbeing. To nourish the mind, body and soul and to encourage resilience and self-care in a supportive atmosphere.

These courses are delivered once a week over 27 weeks.

  • Personal Development
  • Women and Wellness                                      
  • Mindfulness
  • Art
  • University of the Third Age (U3A): Are you over 55?  Join this fortnightly group to pursue your interests in a social setting where learning is lifelong.

Next Start Date:
Learners are welcome to join during the year

The first steps to education courses aim to provide learners with the skills and confidence in the important areas of literacy and numeracy. The courses are designed to support you and make you feel empowered to learn and to progress at your own pace. This programme is targeted at early school leavers and people new to English and Irish languages.

These courses are delivered once a week over 27 weeks.

  • Adult Key skills 1 (reading, writing and numeracy)
  • Adult Key skills 2 (reading, writing and numeracy)
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages – Beginner Level)
  • Irish Classes (reading and oral – Beginner Level)

Next Start Date:
Learners are welcome to join during the year

Please note that these course are funded, but we do ask for a small contribution to assist with hospitality and photocopying.

We are very grateful for the support of our Partner organisations: Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board, the HSE and TUSLA.

Access Education (Foundation Level) - Online Courses

An Cosán’s Foundation Level programmes provide a supportive, fun, and collaborative virtual learning environment in which we encourage learners to participate actively in their own development. Although they are not officially accredited, learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from An Cosán on completion.

This programme introduces learners to the main concepts of community development and social action. We will use animation, video, and music to examine key themes such as:

  • power and democracy in society
  • the role of the state
  • the ethics of community development
  • digital citizenship.

We draw on case studies and learners’ own experiences to discuss the big issues facing their communities, including youth visibility, identity politics, and community empowerment. Learners will identify practical approaches and strategies to support their community’s development.

Cost of Module: €200

Next Start Date:
Depending on demand, please enquire by emailing courses@ancosan.ie

This programme explores the causes, course, and consequences of drug addiction and how they relate to the individual, the family, the community, and society. Addiction issues related to diverse populations are presented, and the connections between local and global contexts in relation to drug use will also be explored. Learners will identify practical approaches and strategies to support community drugs work. We will look at case studies and current response alternatives regarding intervention, treatment, education, and prevention.

Cost of Module: €200

Next Start Date:
Depending on demand, please enquire by emailing courses@ancosan.ie

This programme will explore the role of leadership in the community. Learners will investigate a model of grassroots community leadership in practice, both nationally and globally. Learners will also examine the concept of leadership and analyse different leadership styles and qualities.

Learners will identify their own leadership skills as well as identify strategies and practices that work for community leadership development. Learners will also explore how technology can be used in community leadership.

We will draw on case studies and learners’ own experiences to discuss key issues facing their communities, including:

  • inequality
  • discrimination
  • community empowerment

We will use animation, video, and music to examine key themes such as power and democracy in our community, the role of the state, and digital citizenship.

Cost of Module: €200

Next Start Date:
Depending on demand, please enquire by emailing courses@ancosan.ie

This programme introduces learners to important questions about the meanings of gender in society. We introduce key ideas, including how gender is socially constructed, how gender structures our ways of being and thinking, and how the personal is political. Participants will apply these insights to a variety of current social, political and economic problems.

Key themes we will explore and discuss together include:

  • the difference between sex and gender
  • identity
  • gender inequality
  • cultural assumptions
  • media representations
  • feminism in the 21st century

An Introduction to Gender Studies will improve your self-understanding, enhance your understanding of the world, and help with advancing gender equality.

Cost of Module: €200

Next Start Date:
Depending on demand, please enquire by emailing courses@ancosan.ie

This programme introduces learners to climate justice, one of the biggest issues of our times. Participants will learn the basics of environmentalism and apply these insights to a variety of current political and ecological problems.

Key themes for discussion include

  • understanding nature and climate change
  • the role of capitalism
  • technology and agriculture
  • the emergence of sustainable alternatives

We will examine national and international case studies of community-led movements and projects for climate justice. An Introduction to Climate Justice will enrich learners’ understanding of the world while developing new and exciting ideas to change it.

Cost of Module: €200

Next Start Date:
Depending on demand, please enquire by emailing courses@ancosan.ie

Where does democracy come from? What does it mean to be a citizen?  How can we change society and who is going to do it?  The Citizenship and Social Action programme will explore the ideas and practices associated with democracy, citizenship, and social action.

Students will examine Irish and European Union policies on the subject of citizenship and participation.  Learners will also analyse digital citizenship in the age of the internet and social media, as well as strategies and practical approaches to support community empowerment.

Cost of Module: €200

Next Start Date:
Depending on demand, please enquire by emailing courses@ancosan.ie