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General information



There are no tuition fees. All courses are funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan. Students will be required to pay a registration fee of €150 in order to secure a place on a given course and this fee is non-refundable. Last year the government introduced a €200 charge for PLC students. However, there are exemptions for medical card holders and a number of other categories. Students will also be responsible for other expenses such as exam fees, course material, etc.

Maintenance grants

Maintenance Grants are available and applications should be online to a single awarding authority Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie. Mature students may also qualify for a grant under the Back to Education initiative.

Work experience

Work Experience is an integral part of each course. Many students secure further employment from their period of work experience.

Career guidance

Career Guidance Services are also offered to students throughout the year at the school. Assistance is also given to students in completing CAO forms when applying for higher education.

Entry requirements

It is important to note that the points system does not operate for the Post Leaving Certificate Courses. The minimum entry requirements are:

  • Leaving Certificate / or
  • Leaving Certificate Applied / or
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational and Personal Interview

Application procedure

Applications are invited any time up to the end of August. However, it is advisable to apply before the end of May. Application for the courses can be done online at www.sjsb.info or application forms can be submitted to the Secretary’s Office, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. Phone 068 27205 / 086 2690621. Early application is recommended as places are offered on a first come first served basis.


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