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Engineering - Pre-Apprenticeship

PLC Post Leaving Cert

Pre-Apprenticeship Engineering offers students the ideal opportunity to learn how to apply solutions to practical problems. This full-time Level 5 course is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to go on to pursue an apprenticeship. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of Engineering Fabrication, Machine Tool operation and Joining methods. Candidates also study construction services and systems and develop these skills which are essential to gaining an apprenticeship in a range of trades in the Engineering and Construction Industry.

Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time, Daytime
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Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Progress to further study and careers including:

Metal Fabrication
Tool Making
Aircraft Mechanics
Mechanical Automation

QQI FET Links to CAO Courses

Course Web Page

Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

You will study the fundamentals of engineering and construction – covering drawing, practical workshop and construction skills and the underpinning theory. This course provides you with an understanding of engineering and construction in a wide variety of careers in areas including Engineering fabrication, product manufacturing, construction, electrical & mechanical services. Our industry connections will help you maximise your progression and career options.

What Makes This Course Special

Learn in our fully equipped workshops
Use industry standard software SolidWorks®
Learn practical skills and apply knowledge
Discover new technologies
Great professional links
Excellent progression routes

Course Content

Building Construction
Computer Aided Draughting
Engineering Drawing
Engineering Workshop Processes
Engineering Workshop Theory
Work Experience

5M2061 - Engineering Technology

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Engineering Technology 5M2061
Safe Pass Certificate
Manual Handling Certificate

PLSS Code: 415243
Coordinator: Pat Lawlor

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230
Email: Email:

Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time, Daytime
Apply to:
Course provider