Post Leaving Certificate Courses
What are PLC courses?
If you have finished your secondary school education and would like to develop your vocational skills to get a job or go into further education, a PLC course may be exactly what you need.
Why choose a PLC course?
There is a wide range of PLC courses to choose from and are a great option to gain some skills in an area, or for someone who is deciding what sort of job or college course may suit them best. It is also a good option for someone to take a bit of time after their Leaving Certificate to think about what they may want to do.
What does a PLC course involve?
Post Leaving Certificates are normally a one- or two-year, module-based programme of study.
- They are flexible and developed based on the needs of the job market, which is why many courses can lead directly to specific jobs.
- Some courses include work placements as part of the programme.
- Compared to universities, the class size is often smaller. This means that the lectures and staff are often available to help students. This can really suit autistic students to have a personal element to their course.
- Often there isn’t a need for the student to leave home, as PLC courses are offered in about 200 schools and further education colleges around Ireland.
- Most PLC courses offer a QQI qualification. These are often a job requirement in places such as childcare and social care.
- PLC courses can also serve as a great alternative way to access a third level degree course. If a student did not receive enough points in their Leaving Certificate for a desired course, a PLC course can offer the route in instead.
- A PLC course is often a good way to try out a course if you aren’t ready to straight into college after school.
What awards can you receive from a PLC Course?
PLC courses offer many awards, such as FETAC Level 5, FETAC Level 6, and some City and Guilds qualifications.
Find out more about the benefits of doing a PLC course from two AsIAm Ambassadors, Grainne Butler and Tristan Lennon here.