English for Speakers of Other Languages (part-time)

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefits.
Skills to Compete is an initiative to support those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and wish to re-enter the workforce. See here for details.

This is a one year part time BTEI course. The course has been designed to suit the needs of those wishing to improve their English language skills in order to gain employment or progress into further education and third level here in Ireland. It aims for students to become independent users of the language.

By the end of the course students will have improved their proficiency in English by identifying and rectifying frequent errors in both spoken and written English and gained more confidence in a range of listening contexts.

Course Content*

English as a Second Language (ESOL)

(*Subject to change)

Entry Requirements

All BTEI applicants for this course must be at an intermediate level A2 to B2 CEFR*. The learner’s level of English will be determined by written test.

All BTEI applicants must be engaging or a dependent engaging with the Department of Social Protection. Those either in receipt of a Social Protection Payment, Signing for Credits, on a scheme such CE or TUS, OR have refugee status may apply.


Successful learners may progress into further education and third level here in Ireland.

Career Opportunities

This area of study will enhance student’s career opportunities.


Students will either take a QQI module in English as a Second Language or one of the Cambridge suite of examinations depending on class profile and levels of attainment.


1 year part time course (Autumn – May). Two mornings per week.

How To Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page

Apply by selecting  ‘Department Choice 1’ →  ‘BTEI Courses’ and ‘Course Choice 1’ → ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’.

BTEI Coordinator: Helen.OMahony@cdcfe.cdetb.ie