A PLC course might be the best match for your interest
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.
Inchicore CFE, for example, specialises in Performing Arts. Ballyfermot CFE has a very strong reputation in Animation, Digital Media and Media Production. Coláiste Dhúlaigh has a similar reputation and has been a leader in Outdoor Education for 20 to 25 years. Crumlin CFE has enjoys 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.
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.
‘Students take time to develop and grow’ Maureen Conway Principal Ballyfermot CFE says, ‘A PLC gives them a breathing space and an opportunity to find their niche, an opportunity to fly. It is a time of confidence building and mentoring. Students emerge from our courses as forces to be reckoned with. Ninety percent of students who do a two year HND in Business in Ballyfermot CFE and enter third year of the Business degree at Tallaght IT go on to acquire an honours degree.
Further Education courses are usually of one or two years in duration. The majority are accredited by QQI and a number attract Higher National Diplomas and other qualifications. They are open to those with a Leaving Certificate or an equivalent qualification. Some courses require a basic level in English and Maths and/or in school subjects related to the course. Art and Craft and some Media courses require applicants to submit a portfolio of work. Performance courses may audition applicants as part of the selection process. Further Education courses are also open to mature students subject to Leaving Certificate standard of education or suitable life/work experience.
All Further Education courses interview for places. The interview is generally short and not too formal. Any information that might enhance your application should be sent to the course co-ordinator prior to the interview. At interview you are given the chance to talk about yourself and why the course interests you. Enthusiasm and commitment are often as important as examination results.
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 Educaiton
Killester College of Further Education
Marino College of Further Education
Pearse College of Further Education