Grant & Funding Opportunities

Student Grant (SUSI)

This means test student grant is available to students who are progressing to a full-time QQI Level 5/6 Award or equivalent, and who have not previously studied an award at similar or higher level on the National Framework of Qualifications. The amount of the grant depends on family income and on the distance a student travels from their place of residence to the college. Student Grant applications can be made online only to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through Applications can be made from April and should be made before starting a course. Further information is available on or

Back To Education Allowance (BTEA)

The BTEA is an allowance from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to allow eligible applicants to participate in education while remaining on a Social Welfare payment. Eligible applicants are paid BTEA instead of their Jobseekers or other allowance or benefit – more information is available on

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

The VTOS scheme provides a range of courses to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people. Applicants must be aged over 21 years of age and in receipt of Social Welfare payment for at least 156 days before commencement of course. VTOS is aimed in particular at unemployed people who are early school leavers. Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of their course instead of their social welfare payment. They may be able to avail of additional supports including childcare support and small meal and travel allowances. Books and course materials may also be provided.

Back To Education Initiative (BTEI)

BTEI courses are provided to people aged 16+ who have left full-time education and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have less than upper second level education (Leaving Certificate)
  • Have a medical card, or are the dependent of a medical card holder
  • Are in receipt of a social welfare payment (e.g. Jobseeker’s Allowance/ Benefit, One Parent Family Payment, Carer’s Allowance, Disability Allowance, etc.)

Post Leaving Certificate (PLC)

PLC Programmes are full-time courses open to students who have just completed the Leaving Certificate, or any person wishing to return to Further Education. They offer a mixture of ‘hands-on’ practical work, academic subjects and work experience, and are designed as a step towards skilled employment or progression to third level. Successful students may apply to third level programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme. There may be additional costs on some courses for materials, uniforms, etc. Learners may be eligible to apply for the Student Universal Support Ireland grant (SUSI), or the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). All fees must be paid before commencement of the programme.

National Childcare Scheme (NCS)

NCS is a new scheme that provides nancial support to help parents to meet the costs of childcare. Whether you are on a full time or part time course, you may apply for this scheme. The subsidies are paid directly to your approved childcare provider. Visit for more information or contact the Support Centre on (01) 9068530.


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen

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



Helen Kavanagh, Centre Director



(057) 873 1127


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Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, Mountrath Road, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, R32 TX30, Ireland


Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the eBusiness with Digital Marketing course at Abbeyleix FETC

“I completed the e-business award at Abbeyleix FETC and then progressed to the Advanced Certificate in Business, QQI Level 6 in the Centre. After doing well on both courses, I obtained advanced entry to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Degree in Supply Chain Management in IT Carlow. I cannot overstate the value of the knowledge and skills I received from both courses, for my current and future studies. This knowledge has set the basis for my progression in education. I found the subject of e-business fascinating and it was my interest in globalisation and efficiency in business processes using ERP systems, that steered me towards Supply Chain Management (SCM). The Level 5 e-business course has subjects such as web authoring, digital marketing and database methods which have been invaluable to me now whilst undertaking my degree. I am very hopeful for the future now, as there are many job opportunities in the area of Supply Chain Management”.
Oonagh McEvoy
Advanced Certificate in Business Level 6 2015-2017