Galway Community College
Further Education

Speech & Drama Teaching with Theatre Performance

Speech & Drama Teaching with Theatre Performance


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M5163

Co-ordinator: Lorraine O'Hara


Course Outline

The Theatre Performance PLC course is now introducing an additional qualification in Speech and Drama teaching; a Diploma of Associate (Teaching) awarded by the Irish Board of Speech and Drama for an additional fee. This award provides initial professional training to enable the student with a strong interest in speech, drama, and communications to pursue a career in drama teaching or continue to further education at third level.

Students will have the opportunity to explore subject areas and develop skills in Speech, Direction & Devising a Speech and Drama Curriculum, Poetry, Storytelling, Puppetry, Mime and Movement to name but a few. The students are requested to gain work experience in this field for example in such areas as After school service & Early Learning Centres, Performing Arts or Speech & Drama Schools.

All students will follow the Theatre Performance Course, which is highly practical & performance based. There are four mainstage productions in the college calendar, along with acting opportunities in Film. It is a rigorous test of knowledge and understanding of key historical and theoretical aspects of speech and drama, providing a foundation for further study. The type of student who wishes to pursue this course must be highly self-motivated with a keen interest in the subject area, desirably having experience and learning in Speech and Drama.



€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Irish Board & Speech & Drama Diploma Fee €380 approx.(Subject to change)

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year where students gain the opportunity to work in the Speech and Drama Field.

Special Features

Specialised acting & vocal workshops from professional practitioners.
Guaranteed Acting roles in films & links with casting agencies.
Enjoy weekly theatre visits & guests
Numerous public theatre performance opportunities in established professional venues such as Nuns Island Theatre & Druid Lane Theatre, Galway.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Feb 06
Bank Holiday - College Closed
Feb 13
Mid Term Break
Mar 17
College Closed
Apr 03
Easter Holidays
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