PLCs courses prepare students for third level or the workplace
Further education colleges offer what are known as post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses. There is an enormous variety of programmes, open to both school-leavers and mature students at Level 5 (one year) and Level 6 (two years).
These courses aim to prepare students to enter the workplace, build skills or enter third-level education. Courses include Hairdressing, Pre-university Science and Engineering, Media, Art, Accountancy and many more.
Universities and institutes of technology reserve a quota of places on some courses for students who complete PLCs. While there is a competition for these places, it is not based on Leaving Certificate points, and many students find themselves on their original CAO course of choice, or a similar one, a year after finishing school - and having picked up a lot of useful knowledge and skills in the process.
There are over 700 courses listed on the CAO that will consider any PLC course for entry and most PLC courses will lead to a possible entry to multiply CAO courses.
Many of the courses are now full or have waiting lists. However there are likely to still be places available in a number of courses in each college and they will be holding interviews in the coming days and weeks.
Further education colleges are run by local education and training boards (ETBs) and is located all over the country. Interested students should contact their local college and find out which courses are still accepting applicants and when interviews will be held.