IWA delivers a programme leading to a QQI Level 3 Major Award in General Learning (3M0874).

Programme Aim

This programme will enable the learner to develop the relevant knowledge, skills, and competence to use a range of skills and tools, under direction and with limited autonomy, in familiar situations as well as pursue a range of employment opportunities or to progress to further education or training.

Who is this programme for ?

This programme is intended for individuals who are over 18 years of age and who are not in full-time education and who wish to develop and enhance skills such as reading, writing, maths, and computers. It also supports individuals who would like to gain confidence and work towards a recognised certificate, if desired. Classes are free of charge regardless of your circumstances.

On successful completion learners will be able to:

Demonstrate a range of knowledge in a limited range of personal, social, general and specific concepts.

Demonstrate an understanding of personal, social and general and specific concepts and a limited comprehension of the relationships between them.

Demonstrate a range of practical and cognitive skills and tools used in personal, social, general and specific situations.

What does Level 3 major award in General Learning (3M0874) involve?

The Skills Development Programme is based around training modules that lead to a QQI Major Award in General Learning (3M0874). The total credit value required for this certificate is 60.

Each learner develops their own Individual Service Plan based on their needs and interests, which can include a mix of the above options.

The main training modules (leading to QQI awards) are:

Mandatory Modules
CommunicationsPersonal DevelopmentEveryday MathsComputer Skills
Optional Modules
Self-Advocacy Healthy Living Money Management Internet Skills
Art Gardening Drama Photography
Career Preparation Work Experience

Learners are also offered options to take part in ASDAN Lifeskills Challenges, work towards personal goals, and participate in other informal learning activities. Younger adults can attempt Gaisce, The President’s Award.

Entry Requirements

  • Have an interest in improving literacy, numeracy, ICT, and planning skills and be willing to learn skills in new areas.
  • Take some responsibility for their own learning and demonstrate some autonomy in a classroom setting where there is supervision, support, and direction.
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be in a position to attend all timetabled classes and participate in all programme related activities.

English Language Requirement for Entry

As this NFQ level 3 qualification is delivered through English it is necessary learners will have sufficient written English skills to complete this course. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English to an appropriate level as specified by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) by having an appropriate score in an approved examination in English language.

We accept a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 for successful completion of this programme. We also accept IELTS equivalents such as TOELF score 46-59 and Cambridge exam level B2. We ask applicants to provide evidence of a test result from a recognised exam centre when applying.

If you are not sure what level of English competency you have, please contact training@iwa.ie and our QQI Lead will arrange for you to take an assessment.

Learner Supports

IWA can offer you supports to assist you to take part in the course if you need it. If you think you need any Learner Supports, you can tell your Tutor or your Service Coordinator. Everybody’s needs are different. The supports that you need might not be the same as someone else. Some supports include, scribing assistance, additional time during examinations where appropriate and assessments in alternative formats.

What are the learner Progression routes?

On successfully completing the programme learners will be in a good position to transfer to other appropriate programmes leading to awards at the same level or next level of the national Framework of Qualifications, employment, or volunteering in your community.

How to apply?

We are happy to meet prospective learners to discuss and advise on the course details, career and academic opportunities and assess an applicant’s suitability for the course.

Please contact training@iwa.ie if you need any help or assistance.

Contact our team:

Clontarf, Dublin

Sara Gregson, Irish Wheelchair Association, Blackheath Drive, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Email sara.gregson@iwa.ie or phone 01 818 6478.


Eimear Phelan, Irish Wheelchair Association, Claddagh Court, College Road, Kilkenny.
Email eimear.phelan@iwa.ie or phone 056 776 2775.

Ballycanew, Wexford

Lorna Earle, Irish Wheelchair Association, Lochrann House, Cinema Lane, Wexford.
Email lorna.earle@iwa.ie or phone 053 948 2522