CAO is not the only way!
Are you in your final year in school confused with the choice of course/career options available to you? Or maybe you have dropped out of college and need to choose your next step? Well if so then read on, as this article is written with you in mind.!
Consider choosing a Post Leaving Cert Course at Castlebar College of Further Education, centrally located in Newtown, Castlebar.
What is a Post Leaving Cert Course?
These are one year full time courses at Level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications..
Who is eligible to apply?
School leavers who have completed the Leaving Cert or LCVP or LCA can apply as can anyone wishing to gain a Level 5 QQI qualification or wishing to upskill, re skill or get skilled
What can you study?
In CCFE our main areas of study at present are in Healthcare/Nursing, Business, Administration, Social Studies, Childcare, Information Technology, Music, Multimedia Gaming & Animation and new since September 2016 Sport & Exercise Science.
Some great reasons for choosing a PLC Course?
A PLC is definitely worth considering if you still are not sure what you want to do, feel too young to start in third level or have already dropped out of college. Choosing a PLC now could be just what you need to get you back on track!!
Work experience is a vital part of all courses. You will get a great chance to figure out if this chosen career area is really what you want to do. On completion students often change career direction completely from what they initially intended. For others, it helps to clarify career choice.
A PLC course provides excellent preparation for 3rd Level study: You will develop your social, communication, research, team-work and computer skills, do project work and engage in lots of self- directed learning. Graduates of CCFE who enter 3rd level colleges tell us they are much better prepared than school leavers.
You may be eligible for funding while studying. Finance is available for eligible students via the Means Tested SUSI Grant system. Eligible Adults may also be entitled to funding such as Back to Education Allowance check with DSP or INTREO.
For 3rd level courses requiring a portfolio/other assessment a PLC course is an excellent opportunity to get your portfolio together. (e.g. Music Courses or some Art and Design Courses).
You can use your PLC results to gain entry to 3rd Level Courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities all over the country by means of the Higher Education Links Scheme. Rules and restrictions apply - see Student Resources on www.cao.ie for more information.
Experience College Life: You will not get bored in CCFE- there is always something going on!Participation inStudent Events during the year and the friendly atmosphere in the College serve to make sure you take a balanced approach to your work. All students also have the opportunity to participate in clubs, societies and sports teams in GMIT. Alternatively, you will get a chance to try out your ˜leadership skills' by taking part in the Student Council if you are interested.
A Positive and Supportive Centre of Learning:CCFE is a very sociable, friendly college with everyone on first name terms. Our dedicated and supportive staff take a personal interest in each student and support them in achieving their potential throughout the year. We pride ourselves on our excellent track record of achievement with many graduates receiving full Awards with Distinctions over the years.
Next steps? Explore our courses below or take a look at our website ccfe.ie. We have Open Days in March, May and August.