Looking for quality learning that’s flexible to your needs? A pathway to qualifications that recognises your real world experience?

Then find out more about studying with EQUAL Ireland!

Delivery Schedule Course Title and Award Dates Commencing Fees*
Stage 1 Essential Skills Certificate – Learning to Learn, Communications, IT,
Business, Enterprise and Community Development
September 2021 and January 2022 €200
Optional English Language Support Programme September 2021 and January 2022 Free
Stage 2 AIT (Athlone Institute of Technology)
Higher Certificate in Business Enterprise and Community Development
September 2021 and January 2022 €1,000
Stage 3 AIT (Athlone Institute of Technology)
BA 7 (BA) in Business Enterprise and Community Development
September 2021 and January 2022 €1,900
Total Fees for BA Level 7 Degree €3,100
Stage 4 BA 8 (Hons) in Social Enterprise Leadership and Management September 2021 and January 2022 €1900

* Fees subsidised through funding from Rethink Ireland and the Integration Fund. 

  • Delivered Fully on-line (we intend to offer a face-to-face option in 2022)
  • Small groups and interactive workshops (25 participants per group)
  • Optional evening study groups facilitated by qualified mentors/facilitator
  • One-to-one mentoring provided.
  • No traditional exams
  • Your experience counts – we provide exemptions from modules/programmes where appropriate

Contact us today at applications@equalireland.ie to learn more and apply!

COVID-19 Announcement

Message to all EQUAL Ireland Programme Participants

Personal Commitment: 
EQUAL Ireland is committed to working with you throughout this pandemic to ensure that you successfully graduate as originally planned and we will be doing our level best, with your support and understanding, to achieve our shared objectives!!! – Nuala, Eddie, Brendan and Eoin and all of our tutors and support people!

Formal Announcement:
Following the government announcement, all EQUAL Ireland scheduled workshops are cancelled until further notice. We will continue to deliver programmes using online methodologies and will be in contact with each class and participant directly. We will provide further updates and contingency plans on this Website and directly to participants in the coming days. EQUAL Ireland staff will continue to work from home (with phones diverted) so please do feel free to contact us as usual during this time.



Through providing accredited education and training programmes in local settings, here at EQUAL Ireland, we are driven by a single goal; to play our part in making the world a better place for all!

Quality, affordability and practicality are our hallmarks. So our programmes are all accredited, can be paid for in instalments and with the focus being on business, enterprise and community development they enjoy a wholly practical edge.
We strive to build productive relationships with our learners. tutors and the communities and enterprises with which we engage.





EQUAL Ireland is about shaping lives and making change. We want to help in overcoming the great challenges faced in our society. Challenges such as the broad struggle for equality, unemployment, quality of life issues, rural regeneration, access to education and self development. Essentially we are a group of people helping other people to further develop themselves so as to  make their lives happier and more secure.

Nuala Keher - Academic Director EQUAL Ireland with Ms. Sabina Higgins at the Launch of the EQUAL Ireland 'Working Women' PEIL project . 2nd May 2018
Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin President of Athlone Institute of Technology ’at the Launch of the EQUAL Ireland 'Working Women' PEIL project . 2nd May 2018



At EQUAL Ireland, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts to provide useful practical programmes for adults enabling them to acquire qualifications at QQI Levels 6, 7, 8 and 9 or in other words, at Higher Certificate, Ordinary BA, Honours BA and Masters levels. The subjects we teach include business, social enterprise, leadership, management and community development.

Programmes are delivered locally on a part time basis and are accredited by Athlone and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology.

With this process, EQUAL Ireland’s goal is to promote great opportunities for those with prior, relevant, learning and experience so as to:

Give useful credit for previous learning and experience

Facilitate advanced entry to our programmes 

Eliminate unnecessary repeat learning and

Reduce costs in terms of time and money for the Learner

EQUAL Ireland provides professional ‘one to one’ support to those availing of this process.

Cork BA in Business, Enterprise & Community Development Workshop- June 2017
Hopes and Fears - As expressed at Higher Certificate Programme induction - Galway September 2015


Programme Details

With our organisation’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with old challenges especially Time, Cost, Travel, Motivation and Support. 

We save you time and travel by delivering our programmes locally throughout Ireland and on a part time basis.

As we are ‘not for profit’ we keep cost to an absolute minimum.

EQUAL Ireland is specialised in adult learning and fully appreciates the fact that people live busy lives as well as having their learning ambitions.

In particular we understand that a return to learning can be a daunting undertaking and that from time to time a person will need personal encouragement, help and support, which we are always ready, willing and able to provide. 



EQUAL Ireland is waiting to hear from you. We want to help you to make the best choice in your circumstances for a brighter and more secure future.

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