Course Types & Levels

Entry Level

Leading to awards at levels 1-3 on the NFQ
Courses can be Part-time and full-time
  • Short Courses/Upskilling
  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy
  • Courses for Early School Leavers
Entry requirements

No formal education entry requirements

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Working Up from Levels 1 to 3

Catherine left school at the age of 15 and had no formal qualifications before deciding to study for a Level 5 Business and Administration course. With the help of ETB tutors, Catherine came to realise that she had dyslexia and switched to the Learning for Living (adult literacy) programme to build up her reading and writing skills, working her way up from Level 1 to 3. Catherine now has Junior Certificate qualifications in English, Maths and CSPE (Citizenship). “I would say the Learning for Living was the best door I ever opened in my life. The tutors have patience, kindness and understanding,” said Catherine.

Catherine McLaughlin / Adult Literacy, Levels 1-3

Did you know? If you are in receipt of State Benefit payment, you may be eligible to participate in our courses for free of charge. 

Intermediate Level

Leading to awards at levels 3 & 4 of the NFQ
Courses can be Part-time and full-time
  • Back to Education
  • Progression Courses
  • Courses for Early School Leavers
  • Entry Level Employment Focussed Courses
Entry requirements

NFQ Level 3 / Junior Certificate / Relevant life experience

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Early school leaving to a college degree with Youthreach

“When I turned 16 I’d had enough with secondary school. I’d simply lost all interest in education and with the ever-looming Leaving Certificate approaching I felt rather than try and fail, I’d be better off not trying at all. I left school with no real plan of what to do next. Youthreach was recommended to me and I started enjoying learning for the first time in years. It was encouraging because when they put faith in you, you felt motivated to try harder; you were encouraged to nurture skills you had. I’m now a 3rd year in Cloud Computing degree student in LYIT. Youthreach was a huge step for me in redeveloping an interest in education and I know I would never have got the same opportunities if I had stayed in mainstream school.”

Stephen Coyle / Youthreach (Levels 3 & 4)

Advanced Level

Leading to awards at levels 5 & 6 on the NFQ
Courses can be Part-time and full-time
  • Specific Skills Courses
  • Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLC)
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
  • Apprenticeships & Traineeships
Entry requirements

NFQ Level 4 / Junior Certificate (some apprenticeships) / Leaving Certificate / Relevant life experience

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From quitting school at 16 to Software Tester

Piaras left school at 16, without any qualifications; while he worked all his adult life, he “developed skills, but did not gain any qualifications.” So he decided to go back to education, completing a Multimedia course in 2016, moving onto the Software Developer course and completing an Automated Software Testing traineeship which led to employment with Pramerica at the end of 2018. Piaras found the courses “showed me that with hard work, support and self-belief I was able to reach my goal. Without the support, guidance and belief from the staff and tutors at the ETB, I would not have been able to pursue my dream, let alone fulfil it.”

Piaras Buchanan / Automated Software Tester Traineeship

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