With over two hundred Colleges of Further Education & Training (FET) around the country providing approximately 70,000 places on their courses, school leavers and adults who wish to return to education are spoilt for choice. As well as providing courses for employment and apprenticeships, FET colleges also provide Courses for Progression which are commonly known as Post Leaving Cert courses or PLCs.
These courses result in QQI FET/FETAC Awards are generally one or two years in duration and are accredited at Level 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. It is possible to use this standalone qualification to access employment directly after completing the course but there is an ever-increasing number of students progressing on to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) annually by applying to CAO as a QQI FET/FETAC applicant once they have completed a Level 5 or 6 course in a FET college. A quota of college places each year are reserved for QQI applicants in universities and ITs (HEIs) which students can apply for on a competitive basis.
Why should you choose a PLC?
There are lots of reasons why an increased number of students each year are opting for this route. If you are a school leaver and unsure about what you want to do or feel that you are not ready for the move on to university or an Institute of Technology, a PLC offers the opportunity to try an area of interest out and gain work experience before jumping into a three or four year degree. It also prepares you very well for progressing onto studying that subject area in more detail giving you a great foundation for further study. If you would like another year of living at home you will find lots of options within easy travelling distance of home. Every year points are a barrier to students getting a place on CAO courses. If you don’t manage to get the Leaving Cert points required to gain entry to your preferred CAO course all is not lost. Entry to PLC courses is not based on points and once you complete your Level 5 or 6 QQI FET/FETAC course you can use the results to progress onto multiple CAO courses on a competitive basis. For adults, choosing this route means that you can gain a very valuable qualification for employment without committing to three or four years of study and if you are interested in progressing you can use the qualification as a stepping stone onto higher education. Some CAO courses require particular QQI FET/FETAC courses and modules such as nursing, whereas others will accept any QQI Award. For the latest information on the QQI FET/FETAC links to higher education courses and entry requirements check out the relevant section of www.cao.ie
How do you apply?
Applications for autumn 2021 are to be made directly to the FET colleges while plans recently announced by Minister Simon Harris suggest that from 2022 applications for further education and CAO courses will be processed through a central application portal. Applications are now open in most FE colleges and although applicants can apply up to the start dates in early September it is advisable to apply as early as possible as popular courses fill quickly, some as early as Easter.
To explore the full list of options nationwide check out www.fetchcourses.ie and closer to home see www.kerrycollege.ie and www.killarneycc.ie.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement.
“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/
IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley
By Michelle Crean Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]
By Michelle Crean
Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.
Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.
Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.
Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.
Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.
Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.
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