Students planning on taking the PLC route to higher education (ie Level 7 & 8degrees) in 2013 should be aware that a new system will apply for the calculation of points from September 2013 onwards. So if you are doing a PLC/FEFETAC course in 2012-1023 then the new system will apply.
This scoring system replaces that ofthe original higher education links scheme and that of the ‘pilot’ scheme,and applies to all results achieved from 2013 regardless of whether theyare part of the new award or old award programme process.
A PLC course normally leads to a full FETAC award (Major award). It normally includes 8 modules (subjects within an award are referred to as component or modules) and under the new system the major award (ie the full course) will lead to 120 credits with each individual component typically carrying a weight of 15credits (this varies depending on the level of the component). Credits are not points but the value assigned to them.
Results at FETAC level are calculated as follows;
Each level 5 and /level 6 component(module) is scored by CAO as follows:
· 3.333 for a Distinction
· 2.222 for a Merit and
· 1.111 for a Pass grade
This is then multiplied by theindividual component credit value (Level 5 is typically 15 credits but some canbe 20 credits – this information is available on the FETAC website or from thePLC/FE college).
So for example Communications at Level 5 is 15 credits. A student who gains a distinction in Communications has the points for this subject calculated asfollows;
3.333 X 15 credits =49.995points
Some key points to note;
· Learners will continue to apply through CAO
· Learners must achieve a full major award
· The maximum points that can be achieved under this system is 400 points
· FETAC points can not be added or combined with Leaving Cert points
· FETAC results issue to CAO
Full details can be obtained at; http://www.fetac.ie/fetac/documents/...ation_2013.pdf
Some Institutes of Technology (IoT) or universities will still
· require that that the major award is achieved in a single sitting ie you can not combine components or modules from previous awards
· require specified component awards, specific grades in individual component awards, or additional awards such as mathematics.
These are the entry requirements from the IoT or University so you need to consult with them.
The best approach is to identify the course you wish to progress to at level 7 or 8 and identify what FETAC award you need and any specific components/modules(subjects) and then get in writingfrom your FE college the exact details of your course, with FETAC award codes and credit value and compare this to the criteria you need to progress on to your Level 7 or 8 course. Do not rely on any marketing information i.e.brochures or websites or a verbal assurance as colleges can use a different name for a course than the name of the FETAC award (a typical example is Veterinary Assistant is the name of the course but the FETAC award is AnimalCare).