FETAC Courses Enhance job prospects/practical Provides an alternative into 3 rd level Up to 400 points can be obtained to gain entry to most IT’s for most courses (check prospectuses) Linked Scheme for some HEI courses eg Nursing Studies linked to Nursing Degrees, Business Studies linked to B.Commerce etc. Reserved places for FETAC students. 1/2year fulltime programme Available in 2 nd level schools & FE Colleges Wide range – IT, Childcare, Secretarial, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing etc
Cont…. FETAC Certification No fees (apart from registration fees) Eligible for grant, subject to means test. Apply directly to school/college as early as possible ie February/March. Early interviews ie GTI
TEAGASC Handbook Cert in farming Cert in horse production Cert in pig production etc.. Courses in forestry, butter & cheese making Courses in commercial horticulture Apply directly to the college/Teagasc/CAO
FAILTE IRELAND Recognised worldwide. Bar Management; Professional Cookery; Travel Agency etc Travel www.picktourism.ie Closing date Feb.1 st Apply to CAO
APPRENTICESHIPS Over 16 5 D’s in J. Cert Find employment-must be registered with FÁS 7 phases – on the job, off the job www.fás.ie
PRIVATE COLLEGES Fee paying Offers an alternative to CAO colleges Montessori, Beauty Therapy, Interior Design etc Some provide scholarships
Gardaí All information on www.garda.iewww.garda.ie Consider college courses which might increase recruitment chances when recruiting re- commences.
The Defence Forces All information on www.military.iewww.military.ie Cadetships General Enlistment Apprentiships
HIGHER EDUCATION UCAS-application now in progressnow CAO-www.cao.ie Eastern Europe www.medstudy.org
Level 6,7&8 Courses Level 6 = Higher Cert 2 Years Level 7 = Ordinary Degree 3 Years Level 8 = Honours Degree 3/4 Years NB Progression Route
Progression Route Ladder System Institutesof Institutes ofTechnology
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS IT’s – 5 passes at O.L. including Eng/Ir & Maths (Foundation Level Maths accepted in some cases) for Level 6 & 7 courses ( plus minimum points in some colleges eg. GMIT 140 points) Universities & IT’s –2 H.L C’s and passes in 4 others for Level 8 courses(some changes for 2014 ie UCC)TCD….min of 3 HL C’s and pass 3 others NUI Colleges-as above & Irish, English and a 3 rd language (exceptions apply). Maths is not required for all courses (check prospectuses).
Cont…. Some universities are quite specific about requirements….NB check v carefully Foundation level Maths accepted in many colleges, but not for courses where Maths is a requirement ie Engineering LCVP can be counted for points, but not always as a subject requirement for matriculation purposes.
SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS Minimum requirements & specific requirements in some cases eg. Primary School Teaching- HC3 in Irish & Engineering in Uni’s-HC3 in Maths & a Science subject. All details on requirements on www.cao.ie/www.qualifax.ie Special Maths Exam ie NUIG, NUI Maynooth….
NUI Colleges NUIG UCC UCD NUI Maynooth RCSI Shannon College of Hotel Management Linked- NCAD; St. Angela’s
RESTRICTED COURSES Courses that require more than just points (This is indicated on CAO Handbook) Art-portfolio Music-assessment Medicine- HPAT Specific dates –March/April, on Career notice-board, CAO website, HEI websites
Medicine Min.480 points; must achieve required subjects & points in same sitting of LC Complete HPAT-Ireland aptitude test www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au €115.Apply early Nov.--Jan 20 Test Sat March 1 st 2014 Combine LC & Aptitude results
Medicine cont…. Must apply to CAO before HPAT Restricted entry, NB Feb 1 st deadline Graduate entry 2.1 in primary degree Approx.€12,000-€13,000 per annum Vet. medicine-graduate entry-UCD
Medicine cont… From 2014, you must sit the HPAT the same year as you apply for Medicine, with the exception of last years students. All details on points and combination of points etc on website.
POINTS Based on competition for places Can go up/down Best 6 subjects from one L. Cert. sitting Bonus Points HL Maths(D3-A1= +25points) New Courses….points will not be known until after the LC and points depend on demand.
CAO APPLICATION On-line discounted rate €25-Jan 20th Deadline Feb 1 st 5.15pm-€40 Online application is available from Nov.5 2013 10 Level 8 options, 10 Level 6 & 7options NB* Order of genuine preference!!!!!!!!!!!! May get offered 2 places NB* 3 rd,4 th,5 th …choices….
Cont….. Read CAO instructions very carefully. –Correct Personal Details crucial. –Correct Course Codes/CAO HANDBOOK 2014 ONLY! –Check www.cao.ie for changes to the CAO HANBOOK 2014. Also Alert Lists.www.cao.ie Power point presentation on www.cao.ie ‘Mapping Your Future’. CAO Online Application Walkthrough; Demo.www.cao.ie Use ‘My Application’ on-line facility
CONT….. Cert of postage Restricted courses If you apply by paper application, you must contact CAO for Application Fee Payment Form NB check statement sent out in May NB* YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
STATEMENT OF COURSE CHOICES Paper applicants should receive statement by Feb.15 th, omissions can be added or make changes- €10 fee. On-line applicants will not get a statement until May, will receive CAO no. on-line and changes can be made up to March 1 st (10 euro) Only make changes if you need to add a restricted course. Check that course choices are correct May need to return an amended statement Use CAO no. for any correspondence
CHANGE OF MIND All applicants receive a statement before the end of May. Can change your mind on-line or by paper from May 5 th approx. until July 1st No fee Cannot add restricted courses at this stage..exceptions….
OFFER OF PLACES By post On-line Round 1- week after L. Cert. Results Round 2-early Sept. After Round 2 if vacancies still available Accept on line or by post, NOT BOTH, within specified time limit Vacant places.
DEFERRED ENTRY Must seek agreement of HEI Not guaranteed Check in advance with Admissions Office Do not accept the offer Write to Admissions Office. Pg.5 CAO Handbook Following year, reapply putting the deferred course as the ONLY PREFERENCE Can re-apply as normal if you change your mind
Grants, Access Programmes etc Grant info. www.studentfinance.ie. Also www.qualifax.ie/Grant calculator.www.studentfinance.ie www.qualifax.ie/Grant Student contribution fee is €2,750. Grant may cover this. Scholarships-academic-depends on LC results Sports Scholarships-apply to college
ACCESS PROGRAMMES –HEAR/Socio-economic access route: 3 INDICATORS/Why apply?/How to apply?/Key Dates 1 st Feb & 1 st April/Workbooks in Career Office or download from website. Advice Clinic Jan 11 2014 –DARE/Disability access route/Psychological reports dated after Feb.1 st 2011/Why apply?/How to apply?/Key Dates, as above. Advice Clinic Jan 11 2014 –OTHERS, eg. GMIT; Sligo IT “Breaking The Mould”/apply directly to Access Office of college.
CHOOSING A CAREER RESEARCH…RESEARCH…RESEARCH Use Career’s Library, every Monday lunch-time Mentaga aptitude tests/Interest Inventories Other college literature Organisations, Associations…. Visit websites ie www.cao.ie; www.careersportal.iewww.cao.ie Talk to friends, past students… Work experience etc
Websites www.hrc.ie Go to Career’s linkwww.hrc.ie www.qualifax course searchwww.qualifax www.cao.ie www.careerdirections.ie www.careersportal.ie
Study Skills Time management Organisation Phone off! Regular breaks Regular Meals Memory techniques Constant review