General Learning (VTOS)

QQI Award Level 4 (4M2010)

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.

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
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Human Biology
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Word Processing
  • Historical Studies


QQI Level 4

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.

Places are offered on this course based on interest in and experience of education. You will be given guidance on whether General Education will suit your learning needs.

“Don’t be afraid to take the first step! Going back to education was the best decision I made.  The General Learning course is a really enjoyable course!J

Sinead, 21yrs old, current student


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.

“General Education is a great stepping stone towards third level after being out of the school system for over ten years.”
Robert, 28yrs old, current student


1 year

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page or email for more information