CAO does not apply to our extensive range of courses, POINTS ARE NOT REQUIRED. Students who have passed Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied are eligible to apply. Applicants who present with school leaving examinations, other than the Irish Leaving Certificate, will be assessed based on accepted equivalent tables.
The college welcomes applications from mature students. Exemptions are made from having formal educational qualifications for mature students.
All students will be interviewed.
Interviews for PLC places will be held in late April, late August and early September. Interviews will take place in the PLC Mill Campus, Croom.
Places on courses are offered on the following basis
1. Places on courses are allocated to students on the basis of interview, prior experiences and/or exam results.
2. Availability of places on particular courses in the year of application. Waiting lists may apply if some programmes are oversubscribed.
3. Adequate enrolment to run the course/programme
4. Acceptance of offer and payment of fees.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
The national objective of moving towards a ‘Lifelong Learning Society’ enables learners to take up learning opportunities at chosen stages throughout their lives.
Prior learning encompasses
1. Formal learning, which takes place through programmes of study or training, delivered by education or training providers which attract awards.
2. Non-formal learning that takes place alongside the mainstream systems of education and training. It may be assessed but does not normally lead to formal certification. Examples of non-formal learning are: learning and training activities undertaken in the workplace, voluntary sector or trade union and community-based learning.
3. Informal learning that takes place through life and work experience (and is sometimes referred to as experiential learning). Often, it is learning that is unintentional and the learner may not recognise at the time of the experience that it contributed to his or her knowledge, skills and competences.
Croom College of Further Education in conjunction with QQI is committed to implementing a RPL Policy to enable access to our programmes for all students. This involves an evaluation of all students’ learning to date so as to determine their capacity to participate on their chosen course/programme. Please Contact the College for details.
Maintenance Grant Scheme (SUSI)
The Department of Education and Skills provides a means-tested maintenance grant for learners attending full time further education. Information regarding eligibility and application details is available at www.studentfinance.ie
Back to Education Allowance
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection.
The allowance can be paid to people who wish to enrol in approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment which is not means tested. If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection, you may apply to take part in the scheme through your Social Welfare Office.
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme
The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) is an educational opportunities scheme for unemployed persons which are funded by the Department of Education and Skills with assistance from the European Social Fund. This scheme gives you a second chance to go back to full time education and training. It allows you to keep your social welfare allowances while attending your full time course in the college. All applicants must be 21 years or over to qualify
Who Qualifies for VTOS?
Adults over 21 years of age and have been receiving social welfare benefits for at least 6 months (156 days).
What allowances are payable?
If eligible and accepted on the scheme, students continue to get full Social Welfare Entitlements plus course fees, childcare. Some lunch and travel expenses may also be paid for.
On completion of our QQI level 5 or Level 6 awards many of our graduates obtain employment in their chosen area of work. Others go on to further study at third level. (See HELS and Local Arrangements)
Higher education links Scheme (HELS)
Croom College of Further Education provides programmes of education and training leading to awards at Level 5 Certificate and Level 6 Advanced Certificate on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The NFQ provides a method to compare educational outcomes ensuring that they are quality assured and recognised both on a national and international level. Students can be confident that the awards they achieve in this college will provide them with the necessary fundamentals to progress their educational futures.
National Framework of Qualifications
A new national qualification system has been introduced across further education and training in Ireland, which is known as CAS or the ‘Common Awards System’. This facilitates easier recognition for your learning.
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), a new agency is responsible for maintaining, developing and promoting the National Framework of Qualifications.
The National Framework of Qualifications is a system of ten levels, each of which has nationally agreed standards setting out what you are expected to know, understand and be able to do following successful completion of a programme.
Where Do I apply for a college place
All applications are made through the Central Application Office (CAO). Your QQI Award can be used as an alternative to the Leaving Certificate to access Higher Education (CAO) courses. Hundreds of courses are available to holders of any QQI award, while others will require specific awards. For further details and points calculator follow the link below.
Work experience is an integral part of all our courses. The work placement provides students with an opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge. It greatly enhances their employment prospects
Croom College of Further Education is committed to practices which safeguard the welfare of students, young people and vulnerable adults. Garda Vetting is conducted on students attending courses where interaction with children or vulnerable adults is a feature of the course.
There are no tuition fees payable to the college by EU nationals; however a registration charge applies to all students. Please contact the College for relevant course details.
An additional €200 government levy applies to all students. You are exempt from this fee if you hold
1. A medical card in your own right or dependant on a medical card holder
2. Receiving a Back to Education Allowance
3. Receive VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme)
4. Receive a Student Maintenance Grant
QQI examination fees €50 (Level 5). QQI examination fees €80 (Level 6). Additional course fees may apply. Students are exempt from examination fees if they have a medical card or are in receipt of VTOS.
We welcome applicants from non EU students particularly diversity that the international student brings.
Non EU students must comply with Irish Immigration requirements. A visa from the immigration section of the Department of Justice and Equality must be secured, prior to acceptance.
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 Department of Education and Skills.
Croom College of Further Education have direct links with UCC and Waterford IT where successful students can access courses directly. More information available from the College Tutors. In addition, the Higher Education Links Scheme provides a pathway for graduates to apply for many courses in IT colleges and Universities nationwide. Further details are available from relevant institutions.
Learners with Special needs
Learners with Special Needs are supported as required. Scribes and readers are available for examinations.
The services of a Guidance Counsellor is available.
Croom is located just 15 minutes from Limerick city and is easily accessible from the main Limerick to Cork Road. Our Sports Courses are held predominately in the University of Limerick Sports Arena. Equine Courses are held between Croom Mills and the Clonshire Equestrian Centre.
Croom Mills Campus
The Mill Campus is located on Church Road, Toureen, Croom. On the N20 travelling south turn left onto the R516 exit toward Croom/Ballingarry. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto High St/R516. The Mill is on the right at the next roundabout.
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Croom College of Further Education
The Mill Campus, Croom, Co. Limerick.
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