Portlaoise Institute of Further Education offers the widest range of Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Courses in the Midlands, which can be used to apply to:

(1) Direct Employment Opportunities
(2) Third Level Education – both in Ireland and the UK

Entry Requirements

Unless otherwise stated the basic requirement for entry to all Further Education Courses (PLC) is successful completion of the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  Mature students who do not have the above qualifications are also eligible to apply.


Students wishing to enrol can complete the online application form available from www.portlaoisecollege.ie. To use this facility you must have a valid:

  • PPS Number
  • An e-mail address
  • A mobile phone number

Applications are open from the 5th February 2016.

Applicants with a disability, significant health condition/and/or a specific learning difficulty must complete the relevant section on the application form. It is College policy to endeavour to provide appropriate support and help within the limits of available resources.  Applicants may not be able to commence a course if the supports are not in place. After course commencement students are asked to inform the College, in writing, of any changes in health/and or special needs.
To confirm your place upon offer, pay fee on-line and return acceptance slip on registration day.
Apply early as places on certain courses are limited.

Check www.portlaoisecollege.ie for important notices on course availability.

Enrolment/Open Evening

Thursday 25th February at 5pm –7pm in Portlaoise College, Institute of Further Education, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

Places on Courses are offered on the following Basis:

  • Places are offered on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course and following the outcome of interview where applicable.
  • Examination results provided.
  • Order of acceptance of offer and payment of fees.
  • All students who are offered a place must pay the full fee by the date indicated on their offer letter.
  • A student who does not pay the fee by the due date will surrender their place on the course.
  • The student may reapply for the course as a late application and be re- interviewed for a vacant place.
  • No cash payments will be accepted.
  • All payments must be paid on-line  using a debit or credit card.
  • Adequate enrolment to run the course/programme.
  • All course participants attend at their own risk, Portlaoise  Institute of Further Education or Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board do not accept liability for damage or injury to persons or property, while present in the College or on the grounds.

Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is a requirement for all our PLC students. Prior to attending work experience students must be vetted by the Gardaí. On registration day all students will be supplied with a Garda Vetting Application Form and instructions on how to process this form. Failure to disclose a Garda Vetting issue may result in a student being suspended or expelled from a course.

Registration Fees

All Students are required to pay a Student Service Charge of €200 and a QQI Examination Fee of €50 prior to course commencement.  Fees must be paid in full in advance of course commencement. Fees are non-refundable. Please note that your medical card covers QQI exam fees only. The Student Service Charge is paid by all applicants.

Other costs (books, exams, equipment, professional membership fees, optional training etc) are also payable. These costs vary depending on the course chosen.  Information on costs is provided under each course outline. See www.portlaoisecollege.ie

Department of Education & Skills Fees

Following the 2013 Budget additional fees of €200 will be payable to the Department of Education & Skills. The contribution is an annual contribution. Eligible participants on PLC courses of more than one year duration must pay the contribution for each year of that course.

  • The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the contribution:
  • Full medical card holders in their own right and their dependent children.
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme.
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or Voluntary Training Opportunity Scheme (VTOS) allowances.

Students with Additional Needs

Portlaoise Institute of Further Education is an equal opportunities institution and welcomes and encourages applications from students with additional needs. It is college policy to attempt to provide appropriate support and help for students with a disability, significant health condition or specific learning difficulty within the limits of available resources. The Institute will inform the student of the accommodation it can provide. Should a student fail to notify the Institute of a specific need at the time of application the Institute may not be in a position to assist at a later date. The Institute and Board of Management is aware that there may be occasions that the facilities, personnel or resources sought by the student seeking special accommodation may not be available. On such occasions the Institute would reserve the right to refuse admission.

International Students

Portlaoise  Institute of Further Education welcomes applications from international students.  International students are asked to familiarise themselves with the information contained in the Admissions Policy, Admissions Procedures and College website. International students are asked to provide the College with copies of any previous educational qualifications including English. Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate to the College that they have the minimum standard of English required prior to being offered a place on a course.  All PLC courses are conducted through English. Non EU Nationals are charged a tuition fee determined by the Irish Government.  All course fees must be paid before a candidate can commence a course. These fees are non-refundable. All information and supporting documentation requested must be submitted to the College before a student can commence a course.

Course Content

  • Students should note that modules on courses are subject to change.
  • Courses commence subject to adequate enrolment. Laois & Offaly Education and Training
  • Board  reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.


Applicants may be asked to attend for interview.  Interviews where applicable for PLC students will be held in May and subject to places been available in August.


The range of financial support available to students intending to attend Further Education includes:

Student Grant Scheme Details available on website www.susi.ie
Fund for Students with Disability Details available on website www.studentfinance.ie
Students Assistance Fund Details available on website www.studentfinance.ie
Back to Education Allowance Details available on website www.studentfinance.ie
Other Finance: Bursaries & Scholarships Details available on website www.studentfinance.ie

Board of Management

The College has a Board of Management which consists of parents, teachers, community representatives and representatives of Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony takes place annually in October.

Student Facilities

The following facilities are available in our College for PLC students – common rooms, use of computer room for research and work, library and fully equipped gym. Photocopying, binding and printing facilities are available in the stationery shop.