Now is the best time to apply for a PLC course
While students are focused on filling out their CAO forms, this is the best time to apply for a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses.
The application process is simple and students apply directly to individual colleges. It costs nothing to apply but early application is important as places on the most popular courses fill up quickly. Once the application has been received, the college will contact the applicant and invite them for interview.
There are many benefits to taking a PLC, or FETAC level 5 course, as they are also known. Many of the courses equip students to enter the work place, and also offer students the opportunity to try out a course before committing to a four-year degree
There are excellent and growing opportunities to use PLC courses to gain entry to universities and institutes of technology. This can be helpful for students who excel in a certain area but may not reach the CAO points to study that area in higher education.
Opportunities for progression are available in nearly all areas of study. Some of the most popular include pre-engineering, pre-nursing, pre-science and computers.
In the accompanying piece Professor Carthy has explained how to find a relevant PLC once a student has discovered a CAO course they could like to study.
Alternatively students may find a PLC they would like to take and may wish to research their possible third level options once they have completed their FETAC level 5.
To do this, students should go careersportal.ie website, click on the @school icon, and then on the Leaving Cert icon.
On the left hand side of this page, they should click on PLC courses 'Simple Search' Using a number of criteria such as keyword, subject area, region county and college, students can find courses of interest. For instance, in Keyword, if the word engineering is entered, it will bring up the full list of PLC courses with engineering in the title. By clicking on the course title they will be brought to a description of the course.
On the right hand side of this page there is the section with FETAC progression routes, where students can click on the course code where they will see to which CAO courses this particular PLC is linked.