Aoife O'Brien

The course, while primarily aimed at Religion teachers at post-primary level, is broad and inclusive enough, regardless of your background or lack thereof in theology, is not only manageable but engaging as well.

I studied the one-year, part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies at St Patrick's College, Maynooth and couldn’t recommend a better place to study. The Academic staff at St Patrick's offer some of the best student support I’ve experienced. Those that study at St Patrick's become part of a close-knit community. Smaller classes meant that individual learning was possible, the lecturers worked with to create a positive learning environment that met each of our individual needs. The course co-ordinators were keen to listen to our opinions and make changes to better suit us (this meant flexibility with assignment deadlines and a willingness to change course content as the modules progressed.) Overall, the staff at St Patrick's not only recognised that we had responsibilities outside of college life but also worked tirelessly to accommodate each of us as much as possible.

The course content was perfectly suited to our needs and made for a fun, engaging and insightful atmosphere. The course, while primarily aimed at Religion teachers at post-primary level, is broad and inclusive enough, regardless of your background or lack thereof in theology, the Higher Diploma in Theological Studies is not only manageable but engaging as well. I was nervous at first because I wasn’t Catholic, and I feared that might negatively impact my learning experience. I couldn’t have been more wrong; there was a mixture of different faiths in the class (and amongst staff). Lecturers not only respected this but seemed genuinely enthusiastic about it. They actively encouraged each of us to talk about our views as it made for more diverse discussions and insights.

Now, post-graduation I’m teaching religion as a student teacher in a secondary school. I feel confident and ready to do so thanks to St Patrick's College, Maynooth.

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