Applying to a PLC Course? Everything you need to know

Applying to a PLC Course? Everything you need to know

The possibilities after school with PLCs are endless and can take you into a broad range of exciting careers - in areas such as engineering technology, animal care, cloud computing, games design, cyber security, science and more.

We’ve put together this helpful guide to answer your PLC related questions.


What is a PLC?

Typically lasting 1 to 2 years, Post-Leaving Cert Courses (also known as PLCs courses) are full-time programmes leading to a NFQ level 5 or 6 qualification.


Do I need points to get a place on a PLC course?

Although many learners tend to have a Leaving Certificate qualification before applying to a PLC course, you may be able to apply without this qualification. If you have work experience relevant to the course of your choosing or think you can show a particular ability in that area, you could contact the course provider, explaining your situation.


How much does it cost?

Great news! From September 2022, the €200 participant contribution fee has been dropped.

Colleges offering PLC courses usually also have a 'course charge' that varies depending on the college to cover expenses such as books, professional registration fees and exam fees.


Am I eligible for student grants?

You may be eligible for a means-tested student grant or a Back to Education Allowance, depending on your circumstances. The Citizen’s Information's Grants for students in further and higher education guidelines are helpful for  qualifies for a grant and how they can apply.


What qualifications do I get?

Courses are generally at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications, though some may continue onto a second year for a Level 6 qualification.


What are my opportunities after completing a PLC?

Post-Leaving Cert Courses or (PLCs) offer smart local options after school, whether you’re looking for a pathway to university, time to try out a subject that interests you before committing to a four-year degree, or direct entry into employment after the Leaving Cert.


Are there specific courses to prepare me for university?

Pre-university courses across areas like science, arts, engineering, law and physiotherapy provide a world of opportunity if you’re looking for a stepping-stone into studying at degree level. Research suggests that studying a FET course first can prepare students better for going into university, with a greater chance of ultimately completing your degree.


What PLC qualifications do I need to get to be eligible to apply to degree level?

Students must achieve a minimum of a Pass grade in every module in order to achieve a full award, and to be eligible to apply to Higher Education.

The marking system for PLC courses is Distinction (80%+), Merit (65%-79%), Pass (50%-64%) and Unsuccessful (0%- 49%). 


Where can I find and apply for PLC courses near me?

Check out the diverse range of PLC courses on offer near you or  contact your local Education and Training Board.

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