Career Guidance

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: 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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
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