What is a PLC Course / FE Course?
A PLC – Post Leaving Cert / FE course is a further education programme of study that forms a bridge between secondary and third level education in institutes of technology, universities and colleges in the UK, the EU and beyond. The qualification (QQI Level 5 or 6) is fully accredited and is recognised by colleges, employers, and employment organisations.
Each course consists of typically eight modules, including work placement, a year-long programme of classroom learning coupled with applied practical learning. Students are assessed on assignments, research, placement and end of year exams. PLCs offer courses across a comprehensive range of career interests
What are the advantages of doing a PLC?
PLC colleges offer a broad range of programmes [search here] covering a range of career interests, including many with a practical content.
- The Higher Education Links Scheme offers PLC students an alternative route into the Third Level college course of their choice – full information on course listings available here or at www.qualifax.ie. If a student fails to meet the Leaving Cert Points requirement, he can still access the course of his choice by meeting the FETAC entry requirements.
- The compulsory Work Experience module is useful, allowing students to gain valuable experience of their chosen workplace
- Courses offer a more gentle progression from school to college
- It can be useful and cost-effective way to spend a gap year if a young person is waiting to take up a deferred place or remains undecided about their plans
- It offers a taster course for subjects not available in a Leaving Cert Curriculum
- Students that have completed the Leaving Cert Applied can access third level education through the PLC route.
How and when are applications made?
Some VECs now operate localised / online central applications systems. In many cases application is made directly to the college in question. PLC courses have been filling up quickly in recent years with many students applying during their Leaving Cert year as a contingency plan.
Applications are made online or by completing the appropriate application form. For information on financial support to PLC students go to www.studentfinance.ie
|Tip: Contact individual PLC colleges to enquire about late vacancies. PLC courses have filled up rapidly in recent years but places may become available as some PLC candidates now take up CAO offers.