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Each year many students secure places on their dream course through the CAO, not based on their Leaving Cert points but rather using the results they have achieved by completing a Post Leaving Cert (PLC) course in a College of Further Education & Training (FET).

In 2020, 12,556 applicants to CAO for places in colleges and universities around the country presented with QQI/FET (or FETAC) qualifications with over 4,000 of such applicants being offered by CAO in early August. A quota of places (up to 10%) is reserved on many CAO courses for students applying on the bases of the QQI/FET points achieved in exams after completing one year of a PLC. There are also extensive options for graduates of PLC courses to apply for college/university places in the UK through UCAS, and throughout Europe. In all cases, places are offered on a competitive basis.

PATHWAYS

While progression routes are not available into every course on CAO, the number of pathways is increasing each year. Progression is not guaranteed but doing as well as possible in QQI/FETAC exams gives you a great chance to secure a place on a Level 6, 7 or 8 course by applying to CAO once you have completed the course. The other thing you need to check is the entry requirements for QQI/FETAC applicants. In some cases applicants can apply from any PLC course while there are a number of CAO courses that will look for a certain number of distinctions and require that you have completed specific PLC courses and modules.

OPTIONS

There are several ways to check out the PLC options available, the progression routes available and the CAO entry requirements for QQI/FETAC applicants. To check out the extensive range of PLC courses available nationwide, check out www.fetchcourses.ie. To explore what is available more locally, check out your local Education and Training Board (ETB) and in the case of Kerry students make sure to check out www.kerrycollege.ie. You will find the most up to date information about QQI/FETAC progression routes in that section of www.cao.ie. You can search using the code of the PLC course you are considering and also search using code for the CAO course that you are interested in progressing onto. Remember not all CAO courses have reserved places from QQI/FET applicants, but many do! You will find a really helpful resource on www.careersportal.ie/courses/progression_routes and you can check the college websites for more information on entry requirements and the number of places available.

These attractive progression routes are not the only reason why doing a PLC is a great idea. Entry to the programmes is not based on Leaving Cert points. You get a great foundation in your chosen area before you commit to three or four years of study, making the first year of Higher Education more manageable as you gain valuable work experience and in many cases you can access PLC courses very close to home. If you haven’t done so already you can apply now directly to the individual FET college by logging on to their website. Places are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis, so apply sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

​​​​​​​Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant. For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 

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Top tips for autumn health and fitness

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness We’ve found Activate clients usually like to refocus on their goals as summer draws to a close, so here are some tips for autumn health and fitness. Something about the season change always motivates people to create a routine that usually lasts from now until the holidays. With all […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

We’ve found Activate clients usually like to refocus on their goals as summer draws to a close, so here are some tips for autumn health and fitness.

Something about the season change always motivates people to create a routine that usually lasts from now until the holidays.

With all the change and flux over the past 18 months, your routine might be a little different this year. However, that’s no reason to avoid revisiting your goals. As always, we’re here to help. At Activate we’re challenging ourselves to do Goal Review Sessions with as many members as possible in the next six weeks.
We’d love to sit down with you to make a plan. If there are any new challenges in your life – working from home, lack of child care, etc – we can help you find ways to prioritise your health and fitness.

Here are a few simple things to keep making progress:

1. Schedule your workouts

Things are going to get busy in September so pull out your calendar and schedule your workouts. Once you have them booked, treat them like important appointments that can’t be moved. This is key to building your routine as kids go back to school and job stress increases.

2. Get fitness out of the way earlier in the day

Most people find that getting a workout in early in the day “sets them up”. This can be true, but having that non-negotiable time is vital regardless of whether its morning or evening. If you tend to get to the afternoon slump and the idea of a workout slips down the list of priorities and sometimes doesn’t happen at all, start working out before work and stop it becoming an issue!

3. Pack your gym bag the night before

This is a small thing, but it’s super effective. If you’re scrambling in the morning, the kids are crazy, and you’re running late, you might say “forget it” to fitness if you have to pack a bag. But if it’s sitting by the door, all you have to do is grab it. Better yet, put it in the car, so there’s no chance you forget it. An emergency measure: Always leave some “backup” clean workout gear and shoes in the car or at the office, so you’re covered if you ever forget the gym bag.

4. Prioritise nutrition and rest

If you’re feeling burned out, you can do wonders for your health just by eating well and getting a little extra sleep. Resist the urge to order the 10pm pizza. Get healthy meals planned and then get to bed on time – or even earlier if you’re feeling run down. If you absolutely can’t find time to work out, sleep and nutrition become even more important.

5. Get some healthy snacks

Many trips through the drive-through are caused by hunger and desperation. You can often avoid them by getting some healthy options in place so you’re prepared when hunger strikes. Maybe keep a box of low-sugar, high-protein bars at the office, or put a few healthy frozen meals on an “emergency shelf” in the freezer. You can always keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand, but a few non-perishable backups will help you double down on healthy eating when time is tight.

6. Tell your coach how you’re doing

We are here for you! If you’re having a great day, let us know. If you’re struggling, we want to know about that too because communication is critical. This will help us tailor our service to give you exactly what you need each day.

Now is the best time of year to set yourself up for solid routine as winter draws closer. If the pandemic has thought us anything, it’s that health and fitness should be an integral part of our lives.

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Universal Contour Body Wrap

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio After the busy warm summer, the kids are now back to school so you might have a little extra time for some constructive pampering. Having a body wrap can be amazing for your skin, and also for inch loss and detoxing. If you’re looking for a […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

After the busy warm summer, the kids are now back to school so you might have a little extra time for some constructive pampering.

Having a body wrap can be amazing for your skin, and also for inch loss and detoxing. If you’re looking for a treat now that you have time as you are back to a routine, this might be the thing for you. With our renowned body wrap, you will be covered in sea clay from head to toe. The clay itself contains bentonite for excellent draining properties, magnesium sulphate for stimulation and exfoliation, magnesium chloride combats stress and fluid retention, zinc oxide which is anti-inflammatory, and sodium chloride for tightening skin.

It’s hypoallergenic, not tested on animals and all natural ingredients. It can be very healing on skin suffering from psoriasis or eczema, with stretch marks or loose sagging skin from losing weight or having a baby. It’s also suitable for both men and women that are looking to kick start a weight loss programme or just a feel-good treatment.

Along with clay, we use a specific wrapping technique with bandages, to lift and tighten the skin and help to contour the body shape. Also, there are electrical straps with a faradic current stimulating blood flow to aid excretion of toxins which helps the anti-cellulite effect and detoxification process. Anyone that has ever tried to lose a few pounds or diet knows that a good detox sets you up to lose weight more efficiently. Finally, you are cocooned in a heated blanket, to help you sweat out any excess toxins. The heat of the blanket helps to open the pores and allows the active sea clay go in and absorb the toxins at a deeper level. Overall it is a very enjoyable and effective treatment.

There is a specific three-day detox to follow directly after having the wrap. For more information or to book an appointment, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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