Leaving Certificate


Students are encouraged to sit the Leaving Certificate, as a springboard to third level education. Small class size and individual attention given in this friendly Centre make learning rewarding and enjoyable.


  • Candidates should be 18 years and over 
  • Candidates should be of Junior Certificate standard or equivalent
  • All entries are subject to interview and online assessment


Leaving Certificate Subjects are taught at Ordinary and Higher levels

  • Irish
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Business
  • History
  • Art
  • ICT
  • First Aid Responce (PHECC)
*Subject to change

Additional Supports*

Leaving Certificate Subjects are taught at Ordinary and Higher levels

  • Retain Social Welfare payment & benefits
  • Subsidised Childcare places (CETS)
  • Free course books
  • Free Transport or Travel Allowance payment
*Subject to meeting VTOS eligibility criteria


2 year full-time or part-time


Students who successfully complete the Leaving Certificate course may continue their studies at the Centre, progressing to one of the QQI Level 5 courses in Art, Business or Healthcare. 

Possible Progression Options within LOETB include*:

QQI CodeCourse TitleLevel
5M0828/5M2468 Business Administration5
5M1984/5M1985 Art, Craft, Design/Art with Animation5
5M4339/5M2786 Healthcare Support/Community Care 5

*Places are not guaranteed on these courses and entry is subject to students meeting certain Centre criteria e.g. completion of the Leaving Certificate, excellent attendance and participation on the course, meeting specific course entry requirements.

Students who have satisfied the criteria set by the CAO process for progression to third level education, may secure a place in the National Universities of Ireland and many of the Institutes of Technology.


There are no tuition fees payable to Abbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre. However, a student registration fee must be paid on joining the course.


VTOS/PLC places are available on the course. To qualify for VTOS you must be aged 21 or over and be in receipt of a social welfare payment such as Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit for 6 months or signing for credits for 6 months. Other payments such as One Parent Family, Invalidity Pension and Disability Allowance also meet the eligibility criteria. Please contact the Centre for further information.


Leaving Certificate


Abbeyleix FETC

Mountrath Road


County Laois

R32 TX30


Start Date: September 2021                                      

End Date: June 2022


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Helen Kavanagh, Centre Manager




(057) 873 1127


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students have to say about their experience with the Leaving Certificate course at Abbeyleix FETC

Doing my Leaving Certificate in Abbeyleix FETC Centre in my opinion was the best choice I've ever made regarding my education. It took 19 years of my life to get somewhere where I was happy learning and I was motivated to work as I was in a place where I was comfortable. I can't recommend the Centre enough, every time I talk to someone about returning to education. I finished my Leaving Cert in 2020 which didn't go as planned due to Covid-19 but I'm very happy with the last two years and the results I obtained with the calculated grades process. I not only completed my Leaving Certificate but grew as a person & developed my talents. I will stay for another year and complete a QQI Level 5 course in Art and Animation to complete my Art portfolio.
Klaudia Wisniewska
L.C. 2019-2020
School was never for me, I had little interest in it. I rarely went to class and dropped out after Junior Cert. As I got older I realised I wanted to go to college but didn’t have my Leaving Cert. I didn’t want to go back to a normal school at the age of 18. I found out about & went to the Abbeyleix FETC Open Day and I can honestly say that was one of the best decisions of my life. The help and support you get from the teachers is incredible. I found myself learning a lot faster and more efficiently as the teachers went over and explained things at my own pace. If I was stuck they had no problem stopping to explain. Even during lockdown & online classes, they adapted very quickly and continued teaching us and giving us all the support we needed. Two years ago I never thought I would have completed & passed my Leaving Cert, let alone make it into college, but thanks to everyone in Abbeyleix FETC that is now a reality. I am now doing a software development course in Carlow IT. I would like to thank all the staff at the Centre.
Ross Blundell
L.C. 2019-2020