Pearse CFE runs a two year Leaving Certificate programme for adults

September 7, 2013

Jackie Nunan, Principal of Pearse CFE, describes this programme.  ‘We have 40 years of experience of delivering this very successful programme.  The teachers have a genuine recognition of the challenges that face adults returning to sit this exam.  You may never have sat the exam, or you may have sat it so long ago that it’s very different. You may have family and responsibilities and pressures. You may not have had a positive experience of school first time round and it has taken great courage to come back. We understand all this.  You will be met exactly where you are at and treated with respect in an adult environment.  Students love this programme and go on to great things’.


This two year Adult Leaving Certificate course is an ideal opportunity for you to complete your second level education. It can also assist your entry to University, Institutes of Technology or Post Leaving cert courses.


In order to qualify for the Adult Leaving Certificate course:

  • Applicants must be 18 years old on 1 September of the year of entry.
  • No previous academic records are necessary.
  • An interview is compulsory.
  • International students must sit English language and Mathematics tests unless previous students of the college.


It is carried out over a two year period from September to May. Classes are held Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm – timetables vary.  Many students use the Leaving Certificate to gain employment or to go on to further study. The Adult Leaving Certificate course assists entry to the Science and Business area as well as the Arts / Humanities at third level. It is not only recognised in this country but it is also very highly regarded in many other countries as a qualification for entry into third level colleges. Finally, it is especially useful for mature students embarking on a total career change.

Pearse CFE also offers a one year Repeat Leaving Certificate course.


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City of Dublin Education and Training Board (formerly CDVEC) has 22 colleges across the city.  We offer almost 400 full-time courses to the post Leaving Certificate student.  The range and choice will surprise you. All of our colleges are happy to receive your enquiries.

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