Adult Education

Follow the path to a brighter future!

An Cosán provides people of all ages with pathways to learning, leadership and social enterprise.

We offer a variety of affordable short and accessible programmes from entry level unaccredited through to a range of accredited options at various levels to suit the stage that’s right for you.

Our programmes include modules in early years education and care, wellness, parenting, personal and professional development, community development, leadership, addiction studies and social enterprise.  Our programmes fall under three main levels:

Take a look at our current Adult Education Calendar!

For details of the Access and Further Education courses for which we are currently enrolling, click here.

Steps to Apply and Key Dates

Taking place at 11am the first Friday of every month, all you have to do is register in advance at

You will hear from members of the An Cosán team about our programmes, what you require and what supports are available. We hope to answer all your questions!

  • We will send you a Zoom link and brief instructions on how to join on the day of your session
  • You will need access to a smart phone / laptop and internet to access this online session
  • If access to technology is a barrier, or if you are unable to attend one of the dates listed, please get in touch by contacting a member of our team directly on email or phone 01 – 462 8488 and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements.

We know going to college can be an exciting but also expensive experience. We also know one of the biggest barriers people face in accessing education is financial. An Cosán offers phased payment options and has a small Bursary Fund available for individual learners.

We have also put together a Guide to Financial Supports which you may be eligible to apply for >>

To register for Access/ Further Education: click here to complete your online Application Form at least one week before the course start date.

To register for a Higher Education Programme, please complete the following two steps:

  1. Click here to complete your online Application Form
  2. Click here to complete your online Letter of Application

Completion of both is essential in order for your application to be reviewed.

Early registration is advised as places are limited.

Higher Education Application Deadlines:

Applications for our BA degree programmes starting in September 2023 will open on 1st May 2023.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 7th June 2023.


Minor Awards: 3 weeks prior to start date

If you have any queries or difficulties completing the application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing or by phoning 01 – 462 8488.

We will be happy to assist you.

Higher Education applications will be reviewed from 7th-15th June and applicants may be invited for interview on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th June, if required.

An Cosán makes an offer to successful applicants. This year’s offers will be made on Friday 16h June 2023.

To secure a place, successful applicant pays deposit and returns completed Fee Payment Plan Agreement by 21st July 2023.

Unsecured places will be reallocated to people on the waiting list following Friday 21st July 2023.

For Higher Education Programmes:
The 2023/2024 academic calendar year will start on 4th September 2023 and will run until June 2024.

For Access and Further Education Programmes:
Start dates vary with most courses commencing in September. However, learners are welcome to join Access courses during the year, if there is space in their chosen class(es).

It is also possible to start Further Education modules during the year, subject to availability.

Please email with any queries you may have, or telephone 01 462 8488 during office hours.

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