All Leinster Senior College students receive unlimited extensive private career guidance from our experienced full-time Guidance Counsellor Karl Hegarty.
Our Career Guidance Counsellor Karl, is also available to external students on a private basis. Tel 045 487 811 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Make informed decisions
No matter what you decide to do after school, it is important that you make informed decisions. Career choice decision-making is an ongoing process. Make an appointment to meet your Guidance Counsellor who will help you to recognise the range of options available after completing the Leaving Certificate.
- Normal applications CAO closing date is 1st February 2019 (17:15)
- Late application CAO closing date is 1st May 2019 (17:15)
- Change of mind CAO closing date 1st July 2019 (17:15)
Before filling in the CAO application it is vital to research the various choices available. Some students will have a clear idea of the area in which they want to work, others will consider several options, and some will be undecided. In the latter case it may be best to opt for more general degrees. The CAO should be completed with a full range of options, allowing for both dream, realistic and safe courses. All CAO places are allocated based on the genuine order of applicants’ preferences, indicated in their course choices.
Each student will receive a CAO Handbook. The handbook will be an invaluable guide to the process of applying for courses in the HEI’s participating in the central application service. Read it carefully and keep it to hand for future reference. You will find the answers to most of your questions in it. In addition, the CAO website www.cao.ie contains a wealth of information for applicants as well as links to information pages on HEI websites, and other external websites. The CAO is an important process thus research your course choices carefully and use all of the resources available to keep yourself informed.
Minimum Entry Requirements – Universities
National University of Ireland (UCDublin, UCCork, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth):
The minimum entry requirement for the universities that are part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) is six subjects, including English, Irish and (possibly) a third language. In two of these subjects, students must have achieved grade H5 and at least a grade H7 or O6 in four other subjects. Many courses also require a third language. There may be additional course requirements, such as maths, or a science subject for specific courses.
University of Limerick (UL), Trinity College Dublin and DCU:
The minimum entry requirement for is six subjects. Students must have achieved at least a grade H5 in two of these subjects (in three for TCD and the B.Ed. in DCU). Subjects must include a grade O6 in English, Maths* and a language other than English.
*Foundation level maths is accepted for some courses.
Minimum Entry Requirements – Institutes of Technology (IOT’s)
Level 8 (Honours Degree) courses: students generally require a minimum of grade H5 in two subjects and grade O6/H7 in four other subjects, including maths and either Irish or English.
Levels 6 and 7 (Higher Certificate and Ordinary Degree): students require five grade O6/H7, including maths and Irish or English
Make sure you have the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS which must be satisfied before “points” are considered.
If all Entry Requirements are met an applicant is deemed ‘Qualified’ to apply.
Remember: Place your course choices in genuine order of preference. You should not put down courses on the basis of your predictions of next year’s cut off points or your own points scores.
Students can also apply for Post Leaving Certificate (Level 5/6 NFQ) courses. PLC courses are NOT on the CAO form. Full details of all PLC courses available can be viewed on www.careersportal.ie – applications are made directly to each college.
Courses outside Ireland
Students interested in studying in the UK go to www.ucas.com. Applications are made in the online system. The application process takes time so do not leave it to the last minute. Applications should be sent to UCAS by one of these dates – depending on what course you apply for:
- 15th October at 18:00 for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge or any professional course in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science.
- 15th January at 18:00 for the majority of courses.
Go to www.accesscollege.ie to find out if you qualify for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and/or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE).
Registrations for HPAT – Ireland 2019 open in early November. Before registering, all applicants must first get their CAO number. You need this number to successfully complete your HPAT – Ireland registration online. The registration fee for the HPAT – Ireland test in 2019 is €120.00 (all taxes and charges included) per candidate.
For more information go to www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au
Throughout the year attend college Open Days. Open days are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the colleges you are interested in and the educational opportunities they offer, to talk with staff and students and to get a real feel for life on the campus. There will be a lot to do on the day so get a guide to what is happening before you go, these can normally be downloaded from the college website, and you can then plan which talks to attend and which departments to visit. Write down any questions you have about the college, course, accommodation etc.
|AD||Wednesday, 28th November, 2018
For further information: click >here<.
|BN||Open Evening: Wednesday, 5 September 2018
from 5pm-7pmGuidance Counsellors Seminar Morning: Friday,
12th October 2018 from 9.30am-1.00pm
(restricted to Guidance Counsellors)Schools Open Day: Wednesday, 14 November
2018 from 10am-12.30pm and an Open Evening
is taking place that evening from 5pm-7pm
|CK||Department of Music Open Day
10 November 10am – 2.30pm
Music Building, Sundays Well Road
Tel: 021 4904530UCC Parent Information Evening
15 November 6 – 8pm
Library Creative Zone,
email@example.comGraduate Entry to Medicine Open Day
(Must register for the event)
17 November 10am – 1pm
GO4 Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
UCC Parent Information Evening
For further information: click >here<.
|CM||Saturday 17th November 2018, 10am-4.00pm|
|CR||CIT National Maritime College of Ireland:
Thursday 8th November, 2018 from 10.00-3.00pmCIT Bishopstown Campus:
Friday 16th November from 10.00am-3.00pmCIT Crawford College of Art and Design:
Friday 16th November from 10.00am-4.00pm and
Saturday 17th November from 10.00am-3.00pm
CIT Cork School of Music:
|CW||Carlow Campus – Thursday, 15th November 2018
(10:00-13:30)Wexford Campus – Thursday, 22nd November 2018
(10:00-14:00)Carlow Campus, Information Evening for CAO
Wednesday, 16th January 2019
|DC||Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November.
For further information see >here<.
|DK||Fri. 9th November 2018 10.00am – 3.00pm
Sat. 10th November 2018 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sat. 19th January 2019 10.00am – 1.00pm
|DN||Saturday, 3rd November, 2018
Tuesday, 8th January: Open Evening
|DT||Friday 30th November & Saturday 1st December 2018
(2 day event)
DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2
9am to 2pm each day
For further information: click >here<.
|GA||Saturday, 30th of March 2019 (10:00-14:00)|
|GY||Saturday, 6th April, 2019
For information on Regional Information Evenings,
Mature Students Dedicated Open Evening:
Open Evenings at Shannon College of Hotel Management:
|LC||18th and 19th October, 2019|
|LY||Nov 22nd Main Open Day for Schools
Jan 16th, 2019 LYIT campus, 5-8 pm
Jan 22nd, 2019 Donegal Town 5-8pm
May 9th, 2019 LYIT Campus 3-7pm
|MH||November 23rd & 24th, 2018
April 6th & June 22nd, 2019
|NC||Wednesday 28th November from 10am to 3pm
Saturday 19th January from 10am to 1pm
|PC||College Open Day: 15th November, 2018
Information Evening: 9th April, 2019
|TA||Friday, November 9th 2018 (10-3pm)
Saturday, November 10th 2018 (10-1pm)
Tuesday, January 22nd 2019 (4-8pm)
|TL||Saturday 6th April 2019|
|TR||Saturday 11 November, 2018
9.00 – 15.30
|WD||WIT Schools’ Open Day:
Friday, 23 November 2018 (9am-2pm)
Venue: WIT Arena, West Campus, CarriganoreWIT Autumn Open Day:
Saturday, 24 November 2018 (9am-2pm)
Venue: WIT Arena, West Campus, CarriganoreWIT Spring Open Evening:
Friday, 29 March 2019 (5.30pm-7.30pm)
Venue: Main Campus, Cork Road, Waterford
WIT Spring Open Day: