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Why Further Education?

Reasons to look into Further Education with Mallow College:
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Minimal Entry Requirements

No CAO required. Applications are a simple and free online form. Level 5 courses require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent; or, for mature students (23+), relevant experience.

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Wide Range of Courses

Animal Care; Carpentry; Art; Gaming Design; Sound; Video; Accounting; Business; Secretarial; Networks; Programming; Social Studies; Childcare; Complementary; Hairdressing; Healthcare; Nursing; Security; Sports.

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In the News

PLC courses have the highest numbers, with 69,802 full-time. 15,390 are on Specific Skills Training. 36,628 in back-to-education. 37,928 in adult-literacy groups. 51,999 on community-education. General learning courses are by far the single most popular, with more than 157,000 people.

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Equal Opportunities

We guarantee equal opportunities and to promote a safe College community welcoming and celebrating all our diversities – Irish and New Irish. Witamy! أهلا بك

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Student Grants

Available to first-time students who are progressing to a QQI Level 5/6. Head to Susi.ie for an eligibility reckoner and a step-by-step guide to applying.

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Get Unemployment Funding

Ask the Department of Social Protection about transferring from Jobseeker’s to VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme) or BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) and retrain to return to work.

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Second Chance CAO & Progression

Access Higher Education Level 7 & 8 courses with QQI awards, as a mature student, or via direct Further Education progression routes to Institutes of Technology and Universities.

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Change Your Life

Who do you want to be this time next year? Further Education offers you the choice to have a new qualification in 9 months and to start making real changes. No one ever regretted an education.

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Lifelong Learning

For whatever stage you’re at in life, Further Education can be your starting point, your second-chance, or your ‘university of the third age’ and lifelong curiosity. “Educate that you might be free.” – Thomas Davis (1814–45)

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New IT Awards

Prepare for a career in the growing digital economy with the latest QQI level 5 & 6 awards in Information Technology in computer science, networks and programming, across the Cork ETB colleges.

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Transport Links

A lot closer than you think by train (Cork, Tralee, Limerick, & Tipperary), bus (51, 243, LocalLink), & driving (N20 & N72). Free no-hassle parking on campus.

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College Life

Great College atmosphere. Small class sizes. Helpful, friendly, enthusiastic staff. College student services and extra supports for special needs.

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Mallow Town

Mallow Town is your campus. Public library, crèche daycare, parks, swimming pools, and gyms, shops and supermarkets, cinema, restaurants and pubs.

Apply free online now for full-time QQI level 5 and level 6 day-courses starting in September 2017.

People Like You

A profile of learners in Further Education.
Who were the Class of 2017?

Did you ever wonder what people in Further Education are like and who they are?

The simple answer is that there is no one type of learner. There is no one type of person.

Looking at our full-time day-course Class of 2017 in Mallow College we were men and women, from school-leavers to mature students in our 60s. We were CAO applicants looking for another way to progress to CIT, LIT, ITT and UCC and UL. We were Leaving Cert. students heading for a career. We were long-term unemployed, part-time workers, and mature learners returning to education after a career or after the family is reared. We were lifelong learners enjoying life and learning for its own sake. We were from Mallow Town, everywhere in North Cork, from around the County and City, from Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, and beyond. People just like you.

  • 69% of learners in total were female - varies by course.

  • 47% of learners came from unemployment or part-time jobs. 14% had just completed the Leaving Cert.

  • 45% of learners were mature students aged 30+. Learners in their 20s made up 30% of the class.

  • 44% of learners had addresses outside Mallow. 25% of learners were new to Ireland.



As well as QQI Levels 5 & 6, Further Education courses are accredited by a range of statutory and professional awarding bodies.
ATI is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians in Ireland – providing an internationally recognised business qualification.
Cork ETB has responsibility for the delivery of Further Education in Cork City and County.
Internationally recognised MOS certification validates the skills needed to get the most out of Microsoft Office & Windows operating system.
Established under the Private Security Services Act, 2004, the PSA licences individuals and companies involved in the security industry.
QQI is the national body responsible for awards and standards in Ireland, offering a wide range of awards, nationally and internationally recognised.
Senior Trades is the Department of Education & Skills recognised qualification in professional hairdressing.
VMware Certification offers a standard for IT professionals and critical skills needed by organisations adopting virtualisation technologies.
What our graduates have to say about Further Education.

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