Progression Routes

Progress from PLC to Degree Programmes

LIT:  When you successfully complete your QQI level 5 programme, you can apply through CAO to go directly to any of the LIT degree programmes offered at their Ennis campus on Bindon St.  LIT guaranteed your place once your pass your ECFE programme.  Note, there are no prerequisites or minimum entry (just pass a full QQI level  5 award)- you do not need to have childcare done, to progress to the childcare degree etc

  • LC602 Social Care Work (Ennis) – Level 7
  • LC603 Early Childhood Education & Care (Ennis) – Level 7
  • LC605 Business (Ennis) – Level 7
  • LC612 Social Care Work (Ennis) – Level 8
  • LC613 Early Childhood Education & Care (Ennis) – Level 8

Apply thought CAO for LIT Ennis campus programmes.


Childcare level 6 Progression to a degree:

Level 6 can progress to YEAR 2 of LIT (Ennis campus) BA degree in Early Childhood Education and Care LC613 or LC603.
LIT Early Childhood Education & Care students go on work placement in September – semester 1 of year 2. ECFE students who are seeking Direct Entry to Year 2 this year will need to complete garda vetting and references in May/June through LIT to ensure they can start a placement in week 1 September. This timing will allow LIT to send all necessary documentation to placement sites. Contact LIT Admissions Officer, Anne O’Donovan for further details.
You don’t apply through CAO. All you have to do is complete and submit an ‘Undergraduate Advanced Entry’ Application Form. This can be found on the LIT website, click on Admissions, and then on Documents & Forms. It’s better to save the document first, and that way it opens much faster. If anybody has any problems accessing the form, contact admissions and they can post out a hard copy. The Closing Date for receipt of Advanced Entry Applications is 1st May. You probably won’t have your Level 6 results by then, but not to worry, just submit your forms in any case. You will get an offer subject to results, so you can then send in results to LIT once they are available.
If you have any queries on this, contact Anne O’Donovan or the Admissions Office at any time.

Anne O’Donovan
Admissions Officer
Limerick Institute of Technology
Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland, V94 EC5T
Tel: +353 61 293263




The advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007 gives direct access to year 2 of the BA degree in Early Childhood Education and Care (Mayo Campus).

Learners should contact the GMIT admissions office early in the year of application.


Accounting Technicians Ireland progression to degree programmes:

Successful completion of year 2 allows direct access to professional accounting degree programmes in the Institutes of Technology.

 GMIT: Bachelor Of Business (Hons) In Accounting (GA181) 3 year degree—Accounting Technicians go direct to year 2.

 LIT:Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting & Finance Level 8 (LC224)  4 year degree programme—Accounting Technicians go direct to LIT year 3.

Learners should contact the admissions office early in the year of application.


CAO – QQI applicant: A limited number of places are reserved on a competitive basis on degree programmes in 3rd level colleges for learners who complete a QQI level 5/6 Programme.  Please refer to the current guide to the Higher Education Links Scheme on (Student RESOURCES, and QQI-FET Information).

Watch this video on how to  apply to CAO as a QQI applicant.

CAO – Mature Applicants: Normally mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before 1st January in the year of application, for admission in Autumn of that year.  Mature applicants must apply to the CAO by 1st February.

Details on how to apply to CAO courses as a mature applicant can be found here.

UCAS: The college has established links with Bucks New University, London and University of Southampton to assist with applications to UCAS Nursing Degree programmes.  Further details on the UCAS website



Points calculator: Careers Portal QQI Points Calculator

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