From September 2021 our VTOS centre at Waterford College of Further Education will now offer VTOS students the opportunity to achieve QQI qualifications at Levels 4,5 or 6 and study on any one of the wide ranging programmes delivered at WCFE. (Click here to view the full list)


  • 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 fees in participation on our Adult Access VTOS Programmes*


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

Course Delivery And Facilities

Programmes are full time over two academic years with students availing 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 give students access to a broad range of facilities including canteen, gym, library, common room, student cards, and open access computer rooms. Importance is given to fun and enjoyment with student activities organised throughout the year.

First Year  – Students will study on one of the following Core VTOS Programmes and opt to study for a QQI Level 4 award in one of the following:

  • Medical/Legal or Financial Office Administration
  • General Studies in Health Sciences
  • General Studies in Childcare & Youthwork
  • Employment and Academic Skills

Second Year  – Whilst retaining the perks of being a VTOS students, students will in second year disperse into Waterford College of Further Education. This offers and facilitates students to study on one of over 30 different QQI Level 5 Programmes offered by WCFE

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 Adult Access Year 1:

Option 1: Medical, Legal or Financial Office Administration

Option 2: General Studies in Health Sciences

Option 3: General Studies in Childcare & Youthwork

Option 4: Employment & Academic Skills

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

Contact Us

Contact us to discuss your options

Phone: 051 874053

Mobile: 086 0263341

E-mail: info@wcfe.ie

Ask for Darragh Beagan or Niamh Kennedy

Interested in our VTOS courses?


Courses and components may be changed to suit learners’ needs, certification requirements, resources available and number of students.