PLC Poster 2017 

PLC at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré 


PLC Sector, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré,

forges links with Bradford University, Leeds

and Irish Colleges


Mr. Michael O’Connor, Principal, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré and PLC Co-ordinator, Ms Josephine Nielsen are delighted to announce that the Nursing/Health Post-Leaving Certificate Sector of the College are currently forging progression Links with Bradford University, Leeds.  PLC Nursing and Healthcare Tutors, Ingrid Condell, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré, and Mary Ryan Maher, Coláiste Mhuire, Thurles, recently visited the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery in Bradford University, and met with recruitment and academic staff and students in the school of Nursing and Health.

Admission to Nurse training programmes in England is not points driven as it is in Ireland. Students are selected on the basis of personal qualities and suitability. The application process involves writing a personal statement containing information about personal suitability for nursing, providing a reference and doing a group and individual interview.  Sue Elson, Lecturer at the College, agrees that the QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies course is an excellent preparation for studying nursing in the UK, she feels that the work experience element of the QQI course is invaluable in helping students to build up the skills necessary to pursue a career in nursing or midwifery. Irish students studying there have no registration or tuition fees as these are sponsored by the NHS.  Accommodation costs are similar to those in Limerick and Cork but cheaper than Dublin.  Irish students who qualify for maintenance grants in Ireland may bring their grant with them to the UK.



Rachael Gartland, Head of Recruitment for UK and Ireland, Sue Elson, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Bradford University, Leeds and Ingrid Condell, Nursing/Healthcare Tutor, Coláiste Phobal, Ros Cré during her recent visit to the University 

The tutors met with both English and international students who agreed that the supports for students in the University are excellent.  The on-campus accommodation is three minutes walk from the Nursing building and there are lots of societies and groups to join. As Mary Ryan Maher highlighted, “Bradford University has a friendly and homely atmosphere”.  Ingrid Condell made a presentation to recruitment staff at the University informing them of the structure and content of the QQI Nursing Studies programmes in Roscrea and Thurles.  “We had a very positive response from staff” she says, “Mary and I are both experienced nurses, and with the support of fellow staff and management, ensure our College programmes are relevant to the current demands of the profession and further education requirements both in Ireland and in the UK.  We provide additional training in Patient Moving and Handling, CPR and First Aid, Hand Hygiene and Elder Abuse Awareness. We very much look forward to strengthening our links with Bradford and other UK universities in the future.”

Josephine Nielsen, PLC Coordinator, is also delighted to say that progression links are also currently being established with Irish Colleges (Waterford IT, LIT (Tipperary), Athlone IT) for the other PLC programmes offered by Colaiste Phobal Ros Cré in Business and IT and Childcare.