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Academic Brochure of SEDA College

  1. 1. 68-72, Capel Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.Phone: +353 1 4734915www.sedacollege.comGeneral EnglishBusiness EnglishCambridge and IELTS ExamsCity and Guilds ITICM Business Management
  3. 3. SEDA College is an educa onal ins tu on based inDublin, offering English language courses for all levels –from beginner to advanced – and Business courses.SEDA is recognised by Irelands Department ofEduca on and Skills and has ACELS accredita on – thehighest quality mark for English language schools inIreland. The school is also accredited by leadinginterna onal educa onal and professional bodies, suchas ICM, ABE andCity&Guilds.SEDA is centrally located on Capel Street in Dublin 1.The school has excellent facili es for students includinga large student area, a library for independent study,large bright airy classrooms and a modern building.There is free wifi throughout the building and studentsare welcome to use our facili es outside their normalstudyhours.Upto300studentsfromallovertheworlda endclassesat SEDA everyday.In2012thecollegehadstudentsfrom34 countries, including Spain, France, Italy, Venezuela,Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Malawi and SouthAfrica. We have teachers from all four corners of Irelandandallhaveexcellentqualifica onsintheirfield.
  4. 4. Ireland is a small island on the north-western edge ofEurope filled with friendly people and a fascina ng cultureand history. At four and a half million it has a very lowpopula on compared to many other European countries.It is the least densely populated country in Europe, which isprobably why so many people like to travel to Ireland to seeits open, green spaces. Ireland is famous for having fourseasons in one day, and this is certainly true, its never toohotandnevertoocold. Mostyears,thetemperaturerarelyvaries between 4 and 20 degrees. The official languagesareEnglishandIrish,althoughEnglishispredominant.Dublin has a full mul -cultural and intellectual life. Withone of the youngest popula ons of the EU major ci es,Dublin is a great choice for interna onal students wishingtostudyinEurope.SituatedontheeastcoastofIreland,thecapital is renowned for its lively atmosphere, bustling cafesand pubs, fine museums, restaurants, art galleries, modernand medieval architecture and its dynamic theatricalscene.Famously, Irish people are well known worldwide for theirwarmth and hospitality, which is what makes studying inIreland so special. Frequent excursions are available fromDublincitycentre,takingadvantageofthebeau fulsceneryof Dublins coast and countryside. Castles and naturala rac ons are just some of Irelands tourism possibili es.Also, with the current low-cost airlines, it is very commonand inexpensive to spend a weekend in another Europeancountry, enhancing the cultural experience for interna onalstudents,especiallyforthosefromoverseas.About Dublinand Ireland
  5. 5. At SEDA we want you to enjoy your me with us and thereforewe want to give you the opportunity to use your Englishlanguage skills in social se ngs. Becoming fluent in Englishrequires prac ce. One of the best mes to do this is whilesocialising. SEDA arranges various social events as part of itsSocial Programmes. Every weekend we offer tours aroundIreland to places such as Belfast and the Giants Causeway,GalwayandtheCliffsofMoherandGlendalough.STUDENT ACCOMMODATIONSEDA can arrange accommoda on for students either in afamily home se ng, or in small hotel-type se ngs (known inIreland as “Bed and Breakfast” or “B&B”). Students who arestudying with us for a short me o en enjoy staying in youthhostel accommoda on. All of these op ons can be booked inadvancethough SEDA inDublin.GYMEnergy gym offers special discounts for all SEDA students,providing access to cardiovascular and resistance equipment,group classes, leisure pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room,saunaandJacuzzi.
  6. 6. Student ServicesSEDA can arrange collec on from the airport. This can be bookedin advace through SEDA in Dublin.Pickup at Dublin AirportStudent Induc onWe want all our students to feel welcome and to understand what SEDA can do for you,as well as your obliga ons to SEDA. We will provide you with guidance on such issues asopening a bank account, accommoda on, health insurance and how to avail of supportfrom SEDA and its staff.Employment AssistanceStudents from outside the EU who are registered for Irish full- me courses of one yearor more are permi ed to work part- me for up to 20 hours per week during their periodof study. During holiday periods, students are permi ed to work full- me. SEDA providesstudents with job-seeking skills training and advice.SEDA places great importance on the welfare of our students as we know that leavingyour home country to study in Ireland can be very a big step. We understand your feelingsand are here to listen and give prac cal and emo onal support.Counselling and Personal SupportHealth InsuranceAll students must have health insurance in order to comply with Irish Government visarequirements. Students from EU member states need to get an European Health InsuranceCard (EHIC) before coming to Ireland (see The card covers public healthcareto level provided to Irish ci zens. Students from outside the EU need to have healthcareinsurance cover. SEDA can arrange this for students before they come to Ireland, or on arrivalin Ireland.
  7. 7. Free high-speed WiFi
  8. 8. PedagogicalApproachStudents at SEDA are expected to speak English at all mein class – our method is designed to fully immerse you inEnglish. It can be a li le daun ng at first, but youll beamazed at how it helps to improve your fluency. At SEDACollege we help and support all of our language studentstowards a focused approach in improving their overalllevel of competency of the English language. We prideourselvesonaneduca onalpackagewhichis:1.Learner-centred2.Holis c3.Basedoncommunica vemethodteachingCourseStructureOur full- me students a end class for 15 hours per weekover four days. Each class is divided into two parts,separated by a break. Classes take place in the morningand a ernoon. Morning classes take place from Mondayto Thursday from 9.00 to 1.00 and a ernoon classes takeplace from Monday to Thursday from 2.00 to 6.00. Classeshave a 15 minute break in the middle. Each class has twoteachers.In class, teachers vary between a main course book andsupplementary materials. In the first half of every classstudents follow a course book. The second half of everyclass has a skills and exam focus, and can also includeac vi es, games, long-term cultural/ historical projects,debates, business skills, drama and excursions. The goalin these classes is to improve fluency and confidence, aswellasspecificexamskills.General EnglishMost students at SEDA College study on one of our General English courses. We offer courses at six different levels. Allstudents study for an externally validated English language exam. The awarding body of the exam depends on your level ofEnglish. OurEnglishlanguageexamsaredescribedonthenextpage.LevelsAt your induc on on the Friday before the start of your courseyou will to a test to check your level of English. There are sixlevels:Beginner (A1) Our Beginner course is designed for people whohave no experience of learning English. Students study for theTIE examortheCityandGuildsA1examonceaweek.Elementary (A2) Students at this level study for the TIE exam orthe City and Guilds IESOL A2 exam once or twice a week andthey do the exam in SEDA at the end of their course. The TIEexam is based on projects and speaking. The IESOL A2 exam isbasedonReading,Wri ngandListening.Pre Intermediate and Intermediate (B1) Students at theselevels study twice a week in the second half for the CambridgePET exam. They do the exam at the end of their course. Theexamcosts€150.Upper Intermediate (B2) Students study twice a week in thesecond half specifically for IELTS prepara on. They do the IELTSexamattheendoftheircourse.Advanced (C1) Students study twice a week in the second halfspecifically for IELTS prepara on. They do the IELTS exam at theendoftheircourse.
  9. 9. English Exams at SEDATIE (TestofInterac veEnglish)SEDA offers the TIE exam as the end of course exam for ourElementarycourses.The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is an international EFLexam developed in Ireland by a group of Irish English language.The focus of the TIE is communication and expression.Students complete projects in class and present them to anexaminer in the speaking part of the exam.City & Guilds IESOLSEDA offers the City & Guilds IESOL exams at a range of levelsfromBeginnertoIntermediate.City & Guilds is a world leading voca onal educa onorganisa on.They develop vocational qualifications across a variety ofsectors that meet the needs of todays workplace, and helpindividuals develop their talents and abili es for future careerprogression. City and Guilds qualifica ons are delivered in morethan 10,000 training centres across the world and are widelyrecognisedandrespectedbyemployers.Depending on your level, SEDA offers a range of English language exams.Cambridge ESOLSEDA currently offers the Cambridge Preliminary EnglishTest (PET) as the end of course exam for our Intermediate(B1)students.University of Cambridge ESOL Examina ons are a not-forprofit department of the University of Cambridge. It ispartoftheCambridgeAssessmentgroup,Europeslargestassessmentagency.Cambridge Assessment was established in 1858 andcelebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008. Cambridgeprovides exams and tests covering a huge range ofsubjects and levels. More than 8 million are taken everyyear, in over 150 countries. All are respected for theirquality,fairnessandposi veeduca onalimpact.Theyarebacked by high levels of support for teachers and a world-classprogrammeofresearchanddevelopment.IELTSSEDA offers the IELTS as the end of course exam for ourUpperIntermediate(B2)andAdvanced(C1)courses.IELTS (the Interna onal English Language Tes ng System)is recognised by more than 6000 ins tu ons in over 135countries. Itisanexcellentexamforstudentswhowishtoimprove their English in order to study in an Englishlanguage speaking university. An IELTS cer ficate isaccepted by all Irish universi es for the English languagerequirementoftheircourses.
  10. 10. SEDA College Internship programme allows you to learnEnglish and gain work experience in an Irish company at thesame me. The work placement is unpaid and generallylasts for 4 weeks (though some internships can last longer).Opportuni es are available in IT, pharmaceu cs,engineering, business administra on, digital marke ng,accoun ng,media,customerservice,lawandotherareas.Thebenefitsforyou!Thebenefitsoftheprogrammeinclude:-YouwillgainvaluableworkexperienceinanIrishcompany-YouwillimproveyourEnglishinarealworkenvironmentsomethingthatnoclasscanoffer-ThereisachanceforyoutogetagoodjobinIrelandasinternshipssome mesleadtofull- meemploymentIts FREE!Whoisitfor?Totakepartintheprogrammeyouneedto:-Beover18yearsofage-Beenrolledforacoursein SEDA College-Bealong-termstudent(yourcoursein SEDA Collegeshouldlastatleast6months)-HaveIntermediateorhigherlevelofEnglish(thoughsomeopportuni esarealsoavailableforstudentswithlowerlevelsofEnglishproficiency)Have private medical insurance (at least for thedura on of your internship) Have some qualifica onsandexperienceinyourchosenfieldofworkHowdoesitwork?Part- me internships can be done in your free me(for example, if you study in the morning you can workin the a ernoons) or during your holidays. Full meinternships are only available during holidays. If youwould like to take part in the programme send us yourCV and a cover le er indica ng the professional areawhere you would like to work. SEDA CollegeInternship programme coordinator will then get intouch with you and introduce you to the posi ons thatare currently on offer. A er you choose the roles thatinterest you we will arrange interviews with therespec ve employers. If the interview is successfulthenyoucanstartyourinternship.Howtoapply?Send your CV lis ng your professional qualifica onsand experience and a cover le er (indicate which areayou want to work in and any other preferences) We will then get in touch withyou!
  11. 11. ICM Cer ficate in Business StudiesTHE ICM (Ins tuteofCommercialManagement)Covering all the major business studies areas and topics,the ICM programmes have, over the last thirty years,achieved interna onal recogni on and are currentlyundertaken by students in over 40 countries. In addi onto providing a comprehensive knowledge of each of themajor business func ons, the structure of the courseensures that students have the widest possible range ofcareer, employment and higher educa on op ons opentothemonsuccessfulcomple onoftheirstudies.SEDA offers the cer ficate in Business Studies, star ngfour mes a year in January, March, June and September.This cer ficate is an ideal choice for students who wouldlike to study business in university, but would like to haveanini alcer ficatefirst.Students on this course must register through the schoolwith ICM.Studentsonthiscoursestudyfoursubjects:Interna onalBusinessCommunica onsThis module aims to prepare students to address businesscommunica onsitua onsencounteredintheircareersthroughthe wri ng of memoranda, le ers, reports, resumes, electronicmessages; manuals with terms, mechanisms and instruc ons;process analysis; proposals; web por olios; delivering oralpresenta ons, in order to develop interpersonal skills and tofoster cri cal thinking and problem solving skills through thewri ng of effec ve communica on for assigned businessscenarios/situa ons.Marke ngThis module provides students with a founda on for theanalysis of marke ng within organiza ons including decisionmaking processes, segmenta on, the role of informa on andthe marke ng informa on system, the marke ng mix, internaland external influences affec ng strategy, compe tor analysisandposi oning.BusinessManagementandAdministra onThis module introduces the student to a range of studies whichare useful in understanding people in the workplace. It examinesthe concept of management within the global businessenvironment and through the appraisal of business cases, avariety of approaches are considered.The unit prepares students for their likely future roles asmanagers in organisations. It encourages them to synthesizeknowledge and experience gained in other units by consideringcompeting perspectives on the nature of management. Itencourages them to reflect upon the contribution that they mightmake as individuals to the management process, and to exploretheir own skills as potential managers, within the context of theirpeer group. The unit touches practical, moral and ethicaldimensions of the management role and examines the keyproblems and dilemmas that may emerge for stakeholders incontemporary organisations.Interpre ngandanalysinginforma onThe aims of this unit are to equip students the necessary skills tointerpret information, carry out calculation and interpret theresults of that information and later, to equip students with someof the analytical skills that are relevant to the study of BusinessStudies as a whole.
  12. 12. City and Guilds Award/Cer ficateCity & Guilds is a world leading voca onaleduca onorganisa on.They develop vocational qualifications across a variety ofsectors that meet the needs of todays workplace, and helpindividuals develop their talents and abili es for future careerprogression.CityandGuildsqualifica onsaredeliveredinmorethan 10,000 training centres across the world and are widelyrecognisedandrespectedbyemployers.This course takes place in SEDAs dedicated computer lab.Students can join this course twice a year. Please contact theschoolfordetailsonupcomingcourses.Students on this course undertake a wide range of modules.These modules are examined on site in the school and allinvolve prac cal exams which take place on PCs. This is an idealcourse if you wish to learn all the basics of using IT for home andbusiness. Depending on ability, students can take differentlevelsofsomeoftheexammodules.Modulesinclude:ImprovingProduc vityusing ITThis is the ability to plan, evaluate and improve proceduresinvolving the use of IT tools and systems to improve theproduc vity and efficiency of tasks and ac vi es. Oncomple on of this unit the candidate should be able to plan andreview their use of predefined or commonly used IT tools forac vi es that are at mes non-rou ne or unfamiliar. As a resultof reviewing their work, they will be able to devise solu ons touse IT toolstoimproveproduc vity.SpreadsheetsThis is the ability to use a so ware applica on designed torecord data in rows and columns, perform calcula ons withnumerical data and present informa on using charts andgraphs. On comple on of this unit a candidate should be able touse a range of basic spreadsheet so ware tools and techniquesto produce, present and check spreadsheets that arestraigh orward or rou ne. Any aspect that is unfamiliar willrequiresupportandadvicefromothers.WordProcessingSo wareThis is the ability to use a so ware applica on designed for thecrea on, edi ng and produc on of largely text-baseddocuments. On comple on of this unit a candidate should beable to select and use a range of advanced word processingso ware tools and techniques to produce complex and non-UsingtheInternetThis is the ability to set up and use appropriate connec onmethods to access the Internet; make the best use of browserso ware tools and techniques to search for, retrieve andexchange informa on using a browser or public search engine,and work safely and securely online. On comple on of this unita candidate should be able to understand and make effec veuse of a connec on method and intermediate Internet so waretools and techniques to search for and exchange informa on forat mesnon-rou neorunfamiliarac vi es.IT UserFundamentalsThis unit is about the ability to use IT systems sensibly andpurposefully to meet needs, to do so safely and securely in linewith organisa onal guidelines, to respond appropriately to ITproblems and to evaluate the use of IT systems. On comple onof this unit the candidate should be able to select and usesuitable techniques to operate IT systems for a varied range ofac vi es, some of which are at mes non-rou ne or unfamiliar,and take some responsibility for responding appropriately to ITerrorsandproblems.UsingEmailsThis is the ability to make the best use of e-mail so ware tosafely and securely send, receive and store messages. Oncomple onofthisunitacandidateshouldbeabletounderstandand make effec ve use of a range of intermediate e-mailso ware tools to send, receive and store messages for at mesnon-rou neorunfamiliarac vi es.Presenta onSo wareThis is the ability to use so ware applica ons to produceeffec ve presenta ons, which include a combina on of media(eg images, anima on and sound) for educa on, entertainmentor informa on sharing. On comple on of this unit a candidateshould be able to select and use a wide range of intermediatepresenta on so ware tools and techniques effec vely toproduce presenta ons that are at mes non-rou ne orunfamiliar. Any aspect that is unfamiliar may require supportandadvicefromothers.DatabaseSo wareThis is the ability to use a so ware applica on designed toorganiseandstorestructuredinforma onandgeneratereports.Diploma for IT Users
  13. 13. SEDAs grounds for a refund or par al refund of fees aresetoutbelow:Irish Study Visa extension refusal (For students who arenot successful in obtaining their visa, any applica on for arefund would need to be made in wri ng and must beaccompanied by both a copy of the rejec on le er fromthe GNIB and a copy of their passport stamp. Please note:therejec onle erissuedbythe GNIB willbeevaluatedbySEDA inordertoassessgroundsforanyrefund.Alloriginalle ers issued by SEDA along with the students GNIB cardmust be returned to SEDA administra on before anyrefundcanbeprocessed.)Illness or disability suffered a er the students enrolmenthas been confirmed. In any such instance, a doctorscer ficateisrequiredasproof.Upon arrival in Dublin, if any student is refused access intoIrelandforanyreason,anyapplica onforarefundmustbemade in wri ng and be accompa- nied by both a copy ofthe rejec on le er from the GNIB and a copy of theirpassport stamp. Please note: the rejec on le er issued bythe GNIB will be evaluated by SEDA in order to assessgroundsforanyrefund.A refund will only be granted in respect of fees whichhave been paid for the most recent year in which (A)or (B) above occurs. There is no automa c right to arefund of fees if at any me, a student changeshis/hermindaboutstudyingat SEDA.A er course commencement, any student requiring tosubmit a refund request for any reason other than thosespecifically detailed above (A, B or C) will be required tohave achieved a minimum a endance of 85% inaccordancewith GNIB (studentvisarequirements)atthemeofrequest.If a student withdraws a er course commencement norefundwillbegiven.All course cancella ons must be made in wri ng usingSEDAs Tui on fees Refund form before coursecommencementdate.If a Student changes their course of study during theirsemester, no refunds are given where the revised courseinvolvesfewersubjects.Students that are found to have provided incorrectinforma on, resul ng in their visa being refused, shallnotbeen tledtoanyformofrefund.Whilstcoursecommencementandcomple ondatesarenot expected to change, SEDA reserves the right to alterany previously detailed dates in order to facilitate orimprove the provision of any course and any associatedexamina on.Those changes will in no way affect the other terms andcondi ons of the students contract with SEDA. Should achange be necessary, SEDA will not be liable to provideanyformofcompensa onorrefund.Please note an Administra on Fee of €150 will bedeductedfromallrefundsgiven.
  14. 14. Depending on which country you come from you may notneed an entry visa to come to Ireland to study anapproved course of educa on. However, students fromsome countries require visas to come to Ireland to study.For all students who wish to work part- me whilestudyingaspecialvisaisrequired.This is issued by the Garda Na onal Bureau ofImmigra on (GNIB) to those students who qualify.(IMPORTANT NOTE: The details provided on this pageareforgeneralguidanceonlyasperJuly2009.Please make sure you properly brief yourself on any visarequirements that may apply to you). See:h p:// zensinforma People from certaincountries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving inthe State, whether by air, sea or land. An Irish visa is acer ficate placed on your passport or travel document toindicate that you are authorised to land in the Statesubjecttoanyothercondi onsoflandingbeingfulfilled.This means that you will s ll be subject to immigra oncontrolatthepointofentrytotheStateevenifyouhaveavisa. You may also need to register with the immigra onauthori es. The list of countries whose ci zens do notrequire a visa to enter Ireland is defined in theImmigra on Act 2004 (Visas) (No. 2) Order 2006 (S.I. No.657of2006).DoIneedare-entryvisa?The first visa issued to you is valid for a singleentry to theState. If you wish to leave the State for a short period ofmeyoumustapplyforare-entryvisa.This includes travel to Northern Ireland when you willneed a re-entry visa to re-enter the State. Before you canget a re-entryvisayou must beregisteredwiththeGardaNa onalImmigra onBureau(GNIB).If you apply for a single-journey visa, this will only be valid foroneentrytotheStatewithin90daysfromthedateofissue.Ifyou apply for a mul -entry visa it will be valid from the dateof issue un l the expiry date on your GNIB card, or the expirydate of your passport, whichever is earliest. This will allowyou to leave and re-enter the State any number of meswhileyourvisaisvalid.DoIneedanentryvisa?You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if you are a ci zen ofone of the countries listed below (includes EEA memberstates).The members of the EEA are the 27 countries of theEuropean Union (EU), together with Iceland, Norway andLiechtenstein. Countries whose ci zens are NOT REQUIREDto be in possession of a valid Irish visa: Andorra, Guatemala,Poland, An gua & Barbuda, Guyana, Portugal, Argen na,Honduras, Romania, Australia, Hong Kong (Special Admin.Region), Saint Ki s & Nevis, Austria, Hungary, Saint Lucia,Bahamas, Iceland, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines,Barbados, Israel, Samoa, Belgium, Italy, San Mar-ino, Belize,Japan, Seychelles, Bolivia, Kiriba , Singapore, Botswana,Latvia, Slovak Republic, Brazil, Lesotho, Slovenia, Brunei,Liechtenstein, Solomon Islands, Bulgaria, Lithuania, SouthAfrica, Canada, Luxembourg, South Korea, Chile, Macau(Special Admin. Region), Spain, Costa Rica, Malawi,Swaziland, Croa a, Ma-laysia, Sweden, Cyprus, Maldives,Switzerland, Czech Republic, Malta, Taiwan, Denmark,Mauri us, Tonga, Dominica, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, ElSalvador, Monaco, Tuvalu, Estonia, Nauru, United Kingdom& Colonies, Fiji, Netherlands, United States of America,Finland, New Zealand, Uruguay, France, Nicaragua,Vanuatu, Germany, Norway, Va can City, Greece, Panama,Venezuela, Grenada, Paraguay. If you are not a ci zen of oneof the countries listed above, you will need a visa when youtraveltoIreland.
  15. 15. Skills & Enterprise Development Academy68-72, Capel Street, Dublin 1 - IrelandP. +353 1 4734915F. +353 1