Literacy Classes (Reading, Writing, and Spelling)

This course is for adults who need to improve their reading, writing, and spelling.  This can be provided on a one-to-one or in a small group. Courses are also offered in outreach centres across the county- Mountmellick, Portarlington, Abbeyleix, and Rathdowney.

Time: Morning, afternoon or evening classes 1-4 hours per week. For more information on one-to-one classes, please click here.


Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education

This course is an intensive 14-week course in adult basic education which offers participants the opportunity to improve their reading, writing and computer skills. 

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am- 11 am and 11:15 am- 12:45 pm


Learning through Gardening

This course is for anyone who would like to know the basics of gardening and would also like to work on reading, writing, and computer skills. It covers the following:

• Identify some common trees and shrubs

• Use a range of common gardening tools and equipment, e.g. gardening gloves, rake, spade, and trowel.

• Plant flowers or vegetables in a container and discuss what is needed for them to grow and flourish

• Discuss the four main stages of the life cycle of a plant

Time: 2 afternoons per week, 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm for 30 weeks Sept-June.


Healthy Living (Level 2)

This course is for anyone who left school early and wants to learn about healthy eating, exercise, and relaxation. If you want to know more about healthy eating and kick some old habits, or just has an interest in healthy living, this is the course for you.

Time: Wednesday and Frida9:30 am -11 am and 11:30 am -1 pm for 30 weeks Sept-June.


Absolute Beginner Computer Course

This a basic introduction to computers for complete beginners:

• How to turn on the computer

• How to use the mouse

• How to use the keyboard

• How to save documents

• How to get on the internet

Time: Wednesday morning 11:30 am- 1 pm for 15 weeks


Beginner Computers (Level 2)

This course will teach the following skills: how to access the internet, send emails, and use Microsoft Word.  Learn how to book a flight, bank online, send an email, and type a letter.

Time: Wednesday morning 9:30-11:30 or Wednesday 1:30-3:30, or Wednesday 1:30 am- 3:30 pm, for 15 weeks


Introduction to IPad and Apps

The iPad is transforming the way we communicate and learn. Get the most from an iPad by joining this 12-week introductory course.

Course content:

• Learn to use facetime, email and browse the web

• Learn to take photos and videos

• Learn to download and listen to music

• Learn to set up an iTunes account

• Learn how to download Apps and use them

Time: 1 afternoon per week for 12 weeks


Driver Theory Test Preparation

This course is designed to help people prepare for the Driver Theory Test by going through the Driver Theory CD on the computer and taking the practice tests.  Please note it is up to participants to book their own Driver Theory Test.

Time: Wednesday 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm for 10 weeks


Give Maths a Go (Level 2)

This Basic Maths course starts right at the beginning:  how to use a calculator and how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  It looks at maths in our everyday lives and most importantly shows how learning maths can be fun.

Time: 1 morning/afternoon/evening per week


Pre-Level 3 Communications

This course is for those who have completed Level 2 Reading and writing, or those who don’t need to do Level 2 and would like to develop their literacy skills before progressing to Level 3 Communications.

Time: Monday and Friday 9:30 am- 11 am, and 11:15 am- 12:45 pm Sept-June

Creative Writing Workshop

This course is for those who left school early and want to develop their basic writing skills and to explore their creative side.

Time: This course will be on the last Wednesday of every month 2 pm- 4 pm