General Learning (part-time)

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives those in receipt of social welfare the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefits.
For those not in receipt of a social welfare payment there will be a course charge of €50.

General Learning offers a chance to enhance your knowledge and skills in a broad range of subjects in a friendly and supportive environment.  Candidates who haven’t completed Leaving Certificate take up this course to complete their schooling, to try new subjects at an accessible level, as a stepping stone to further education, to improve employment prospects and to gain confidence.

Course Content*

  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • IT Skills
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Human Biology
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Word Processing

(*Subject to change)

Entry Requirements

All BTEI eligible applicants must be in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course. Participants on CE schemes or TUS may apply also. All students 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.

For those not in receipt of a social welfare payment there will be a course charge of €50.


QQI Level 4


Students who successfully complete the programme will be in a good position to progress onto further education. Many of our students have obtained places on Level 5 courses in the following areas: Computers, Healthcare, Childcare, Art & Design, Community Development, Science, Media & Communications.


1 year

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page

Apply by selecting  ‘Department Choice 1’ →  ‘BTEI Courses’ and ‘Course Choice 1’ → ‘General Learning’

BTEI Coordinator: