Diploma in Arts (Folklore and Heritage of the North West)

Category: Educational Courses, Heritage and Folklore, Diploma
Duration: 2 years Part-time (Saturdays) or standalone module
Level: 7
Credit: ECTS 30
Qualification Required: Active interest in this area
Qualification Attained: Diploma in Arts (Folklore & Heritage of The North West)

This diploma programme will provide participants with an awareness of, and a critical approach to, a wide range of historical evidence in the North West region.

Participants will develop a range of skills that will enable you to trace your family history, learn about lore, life & mythology in the region, and stimulate you in themes of local history & archaeology. The programme will introduce participants to a wide variety of primary sources & other materials, utilised in researching folklore, genealogy, local history & archaeology. Students will be exposed to a range of innovative teaching and learning strategies, including fieldwork and experience, all of which is delivered by experts in the subject areas. The course comprises of 6 modules - 3 per year. There is no written examination as all modules are assessed either by assignment/small project etc

There are six modules on offer within the diploma structure. Students are required to complete 3 modules each year.

Participants who do not want to complete assessments for Diploma Level 7 can complete this programme on an 'Audit Basis' whereby participants can attend some or all modules that they have a keen interest in. Modules can be paid for separately in advance. Please contact the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) for more details on this option.


Introduction to Local History

Folklore and Folk life 

Pre-Famine & Famine Times in the North West 

Family and Genealogy

Myths & Legends of the North West

Archaeology of the North West 



3 modules are available each year: October - May

A number of field trips are scheduled throughout both years, designed to complement each module. Click on the link below to see photos of one of our field trips from this course.

What is the course duration?

2 years part-time: October – May each year

Classes will take place on Saturdays (please see table below for specific Saturdays in 2016/2017 This is also open to discussion with class participants & module leaders/lecturers when programme commences, as we aim to be as flexible as possible for participants.

Saturday dates Academic Year 2016/17 10am - 4pm

Genealogy & Family History 2016  Myths & Legends of the North West 2017  Archaeology of the North West 2017
8th October       Room   ST 2  14th January -  Room   ST 2   25th March- Communications Rm
22nd October   Rm Eist Linn 2  28th January -  Room   Eist Linn   2  8th April - Room      Eist Linn 2
5th November  Rm Eist Linn 2  11th February-  Room   Eist Linn   2  22nd April - Room  Eist Linn  2 
19th NovemberRm Eist Linn 2  25th February - Room   Eist Linn   2  6th May   - Room    Eist Linn  2
3rd December  Rm Eist Linn 2  11th March       - Room  Eist Linn   2  20th May - Room    Eist Linn  2
Includes field trip  Includes field trip  Includes field trip 

Induction dates onto the programme for those who have not attended St. Angela's College previously:

•Date to be confirmed

It is very important to attend induction evening. Induction incorporates the following:

Registration onto the module/programme

Introduction to Moodle (on-line learning facility)

  • How to use Library Services
  • Orientation onto and about the module 
  • Introduction to module leader/lecturers

What our students think?

"I decided to enrol in this course as I have always had an interest in local history.  I didn’t envisage the amount we would cover in a few short weeks and the hunger I would develop to uncover more.  The course is extremely interesting and, in Module 1, we have covered the Development of History in Ireland; History of maps, surveys, placenames and photography in Ireland; Architecture 1800- present and Vernacular Architecture. Lectures have been informative and enjoyable. I had no idea the amount of history sitting on our doorstep.  It is great that a course like this has been established giving the ordinary person a chance to unearth the secrets of their locality." Simone Hickey 
"I am really enjoying my first year as a student on the Diploma Course “Folklore and Heritage of the North West”.  Our lecturer and staff at St. Angela’s are very approachable and most helpful.  The subject matter is varied which makes for interesting discussions.  The guest speakers have been inspirational.  I am looking forward to the remainder of the course." Francis McCabe 

Who should apply?

The Diploma programme is open to all, and may be of particular interest to primary & secondary school teachers, librarians, archivists, staff in heritage centres and museums. It will also appeal to those interested in the folklore, folk life and heritage of the North West of Ireland and beyond!

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Arts (Local Folklore & Heritage of the North West) and no previous knowledge of the subject area is required. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements.

Course Fees to attain Diploma qualification:

EU fees are €990 per year (€330 per module)

This fee is subject to a yearly review

Participants can pay each year in 3 separate instalments of €330 each, payable by 1st Oct, 1st February & 1st May. Failure to pay year fees in full will result in non-progression to year 2 of the programme or award/graduation from the programme.

Course/Module fees for non-accreditation:

For those who opt not to be assessed and wish to complete all or some modules, because of an interest in the subject, the fees are €230 per module (which must be paid in full in advance of module start date). If however, you wish to undertake assessment the additional fee of €100 can be paid prior to submitting assessment.

What future prospects are there for students graduating from this programme?

Employment opportunities exist in libraries, archives, heritage centres, genealogy, research and museums. Students can also progress their studies through the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland framework to Level 8 (Degree), Level 9 (Postgraduate diploma/Masters degree) and Level 10 (Doctoral Studies/PhD).

What academic progression is available at St. Angela's College after completing the course?

Students who attain an honours Diploma may be eligible for direct entry onto the Masters in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West.  Full details about this MA are available on our website.

Closing date:   For October 2016 intake applications are open until 31st August 2016  

How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below or alternatively print and complete the application form and follow the payment option below. If you are being funded by your employer please forward letter to that effect to us from your employer/funding organisation and we will invoice directly.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order for €40 (non-refundable booking deposit) made payable to St. Angela’s College.  We also require a passport size photo and a copy of any examination results.

Awarding Body: National University of Ireland, Galway.

Tutor Profiles

  1. Gary Burke, Coordinator/Lecturer Diploma in Arts (Folklore and Heritage of the North West)
    Gary has a strong interest in heritage and history after completing a BA in Heritage Studies and MA in History. View full profile here...
  2. Neil Jackman, Lecturer, The Archaeology of the North-West
    After achieving a Honours Degree in Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, Neil moved to Ireland in 1999 and has worked on archaeological sites across Ireland, ranging from early prehistoric Mesolithic sites to nineteenth century estate buildings. View full profile here...
  3. John Kerrigan, Module Leader MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West
    Originally from Northwest County Galway John obtained a BA Degree in Heritage Studies from GMIT in 2006 and a Master in Folklore and Ethnology from UCC in 2008. View full profile here...
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