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11/09/2020 Compass Parents

Discover a World of Choice with Further Education and Training




Discover a World of Choice with Further Education and Training



Leaving Cert students may feel third level is their only route, but with so many options and flexibility available in PLC, apprenticeships and traineeships, there’s a new world to explore.

Following Leaving Cert results this week, along with first round CAO offers to follow shortly, students will be considering their next step. With a system that often favours straight to university, many students may not even realise that there are several other pathways that can lead to the same career result.

Many universities, colleges and Institutes of Technology have programmes in place to recognise FET qualifications as a route to entry. If a student completes a PLC programme with good results and meets specific criteria, they have a good chance of securing a place on a third level course.

Three FET programmes of particular interest for Leaving Cert students are Post Leaving Cert Courses (PLC), and learning on-the-job through programmes such as apprenticeships and traineeships.

Whatever your chosen path, Further Education and Training can take you there.
Find out more at and read some of the stories of past FET learners here.