• Course Code: AE
  • Duration: One Year
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Component award in General Studies 5M4339
    •  QQI Level 4 Award in Employment Skills 4M0857


This course is intended for students whose first language is not English. Students will have the opportunity to attend 7 hours of intensive English language classes. It will provide the English language skills needed to make it possible to get a good job.

This course also combines a wide range of general studies modules and students will have the option to select from several options such as: Business Studies; Word Processing; Information Technology; Start Your Own Business; Music; Hairdressing; Exercise & Fitness.

Programme of Study

A number of the following modules:

  • English as a Second Language
  • English
  • Business Studies
  • Word Processing
  • Information Technology
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Music
  • Hairdressing
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Workplace Safety
  • Team Working
  • Mathematics
Entry Requirements

No entry requirements are needed...

Applicants will be required to complete a basic language test prior to start. Extenuating circumstances may apply.

Career Opportunities

A lot of jobs in retail depend heavily on fluency in English. At the end of this course, a student will have English suitable for the workplace. Having no certificate is a barrier to many jobs.

Higher Education Progression*

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

*Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-ordinator

Ray Finucane & Seán Cryan

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