Access to Education and Training (QQI Level 4) - Full Time

Programme Aim

This full-time programme presents the learner with the opportunities to develop their skills to pursue a range of employment possibilities. It can allow the learner to progress to Further Education and Training. The course provides the learner with a choice of three streams of study, which include either an Introduction to Healthcare Support, Introduction to Office Administration or an Introduction to Applied Social Studies. 

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of QQI Level 3 in Junior Cert English and Maths (Ordinary Level)
  • Word Processing QQI Level 3 or be able to provide a working knowledge of English and Maths
  • Satisfactory interview process
  • Completion of the BKSB Online Assessment in Maths and English

Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
CommunicationsLevel 4 - CommunicationsQQI
MathematicsLevel 4 - MathematicsQQI
MathematicsLevel 3 - MathematicsQQI
Information Technology Skills (ITS)Level 4 - IT SkillsQQI
Work ExperienceLevel 4 - Work ExperienceQQI
Personal EffectivenessLevel 4 - Personal EffectivenessQQI
Customer ServiceLevel 4 - Customer ServiceQQI
Bookkeeping and AccountsLevel 4 - Bookkeeping and AccountsQQI
Introduction to Healthcare SupportLevel 4 -Introduction to Healthcare SupportQQI
Introduction to Applied Social StudiesLevel 4 - Introduction to Applied Social StudiesQQI
Introduction to Office AdministrationLevel 4 -Introduction to Office AdministrationQQI

*Subject to change*

Course Duration

This is a 1 year full time PLC course.


On successfully completing the programme learners will be in a good position to progress onto further education courses offered from within the Centre. These include a choice of either Healthcare Support Level 5 – 5M4339, Office Administration Level 5 – 5M1997 and Applied Social Studies Level 5 – 5M2181.

Career Opportunities

This area of study will enhance the learners career and educational and training opportunities.


This course is offered free to learners.

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Certificate (QQI Level 4)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois

Course dates

Start Date              September 2022                                     

End Date                June 20023                                                                       


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Margaret Morrin



(057) 8623161


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students  have to say about their experience with Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre

“I found the course useful and interesting. Teachers were very helpful and understanding as most of us were going back to education after many years of not studying.
After successfully completing the first year of course I was lucky enough to get work experience, as an Accounts Assistant.”
Zane Polaskova (Student)
Accounts Assistant
“The decision to return to education was one of the best choices I made, the thought seemed daunting at the start but I soon settled in. All of the tutors were very helpful and the students gave each other support, I made some great friends who will be friends for life. The course I chose was Office Administration, this course most definitely helped me to secure the job I have today.”
Maeve O'Carroll (Student)
Administrator, Court Services