Waterford College of Further Education is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board School
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VTOS Adult Access

Our VTOS Adult Access Centre at Waterford College of Further Education now offers VTOS students the opportunity to achieve QQI qualifications at Levels 4 Core VTOS, Levels 5 and 6 as Dispersed students on PLC Courses with Waterford College of Further Education.

Why Adult Access Vtos?
  • Keep social welfare payments and any secondary benefits.
  • Free or subsidised costs subject to eligibility.
  • Free Childcare available.
  • No application, exam or registration costs.
  • Continuous assessment.
  • Suitable for those who have been out of the education system for some time.
  • Individual support to each student.

Eligibility For VTOS

You must be over 21 years of age and receiving a social welfare payment or signing for credits.


There are no costs for application, tuition or exam contributions in participation on our Adult Access VTOS Programmes*

*Depending on the programme of study undertaken in Year Two, there may be additional contributions for materials or contributions payable to external agencies. Please see our prospectus for further details Course Delivery And Facilities

Course Delivery And Facilities

Programmes are full time over two academic years with students availing themselves of the opportunity to achieve QQI certification at the end of each year. These courses are delivered in groups dedicated to adults as part of a larger college and also give students access to a broad range of facilities throughout the college.

FIRST YEAR - Students can study one of the following Core Level 4 VTOS Courses

  • Level 4-Office Skills & Computing
  • Level 4-Business & Retail Skills
  • Level 4-Introduction to Health Sciences
  • Level 4-Academic & Employment Skills

SECOND YEAR – Students can progress to any of the wide ranging PLC courses at WCFE Full time courses

Learner and English Language Support

Special attention is given to supporting those who have been out of the education system for some time with individually designed tutorials.

In addition, English language lessons and English for speakers of other Languages (ESOL) are integral parts of the course for those who require the extra support. Students, for whom English is not their first language, can also avail of preparation for IELTS, which prepares them for entry to the workplace and third level education.


Along with the main components, learners can participate in workshops that enhance their college experience and expand their employment opportunities.

These workshops include: external speakers, study skills, career planning, health related fitness, entrepreneurship, customer facing skills, interview preparation, personal care, presentation skills, team working, conflict resolution, occupational first aid and manual handling

Applying for Adult Access Courses

There are four Core options in VTOS Adult Access Year 1:

Option 1: Office Skills & Computing Level 4

Option 2: Business & Retail Skills Level 4

Option 3: Introduction to Health Sciences Level 4

Option 4: Academic & Employment Skills Level 4

There is no charge for applying for a VTOS Adult Access course. Log on to www.wcfe.ie and choose VTOS from the main menu or we will send you an application form.

Contact Us

If you feel you may qualify for VTOS Funding, please contact us to discuss:

PHONE: 051-874053/ 086-0263341

EMAIL: denisewall@wwetb.ie / gemmariordan@wwetb.ie

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