PLC courses are intensive, full-time, one year programmes that prepare students for entry-level employment or progression to further study.  Courses are designed as an ideal progression from Leaving Certificate for those who want an extra year to study a specific vocational area and for adults returning to education.

Successful students may apply to third level programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Courses are offered at three post-primary schools managed by Donegal ETB.

There are a range of courses offered in the following fields of learning: Animal Care, Art, Business, Childcare, Construction Technology, Health Service Skills, Nursing Studies, Sport and Recreation. All courses are offered at QQI level 5 and all include an element of work experience.


Courses are subject to a registration fee of €100.00.  The registration fee will cover the cost of books, exams and photocopying.

The following categories of participants are exempt from paying the €50.00 QQI exam fee:

  • 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)

How to apply

Courses are currently based in three of our colleges: Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar and St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs. Please follow the links to the individual College websites for further information on courses and the application process.

You can find more information on our range of PLC courses in this information brochure:


Contact Details

Errigal College
PLC Coordinator
Michelle O’Reilly
Tel: 074 91 21047

Finn Valley College
PLC Coordinator
Kathleen Boland
Tel: 074 91 31684

St Catherine’s Vocational School
PLC Coordinator
Anne Marie Luby
Tel: 074 97 31491

Student Stories

Read Dmytro’s Construction Technology story. 

Read Catherine’s Nursing Studies story. 

Read Joel’s Sports, Recreation and Exercise story.

Read Behishta’s Business Studies story. 

Read Louise’s Art, Craft and Design story. 

Read Miranda’s Animal Care story. 

Read Danielle’s Early Childhood Care and Education story.

Read Jamie’s Business Administration story.

Read Myles’s Sports, Recreation and Exercise story. 

PLC courses prepare students for entry-level employment or progression to further study.

PLC Programme Supports

The following supports are available while on our PLC courses