Back to Education Initiative

What is the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)?

A: The BTEI provides part-time Further Education programmes for young people and adults.  The aim is to give participants an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.

What Courses does CityNorth College offer?

A: CityNorth College offers courses at QQI 4. You can choose from the following:

  • Horticulture
  • Retail Skills
  • Digital Media
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Support

What are the class times?

A: The classes run in the mornings from 9.30 to 12.30, or in the afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students would normally attend three or four times a week. All courses run for ten weeks. The classes run in the mornings from 9.30 to 12.30, or in the afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students would normally attend three or four times a week.

What will a BTEI Course Cost?

A: BTEI is free to:

• All with less than upper second level standard of education i.e. QQI Level 4 or 5.
• All those in receipt of Social Welfare Payment
• All those dependant on a Social Welfare recipient
• All those with a current medical card
• All those signing for credits

Who can take part in BTEI programmes?

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

Will taking part affect my social welfare entitlement?

A: In general, you are allowed to take part in BTEI funded programmes for up to 17 hours per week without it affecting your Social Welfare payments.  However, on certain payments you are expected to remain eligible for work.  You must furnish your social welfare office with details of the course you are attending.  It is best to discuss individual circumstances with the social welfare office.

Will I obtain certification for a BTEI course?

A: All courses offer access to certification at QQI Level 1 to 6 through the National Framework of Qualifications.  Flexible approaches will allow you to build up credits over time and achieve recognised qualifications.

What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?

A: Participation on part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:

• continue your learning
• obtain national certification
• develop new skills
• pursue new employment opportunities

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This Testimonial is from Edward O Rourke , Sports Recreation Student 17/18.

CityNorth College has helped me strive to the best of my ability and has opened up so many opportunities..... something that I never would of thought would be possible for me.

I feel that I have learned so much about myself throughout this past year and Now I know that Yes, I can do it...... With my hard work and determination I have reached the first stage of my Goals.

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