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Graduate Certificate in Sexuality Education and Sexual Wellbeing


Online Dublin City University Faculty of Science and Health

Part time September PgCert 1 year part-time

About the course

The Graduate Certificate in Sexuality Education and Sexual Wellbeing is a unique programme offering specialist educational training in the area of sexuality and sexual health. It will reflect issues relating to all sexualities in Irish, European and global contexts. In constructing this programme a professional collaborative partnership between the DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences and the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) was developed.

The aim of the programme is to create and develop competent sexual health and sexual wellbeing educators, who are equipped to enable those they teach and work with to make healthy decisions.

The programme has been designed with flexibility in mind and students can access course material at a time and a place that

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Entry Requirements

Normally a recognised primary Level 8 degree with a minimum of a H2:2 In the case of International applicants, having educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

Applicants who do not hold a primary degree (or judged equivalent) will have their prior certified learning assessed through a system of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


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Claire

Post primary school teacher Claire says doing DCU’s Post Graduate Certificate in Sexuality Education & Sexual Wellbeing has enhanced her teaching of related topics and boosted her career. Claire, from North Dublin, enrolled for the course in DCU as part of her continuous professional development.

In today’s current climate, health and education professionals are busier than ever so this course is dual-delivered - participants can attend the lectures at our DCU campus in Glasnevin in person, or tune in remotely from anywhere in the country.

As Claire is based in Dublin’s city centre for her role as teacher, she opted to attend the lectures for Sexuality Education and Sexual Wellbeing in DCU. The one year course saw Claire attending four hours of lectures one evening every week across two semesters, coupled with a number of assignments. Here, Claire tells us why she decided to take the course and how it has benefitted her professionally.

“I am a post-primary teacher, and give classes in RSE (Relationships & Sexuality Education) to students.

“I studied in Mater Dei where I did a degree in RE, History and Education before becoming a teacher.

“Because I’m teaching modules in RSE in a post primary school, I just wanted to keep up to date with the subject, and have more knowledge on the topic which would be of benefit to my students.

“I work full-time but was able to attend lectures without missing any work.

“This was the first time I returned to education since my degree - so it was a little daunting at first but by the second week I had settled in.

“In the lectures, I learned a lot around the medical side and there was some very useful information there.

“And then there were the lectures in topics which I found really useful in terms of preparing for my RSE classes.

“I’m very happy I did the course in DCU. It’s made my teaching of RSE much better - I’m a much better educator, and I have more knowledge I guess in terms of it

“I really would recommend doing this course - particularly if you’re teaching both primary and post-primary, nursing (all disciplines), social workers, prison personnel, working in the community and/or with young people such as youth workers.



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