PLC Course Overview

Post Leaving Certificate Courses

Beaufort College runs four Post Leaving Certificate Courses which run from September to June.  All PLC courses in Beaufort are validated by QQI.

 

 

Course 1:

Childcare – Early Childhood Care and Education

(5M2009)

Course Overview

The purpose of this Course is to prepare students to work with young children in a range of setting including Nurseries, Crèches, Playgroups, Primary Schools and Special Needs areas.

Objectives

Students will have the qualifications and confidence that will allow them enter the Childcare Services

Pre-requisite for the course

Students must have a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes or equivalent standard of education.

Mature Students i.e. 23 years and over without formal qualifications will be given special considerations.

Modules Covered

Child Development

Early Care and Education Practice

Early Childhood Education and play

Child Health and Well Being

Communications

Special Needs Assisting

Creative Arts for Early Childhood

Children with Additional Needs

Information Technology Skills

Work experience work placement for one day a week and a block of two weeks during the course is mandatory.

Assessment

Examination in Child Development and Caring for Children. Continuous assessment during the year in addition to monitoring by an external examiner

Enrolment requirements

A prospective student should have an interest in Childcare.

Interviews

All eligible applicants are interviewed to assess suitability.

Career Opportunities

This course is intended for students wishing to pursue a career in Childcare. It offers opportunities to access further specialist training courses in the area of Childcare.

 

Course 2:

Portfolio Foundation Course in Art

(5M1985)

Course Overview

The purpose of this Course is to provide learners with an understanding of Art & Design. Students will prepare a portfolio of work with a view to entering third level colleges in Art & Design or to enhance their skills to find employment in an Art related area.

Objectives

Students will be encouraged to develop their creativity in a wide range of visual and artistic skills based on study through a number of art related modules

Assessment

Continuous assessment during the year in addition to being monitored by an external examiner

Pre-requisite for the course

Students must have a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes or equivalent standard of education. Mature Students i.e. 23 years and over without formal qualifications will be given special considerations.

Modules Covered

Drawing

Sculpture

Ceramics

Painting

Appreciation of Art/Craft Design

Communications

Graphic Design

Work Experience

Enrolment requirements

A prospective student should have a body of work, which demonstrates a competence in drawing, painting, 3D studies, photography or other art disciplines.

Interviews

Personal interviews will be held in May.

Career Opportunities

This accreditation will prepare students in entering Third Level Colleges in Art & Design or employment in an Art related area.

 

Course 3:

Business Administration

(5M2468)

Course Overview

The purpose of this Course is to provide learners with Business and Secretarial knowledge and skills to enable them to function with confidence in a modern office environment.

Objectives

Students will have the qualifications and confidence to allow them enter the business environment

Assessment

Continuous assessment and final end of module examinations. 

Assessments will be monitored by an internal and external examiner.

Pre-requisite for the Course

Students must have a Leaving Certificate with 5 passes or equivalent standard of education. Mature Students i.e. 23 years and over without formal qualifications will be given special consideration.

Modules Covered

Text Production/Typewriting

Desktop Publishing (Publisher)

Word Processing (Word)

Computer Applications (Access, Excell and Powerpoint)

Information Technology

Payroll Manual/Computerised (Sage Quickpay)

Bookkeeping Manual/Computerised (Sage Tasbooks)

Communications

Business Administration

Business Law

Work Experience

Work Placement

This involves placements on a one day a week basis (Tuesday) in an office.  This gives students a good understanding of their chosen field and the qualities and characteristics required for a successful career.

Interviews

All eligible applicants are interviewed in May/June and a further round of interviews will be held in late August to assess suitability.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the course satisfactorily are very well equipped for a wide variety of positions in business or students may use the course as an alternative to the Leaving Certificate (through the CAO) for progression to higher education degree and diploma courses.

 

Course 4:

Software Development

(5M0529)

Course Overview

Software developers are in extremely high demand within all business sectors, including IT, medical, educational, etc.     Completing this one year course demonstrates that a graduate possesses the necessary knowledge and skills required to     succeed in this booming area.

Objectives

Students will be equipped with the knowledge required to  understand, build and maintain software systems . Successful  participants will also be competent in the operations of the computer system.

Pre-requisite for the Course

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. Mature students are welcome. All applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability.

Modules Covered

Object-Oriented Programming

Programming & Design Principles

Software Architecture

Mathematics for IT

Communications

Work Experience

Database Methods

Web Authoring

Word Processing (subject to change)

Work Placement

This will take place every Wednesday in a course-related setting. This gives the student a good understanding of their chosen field in addition to the quality and characteristics required for a successful career.

Interviews

All eligible applicants are interviewed in May/June/August to assess course suitability.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may choose to undertake employment in a software related area or pursue further study in a range of colleges and universities.

 

Grants

All Students are eligible to apply for the PLC Maintenance Grant

 

Get the Application Form from Secretary at Beaufort College, Navan