Beauty Therapy students at Cavan Institute will see a significant reduction in course fees.

Fees slashed on all PLC courses at Cavan Institute

All course fees at Cavan Institute have been reduced to a maximum of €200. This is in response to the rising cost of living and an effort by Cavan and Monaghan Training Board (CMETB) to make courses at Cavan Institute more accessible for all.

Speaking to The Anglo-Celt, director Ann Marie Lacey stated that this will have enormous benefits for incoming students this coming academic year. All course materials, exam fees and uniforms will be purchased by CMETB and each student will only have to pay a maximum of €200, no matter which course they decide to pursue.

According to Ms Lacey, this could mean savings of up to €1,300 on some courses such and Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and the Accounting Technician programme.

The announcement of the reduction in fees has led to a significant increase in applications for courses starting on September 26, 2022.

“Many students are struggling financially at this time and the high cost of third level fees and accommodation has contributed to an increase in applications for courses at Cavan Institute,” revealed Ms Lacey.

She went on to say that further reductions apply to applicants who are in receipt of a benefit (eg Medical Card/Social Welfare payment) where the fee will be just €150.

“This announcement marks a great opportunity for students to embark on courses at a significantly reduced cost where all course materials, exam fees, toolkits and uniforms are now included in the yearly fee,” emphasised Ms Lacey.

Students can expect to save up to €1300 on some courses. For example; a learner enrolling on the Level 5 Hairdressing course will now pay €200 where previously course fees were approx. €1,000. Nursing Studies, which previously cost €420, will now cost €200.


PLC courses are full-time programmes open to young people who have completed their Leaving Certificate and to adults who wish to return to education. The majority of these one year or two-year programmes lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) at Level 5 or Level 6.

“The courses develop technical and practical skills for an industry-recognised qualification, which can lead directly to employment. They also offer an alternative route into higher education and can give learners the opportunity to try out a subject of interest at a college near home before investing in a degree programme,” outlined Ms Lacey of the benefits.

There is a broad range of course areas to choose from – including Pre-University courses such as Teaching, Law and Accounting, QQI accredited courses in Nursing, Pharmacy, Computing, Psychology, Engineering, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Childcare, Healthcare, Science, Sport, Music and Tourism.

For a full list of courses on offer please visit the course finder on the CMETB website:

CAO Round Zero offers

Ms Lacey went on to say that many Cavan Institute graduates take up higher education places in what is known as ‘Round 0’ CAO offers, which came out last month. Again this year, students who attended Cavan Institute had great success, having been offered courses in many Level 8 degrees, including PE Teaching, Science, Nursing, Business, Engineering, Art and Sport and Recreation. These offers were made on the basis of their results in Cavan Institute. Also, a number of students are taking up places in the UK in areas such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and PE Teaching. Again, these places were offered to students following their results at Cavan Institute.


PLC courses can provide a foundation for students in specific sectors before they commit to completing an undergraduate degree course.

The Institute’s Director said that recent research has shown that having a foundation in Further Education and Training (FET) helps with the chances of getting your degree if you move into higher education.

Many universities have programmes in place to recognise FET qualifications as a route to entry. If a student completes a PLC programme with good results and meets specific criteria, they have a good chance of securing a place on a third-level course.

As one of the largest Further Education and Training Colleges Ireland, Cavan Institute offers over 70 PLC courses as well as Apprenticeship and Traineeship courses. These courses are all offered under the umbrella of Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board, (CMETB), which provides a wide variety of FET courses throughout the two counties.

This year, Student Induction will take place on the week commencing, September 19, with classes commencing the following Monday on September 26.


Many students who are not ready to commit to an expensive four-year degree programme use Cavan Institute as a “taster”. SUSI grants are also available to Cavan Institute students who qualify. There are also a number of other financial assistance programmes available such as VTOS and BTEA. Further details of financial assistance can be found at


While some courses are full, there are still vacancies in many areas.

If you are interested in making an application for courses starting this September 26, you can go to and apply online.