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PLC Post Leaving Cert

If you are interested in people, their behaviours and motivations, and how they think and act in a range of situations, then our Psychology course will provide you with an introduction to this fascinating field. Psychology opens doors to our understanding of how people act and interact, and how psychological theories impact not only society and mental health, but also the worlds of business, law, design, education, social research, marketing and communications, and many more.

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
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1 year

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:

Community organisation
Mental health
Business management
Marketing and communications

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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

As part of our Psychology course, you will explore the theories and practices of psychology, learning about the methods used in psychological research, including techniques such as observation, case studies, psychometric tests, surveys and experiments. You will learn how this understanding influences the world at large.

This course will enable you to progress to a wide range of Higher Education options, including degrees in Applied Psychology and will introduce you to the possibility of people-centred careers such as counselling, therapy, behavioural studies and business management amongst many options.

What Makes This Course Special

Introduction to Psychology
Learn new theory, concepts and techniques
Explore a range of career options
Prepare for many Higher Education options
Excellent progression routes

Course Content

Behavioural Studies
Conflict Resolution
Personal Effectiveness
Research and Study Skills
Human Growth and Development
Personal and Professional Development

5M3114 - General Studies


QQI Level 5 Certificate in General Studies 5M3114

PLSS Code: 415750
Coordinator: Mary Kelly

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: Web:

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