Mature Students

Mature Students

Inchicore College is most anxious to promote Access to Further and Higher Education for mature students.

Inquiries from people who are unemployed, people wishing to change jobs or those who wish to enter the labour force after a period out of the workplace due to family responsibilities, illness or other reasons, are encouraged to join the Further Education courses outlined on this website.

Applicants may retain all their Social Welfare benefits, while pursuing courses, which lead to new skills and competencies.

Inchicore College in conjunction with City of Dublin ETB is pleased to offer the educational opportunities available under the following schemes of the Department of Social Protection:

Back to Education Allowance BTEA

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection.

BTEA is not an unemployment payment.  If you are signing for unemployment credits or submitting medical certificates for illness credits, you may apply to take part in the scheme.

Courses must be full-time and lead to a certificate approved by QQI.

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

You can apply to join VTOS if you are:

  • aged 21 or over
  • receiving unemployment payments, signing for credits
  • or receiving certain other Social Welfare payments such as one parent family payment or disability allowances
  • You must qualify for six months before starting your course.

You will keep your Social Welfare entitlements. Courses are provided free of charge including books and materials.

Back to Education Initiative (Part-time) Courses

These courses are similar to the above but are run on a part-time basis. The part-time option is often a very effective way for adult learners to re-engage with education.

Benefits of Further Education courses for Mature Students

There are many personal rewards for people who return to full-time education. Students find the stimulation and excitement of learning and acquiring new knowledge and skills enormously rewarding. In addition, they gain great advantages of either new employment or entry to University or Institutes of Higher Education.

Mature students of Inchicore College courses are now completing university studies in colleges such as Trinity College Dublin, UCC, NUIM, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dublin Institute of Technology. Other students are employed by the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, RTÉ, Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Eastern Health Board, St. Michaels House.