College of Further Education

                                                                                                 Adult Education

Castlecomer Community School is committed to educating the wider community. With this in mind, we are a centre of excellence for QQI courses enabling adults and post Leaving Cert students to access further education in order to increase their career prospects.

The College of Further Education is offering a QQI - Fetac Level 5 Course with Work Experience for the Academic Year 2015/2016


1.  Childcare with Special Needs (Early Childhood Care and Education 5M 2009)

Grants are available for these courses under certain circumstances.

Early Childhood Care and Education 5M 2009

   This course comprises the following modules:

  • 5N1764 Child Development
  • 5N1770 Early Care and Education Practice
  • 5N1773 Early Childhood Education & Play
  • 5N1765 Child Health and Well Being
  • 5N1356 Work Experience
  • 5N0690 Communications
  • 5N1769 Creative Arts for Early Childhood
  • 5N2396 Children with Additional Needs
  • 5N1358 Word processing
  • 5N1207 Occupational First Aid

   The Course includes work on Childcare Legislation, Working with Parents, the Childcare  Team, Understanding Play, Physical Development, Cognitive and Language  Development,  Social and Emotional Development, Safety and Health, Feeding Babies and  Children, Practical work in an early childcare & education facility.

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A pass in Leaving Certificate is desirable but not a necessity. In fact many employers will accept these courses as an alternative to Leaving Certificate. Interviews will be held.



     Course will be evaluated on the basis of examinations, project work and practical skills tests.



     A non-refundable reservation fee of €95 should accompany this application. 

     The Working in Childcare Module requires  an Occupational First Aid  Certificate which incurs an extra charge.



     The courses are of one-year duration for four days a week.   The College tries to suit students own constraints as far as possible and tries to accommodate other commitments students may have.



     To apply simply fill in the form available to download under the Adult Education menu on the schol website www.castlecomercs.com and send complete with €95 (made payable to C.C.S.) to the College of Further Education, Community School, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. Interviews Aug/Sept. 2015


    Grant aid is available from Student Universal Support Ireland under certain circumstances.

For information and applications please go to


SUSI support desk can be contacted on

0761 08 7874

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Wellread Programme


We are delighted to announce that we have received the "wellread" award, an initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development. The school community is now recognised nationally as a school that promotes and encourages a culture of reading.

You can read more about the award on the PDST website by clicking here, and you can find out more about our school initiatives under the "extra-curricular" tab above.



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