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Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

BTEI - Back to Education Initiative

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa is offering a broad range of free part-time QQI accredited programmes under the Back to Education Initiative.  Our aim is to support the learner to return to education in a friendly, supported and learner centred environment.

Our Level 4 programmes are organised in such a way that learners can achieve a Major Award over one or two years.  Alternatively they may choose to sample a range of subjects from Level 3 or 4 before committing to one area.

What is the Back to Education Initiative?

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for young people and adults, especially those who have not completed Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) qualification. The BTEI creates an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course, but priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education.

Course Eligibility

All waged and/or unwaged participants with less than leaving certificate standard education are eligible to take part in BTEI funded programmes free of charge.

There are NO FEES payable by EU nationals entitled to, or dependants of persons entitled to:

  • A Medical Card
  • An unemployment payment
  • A means tested Welfare Payment
  • A Family Income Supplement payment

To apply for a BTEI course or to discuss any particular needs please contact:
Ella Daly at e.daly@csn.ie or (021) 2067635

Download a BTEI application form


Courses for 2016-2017


Download the full CSN BTEI 2016-2017 course details here

Level 4 General Learning (4M2010) [1 year]

This one year programme is intended for those who have been out of education for a period of time. This foundation course acts as a stepping stone preparing you to pursue a range of employment opportunities or to progress to further education and/or to continue on to further education/training.

Programme Structure

A one year part-time programme offered over four days per week
3 hrs each day plus study support.

Term 1 Modules: Term 2 Modules:
  • *4N0689 Communications
  • *4N1125 Information Technology
  • *4N1987 Maths
  • **4N2830 Food & Nutrition
  • **4N1858 Digital Media
  • **4N1871 Painting (10)
  • **4N1186 Plant Identification Care & Maintenance
  • *4N1132 Personal Effectiveness
  • *4N1168 Work Experience
  • *4N1112 Computer Applications
  • **4N2910 Human biology
  • **4N0683 Graphic Design
  • **4N1878 Drawing
  • **4N0682 Horticulture


Progression: On successful completion of this programme candidates may progress on to a Level 5 programme of their choice.*Mandatory components to achieve a full award
**Choice subjects – choose one subject from the four choices each term.

Participants may sign up for individual components from this programme.

Level 4 General Learning (4M2010) [2 years]

This is a two year programme that gives the learner an pportunity to return to education in a highly supported environment. To achieve a full award the learner will undertake four modules in year 1 and four modules in year 2.

Study support is an integral part of the programme.

Programme Structure

This two year programme will be offered over 4 days per week, 3 hrs each day plus study support

Modules for the two-year programme.
Completed over 24 weeks from September to May

 2015 - 2016

2016-2017

 2017 - 2018

(Complete)

  • 4N1112 Computer applications
  • 4N2830 Food & Nutrition
  • 4N1132 Personal Effectiveness
  • 4N0689 Communications
  • 4N1125 Information Technology
  • 4N1987 Maths
  • 4N1168 Work Experience
  • 4N2910 Human Biology
  • 4N1112 Computer applications
  • 4N2830 Food & Nutrition
  • 4N1132 Personal Effectiveness
  • 4N0689 Communications

Progression: On successful completion of the two year programme candidates may progress on to a Level 5 programme of their choice

Participants may sign up for individual components from this programme.Progression: On successful completion of the two year programme candidates may progress on to a Level 5 programme of their choice

Level 3 General Learning

COMPONENT CERTIFICATES Level 3

The following components are offered to learners who wish to return to learning to take on a new task or learn a new skill in a personal capacity or role.
Each component is offered as a stand alone programme and the learner will receive a component certificate upon completion of the programme module.

 

Programme Structure

Each component is offered one day a week for two hours.

Components are completed over 24 weeks from September to May 

  • 3N0595 Music Appreciation
  • 3N0608 Art & Design
  • 3N0883 Container Gardening
  • 3N0881 Computer Literacy
  • 3N1045 Ceramics

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What happens once I have applied?
A. Once we receive your completed application we will organise to meet you and discuss your application.
Q.  When are the BTEI courses starting?
A. BTEI courses are starting week beginning 19th September 2016.
Q. How much do courses cost?
A. Courses are free if you are in receipt of any social welfare payment or are a dependant of persons in receipt of a social welfare payment, including a medical card.

Q. Do I need to notify Social Welfare if I am starting a course?

A. Yes. The BTEI Co-ordinator will give you a form for Social Welfare to sign/stamp.

Q. Will I receive any additional payment/grant/travel allowance?

A. No.

Q. What if I get offered a job or have to leave the course?
A. Please let your tutor and BTEI Coordinator know if this is the case. We welcome learners back should they want to return at a later stage.