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PLC courses provide valuable and worthwhile options to students who may not get enough CAO points for the course they wanted, or who choose further education courses for a variety of other reasons.

A major advantage of the further education system is that it provides very practical education and training. Staff at Mercy College are aware of developments in the Irish employment market, and have links with local companies and industry, so courses are tailored to provide students with the useful skills sought by employers.

Further education courses offer a viable route right to the top of the third level ladder. It is possible to enter the third level system from a Mercy College PLC course, through dedication and hard work and to, progress via a private college, IT or university on to a full degree or even a postgraduate qualification. Obviously this will take longer than entering directly at university level but the direct route is not always possible for most students. There are some careers for which a further education qualification is not suitable. Some employment areas now require a degree as a minimum entrance standard. Students interested in studying academic or scholarly subjects may find that the universities and ITs offer them more options. It is important to remember that the quickest and most direct way to a professional career – whether in industry, business or other area – is still to get a third level qualification at the highest level possible for you.

Some students may not be ready to move on to a university or IT for a number of perfectly logical reasons, including family responsibilities, financial pressures or deciding that their potential lies in other areas. Mercy College can offer a more direct route into the workforce. A Post Leaving Certificate qualification in many subjects opens up a wide range of career options and possibilities.

Mercy College PLC School is smaller than colleges of Further Education. Many students can find that the smaller scale of Mercy College suits them and caters for their particular needs and personal situation. Some students feel a bit lost at university; Mercy College can provide an environment in which many students thrive and reach their full potential.

Further education courses are also increasingly attractive to mature students. Statistics show that there are more mature students in the further education sector each year than in universities and ITs. With changes in Ireland’s economy and job market, the further education sector plays a valuable role in helping people gain new skills and abilities to enable them to take up employment in both Irish and multinational companies. Therefore, the further education sector provides a most valuable and useful route to a wide number of careers.

Places at Mercy College are strictly limited and admittance to our courses are by interview process.

Entry Requirements

Further Education courses are designed to enable people to enter an area of work where specific skills are necessary. They are also used as a bridge into 3rd level education for many students.

Acceptance to courses is by application form and/or interview

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FETAC, the Further Education and Training Awards Council, is the single national awarding body for the further education and training sector in Ireland and has responsibility for making awards previously made by BIM, Fáilte Ireland (CERT), FÁS, NCVA and Teagasc.

FETAC makes awards at six levels of the National Qualifications Framework (see chart across).

Mercy College provides a number of Further Education courses at FETAC Level 5/6 for students with Leaving Certificate standard of education (or equivalent qualification). Most courses are of a one year duration.. It is important for students enrolling on a particular Further Education course to check with individual college authorities as to whether that course leads to a FETAC award in the 2013/2014 session and if it meets with the learner’s progression requirements.

These courses are of tremendous educational benefit to the individual and additionally can be used as a stepping stone into third level education. There is also an opportunity for advanced progression into third level from some Level 6 courses. Course coordinators can usually advise as to links individual courses may have with third level institutions both in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

COURSES 2014/2015

Students pursuing full-time PLC Further Education courses in 2013/2014 may be eligible for the PLC Maintenance Grant. Students who are awarded the maintenance grant will receive payment in 9 monthly installments (in arrears) throughout the academic year. Payment is based on attendance and does not cover registration and examination fees. ONLINE ONLY student grant application system has now been  introduced.All NEW applications will be made online to a single awarding authority,SUSI(Student Universal Support Services),through
The Maintenance Grant is means tested and is based on the 2011 financial year. We would advise sourcing the documentation as early as possible to prevent delays in processing your application.