Frequently asked questions

Want to find out more about Student Support, Courses, Programmes, Community Partners or anything else about the services we offer? Read our FAQs below.


€300 for our accredited courses

€200 for our unaccredited courses

assistance is available (see FAQ question 3)

VCC requires a non refundable deposit of €50 before the commencement of courses with the remainder to be paid before the course finishes.

There are a small number of bursaries available. For further information please contact

Access to a broadband internet connection is recommended. For live classes we also recommend a laptop plus a headset and a microphone. For more information click here.

We aim to have no more than 25 learners per course to enable real, personalised interaction between learners and tutors.

All of our higher level courses are officially accredited by IT Carlow and are recognised qualifications.

The community partners are there to provide a communal space and support for learners to come together to access the coursework.

Please get in touch if you would like to see where your local community partner is. Our network of community partners is continuously growing and we have successfully ran courses nationwide.

For unaccredited programmes

VCC welcomes all learners to its unaccredited programmes, including those with different learning abilities. To benefit from the programme, we recommend that learners have intermediate English language skills. If in doubt, please talk to the programme tutor. There are no compulsory assessments on VCC’s non-accredited programmes. Attendance and participation is based on the student’s interest in the subject and their love of learning.

For accredited programmes

Applicants should have completed the Leaving Certificate or a QQI (FETAC) Major Award at Level 5 preferably in the area of study or a related area. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Institute of Technology Carlow policy on recognition of prior learning (RPL). Applicants may be required to attend for an interview.

By cheque , postal order and directly into the bank, we also have the facility to take payment by debit and credit card. If you have any questions please email us at or call 01 534 1847.


You can get more detailed info by reading our programme information leaflet, available here: programme prospectus.

Unaccredited programmes

For unaccredited programmes, you need to be available for one full day Induction workshop (6-hour face-to-face workshop) and 5 online sessions (2 hours per week).  It is recommended that participants allocate 1 hour per week for self-directed study to cover suggested readings and videos.


Accredited programmes

For accredited programmes, you need to be available for two full day workshops (2 x 6-hour face-to-face workshops) and 8 online sessions (2 hours per week).  It is recommended that participants allocate 3 hours per week for self-directed study to cover suggested readings and videos.