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PLC Courses (Post Leaving Certificate)

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PLC Registration & Information Meeting will be held early September, here in the school. All applicants will be notified by post.  
(Course Fee = €350, medical card holders = €150)   

POST LEAVING CERTIFICATE COURSES FOR 2016-2017 Post Leaving Certificate (P.L.C.) Courses in St. Joseph’s College receive their certification from SOLAS (formally the Further Education & Training Awards Council F.E.T.A.C.) which was set up as a statutory body in 2001.   COURSE 1: EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION (LEVEL 5) COURSE 2: EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION (LEVEL 6)   P.L.C. courses at Summerhill receive their certification from the Further Education and Training Awards Council (F.E.T.A.C.) which was set up as a statutory body in 2001. The aim of FETAC is to make quality assured awards in accordance with national standards and to place these awards within a nationally recognised framework.   The PLC courses on offer at Summerhill are Early Childhood Care & Education, Level 5 &  Level 6.   FETAC awards create opportunities for progression to higher education and training. The Higher Education Links Scheme links FETAC awards to reserved places on Higher Education Courses and at present there are 30 Institutes of Technology, Universities (subject to specific requirements) and private colleges offering places on a variety of courses.   At the moment the minimum entry requirement to Higher Certification Course (Level 6) or Ordinary Degree (Level 7) is any FETAC Level 5 Awards. To qualify for entry to these courses, students need to study specific modules relating to the course of their choice. The minimum standard at entry level are eight distinctions equivalent to 400 points.   Links to Higher Education:   Students who achieve the required standard in FETAC Level 5 may progress to Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7) courses in Institutes of Technology.  Entry is based solely on FETAC results and Leaving Cert points do not apply.  Many of our students go on to Third Level Education through this Childcare course.  Furthermore students with appropriate FETAC awards and with 8 distinctions may be admitted on a competitive basis to certain Degree courses in the Universities.  The best 8 modules are used for this purpose.  Some courses may require certain modules.  These are listed in the individual Institute prospectus. Application is made through the CAO in the usual manner.   Students may progress to further studies in institutions both in Ireland and the U.K. Check the FETAC Link and the CAO link on the links page for further details.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION, LEVEL 5 (5M2009)

This is a one year full time course designed to deal comprehensively with all aspects of Childcare policies and practices. The course aims to provide the student with the essential knowledge necessary to work in Childcare or progress to further education.   This course is certified by FETAC which is the national awarding body for all further education and training in Ireland.   Entry Requirements:         Entry is at the discretion of the College Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent is desirable   Candidates should be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. Students who have completed the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme will also be considered. Applications are especially invited from mature students. Selection is on the basis of an interview.   Certification:                      FETAC Certificate Level 5 Recognised First Aid Certificate   Employment Opportunities: ü  Childcare Workers ü  Playschool ü  Crèche ü  Supervisors ü  Montessori ü  Leaders ü  Afterschool ü  Preschool ü  Owners ü  Nanny ü  Au pairs ü  Camps ü  Eligible with 3 minimum experience, driving license, computer literacy for employment with county childcare committees. ü  Nursery nursing (England) Work Experience: Work Experience is an essential element of this course.  Each student will have four weeks placement in a suitable Childcare establishment.  As a result of this placement, many of our students gain part-time and permanent employment.   Course Content: ü  Child Development ü  Child Health & Wellbeing ü  Early Childhood Education & Play ü  Early Care & Education Practice ü  Communications ü  Special Needs Assisting ü  Equality & Diversity in Childcare ü  Work Experience

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION, LEVEL 6 (6M2007)

This is a one year full time course designed to deal comprehensively with all aspects of Childcare policies and practices. The course aims to provide the student with the essential knowledge necessary to work in Childcare or progress to further education.   This course is certified by FETAC which is the national awarding body for all further education and training in Ireland.   Entry Requirements:         Entry is at the discretion of the College Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent is desirable   Candidates should be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. Students who have completed the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme will also be considered. Applications are especially invited from mature students. Selection is on the basis of an interview. Certification:                      FETAC Certificate Level 6 Recognised First Aid Certificate   Employment Opportunities: ü  Playschool and Crèches ü  Special Schools ü  Day Care Centres ü  Classroom Assistant ü  Pre-school / After School ü  Au Pairs ü  Owners / Supervisors Work Experience: Work Experience is an essential element of this course.  Each student will have four weeks placement in a suitable Childcare establishment.  As a result of this placement, many of our students gain part-time and permanent employment.   Course Content: ü  Social, Legal & Health Studies ü  Supervision in Early Childhood Care ü  Childhood Development ü  Early Childhood Curriculum ü  Communications ü  Special Needs Assisting ü  Equality & Diversity in Childcare ü  Work Experience