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 CareersPortal.ie. 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.