Waterford College of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Pre-Further Education

Pre-Further Education


A full-time component certificate course aimed to provide students with the opportunity to progress to a full Level 5 certificate Further Education course at WCFE. The course introduces students to methods of study, writing, research and IT skills. The course is aimed at students who do not have the entry requirement for courses at WCFE or the English language requirement for access to these courses. This course, if successfully completed would satisfy the minimum entry requirement for WCFE courses.

Course Content

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Word Processing
  • ESOL [English as a Second Language]
  • Customer Service
  • Communications


QQI Level 5 – General Studies (5M3114) [Component Certificate]


One Year

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age, who have not successfully completed a Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Mature applicants.
  • Successful completion of interview

Work Experience

Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course. Students must obtain one day per week work experience for the academic year. There will be one week of block placement at the end of the first term.


A student services contribution of €50 is payable on registration. The purpose of which is to cover services, materials, and supports including printing, photocopying, library, student cards etc. This is non refundable.


Progression to a full Level 5 QQI Certificate at WCFE

N.B. Due to ongoing developments in QQI awards, names and content are subject to change.

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Parnell Street, Waterford, Ireland, X91 VKT9
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