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Adult Learning – Return to Learning Level 4

Course Code: RTL (BTEI)

Duration: 1 Year

The 1-year Return to Learning (BTEI) course is a foundation course for adults to return to education to learn English, Maths, computer skills and more.

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The Return to Learning (BTEI) course is a foundation course for adults. The aim of the course is to give adults who left school early or who are a long time out of education the opportunity to return to education and to participate in a year of learning and exploration. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for further study.

This Back to Education Jobs Initiative (BTEI) enables adults to return to learning in a positive and supportive environment. Classes are small and personal attention is assured.


This programme is timetabled for a maximum of 17 hours per week.

Content includes:

  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Personal and Interpersonal Development
  • Customer Service
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Computer Applications
  • Work Experience


  • All with less than upper-second level education or (Level 4 or 5)
  • All those in receipt of Social Welfare Payment
  • All those dependent on a Social Welfare recipient
  • All those with a current medical card
  • All those signing for credits


Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme. Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.


QQI Level 4 Certificate in General Learning 4M2010


Students who successfully complete RTL may apply for entry to QQI Level 5 courses in BCFE and other Colleges of Further Education. Students may also apply for entry to University Access courses.

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