Limerick College of Further Education is the largest provider of Further Education/PLC programmes in the Mid-West region. With more than 50 programmes on offer, we are able to satisfy almost everyone’s need to acquire valuable Awards. With the dramatic increase in enrolments in the past two years, the College is a dynamic and thriving educational environment.
Newly refurbished and re-equipped, the setting lends itself to the smooth acquisition of Awards for those willing to make the required effort. These Awards are designed to prepare holders for progression to higher-level awards in Institutes of Technology (IoT’s), Universities and other Colleges. Awards can also lead people directly into the workplace.
The College campus is situated on Mulgrave Street, which is a 10-minute walk from both the city centre and Limerick Bus and Rail Station.
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Limerick, the capital of the Mid-West, has changed dramatically in recent years. Regeneration of the city centre and docklands has made Limerick a vibrant and exciting city, made livelier by the vast number of students attending the many colleges in and around the city. The city plays host to numerous sporting and cultural events and is renowned for its cheerful and welcoming cafés, restaurants and clubs.
Range of Programmes
Limerick College of Further Education has a wide range of programmes to suit the needs of school leavers and mature learners. The vast majority of our programmes are certified QQI Award - Further Education and Training Award. These are awarded by QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland), the national integrated agency responsible for awards in the Further Education and Training sector. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is acknowledged, in line with QQI guidelines. Learning Support is also available to all qualifying learners, including English language support for non-nationals.
Applicants for QQI Levels 5 and 6 should have fluency in generic skills such as literacy/numeracy/interpersonal skills. Programmes involve a certain amount of independent learning i.e. student-centred learning. The degree of independent learning required is very much dependent on the module content. It is of great benefit if applicants have resources required for successful participation (e.g. access to computers/internet, reading materials, tools/equipment, personal learning/study time and that once registered,learners are committed to completing the programme.
Our Target Market
QQI programmes are offered at Levels 5 and 6. Level 5 is the entry level. They are part of the National Framework Of Qualifications. Entry requirements are the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), QQI Level 4 or equivalents. Mature learners are normally exempt (exceptions apply) from entry requirements and so are eligible to apply for all College programmes, once they have reached 23 years of age, or 21 years for the ATI Programme. Other awarding bodies to LCFE learners include City & Guilds and Accounting Technicians Ireland.
Holders of QQI Awards may use their QQI(CAO) points to progress to higher education.
Please contact directly the Admissions Office of any College you plan to apply for as a QQI applicant. They will be able to provide you with any specific entry requirements of their institution. You may also wish to access the CAO website here.The downloadable PDF outlines the information you need to work out exactly how QQI (formerly FETAC) scoring works.
The CAO scores applicants on their best 8 modules where applicants are eligible for consideration. Please look at the Progression section of this site for more specific information. This arrangement may change with the introduction of the Common Awards System. Applicants should consult HEI literature to establish how QQI Levels 5 and 6 are assessed.
LCFE learners who achieve a full Award and meet the specified criteria receive 25 bonus points when applying for a place on a linked programme at LIT. LCFE also has a bilateral agreement with Mary Immaculate College for learners from Media programmes to the BA in Liberal Arts. Application is through the CAO. In addition, LCFE has also negotiated advanced entry progression opportunities for holders of QQI Level 6 Awards with various IoT’s. Details of these arrangements are on the relevant programme pages under the Day Courses section of the site.
Guidance Counselling Service
LCFE offers learners a comprehensive Guidance Counselling Service, including advice on higher education options and personal counselling. The College Counsellors are available for private consultations with all registered learners.
Learners with Special Needs
LCFE makes every effort to facilitate applicants with Special Needs. Applicants should contact the Guidance Counselling service at the time of registration. The counsellors will facilitate the processing of applications for funding to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The College is fully accessible to wheelchair users and there is a lift to all floors.
LCFE endeavours to provide learning support for those experiencing difficulties with specific modules, subject to resource availability.
This service is designed so that all learners are enabled to:
• participate fully in the College community
• develop their full potential
• develop in a supportive environment in which they can enhance their individuality
• experience success
Garda Vetting is mandatory for the majority of programmes in the School of Childcare, Healthcare and Science. It is also necessary for Sport and Recreation programmes.
English Language Assessment
All applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to complete an English Language Assessment. This assessment takes place in May and again in August. The purpose of this assessment is to ascertain the applicant’s competence level in relation to the programme requirements. Limerick College of Further Education has links with ESOL programmes at Limerick Adult Education College, Sexton Street, Limerick. This may assist referral and progression for learners.
Exemptions - Applicants who have completed or are currently taking Leaving Certificate English are exempt from this assessment. A copy of their Leaving Certificate must be provided.
Applications and Interviews
Applicants are strongly encouraged to APPLY ONLINE. It is a fast, user-friendly procedure and your application will be processed quickly. All the information you need to complete your application, including programme code, is available under the Day Programmes section of this site. This facility is now open for the 2013/14 academic year. To ensure you don't miss any dates, make sure to 'Like Us' on Facebook here . We provide regular updates on our Facebook page on campus events throughout the year and also post important information on key dates.
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Further Education (PLC) Grants
Means-tested Maintenance Grants are available to qualifying learners. The administration of these grants was handled by your local Vocational Education Committee up to the 2011/12 academic year. Please note, however, that Vocational Education Committees no longer assess new applications for Third Level/PLC Grants since 2012.
A new ONLINE ONLY grant applications system was introduced in 2012. All new applications have to be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie.
The details for the 2014 Student Grant Scheme were announced in May and the SUSI online application system was available from that date. You can continue to check www.studentfinance.ie for information and updates. We will also post updates through our social media channels. To ensure you don't miss any updates, make sure to 'Like Us' on Facebook here or, follow us on Twitter here .
If you are changing programme or progressing to a new programme you will also need to apply to SUSI.
The College also has a Grants Officer, who will advise applicants, as necessary. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LCFE has a vibrant Learners’ Council which was established to represent the interests of the learners and to advance their rights. While it works within the policies and procedures of the College, it has its own constitution and maintains an independent voice for learners. It has its own office within the campus and organises many social and cultural events throughout the academic year.
The best way to find out what Limerick College of Further Education has to offer is to visit on our Open Day. This year's event took place on Tuesday 5th February 2013. It's always a great opportunity to meet with academic staff and existing learners and enjoy viewing our Art/Ceramics/Interior Design/Photography and Fashion exhibitions. Check out the News section of our site here for more information and photographs of this year's event.