Pottery & Craft Production (VTOS)

Craft Production- VTOS QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M1984, Level 6 – 6M4029)

This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.

VTOS means Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. VTOS gives unemployed adults over 21 the opportunity of returning to full time education, while retaining their benefit.

The purpose of the course is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and confidence to explore a range of different crafts with an emphasis on Further Education.

Course Content

Year One

Ceramics, Jewellery, Print-making, Drawing, Design Skills, Communications, Work Experience.
Workshops will be an important element of this course and will be facilitated by experts from various Craft Industries.  Learners will enjoy regular trips to Art Galleries and Art Fairs.

Year Two

Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Jewellery, Print-making, Work Experience, Communications. Workshops are an important element of this course and will be facilitated by experts from various Craft industries.  Learners will enjoy regular trips to Art Galleries, Craft Fairs and location drawing, along with talks delivered by ‘Makers’ from Craft industries.


QQI level 5 and level 6


Level 5 – one year
Level 6 – one year. Applications can be made for level 6 (year 2) without having a level 5 in craft but this will be subject to portfolio.

Entry Requirements

All VTOS applicants must be over 21 and in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment for at least 6 months before starting the course. Participation in a CE or FAS scheme counts in the calculation of six months once you must be in receipt of a relevant Social Protection payment immediately before starting the course.All applicants who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs.


There are progression opportunities to Further Education, work in a Creative Hub or set up their own practice.

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page or email cdcfe.vtos@cdcfe.cdetb.ie for information.

For more information contact 01 831 4677