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Sinead Kenny

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Smart Futures

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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Moate Business College

Moate Business College


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At Moate Business College we aim to provide our students with the highest quality education and training which will prepare them for the world of work or further education - often referred to as 'post leaving certificate' or 'PLC' courses – to the population of the Irish midlands. From small beginnings in 1991 the college has grown to its current maximum capacity of almost 500 full-time students. We have developed a wide range of further education courses in response to demand both a local and national level.  The College is renowned throughout the midlands for the quality of its jobs related courses.

Further Education courses have now gained due recognition on the ladder of progression within the Irish Education System - - with approximately 45,000 students choosing this option annually.  Havine completed a Further Education course, there are many options open to students:

  • To go directly into the workplace equipped with the most uptodate skills for todays's fast moving world
  • To progress to higher education in other third level colleges in Ireland and the UK
  • Further progression within Moate Business College

Whatever the option, students will have a solid foundation for a rewarding and satisfying career.

All students attending Moate Business College are offered QQI (Fetac) Certification wich is widely recognised and respected by employers.  At Moate Business College level 5 & 6 courses are offered.  A full certificate is awarded to a candidate who achieved the required standard in the appropriate number and range of modules (usually the successful completion of 8 modules, including any mandatory modules as specified by FETAC)

A Fetac Level 5 qualification takes one year and a Fetac Level 6 qualification can be secured in a subsequent year on successful completion of the level 5. On completion of the Irish Leaving Certificate (end of secondary school examination) or its equivalent, students are entitled to apply to MBC for a place on one of its 12 courses.

On successful completion of their studies at the college students are eligible to apply for further studies at other third level colleges in Ireland.  There are a number of reserved places in Institutes of Technology for holders of level 5 & 6 qualifications.  Student may also apply to colleges in the UK through the UCAS system.  Additional information can be found on The CAO website.

MBC works tirelessly for the benefit of its students and will do it's utmost to provide the best further education possible.