An Cosán

An Cosán - The Path to Learning, Leadership & Enterprise

An Cosán is committed to equal access to Higher Education and to supporting continual professional development in the community and voluntary sector. An Cosán is currently offering the following third level part time modular programmes validated by IT Carlow under delegated authority from Quality and Qualifications Ireland QQI (formally HETAC). These programmes are developed in the context of community education and lifelong learning and are intended for mature students. Minimum entry requirements apply.

Higher Education & Continuous Professional Development

  • BA Degree in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development QQI Level 7
  • BA Degree in Leadership and Community Development QQI Level 7
  • BA Degree (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care QQI Level 8
  • Special Purpose Award in Childcare & Development QQI Level 6

An Cosán's Virtual Community College

In recognition of the capacity of digital learning for community education, An Cosán are at the forefront of creating a new and innovative virtual learning programme. The development of this new online education programme offers an imaginative, relevant and accessible approach to transformative education. The programme will also enable students to continue their professional development, to build their competence to use technology, and to gain a formally recognised award while deepening knowledge and understanding of theory, policy and practice.


  • Special Purpose Awards QQI Level 7, 10 credits per module
    • Transformative Community Education
    • Technology Enhanced Learning
    • Community Leadership
    • Citizenship & Social Action
To download more information on the An Cosán Programmes mentioned above clickhere »
The modules in the An Cosán degree programmes are assessed through a variety of methods including projects, essays, learning journals, exams, presentations and group based work.  The facilities available at An Cosán include the Opening Learning Centre which as computer and internet access, classroom/study rooms and hospitality lounge.  As registered students of IT Carlow, students will have access to Blackboard, IT Carlow's virtual education resource, including off campus virtual library and the on campus Library in Carlow.  Students will attend an induction day in Carlow in their first term.

Contact An Cosán

Eithe Dunne,
Community Education,
An Cosán,
Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublint 24
t: 01 4628488