Frequently Asked Questions

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

Directly to the college from December onwards. Read the application procedure and apply online ›

You can find out more information about all the courses in Ballsbridge College by visiting the courses page or from your Career Guidance Counsellor in school or by calling the college directly.

City of Dublin ETB has reduced all PLC course charges to €50 for 2023/2024.

Yes.  Grants are available to eligible students.  Eligibility depends on individual financial circumstances and a grant must be applied for, through Student Universal Service Ireland (SUSI), see

Two special programmes exist that may allow applicants who are receiving benefit attend a course and continue to receive payments. The first is called VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme) and the second is called BTEA (Back to Education Allowance).  Applicants must fulfil certain criteria to be eligible. Places are limited so early application is advisable.

There are no course charges for students under the VTOS scheme.

QQI certified courses are placed within the National Framework of Qualifications

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Yes, there are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Institutes of Technology and private colleges offering places on a variety of courses to QQI certificate holders. Further information can be found here.  QQI’s information leaflet “Progression from QQI Level 5 Certificates and Level 6 Advanced Certificates” provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.  Download from

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Many students attend the college to attain skills for progression into the jobs market. A course in Ballsbridge College will give you those skills.  Each year all our students go on work placement as part of their course.  Students can also avail internship opportunities abroad. Through this system the college has made excellent contacts with many employers who approach the college with permanent job vacancies.  The track record of students from our college getting permanent positions in prestigious companies is second to none.