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PLC Courses

Find out more about Post Leaving Cert courses

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What is a PLC course?

  • The acronym PLC stands for Post leaving Certificate Course.
  • These courses are suitable for anyone that has left secondary school and wants to develop practical, vocational or technological skills. The courses tend to be targeted towards specific jobs.
  • If you have not done your Leaving Cert, but have relevant work experience, you may still be eligible for a PLC. Ask to meet with the course co-ordinator and then explain your circumstances.
  • PLCs can be useful if you are looking to start work in a specific field soon after you finish the Leaving Cert.
  • The courses are also suitable for adults who want to update their skills or return to the workforce.
  • About 50% of time on the courses is spent on knowledge and training directly related to employment. 25% is usually spent on work experience.
  • PLC courses are held in community education centres, schools and colleges around Ireland.
  • The courses are usually full time.
  • They last from one to two years.
  • Some PLC courses will qualify you to go on to further education at third level.
  • The awards offered by PLC courses include FETAC Level 5, FETAC Level 6 and some City and Guilds qualifications.

Why do a PLC course?

  • The skills that you learn on a PLC course are known as transferrable skills. This means that the skills learnt on any PLC course will be useful in any line of work. 
  • PLCs offer a chance to get work experience under your belt.
  • PLC awards are nationally recognised and employers think well of them.

How to apply:

Find a course that you are interested in by searching SOLAS' course hub website. Then, apply directly to the school, college or adult education centre offering the course. You may be called for an interview to discuss the course and to find out more about it.

There is an annual participant contribution of €200 per year for PLC courses. You do not have to pay this charge if:

  • you hold a full medical card
  • you are the dependent child of a medical cardholder
  • you are entitled to a student grant
  • you are getting a Back to Education Allowance/VTOS allowance


Contact SUSI if you wish to apply for a grant.

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Published January 21st, 2013
Last updated November 28th, 2016
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