VTOS Castlerea

Welcome to the Webpage for Castlerea VTOS Centre


The V.T.O.S. centre in Castlerea is situated in the former vocational school building thus continuing the Roscommon V.E.C. tradition of involvement in education in the town. This building is also the venue for Autumn and Spring night classes and there are ongoing basic literacy,  numeracy classes and English for speakers of other languages, under the guidance of the Adult Basic Education Coordinator.
V.T.O.S. started in Castlerea in the year 1993 – 1994. Kathleen McNulty is now the coordinator here. As a stand alone centre the students can learn in an independent adult environment. Courses are accredited by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (F.E.T.A.C.)

VTOS creates opportunities for students to make friends, open doors and to improve their confidence and skills. It allows individuals to look into different career directions and often our students progress to third level education to explore career paths that they had only dreamt of. The tutors who work in VTOS Castlerea are all dedicated to the work of adult education and are committed to teaching their subjects in which they all are highly qualified. It is enjoyable to work with adults and to play a part in helping them to reach their full potential especially when those individuals unleash talents and skills that can surpass their expectations.

This year our programme is in a state of transition, from September 2012 we will be offering a FETAC Level 4 general Learninng Certificate to 1st Year students and a more specialised programme of awards in year 2  which will include;  Art Portfolio Preparation at level 5, Childcare at level 5 and General Learning at level 5.

If you are interested in joining the VTOS course in Castlerea contact us and we will be glad to speak with you about our course.

Subjects on offer at Level 4 & 5 from September 2012 in V.T.O.S. Castlerea include:

Year 1 Subjects (Level 4)

General Learning

  • Computer Applications
  • IT Skills
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Mathematics
  • Woodwork
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Year 2 Subject Choices (Level 5)

Art, Craft & Design Award/Portfolio Preparation

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Printmaking

Early Childhood Care & Education Award

  • Child Development
  • Early Care & Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Child Health & Well being
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood

General Learning Award

  • Research & Study Methods
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Combined Materials
  • Design


Mandatory modules in each award:

  • Work Experience/Practice,
  • Personal  Effectiveness
  • Health & Safety at Work


There is an option for students who have a level 4 to be taken straight into second year, for the Art Award and General Learning Award,

Please contact us for further information.




Kathleen McNulty (VTOS Coordinator),
Adult Education & VTOS Centre,
Patrick Street,
Co. Roscommon.
Phone:094 9620161
Email: castlereavtos@roscommonvec.ie