PLC Courses - Athenry Vocational School (East Galway)

  Athenry Vocational School Galway


Contact details



PLC Co-ordinator:


Mr. Malachy Naughton R.S.I., C.T.G.

Patricia Loughnane

Vocational School,
Co. Galway











Computer Applications with Business and Marketing

This course is designed to provide students with the skills to develop a career in the business world.  A wide range of modules is provided to cater for students who wish to use this qualification to enter 3rd level education.  The course would also suit those who have not decided on what career path to take and who may wish to gain useful skills in the interim.

Course Content:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database Methods
  • The Internet
  • Marketing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Computerised Accounts
  • Computerised Payroll
  • Information and Communications Systems
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

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Childcare / Classroom Assistant

This course is designed for people who are interested in working with young children in a variety of settings, including nurseries, crèches, and schools. Many schools now employ a classroom assistant and, on completion of the course, students are qualifies to take up such a position.

Course Content:

  • Caring for children
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Working in Childcare
  • Caring for children with Special Needs
  • The Internet
  • Computer Skills - Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

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Community Care with Holistic Studies

This course was developed to facilitate students to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to pursue a career in Community Work, which includes working with the elderly, or in day care centres. Students will also be given the opportunity to gain practical experience in alternative medicine.

Course Content:

  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Anatomy Physiology
  • Computer Application
  • Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database
  • The Internet
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • First Aid

Choice of Subject Areas

  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Reiki/Massage Techniques
  • Homeopathy

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Information Technology / Computer Skills

This course welcomes people who may have been out of education for a number of years and would now like to learn new skills, and meet new people in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Course Content:

  • Word Processing
  • Text Production
  • Spreadsheet / Database / Graphics
  • Computerised Accounts
  • Computerised Payroll
  • Internet / Email
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

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Suitable for

Post Leaving Certificate Courses now form the fastest growing sector in Irish education. They provide a welcome opportunity for those who wish to continue their education or for those who wish to return to the educational system after a number of years. It is now possible to access third level education via a FETAC qualification, and irrespective of Leaving Certificate points.

More courses are now available for entry through this means.

  • Courses are open to Post-Leaving Certificate and Mature Students.
  • Those who wish to continue their education or to Return to Learning (Co. Council)/workforce after a number of years.
  • Those who wish to access third level education via a FETAC Award.
  • Those who wish to develop new skills.

Duration: 1 year

Tuition: Tuition is FREE on ALL COURSES


Maintenance Grants

Applicants for P.L.C. courses may qualify for maintenance grants subject to the usual means testing. To apply for a maintenance grant, contact your local Vocational Education Committee. (Co. Galway V.E.C. – 091-874260)


Certification and Assessment

Students are prepared for the assessment and certification requirements of FETAC Level 5 (Department of Education & Science)


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