The option of choosing a Post Leaving Certificate programme is a very important one to consider because:-
- It might be the very best match for your interest
Further Education has developed many specialist programmes. Students whose interests are in areas like media, or horticulture or sports often choose PLC as their first choice because of the practical element and the overall reputation the courses have developed.
The performing arts is a specialism at Inchicore CFE, for example. (No higher education college has a diploma or degree in dance). Ballyfermot CFE is famous for animation, digital media and media production. Coláiste Dhúlaigh has similar specialisms and has been the flagship for outdoor education for 20 to 25 years. Crumlin CFE has developed an excellent reputation for its School of Beauty Hair and Fashion. Pearse CFE has a similar reputation for its environmental programmes. The range is wide and surprising.
- It is practical
Many people specifically choose PLC courses because they are practical. You will get hands-on experience from the very beginning. Early work experience will help you to determine very quickly if you have chosen an area that suits your particular talents and skills.
- It could lead to a job
Each of our colleges have strong industry links acquired over decades. Work experience is mandatory on all further education or PLC courses. All of our students will do a work placement at home or abroad.
Students who do well on their placements can find themselves in temporary work which in turn can lead to full-time work.
- It is a progression route
If a student wishes to progress to a degree, PLC colleges have progression arrangements with Colleges and Universities both within the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
PLC courses also allow a student to apply again to the CAO, presenting the result of their PLC course as a method of entry.
- It is an opportunity to explore your choice of career further before committing to, for example, a four year degree path.
- It is an opportunity to explore a brand new subject area.
- It is an opportunity to study locally. Many students regard being local as very important, not having to live away from home. It easier to make friends at a College of Further Education.
- It is a cost effective option
Check out Pearse College of Further Education
Pearse College of Further Education, for example, offers Business, Horticulture, Soccer Coaching, University Access, Computing, Complementary Medicine and lots more!
Pearse has a wide range of PLC courses with links to third level colleges. Their latest link is with Waterford Institute of Technology from the second year of their two year Architectural Technology and Design course to WIT’s BSc in Architectural Technology.
Click here to read some of what past students have had to say about Pearse College:
Pearse also offer a wide range of part time courses called Flexi Fours, held mostly in the afternoon from 2.00 pm. You can choose according to your interest, bearing in mind how many you feel you can manage. Subjects include Criminology, Maths, Creative Writing, Web Design and many more.
Check out www.pearsecollege.ie for more information and to apply online. Please call in and discuss what course would best suit you or fill out an online application form and you will get a call for interview in early September.
CDETB has 16 colleges across the city offering over 400 courses at FETAC 5&6 ranging, A-Z, from Access Courses to Higher Education to Youth Studies and Community Work.
Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Cabra Community College
Whitehall College of Further Education
St. Kevin’s College
Colaiste Dhulaigh – College of Further Education
Crumlin College of Further Education
Inchicore College of Further Education
Colaiste Ide – College of Further Education
Killester College of Further Education
Marino College of Further Education
Pearse College of Further Education