Career Guidance

40All 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: 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.

Some helpful websites designed to aid career choice:   ~   ~


  • 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 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 – applications are made directly to each college.

Courses outside Ireland

Students interested in studying in the UK go to 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.

Students who are interested in European colleges can go to and to study in the US

Go to 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.

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Open Days

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.

AC American College, Dublin 2
AD National College of Art and Design, Dublin 8 Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

For further information: click >here<.

AL Athlone Institute of Technology
AS St. Angela`s College, Sligo
BN Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 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
CI Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences, Castletroy, Limerick
CK University College Cork (NUI) 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,
Boole Library,
Main Campus
opendays@ucc.ieGraduate Entry to Medicine Open Day
(Must register for the event)
17 November 10am – 1pm
GO4 Brookfield Health Sciences Complex

UCC Parent Information Evening
17 January 20196 – 8pm
Aula Maxima, Main Campus

For further information: click >here<.

CM Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9 Saturday 17th November 2018, 10am-4.00pm
CR Cork Institute of Technology 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:
Saturday 17th November from 10.00am-3.00pm

CT CCT College Dublin, Dublin 2
CW Institute of Technology, Carlow 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
DB Dublin Business School, Dublin 2
DC Dublin City University, Dublin 9 Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November.
For further information see >here<.
DK Dundalk Institute of Technology Fri. 9th November 2018 10.00am – 3.00pm
Sat. 10th November 2018 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sat. 19th January 2019 10.00am – 1.00pm
DL Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
DN University College Dublin (NUI), Dublin 4 Saturday, 3rd November, 2018
Tuesday, 8th January: Open Evening
DS Dorset College, Dublin 1
DT Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin 7 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 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Saturday, 30th of March 2019 (10:00-14:00)
GB Galway Business School
GC Griffith College, Dublin 8
GY National University of Ireland, Galway Saturday, 6th April, 2019

For information on Regional Information Evenings,
click >here<.

Mature Students Dedicated Open Evening:
Wednesday, 16th January, 2019, 5.30pm – 8pm
For further information, click >here<.

Open Evenings at Shannon College of Hotel Management:
Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
(commencing at 5pm)

ID ICD Business School, Dublin 2
LC Limerick Institute of Technology 18th and 19th October, 2019
LM University of Limerick, Ireland
LY Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Co. Donegal 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 Maynooth University, Co. Kildare November 23rd & 24th, 2018
April 6th & June 22nd, 2019
MI Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
MU Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Co. Kildare
NC National College of Ireland (NCI), Dublin 1 Wednesday 28th November from 10am to 3pm
Saturday 19th January from 10am to 1pm
NM St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, Dun Laoghaire
PC Carlow College, St. Patrick`s College Open Day: 15th November, 2018
Information Evening: 9th April, 2019
RC Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2
SG Institute of Technology, Sligo
TA Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Friday, November 9th 2018 (10-3pm)
Saturday, November 10th 2018 (10-1pm)
Tuesday, January 22nd 2019 (4-8pm)
TL Institute of Technology, Tralee, Co. Kerry Saturday 6th April 2019
TR Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 Saturday 11 November, 2018
9.00 – 15.30
WD Waterford Institute of Technology 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:
Saturday, 30 March 2019 (9am-2pm)
Venue: Main Campus, Cork Road, Waterford

Career Guidance - Leinster Senior College