Return To Learning with Art, Craft, IT and Healthcare options QQI Level 4 Course Code: 4M2010 (Previously Known as General Studies)


This course is suitable for early school leavers, or those returning to education who would like to explore further study options. Learners may wish to gain a qualification, but may not have decided on their area of interest. Class sizes may be small and learners receive regular feedback on how they are progressing. Additional one-to-one support can be provided. This learning opportunity is designed to link to further studies at QQI Level 5.,


  • Eligible for the VTOS programme (please contact the Centre for further details)
  • Candidates should be of Junior Certificate standard or equivalent
  • All entries are subject to interview and online assessment


  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Everyday Maths
  • Work Experience
  • Healthcare
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Horticulture
  • Upholstery
  • Pyrography
*Subject to change


1 academic year full time – 5 days per week


Successful completion of the Level 4 award links to further studies at QQI Level 5.

QQI CodeCourse TitleLevel
5M2102Business Studies with IT & Accounting5
5M1984/5M1985 Art, Craft, Design/Art with Animation5
5M4339/5M2786 Healthcare Support/Community Care 5
5M2009Early Childhood Care & Education 5
5M2181 Applied Social Studies 5
5M3807Applied Science5
5M2061 Engineering Technology5

Possible Progression Options within LOETB include*:

*Places are not guaranteed on these courses and entry is subject to students meeting certain criteria e.g. completion of a Level 4 award, excellent attendance and participation on the course, meeting specific course entry requirements.


There are no tuition fees payable to Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre. However, please note there are costs involved in taking a course e.g. materials, additional training and QQI exam fees. A student registration fee must be paid on joining the course.


VTOS/PLC places are available on the course (please contact the Centre for further information). The range of financial support available to students includes: Student Maintenance Grant (SUSI) and the Back to Education Allowance. For further information click on HEA Student Finance and SUSI

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Return To Learning Certification Level 4


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2021                                      

End Date: June 2022


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager



(057) 873 1127


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the General Studies Level 4 course at Abbeyleix FETC

When I made a decision to return to education as a mature student, I decided to do the General Studies Course (with Craft, IT and Healthcare options) in Abbeyleix FETC. I felt that the combination of practical and academic modules best suited my learning needs. I thought this was a good starting point for me as I had been out of the Education system for over 25 years. The greatest learning for me was the interaction between my class mates and tutors. The General Studies class of 2019-2020 were a UNIQUE BUNCH OF PEOPLE and it was my privilege to get to know them. I now have a new family that I call friends (All different ages, nationalities and creeds) and I know I will continue to have these friendships for years to come. The bonding we had as a class was unreal, and the learning we did was far more than academic - It was more about human kindness. “A FRIEND IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF” I am pleased to say I completed all of my modules both in class and by remote learning during the Corona Virus (Covid-19). This course has been a huge stepping stone and learning curve for me. It has created a hunger and passion in me to progress onto the Level 5 Art, Craft & Design course in the Centre. Thanks to all my Tutors for your excellence in teaching, guidance, understanding, helpfulness and most of all believing in ME.
Margaret Conroy
General Studies 2019-2020
From the very first day to the last day I enjoyed every second of this course. The year was one of the best in my life so far. I got to not only spend the whole year learning, being creative, being pushed out of my comfort zone on a daily basis but I have made lifelong friends with my classmates and teachers. I am leaving having gained so much in terms of a new found confidence and new lease of life. I would definitely recommend this course as it provided a wide ranging curriculum that has something there for everyone. The course exceeded my expectations in that I got so much out of it personally and developed so much as an individual.
Jenny Lawless
General Studies 2019-2020