Whether you are looking for a sociable way to learn a language or whether you are looking to gain a particular formal qualification, the range of night classes available throughout Ireland should provide you with what you need.
Night classes take place during term time in Education and Training Boards (ETBs), FÁS Training Centres, schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. The courses on offer vary from centre to centre so it is worth looking around if you have a particular interest you would like to pursue.
In general you need to enrol a few weeks before the course starts. Enrolment takes place around mid September, again in mid-January and, in those centres with a summer term, around mid-March.
Normally, night classes are advertised locally - for example in your local newspaper, community centre, health centre, school, parish hall, etc. Your local ETB, college, secondary school and FAS Training Centre will also be able to give you details on the courses that are on in your area and when they begin.
Education and Training Boards
Since 1 July 2013, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) replaced Vocational
Educational Committees (VECs). All services provided by VECs will continue to
be provided by ETBs. FÁS training services will also be transferred to the
ETBs when SOLAS is set up.
The majority of night classes are unaccredited and, as a result, you will not need any formal qualifications to take part. However, if you are interested in a course that offers a particular qualification, you may be required to have some prior qualification or experience in order to be eligible. Get in touch with the course organisers in advance, to check if there are any academic or professional qualifications required for your course.
The only requirement for most night classes is that you pay the fee in advance.
Night classes are generally self-funding so the cost of your course will relate directly to the cost of the materials you will need. As a result, costs may differ greatly from course to course.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.