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What is a PLC Programme?

The Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programme is a full-time programme for young people who have completed their Leaving Certificate and adults returning to education. PLC courses are mostly provided in vocational schools with some provision in voluntary, secondary and community and comprehensive schools. PLC courses are generally at QQI Level 5 or Level 6. 

How to Apply?

Students may join the programme by contacting the nearest Education and Training Board (ETB) or school offering PLC courses. You can search PLC courses and providers on Qualifax.

Under the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), places on selected courses in the Institutes of Technology are allocated on the basis of attainment achieved in awards by candidates on PLC courses. Details are available from the school principal or guidance counsellor or from QQI



 Student Grant Information / Applications

 A maintenance grant scheme for which PLC students are able to apply is available. The maintenance scheme is means tested and grants are paid along the same lines as the current third level student support schemes.  SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland's single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants.  For information on grant eligibility, grant process or to make a grant application go to SUSI.




 Progression Routes into Higher Education 


The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) gives learners the opportunity to use their QQI Level 5 or 6 major award to apply, through the CAO, for a place in the first year of a higher education programme.  

Linked awards, special requirements and available higher education programmes are published by the admissions office of the individual higher education institution and on CAO website including:


QQI FET Entry Requirements


Scoring Scheme for QQI FET Qualifications 


Quota reserved for QQI FET applicants on Nursing courses 


Video guide for QQI FET Applicants 


Points Calculator for QQI Level 5 & 6 awards (from 2017 onwards) 


Further information can also be found on QQI's website: Going to higher education using my QQI Award


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