Blended Learning Programme

QQI Level 9 Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

This innovative part-time programme is validated by QQI

  • Award: Level 9 QQI Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

  • Entry requirements: Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or equivalent.

  • Starting: 14th September 2024
  • Duration: One year programme delivered on a part-time basis.

  • Annual Fees: €1,950.00

  • Language requirement: If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 6, or equivalent. For more information please click HERE

  • Apply Online: Click here to apply


Our one year Level 9 QQI Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education is now accepting applications for the September 2024 intake. The aim of this programme is to equip you with an up to date, cutting edge training in teaching and learning in a higher education setting. It strives to provide learners with teaching and learning specific knowledge, skills and competencies so that they can best support students within their own discipline teaching. The Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is an innovative programme with a focus on pedagogical excellence. This programme aims to prepare discipline specific experts to teach in their own subject area in a higher education setting. It is suitable for those who wish to move into a teaching role or for those who currently teach at third level who wish to expand their knowledge, skills and competencies in teaching and learning.

Who Should Apply

This programme is ideal for those who are currently working in Higher Education settings or who wish to work in Higher Education settings.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised undergraduate degree, issued at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Those with a Level 7 Degree, with substantial professional experience may be considered under our recognition of prior learning and experience policy.
  • If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 6, or equivalent. For more information please click HERE

Minimum Technological Requirements

You will need to have:

  • Appropriate broadband to be able to upload and download;
  • A desktop computer or laptop that is capable of using zoom;
  • A webcam and microphone;
  • A web browser; and
  • Word processing package


  • The programme is delivered on a part-time basis
  • The programme consists of three discrete modules and will run from September 2024 to May 2025.
  • The next intake will commence in September 2024.
  • There is a 85% attendance requirement.


Date Time Location
Sat 14th September 2024 10:00am – 4:00pm Classroom
Wed 9th October 2024 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Wed 16th October 2024 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Wed 23rd October 2024 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Sat 9th November 2024 10:00am – 4:00pm Classroom
Date Time Location
Wed 22nd January 2025 6:00pm-9:00pm Online
Wed 29th January 2025 6:00pm-9:00pm Online
Wed 5th February 2025 6:00pm-9:00pm Online
Wed 12th February 2025 6:00pm-9:00pm Online
Wed 19th February 2025 6:00pm-9:00pm Online
Wed 26th February 2025 6:00pm-9:00pm Online
Sat 8th March 2025 10:00am-4:00pm Classroom
Date Time Location
Sat 5th April 2025 10:30am-3:30pm Classroom
Wed 16th April 2025 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Wed 23rd April 2025 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Wed 30th April 2025 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Sat 10th May 2025 10:30am-1:30pm Classroom
Wed 14th May 2025 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Wed 21st May 2025 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Wed 28th May 2025 6:30pm-9:30pm Online
Sat 7th June 2025 10:30am-1:30pm Classroom

Blended Delivery

This programme is delivered via blended learning, whereby students attend evening sessions online along with some onsite days in our Tallaght Campus.

The online components involve students and their lecturer logging into our online learning platform Moodle and use the online portal Zoom™ simultaneously.

Zoom™ provides and integrative online environment for students and Lecturers to interact and engage in the learning. This platform facilitates discussion polls, sharing of slides, videos resources and much, much more. To foster more intimate learning environments the use of breakout rooms is also implemented, allowing for the safe and experiential triadic learning practice that we have found so successful.

All of our online sessions are accessible through computer and mobile devices and we have a structured and robust technology department to support all faculty and students through their online learning journey. To encourage flexibility, and the best practice, we also record online sessions, these are made accessible only to the students in that class to review content whenever is convenient to them!


With a high level of student support, learners can enhance their existing therapeutic skills, knowledge and competencies. Learners are afforded the space, time and support to further develop an integrative model of practice for work with clients.


Learners are assessed through a continuous assessment strategy, which includes a variety of mediums such as individual projects and written assessments. Each module has its own assessment strategy relevant to the content of that module.

Validation of Award

  • The Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education is validated by QQI at Level 9 on the NFQ.



Programme Lecturers

  • Dr. Martin Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Suzanne Stone
  • Dr. Michael Ryan

Protection for Enrolled Learners

This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded. Current PEL arrangements consist of a 2% levy on course fees. This fee is included in the course costs.

This module aims to provide the participant with a critical, reflexive understanding of pedagogic theory and its implications and implementation in teaching practice. It will engender a critical understanding of learner motivation and styles of learning, along with diagnostic skills in identifying individual and class needs. Centrally, it will provide the participant with teaching experience where they can implement their learning in practice, and an opportunity to reflect on and develop their practical skills.  The teaching experience can range from work based settings to peer practice as well as delivery of inputs onsite in the college for learners. The purpose of this module is to provide Higher Education teachers with a practical understanding of when and how to apply a wide range of teaching and training methods and techniques suitable to the needs of student groups. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to develop diagnostic and creative skills which will allow them to apply appropriate and relevant teaching and training supports and techniques in both corporeal and virtual environments learning environment.  It is designed to complement skills and knowledge development within the other modules of this programme, while simultaneously developing the learner’s critical engagement with their knowledge and their practice. As part of their final assessment, learners submit a Reflexive Practice Report, where they use a reflexive methodology of their choice to explore and critique their assumptions, values, beliefs and/or biases, and identify the implications for their practice, current and future.

This module aims to provide learners with theoretical and practical knowledge related to the area of Technology Enabled Teaching & Learning. This module will enhance learners’ knowledge, skills, and competencies in the area of e-learning and will afford them with the opportunity to examine the extant literature supporting Technology Enabled Teaching & Learning. The module aims to link theory with practice, so that instructional design theories and principles underpin the development of teaching and learning activities using technology. Through engaging with the module curriculum, participants will develop their competencies in line with the European Framework for The Digital Competence for Educators (DigCompEdu). Recent research demonstrates that, technology is successful when it is interactive, includes real-time feedback, and gives students the ability to creatively apply and evaluate what they have learned. Higher education is experiencing huge change. Technology enhanced learning has the potential to offer pedagogical approaches that are both accessible and flexible in the modern world. It recognises the richness diverse student profiles can bring to the learning experience and so promotes social learning. If used correctly technology can provide opportunities to engage learners of all profiles and offer an inclusive engaged learning environment.

This module aims to support students in:

      • Understanding and applying basic principles of constructive alignment as a design theory
      • Understanding, integrating, and applying key principles of teaching, learning and assessment in their teaching practice.
      • Developing contextually appropriate teaching methodologies, strategies and resources that support the required learning.
      • Understanding and addressing the complexity of learning needs in Higher Education in an inclusive manner.
      •  Engaging critically and reflexively with their professional practice.

Drawing on diverse fields such as learning theory, cognitive psychology, pedagogical theory, models of reflection and instructional design theory, this module provides a broad-based, critical introduction to key theoretical perspectives on teaching, learning, and assessment.   In addition, this module will introduce learners to the contextual background of higher education in Ireland, and focus on contemporary principles and concepts of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education. It will introduce students to outcomes-based design in higher education, the basic principles of constructive alignment, and developing teaching and learning and assessment strategies that support the required learning.   Learners will be given opportunities to engage with key topics in teaching, learning and assessment, such as curricular design, inclusive education, assessment of/for/as learning, models of reflection, and academic integrity. It will also provide opportunities to understand and apply institutional policies, such as assessment and grading practices and policies, and plagiarism prevention measures and guidelines. In order to effectively teach, lecturers require an in-depth understanding on theoretical perspectives on learning. This knowledge must also be applied knowledge, where learners are actively engaged in design practice.

IICP understand that while partaking in further education is an incredibly rewarding experience it can also be a financial challenge for some students. In order to minimise the financial impact caused to students, IICP strive to keep our course fees as competitive as possible. We also provide payment plan options to facilitate learners paying the balance of their fees throughout the duration of their course.

  • Application Fees: €100 (non – refundable)
  • Annual Fees: *€1,950

*(Inclusive of QQI registration fee and Protection for Enrolled Learners fee)

Payment Options

(1) Pay in Full before Start of Course


€58500On acceptance of course offer

Balance of Fees




(2) Payment Plan Options Available (administration fee incurred*)

  • Flexible Payment Options Available. Please Contact the IICP finance team to sign up to a payment plan (

Getting Started

Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Validated & Accredited Courses’, then select the ‘Level 9 QQI Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education – September 2024’ option and complete the form.

Online Application Form

If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Why choose this Programme?

  • Ideal course for anyone looking to move into or develop as a lecturer in a higher education setting.
  • High levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.
  • QQI Validated to Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Competitively priced course fees with payment plans available.