Motor mechanics students go directly into employment or apprenticeships. Photo: Eoin Holland -

Cavan Institute students progress to degree courses

More people are recognising the value of the Further Education and Training (FET) pathway, as recent research has shown that, having this foundation, aids getting a degree in higher education.

This is reflected in Cavan as Cavan Institute continues to go from strength to strength offering over 70 Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses to students.

As one of the largest FET colleges Ireland, the Institute offers an array of courses as well as apprenticeships and traineeships.

There is a diverse range of options open to students including: Business, computing, childcare, design, hairdressing, healthcare, music, science and sport.

The college hopes a return to normal face-to-face classes will take place in September, however this is subject to Government guidelines.

Attending Cavan Institute allows students to reflect on their chosen career path without the commitment of a four-year degree course. They gain valuable qualifications at levels 5 and 6 on the National Qualifications Framework.

Cavan’s success rate is very high, which was notable in last Thursday’s round 0 CAO offers. Many students were awarded higher education opportunities in science, nursing, business, engineering, art, sport and recreation. In addition to this, a number of students were offered spaces in the UK in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and PE teaching.

“These places were offered to students following their results at Cavan Institute,” said Director of Cavan Institute Ann Marie Lacey.

Students from the college frequently go directly into employment in fields such as hairdressing, healthcare and motor mechanics, among others. Cavan Institute is also home to the regional centre for the new Commis Chef programme.

These courses are all offered under the umbrella of Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB).

This year, student induction will take place on the week commencing September 13, with classes commencing the following Monday.

As a public college of Further Education and Training, fees are kept as low as possible at Cavan Institute. SUSI grants are available to students who qualify, as well as other financial assistance programmes such as VTOS and BTEA. Further details of financial assistance can be found at


If you are interested in making an application for courses starting this September, you can go to and apply online.