Waterford County Adult Literacy Service

Adult Learning/Adult Literacy Programme

The Adult Learning/Adult Literacy Programme provides adults with a fresh start to learn basic core skills needed for employment, further study and daily life.

  • You learn at your own pace
  • Classes based around the interests and needs of participants
  • You can receive individual support by working with your own tutor to develop your skills
  • Small group classes provide excellent opportunities to learn new skills and to make new friends
  • Classes are provided both during the day and in the evening
  • Courses are free to adults

Courses Available
Read and Write with Confidence
This course develops the reading and writing skills and strategies adults need for home, personal and further study.  Participants can study as part of a small group or on their own with a tutor.
Learn to Love Maths
This course develops basic maths skills and strategies that adults need for home, personal use and further study.  This course is ideal for adults who describe maths as ‘being their worst subject’ in school.  Participants will enjoy maths working at their own pace in a small group setting or on their own with a tutor.

Intensive Tuition in Core Skills
This course develops core skills in reading, writing, communications, maths and computers.  Participants study in small groups for six hours a week for a 14-week block.  This course is a good starting point for adults who left school early and wish to get back into education.  This course is run subject to funding.

Workplace Programmes
These courses provide core skills needed for the modern workplace.   Participants develop their communication, maths and ICT skills in a small group setting.

These programmes vary depending on the needs of the group but include FÁS, Return to Education participants and Return to Learning, a programme for the outdoor staff of Waterford County Council.

Family Learning Programmes
These courses recognise that parents are the primary teachers of their children. They provide support for parents/guardians and are an opportunity for parents and children to discover the fun of learning together.

Courses include:
·         Cooking Together
·         Arts and Craft
·         Helping your child with homework
·         Fun with Computers
·         Books and Story-telling
·         Fun at the Library
·         Summer camps

Accredited Courses
County Waterford Adult Learning Programmes offer qualifications at QQI Level 2 and Level 3.

ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages
Beginners English language classes are available for adults.  The focus of the class is to develop key language for use in everyday activities.  Accreditation is offered at QQI levels 3 & 4 Fáilte Isteach This is a programme run by local volunteers for non Irish nationals.  The course concentrates on basic communication skills needed for everyday living.  There is no charge for this course.

QQI Level 2 Programmes

Who does this level suit?

  • Adults who left school at primary level and feel that they need to start at the beginning of a subject area.
  • Adults who feel their writing, reading, spelling and/or maths skills need to be improved.

QQI Level 2 Certificate in General Learning Maths in Everyday Life
This is a part-time programme.  The programme is for people that want to start learning maths from the beginning.  Participants will learn basic maths skills to help them in many areas of their lives including further study. On successful completion, learners can progress on to QQI Level 3.

QQI Level 2 Certificate in General Learning: Using Technology in Everyday Life

This is a part time programme.  Learners are introduced to computers and technology.  Its focus is to help participants feel confident in using technologies in everyday situations.  On successful completion of this programme, learners can progress onto QQI Level 3.

QQI Level 3 Courses

Who does this level suit?

  • Adults who left school at lower secondary level and feel that they need to develop the core skills of communications, maths as well as explore new subject areas such as computers, childcare, nutrition and others.
  • Adults who feel their writing, reading, spelling and/or math skills need to be improved.

QQI Level 3 Certificate in General Learning

This part time programme leads to the Level 3 Certificate in General learning. Participants study communications, maths, personal skills and ICT skills with other core skills modules. This course prepares participants for further study at QQI Level 4 or higher.

 QQI Level 3 Individual Modules

Adults can choose to study single subjects at QQI Level 3, including;

·         Computers and Internet Skills
·         Maths
·         Food and Cookery
·         Food and Nutrition
·         Childcare
·         Personal Development
·         Communications
·         Graphic Communications
·         Horticulture
·         Irish
·         Personal Effectiveness
·         Consumer Awareness
·         Desktop Publishing

For further information contact:

Tramore Adult Learning Centre, Unit 2, Seapoint Business Park, Tramore, X91 FD9K

Contact: Margaret Howard  Call: 051 393794 Call or text: 086 0617072 Email: margarethoward@wwetb.ie

Dungarvan Adult Learning Centre, Wolfe Tone Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (This centre is located behind the Adult Education Centre in a smaller building to the rear of the car park)

Contact: Nicola McCarthy-Hanlon  Call: 058-42774/058-51436 Email: nicolamccarthyhanlon@wwetb.ie





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