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FET colleges offer excellent opportunities for progression

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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.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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