All Leinster Senior College students receive unlimited extensive private career guidance from our experienced full-time Guidance Counsellor.
Our Career Guidance Counsellor 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 2018 (17:15)
- Late application CAO closing date is 1st May 2018 (17:15)
- Change of mind CAO closing date 1st July 2018 (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 2018 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 2018 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.
|Open Day / Evening||20/09/2017||Dorset College|
|ETBI Annual Conference (2 days)||20/09/2017||Education & Training Boards Ireland – ETBI|
|UCAS 2017 – Final Deadline for 2017 Entry Applications||20/09/2017||UCAS|
|An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – Workshop||21/09/2017||Learning Curve Institute|
|Open Day||21/09/2017||Portobello Institute|
|Career Zoo West||23/09/2017||Career Zoo|
|Open Event – Dublin Campus||23/09/2017||Pulse College|
|Open Day – Coleraine (Sat)||23/09/2017||Ulster University – Coleraine|
|Closing Date for Entries to BT Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2018||25/09/2017||BT Communications Ireland Limited|
|CIT Careers & Employability Fair||26/09/2017||Cork Institute of Technology|
|Mid-West Careers Fair||26/09/2017||IGC Midwest|
|Guidance Counsellor’s Seminar||26/09/2017||University College Dublin|
|Careers Exhibition||27/09/2017||Borrisokane Community College|
|Guidance Counsellors Information Session||27/09/2017||Institute of Technology Tralee|
|Life Science Career Opportunities – Biopharma MedTech Engineering Fair||28/09/2017||Athlone Institute of Technology|
|Accounting, Finance, Business & Law Postgrad Careers Fair||28/09/2017||Dublin City University|
|Jobs of the Future||28/09/2017||Galway-Mayo IT – Castlebar|
|UCAS 2017 – Clearing Vacancies Removed For UCAS Search||30/09/2017||UCAS|
|UCAS 2017 – Teacher Training, Apply 2 Ends||30/09/2017||UCAS|
|Open Day (Sat)||30/09/2017||Ulster University – Magee|
|Postgrad Careers Fair||02/10/2017||Galway-Mayo IT – Galway|
|Edenderry Post-Primary Careers Fair||02/10/2017||Oaklands Community College|
|Booking for UKCAT Test Closes||02/10/2017||UKCAT|
|NUI Galway Graduate Jobs Fair||03/10/2017||NUI Galway|
|Professional Services Postgrad Careers Fair||03/10/2017||UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School|
|UKCAT Testing Ends||03/10/2017||UKCAT|
|Guidance Counsellors Conference||03/10/2017||University College Cork|
|Graduate Careers Fair||04/10/2017||gradireland|
|IRD Duhallow Careers Exhibition 2017||04/10/2017||IRD Duhallow|
|Information Sessions – October – Weekly Every Wednesday||04/10/2017||Roslyn Park College|
|Open Day||05/10/2017||College of Amenity Horticulture – Botanic Gardens|
|GMIT CCAM Creative Pathway Open Day||05/10/2017||Galway-Mayo IT – Galway|
|Open Day||05/10/2017||Gurteen Agricultural College|
|Careers and Courses Fair||05/10/2017||IGC Kilkenny|
|Key Working and Case Planning Workshop||05/10/2017||Learning Curve Institute|
|UCC Kilkenny Parent Information Evening||05/10/2017||University College Cork|
|UL Careers Fair||05/10/2017||University of Limerick|
|Open Day||06/10/2017||Ballyhaise Agricultural College|
|Open Day||06/10/2017||Kildalton Agricultural College|
|NUI Galway – Open Days (Fri & Sat)||06/10/2017||NUI Galway|
|Postgrad Careers Fair||06/10/2017||UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School|
|SAT Subject Test Date – October||07/10/2017||SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)|
|CAFRE Open Day – Loughry||10/10/2017||CAFRE Loughry|
|Zeminar 2017 (3 Days)||10/10/2017||Zeminar|
|CAFRE Open Day – Greenmount||11/10/2017||CAFRE Greenmount|
|DIT Careers Fair||11/10/2017||Dublin Institute of Technology|
|Open Day||11/10/2017||Mountbellew Agricultural College|
|Careers Fair||12/10/2017||Institute of Technology Sligo|
|Open Day||12/10/2017||Ormonde College of Further Education|
|Open Day||12/10/2017||Pallaskenry Agricultural College|
|Careers Exhibition||12/10/2017||Scoil Ruain|
|Open Day||13/10/2017||Clonakilty Agricultural College|
|GMIT Open Days (2 Days Fri & Sat)||13/10/2017||Galway-Mayo IT – Galway|
|Guidance Counsellor Seminar||13/10/2017||Institute of Technology Blanchardstown|
|Personalities – Types and Disorders Presentation – Workshop||13/10/2017||Learning Curve Institute|
|CAFRE Open Day – Enniskillen (Sat)||14/10/2017||CAFRE Enniskillen|
|MATHS Week Ireland 2017||14/10/2017||CALMAST|
|UCC October Open Day (Sat)||14/10/2017||University College Cork|
|UCAS 2018 – UG 2018 Entry Deadline for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most Courses in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine/Science, and Dentistry||15/10/2017||UCAS|
|Career Options Cork 2017 (2 Days)||17/10/2017||IGC Cork|
|CAO 2017 – Offer Season Ends||18/10/2017||CAO|
|Careers Fair||18/10/2017||Institute of Technology Tralee|
|Open Day||19/10/2017||Institute of Technology Sligo|
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workshop||19/10/2017||Learning Curve Institute|
|Open Days 2017 (2 days)||19/10/2017||Limerick Institute of Technology|