General Learning (QQI Level 3) Part Time

Programme Aim

The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to develop the relevant knowledge skill and competence to use a range of skills and tools, under direction and with limited autonomy, in familiar situations. It enables the learner to participate in and contribute to modern society, to pursue a range of employment opportunities or to progress to further education or training.

This part time course is also ideal for those who left school early and have never completed any exams. The class is small and students have regular feedback on how they are progressing. In some cases students might need additional one-to-one support for a few weeks which can be provided.

Entry Requirements

  • Learners will have appropriate reading, writing and numeracy skills. It is therefore expected that learners availing of this programme will be at the levels of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 2.
  • The learner participating in this programme will have expressed an interest in improving their literacy, numeracy, ICT and planning skills and will be willing to learn skills in new areas. The learner will be able to take some responsibility for their own learning and demonstrate some autonomy in a classroom setting where there is supervision and direction.
  • It is expected that learners availing of this programme will come from diverse social, educational and cultural backgrounds. This may include those of all ages who have not completed formal second level education, people who are educationally disadvantaged or have gaps in their educational achievement to date and those who wish to return to learning.

Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
CommunicationsLevel 3 - CommunicationsQQI
MathematicsLevel 3 - MathematicsQQI
ITLevel 3 - ITQQI

*Subject to change*

Course Duration

1 year part time course


1day per week (TBD) 9:30am to 2:30pm


On successfully completing the programme students will be in a good position to progress onto further education. Many of our students have progressed onto and successfully completed our Level 4, level 5 and level 6 courses.

Career Opportunities

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


There is no fee for this course.

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


General Learning (QQI Level 3)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois

Start Date              September 2022                                    

End Date                June 2023     


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Lisa McEvoy, ALO



(057) 8661338


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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