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Online Courses You Can Do at Home

With each passing day of the Irish version of a lockdown, and once all the other chores you have been putting off are all ticked off the checklist – what will you do?

So it got us thinking here at Garda Post – why not use this time to grow a skill or an area of professional development you always wanted to improve?

So we set about seeing what was online and what was available in short time and was either free or didn’t cost the earth.

Below is a list of one international and two Irish options that you can browse and mull over. We will be expanding this over the next week with some other options to while way the Lockdown Days.


Udemy one of the online leaders in the field were in the news recently here having announced they were going to recruit another 100 people at their headquarters in Dublin. They offer a variety of courses at ridiculously low prices.

See here for one I just purchased for 13.99 – doing an MBA is something I always wanted to do so we’ll see what we get for the small fee.

There are so many different options on Udemy you could spend hours trawling through the options.

Open College of Ireland

The Open College of Ireland’s largest provider of Online Distance Learning Courses. These are a little more expensive but all of their courses are accredited by QQI/FETAC.

The Open College utilises a variety of delivery methods that includes Distance Learning & eLearning and provide these QQI courses at market leading prices with courses starting from only €149.

They offer ac choice of over 90 QQI (formerly FETAC) Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories including:  

They are fully accredited and approved to offer awards which are part of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, which is overseen by the Irish Department of Education. The QQI qualifications you can achieve through The Open College are recognised by employers both nationally and internationally. 

Click the above links or here to view our full range of QQI Distance eLearning and Attendance Learning training courses…..


DCU Connected supports a range of online short courses through our global strategic partnership with FutureLearn. They provide an increasing suite of online short courses and mini modules aimed at promoting greater access to higher education and more flexible pathways for life-long learning. Most of their short courses are free and they provide a great way to extend your mind and inspire you to further your education. Some of their DCU FutureLearn online short courses also provide credit towards a DCU qualification. Current short courses include:

 Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

• Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

• Irish 103: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

• Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

• Irish 105: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

• High Performance Computing in the Cloud

• Head Start Online 


Online learning at NUI Galway has developed a range of online and blended-learning courses in a number of subject areas to suit your professional and personal training needs. Some are quiet broad and detailed professional qualifications and start from just under €1000.

Archaeology of Ireland Online (Diploma)

Business/Commerce (Degree/Dip)

Business Studies (Higher Diploma)

Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence (MSc)

Irish Studies Online (Diploma)

Italian Online (Diploma)

Marketing (Diploma)

MA/Dioplóma Iarchéime (Cleachtas Gairmiúil sna Meáin)

Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs & Quality (Certificate)

Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality (Higher Diploma)

Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs (MSc)

Software Engineering (Diploma)

Software Engineering & Database Technologies (MSc)

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