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Could a PLC course be for you?

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Could a PLC course be for you?

With such a wide range of courses on offer across the spectrum of Irish education, it is not difficult to miss out some of the options available to you. While primary and secondary school are generally standardised for students across the country, the options after second level vary quite a lot. Many students opt to pursue higher education directly after completing their Leaving Certificate, while others explore routes outside of the CAO system. Further Education and Training courses can be very attractive to those who are not yet ready to commit to a four-year course, and many of these options offer great progression links to higher education institutions and directly to the world of work.

This is where PLC courses come in. PLC courses are one or two-year long programmes of classroom learning, combined with applied practical learning. Courses typically consist of eight modules and include a work placement as part of the programme. Students are assessed on the basis of assignments, research, placement and end of year exams.

A full, searchable database of PLC courses is available here.

The chart below outlines the different QQI levels and the courses which correspond to those levels. Most PLC courses are at Levels 5 and 6, and tend to be 1-2 years in duration. 



Higher Education Links Scheme
The Higher Education Links Scheme offers students in PLC courses the opportunity to progress to higher education using their PLC award. Certain named PLC courses provide linking pathways to courses in higher education institutions. Applicants apply through the CAO and progression requires a full Level 5 or Level 6 Major Award, with at least 120 credits. Components (Minor Awards), or achievement of fewer than 120 credits, will not suffice for progression under the HELS.

Find out more about the Higher Education Links Scheme here.

You can see which courses have QQI links on our PLC CourseFinder




How to Apply to a PLC Course
Applications to PLC programmes can be made directly to the college/host institution. PLC colleges hold open days and  interviews throughout the year, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on our events calendar to see when these information days and interviews are taking place.

It is advisable to apply to your chosen course as soon as possible. However, it is always worthwhile to enquire about vacancies as places may become available if students decide to accept CAO offers. Some further education colleges are still enrolling for September entry now. For further information, it is best to contact the institution you are applying to directly.

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