PLC

Post Leaving Certificate Courses

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St. Paul’s Community College offers four PLC courses – (1). Business Studies/Secretarial Skills, (2) Information Technology (3). Engineering Technology and (4) Applied Science. The courses are suitable for Leaving Certificate students, those wishing to access third level, those who wish to return to education and the workforce and those who wish to reinforce existing skills or to up-skill.

These one year full-time courses are intended to train and prepare students who have a good standard of general education for interesting and challenging, but rewarding, careers in the engineering, ICT, secretarial clerical and administrative areas. With full co-operation and diligent and consistent work from students, the Courses will equip the intending engineer, ICT specialist, or secretary with all the skills, knowledge and training required for the efficient and competent performance of his/her duties in the modern office or to pursue further a career in any of the third level colleges or colleges of further education.

St Paul’s Community College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) awards on the National Framework of Qualifications and has agreed its quality assurance procedures with QQI..

The Higher Education Links Scheme enables holders of QQI Level 5 to progress to designated third level courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Progression Agreement with WIT

St Paul’s Community College has a progression agreement with WIT whereby WIT hold places on specific courses for St. Paul’s student’s at reduced entry requirements.

 

Business Studies/Secretarial Skills

(Office Administration 5M1997 QQI Level 5)

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 Course Description

This is a one-year full-time course intending to train and prepare students who have a good standard of general education for interesting and challenging, but rewarding, careers in the secretarial, clerical and administrative areas.

Course Content

 Information & Administration                                  Information Technology Skills

Text Production                                                         Work Experience

Word Processing                                                        Spreadsheets

Marketing                                                                   Communications
Database                                                                    Data Entry

 

Certification and Progression

 QQI Level 5 Office Administration 5M1997

The full QQI Level 5 Certificate facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide.

 

Work Experience

 Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course.  Students are responsible for seeking their own work placement.

 Career Prospects   

 Administration                                                                       Insurance Companies                                    Payroll                                                                                     Banks/Credit Unions

Secretarial                                                                              Clerical

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed a full Leaving Cert Programme. Students should have received 5 Grade D’s in Leaving Certificate Subjects including English.  Places are awarded on a combination of points for Grades in the Leaving Cert and marks awarded for performances at interview.

Mature students with no formal Qualifications are welcome to apply.

 

Information Technology

(Information Processing – QQI Level 5 – 5M2067)

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 Course Description

This is a one-year full-time course intending to train and prepare students who have a good standard of general education for interesting and challenging, but rewarding, careers in the IT, Communications Systems and Administrative areas.

Course Content

 Information Communication Systems                                                          Work Experience Desktop Publishing

Database Methods                                                                                        Word Processing

Information and Administration                                                                  Spreadsheet Methods
Communications

 Certification and Progression

 QQI Level 5 Information Processing 5M2067. The full QQI Level 5 Certificate facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide.

Work Experience

 Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course.  Students are responsible for seeking their own work placement.

Career Prospects

IT Companies

PC Maintenance

Administration

Technical Support Companies

Banks/Credit Unions

Insurance Companies

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed a full Leaving Cert Programme. Students should have received 5 Grade D’s in Leaving Certificate Subjects including English.  Places are awarded on a combination of points for Grades in the Leaving Cert and marks awarded for performances at interview.

Mature students with no formal Qualifications are welcome to apply.

 

Engineering Technology – QQI Level 5 5M2061

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 Course Description

This is a one-year full-time course intending to train and prepare students who have a good standard of general education for interesting and challenging, but rewarding, careers in the Engineering Industry.

Course Content

Engineering Workshop Processes                                                                 Mathematics

Materials Science                                                                                           Work Experience

Engineering Workshop Theory                                                                Communications
Computer Aided Design                                                                                Engineering Drawing
Safety and Health at Work                                                                            Mathematics

Information Technology Skills

Certification and Progression

 QQI Level 5 Engineering Technology 5M2061. The full QQI Level 5 Certificate facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide.

Work Experience

 Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course.  Students are responsible for seeking their own work placement.

Career Prospects

Engineering Companies

Construction Companies

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed a full Leaving Cert Programme. Students should have received 5 Grade D’s in Leaving Certificate Subjects including English.  Places are awarded on a combination of points for Grades in the Leaving Cert and marks awarded for performances at interview.

Mature students with no formal Qualifications are welcome to apply.

 

APPLIED SCIENCE AND LABORATORY TECHNIQUES QQI (5M3807)

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 Course Description:

This is a one-year full-time course intending to train and prepare students who have a good standard of general education for interesting and challenging, but rewarding careers in the area of Science.  It aims to provide students with theoretical, practical knowledge and skills necessary to seek employment opportunities in our regionally expanding pharmaceutical industries.

Course Content:

 Biology                                                                                                Work Experience

Nutrition                                                                                 Communications

Physics                                                                                                Mathematics

Chemistry                                                                               Materials Science

Laboratory Skills

Certification and Progression

QQI Level 5 Laboratory Techniques 5M3807.  The full QQI Level 5 Certificate facilitates entry on a competitive basis to a range of third level institutions nationwide.

Work Experience

 Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course.  Students are responsible for seeking their own work placement.

Career Prospects

Food Science and Pharmaceutical Industries

Healthcare Sector

Laboratory Assistant

Entry Requirements:

 Applicants should have successfully completed a full Leaving Cert Programme. Students should have received 5 Grade D’s in Leaving Certificate Subjects including English.  Places are awarded on a combination of points for Grades in the Leaving Cert and marks awarded for performances at interview.

Mature students with no formal Qualifications are welcome to apply.

 

WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY

Aideen Aulsberry, Business Skills/ Secretarial Skills PLC “What I find good about this course are the computer technology skills I have learned which will prove to be very useful in the working world. I also find that it is a good way to figure out what future career you might like to pursue, as it is a year between secondary school learning and college. Next year I hope to go on to college and embark on further training in business or accounting”

Sean Conway, Engineering Technology PLC “I think the course is very interesting and useful. It is a great stepping stone to get into college next year”.

Brian Quinlan, Information Technology PLC ‘You learn very good communication skills. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in computers. It’s a great way to meet new people and prepare for college”

Ian Phelan, Engineering Technology – “I thought it was an excellent course, I learned a lot and it has really set me up for next year