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What is a PLC course?

  • The acronym PLC stands for Post leaving Certificate course.
  • These courses are suitable for anyone who wants to develop practical, vocational or technological skills. The courses tend to be targeted towards specific jobs.
  • PLC's can be useful if you are looking to start work in a specific field soon after you finish the Leaving Cert.
  • The courses are also suitable for adults who want to update their skills or return to the workforce.
  • About 50% of time on the courses is spent on knowledge and training directly related to employment. 25% is usually spent on work experience.
  • PLC courses are held in community education centres, schools and colleges around Ireland.
  • The courses are usually full time.
  • They last from one to two years.
  • Some PLC courses will qualify you to go on to further education at third level.


Why do a PLC course?

  • The skills that you learn on a PLC course are known as transferrable skills. This means the skills learnt on any PLC course will be useful in any line of work.
  • PLCs offer a chance to get work experience under your belt.
  • PLC awards are nationally recognised and employers think well of them.

How to apply:

Find a course that you are interested in. Then, apply directly to the school, college or adult education centre offering the course. You may be called for an interview to discuss the course and find out more about it.


PLC courses can be a stepping stone to ITs and University programmes 

PLC courses as a stepping stone to ITs and University programmes

There are numerous Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses available. PLC courses are valuable qualifications in their own right, but they can also be used as a bridge or a stepping stone between second level and third level education.

Many of the PLC courses available will equip students to enter the world of work, but they can also serve as a good opportunity to explore an area of study, before committing to a three or four year Degree programme in the area. This is particualrly useful for students who are not sure what they want to study.

PLC as a stepping-stone

The opportunities to use PLC courses as a stepping stone to Institutes of Technology (ITs) and to University programmes are steadily increasing in number. This approach can be particularly useful for the student who is worried that they will not get the required CAO points for a higher education course in their area choice. PLC progression routes are available in nearly all areas of study, including Computers and Technology, pre-science, pre-engineering, and pre-nursing.

Exploring PLC Courses that are Linked to Degree Programmes

As an alternative to starting with CAO courses, students can look at the wide range of PLC courses available, find ones that they might like to do, and explore the third level options available following on from that particular PLC course.Click here to to explore PLC courses on Courses  with a FETAC progression route are shown with a link symbol. Students can click on the course code for information on the CAO courses that the particular PLC course is linked to.

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