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Why a Post Leaving Cert Course (PLC) could be the Perfect Option

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Why a Post Leaving Cert Course (PLC) could be the Perfect Option

What is a  PLC?

A Post Leaving Cert Course is usually a full-time course that lasts from one to two years. They are held in Colleges of Further Education around the country.​ PLCs tend to be practical and hands-on with built-in work experience.

Why do a PLC?

  1. Post-Leaving Cert Courses offer a great local option for after school.


  1. A PLC course is perfect for someone who is looking to gain skills in a specific area, or who is still trying to decide what sort of job or university degree would best suit them.


  1. PLCs offer a wide variety of subject areas including business, law, accounting, ICT, social care, childcare, art and design, animal science, healthcare and many more.


  1. PLCs can provide a solid foundation in your area of study which ensures that you will hit the ground running once you start university. They are the perfect stepping stone into college.


  1. Specific subject entry requirements do not apply. For example if you do not have the language/maths/science requirement for your university, you can apply the following year through the CAO using your PLC results instead of your leaving cert results.


  1. Universities reserve places on their courses for PLC graduates (known as QQI route). Always check the codes to see what PLC is accepted for the course you’re interested in: CAO and PLCs



  1. Student who miss out on high points courses like medicine, physiotherapy, or veterinary can do a PLC in Pre-University Science or related area. From there they can apply for places in universities here, in Europe or UK. There is also the chance to re-sit the HPAT while doing a PLC.


  1. You can use your SUSI grant for a PLC.



How do I apply?

Places are offered on a first- come, first-served basis. Interested students should fill out an application online for their preferred college in the next few weeks.  Apply Now!

A database of courses is available on Fetch Courses

For further information or to book a one-to-one career appointment contact Carmel at Lighthouse Career Guidance


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