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At the heart of GMB College is a commitment to ensure not just the quality of our courses, in that regard we aim to demonstrate the GMB motto in everything we do –EXPERTS IN THE WORLD OF WORK! Our focus is on ensuring that our courses are Relevant and Effective.

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GMB COLLEGE is a college affiliated to and holds at its core, the vision and purpose of the Labour Movement. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the GMB Trade Union.

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GMB COLLEGE, founded in 2015, is a fully accredited college providing education and training to QQI level 6 in a wide variety of courses

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FAQs

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Who writes the courses?

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All of the courses available at The GMB College have been written by professionally qualified industry experienced lecturers/tutors and are updated regularly to ensure that the information is accurate and relevant.

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Will I receive a certificate at the end of my course?

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Yes, most of our courses allow you to gain a qualification from the Irish Accreditation body QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland). The qualifications achieved after completion of our courses are at Level 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications and your QQI award/certificate will reflect this.

 

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Do I need access to a computer?

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Access to a computer would be desirable however, access to a computer is not compulsory as we offer a computer room for up 10 students with printing facilities and full Wi-Fi throughout the building.

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Can I extend the time to complete my course?

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Extensions may be allowed depending on the time elapsed, and will be considered on an individual basis. Applications should be made by contacting the college. Students are allowed resubmit assignments within the course timeframe. All students’ work must be their own original work. The college has a strict policy in relation to plagiarism of submitted work, and if it is established, the penalties may include resubmission of work (where the maximum grade awarded is a pass) or exclusion from the programme. Please read your student guide for detailed information on this and how to avoid plagiarism.

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Can I appeal a result?

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Yes. An appeals process is in place in relation to passing of: (1) tutor marked assignments, (2) final grades awarded, and (3) programmes. All Appeals must be submitted within 14 days of receipt of the result. Information on appeals may be found here

How Does Assessment work? For the vast majority of our courses, assessment is based upon assignments/project work which is completed throughout the course. In some cases, there is a Final assessment, which also must be completed. Assessments must be made by students within specified deadlines. Failure to do so, may result in the award not being awarded to the student. All student work for QQI programmes will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an QQI External Authenticator.

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Can I get exemptions because of my previous qualifications?

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As some students already have degrees, diplomas or certificates in areas related to courses, it is possible to apply for exemption from modules of a course whose content has already been covered by existing qualifications – this is called Recognition of Prior Learning. It is not possible to obtain exemptions on the basis of work experience only. If you wish to apply for exemptions, please contact the College.

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Where can I get additional Reading / Books?

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Once you enrol, we will post a Course pack to you. Course packs are very comprehensive and cover the entire course. While it is not necessary to purchase additional books, this would benefit your learning and knowledge on the subject matter.

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Do I need to attend Classes / Lectures?

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For some courses students will be required to attend workshops and exams. This dates and times will be available before the student signs up for the course. All information can be found on the individual course details.

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How long do I have to complete my course?

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For most of our distance learning courses you have between 3 months to 12 months to complete your course (please see individual course information for details). We encourage you to complete your studies within the set timeframe. However, if you do not have time to complete your course during the specified period simply contact us, as course extensions can be agreed – please see terms and conditions of enrolment.

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How Can I pay for a Course?

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There are several ways to pay your course fees. You can pay online or by cheque, credit or debit card, cash, banker’s draft or bank transfer.

Online Payment
Online payments can be made securely by Credit or Debit Card with all payments processed through our secure Irish Payment provider – Realex.

Cheque or Postal Order Payments Alternatively you may post a Cheque, Postal Order or Money order made payable to The GMB College, 14 Upper Mount Street, Dublin D02 EY24

Cash Payment Please note we accept cash payments only in Euros.

Paying by Bank Transfer The fastest way of making payments to The GMB College is by direct bank transfer. For students transferring funds directly to the College account please contact us on 01 66 24 325 for our account details. Please Note: Always mention your student ID whenever you make a transfer.

If you would like help, email us at   learning@gmbcollege.ie

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How does the QQI Certification Process work?

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When will I receive my Certificate? Once you have completed your course and all of the required assessment work your Tutor will notify the college of your completion. It is also vital that you complete the End of Course Certification Form as this is required for certification. Based on your course completion date you are then assigned to the next available certification period. Please contact us on 01 66 24325 or e-mail learning@gmbcollege.ie  for details on the next QQI Certification dates. Your completed assessments are then Internally Verified by The GMB College before being presented to a QQI External Authenticator for moderation. Your Provisional results are issued to you following this process. QQI will then issue all certificates to The GMB College which will then be sent to you at the address supplied on the during the enrolment process.

What is Internal Verification? QQI State that the Internal Verification Process involves “verifying that the provider’s assessment procedures have been applied across the range of assessment activities and confirming assessment results by checking learner evidence exists and marks and grades are recorded accurately” (www.qqi.ie)

During The GMB Colleges Internal Verification process your work is reviewed by the Internal Verifier to ensure that all of the required assessments are complete. The Internal Verifier opens each assessment to check that it has been sent in correctly and that all assignments are present. A sample of your work will be checked for plagiarism using plagiarism detector software and the results will be recorded. Your work may be viewed by the External Authenticator when they visit the college as part of the External Authentication process.

What is External Authentication? QQI state that the purpose of the External Authentication process is to “ensure fairness, consistency and validity of assessment and of the outcome of assessment for learner results across each major, special purpose, or supplement award.  The authentication process will ensure that QQI receive accurate and quality assured learner results.” (www.qqi.ie)

The external authenticator is an independent individual who is selected from the QQI quality assured panel of external authenticators.

The external authenticator visits the college and as part of the External Authentication process and reviews ALL of our students work and reviews the college’s assessment process. Once the reviews are complete they then authenticate the results.

As part of QQI quality assurance procedures final grades cannot be issued to students until the Internal Verification and External Authentication is complete.

If you have any further questions on our Certification process, please do not hesitate in contacting us at 01 66 24 325 or learning@gmbcollege.ie.

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Do I receive Tutor Support?

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Yes. Our main aim is to help you enjoy your learning experience and to successfully complete your course. You are appointed a tutor for the duration of your course. Tutors will:

  • Help you understand the course content
  • Assess your progress on the course through assignments
  • Provide you with written feedback on your assignments
  • Help you with course-related challenges.

Can you Progress to Third Level Colleges with The GMB College QQI / QQI Awards?

Yes. The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) links specific QQI Level 5 and 6 Advanced Certificates to reserved places in a variety of higher education programmes. For 2015 QQI CAO applicants there are 40 higher education institutions including universities, institutes of technology and private third level colleges offering places on a variety of courses.

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Is GMB College Government approved?

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Yes. The GMB College has agreed its quality assurance procedures with QQI (answerable to the Department of Education in Ireland) and is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards on the National Framework of Qualifications. QQI (Quality & Qualification Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. Click here for more information.

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What programmes do you offer?

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We offer over a variety QQI Level 4, 5 & 6 component awards which can to lead to a major award.  We offer a selection of recognized qualifications which can be used in the workforce.

We are one of Ireland’s dedicated provider of QQI awards. For a full list of our programmes please click here.

 

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Can you help with Garda Vetting?

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Yes, you are only required to complete Garda Vetting if you will either be working or in placement where you have accessible to children and or vulnerable adults.

The GMB College is registered with an organisation that is approved by the Garda Vetting Unit to carry out our Garda Vetting requirements which is carried out off site.

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How many hours Work Placement do I need to complete?

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Not every QQI course requires a work placement to successfully complete the course. The component awards or modules which require placement the requirement is 80 hours up to and including 320 hours.

The hours can be completed in blocks or over the duration of the programme. Each course page will detail if a work placement is required under the section – “Programme Entry Requirements”. If you are unsure if your selected course requires a placement, please contact us on 01 66 24 325

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Do you cover Work Placement Insurance?

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Yes, in addition to the Garda Vetting service, our unique insurance plan covers all our learners who are out on work placements as part of their course. Full details of the Insurance cover are provided to the Workplace Centre when selected by the learner. There are no extra costs for this cover. Please ask for details.

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I am unemployed, Can I get funding for a QQI/GMB Course?

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Yes. Jobseekers wishing to participate on The GMB College’s extensive range of training courses, may be eligible to avail of Department of Social Welfare funding to facilitate their entry to a particular training programme.

The allocation of funding for participation on our courses, will be solely at the discretion of Social welfare job facilitator and will be dependent upon the availability of funding at the time of application and the applicant’s ability to satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Occasionally employers fund courses fully or partially. Local Charitable Organisations may assist with fee contributions, if approached.

In order to make an application for funding for your desired course from Department of Social Welfare the following steps need to be completed:

  • Please print off the course details of interest to you.
  • Arrange an appointment with a job facilitator in your local Department of Social Welfare office to check your eligibility for funding.
  • During the meeting with your Department of Social Welfare job facilitator please inform the Facilitator that completing the training course forms a key element of your back to work plan.
  • Provide the Facilitator with the course brochure and request funding to participate on the training course.
  • If you are successful in obtaining funding, your Facilitator will provide you with funding forms for us to fill out.
  • Please post these forms to The GMB College where they will be completed, signed and returned to your local social welfare office
  • If you are successful in obtaining funding, please contact us to secure your place on the next available course.

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Are my Fees secure on courses of over 3 months Duration?

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Yes. We have Protection for Learners for courses of more than 3 months’ duration. This means that if, for whatever reason, we cease to provide the programme that is over 3 months in duration which you enrolled for, we have specific and legally binding arrangements in place to finish out that programme for you at no extra cost. All Major Award course fees for programmes over 3 months in duration are fully protected and secured by a Bond.

If we cease trading those learners who have not finished their programme will be fully protected by this Bank Guarantee which will be automatically triggered and the fund that covers all Fees paid by learners will be transferred to QQI by our Bank to enable QQI provide further study options for these leaners or the refund of fees most recently paid so that they can complete their programme and all of this will be at no extra cost to the learners affected.