The Definitive Guide To Going To College 2016 - 20th Edition

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Campus Cost Comparison The CAO and Application Form 2016 Leaving Cert Timetable NFQ & QQI TOP 5 Revision Tips Full CAO Listings Grants and Funding


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I NTRO DUCTION The final year of school is one of the most difficult times in a young person’s life. As well as the pressure to study, there is the added stress of deciding which career path to take, and where in the country to start that path. The Definitive Guide to Going to College can help. This Guide is an informative and detailed publication relevant to all secondary level students who are deciding on their future, as well as being an invaluable resource to new third level students. The CAO process is explained in full, as is the QQI, the amalgamation of several state bodies. We also provide many different study methods and tips. The cost of attending third level has risen dramatically over the past five years. As a result of these increasing costs, we have included full details on eligibility for grants and a cost comparison of commonly purchased items in various campuses throughout the country. However, it’s not all doom and gloom! We present hard-hitting facts in a humorous light. After all, despite all the pressure and stress, this is also one of the most exciting times of your life. We’re here to help you to make the most of it! Follow us on FaceBook www.facebook.com/goingtocollege And Twitter @collegeguide__

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The CAO

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The CAO Form

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3 NFQ And QQI

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How To Prepare For a Job Interview

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Choosing a CourseTo Study

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The Points System

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Study and Revision Tips

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How Do You Land Your Perfect Job

After Graduating?

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Interview QuestionsYou Should Be Asking

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Private Colleges: A World of Opportunities

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PLCs - Post Leaving Cert Courses

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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Studying in the UK

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Repeating Your Leaving Certificate

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Living Away from Home

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Taking a Year Out - The Gap Year

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A-Z of College Essentials

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Accommodation Tips

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Grants and Funding

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Student Budgeting

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Campus Cost Comparison

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Freshers’ Week

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Clubs & Societies

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The Social Aspects of College Life

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Student Welfare

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Health Issues

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The College Library

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Getting That Job

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Studying Abroad

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Mature Students

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Irish Second-Level Students’ Union

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A-Z of CAO course listings

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YOU’VE MOVED OUT OF HOME - ARE YOU ALARMED? COLLEGE MAY BE A WHOLE NEW CHAPTER IN YOUR LIFE BUT FOR MANY IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME LIVING AWAY FROM HOME. ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE BUT REMEMBER: IT CAN TAKE AS LITTLE AS 3 MINUTES TO DIE FROM SMOKE INHALATION ENSURE YOUR ACCOMMODATION HAS WORKING SMOKE ALARMS AND CHECK THE BATTERIES REGULARLY PLAN AN ESCAPE ROUTE AVOID SMOKING WHEN YOU ARE TIRED, IN BED OR ARE ON MEDICATION DON’T OVERLOAD SOCKETS. UNPLUG APPLIANCES AT NIGHT NEVER LEAVE CANDLES LIT IN AN EMPTY ROOM GO TO THE CHIPPER AFTER A NIGHT OUT, DON’T COOK AT HOME

IF FIRE BREAKS OUT: GET OUT AND STAY OUT CALL 112 OR 999 WITHOUT DELAY SPEAK CALMLY AND CLEARLY. ONLY HANG UP WHEN THE OPERATOR TELLS YOU. DON’T FIGHT THE FIRE, WAIT FOR THE FIRE BRIGADE.


THE CAO The CAO is an organisation which was founded in 1976 by the higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Republic of Ireland. The HEIs have delegated to the CAO the task of processing centrally applications for admission to their first year undergraduate courses. The purpose of the CAO, therefore, is to process applications centrally and to deal with them in an efficient and fair manner.

Address:

The HEIs retain the function of making decisions on admissions.

Application may be made online at this site. Hours of Business: 09:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday.

General Principles: Applications for admission in autumn 2015 will be processed in accordance with the regulations, procedures and timetable described in the CAO Handbook 2015 (“the Handbook”), in the CAO Application Form 2015 (“the Form”) and in the other documents mentioned in the Handbook. It is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with these. Other such regulations and procedures in relation to online application, change of mind and acceptance of offers will appear on the CAO website. The intention is to provide fair and equal treatment for all applicants and to minimise expense for the applicant-body as a whole. The CAO is the agent for the HEIs participating in the Application System. These bodies agree annually the application regulations, procedures and timetable. The CAO has no discretion to set them aside so as either to afford special treatment to any applicant over another or to deprive any applicant of their entitlement in favour of another. The CAO is purely an administrative facility and does not endorse or recommend any course. It is your responsibility to determine the status and the suitability of any course chosen.

The CAO Application System operates from the CAO premises at: TOWER HOUSE, EGLINTON STREET, GALWAY. Phone: (091) 509800 Fax: (091) 562344 The CAO website is at www.cao.ie.

Applicant’s Responsibility: It is the applicant’s own responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted accurately and on time. In any one year, you may not present more than one application (either online or paper).

Application Dates and Fees: Applicants should avoid submitting an application close to the Closing Date. The Closing Date cannot be extended.

All fees are non-refundable.

FEE

CLOSING DATE

Online Discounted Rate

€25

20 Jan 2015 (17:15)

Normal Application (online or paper)

€40

Late online application Late paper application Change of Mind

1 Feb 2015 (17:15)

€50

1 May 2015 (17:15)

€80

1 May 2015 (17:15)

Nil

1 July 2015 (17:15)

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3 NFQ A N D QQI

T HE CAO FO R M The CAO form in most cases is very straightforward but it is worthwhile giving it focus and attention. There are four pages on the print CAO form and over thirty different spaces to be filled in. Irish school-leavers only need to complete Part A (pages 1 and 2). Part B (pages 3 and 4) is for those applying with examinations other than FETAC and Leaving Certificate and for mature students presenting with other further education qualifications. The form can also be accessed online. Normal closing date is Feb 1st but if you apply online before January 20th the cost is €25. After 1st February this will be higher. The form is standard enough in that you will need to give all your personal details as you do when filling out other application forms. The most important part of the form is the Course Choices section. When choosing your course, the CAO choice system is split into two categories: a Level 6 and level 7 list, where you put your higher certificate and ordinary degree choices, and a Level 8 list, where you put your honours degree options. Each category has ten spaces for course choices and it is recommended you fill in all ten spaces on each list. The only information you need is the course code, you don’t need to name the course or the college that is running it. Each third-level course has its own code number which is made up of two letters and three numbers. You can find this code in the back of this guide, in the course listings section of the CAO guide, and in each individual college prospectus and website. Please ensure when you are listing your courses that you put your first choice as the first listing and then put your next preferences down the list in order. The reason there are ten spaces is that you can afford to aim high, with plenty of space to list other alternative courses, should you not get the required points for your first choice. For most people, this is the end of the form filling. The other two pages (Part B) are for Special Category Applicants. This part is for students taking GCSEs in the UK, mature students and people presenting with other school leaving exams other than the Leaving Certificate or FETAC. If none of these categories apply to you, write NO in the box at the bottom of Page 2 or click the ‘none of the above’ box on the online form. Special Category Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by the 15th of December 2014. It is always a good idea to have somebody else check the form, just in case you have missed something. If you 8

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apply online, make sure you follow all the directions to the end of the process. You are not finished until you print or save the screen receipt of acceptance of your online application. We would recommend that you keep a copy of your form whether it was sent online or by post. Swift post or registering your post is usually a good option because you have a tracking number should there be any problems. A certificate of postage will be needed in case your application should get lost in the post. Online applicants should keep their printed receipt of acceptance safe. Paper applicants should enclose their stamped-addressed Acknowledgement Card with their initial application and then keep it safe when it’s returned. Remember that you can apply and get a CAO number at any time. With just your name, address and contact number you can apply early and get a CAO number. You can then have the time to pull together your examination results and other relevant information and amend your application later.

Payment Paper Applications can be made using the Application Fee Payment Form. The bank will retain Part 3 and will stamp Parts 1 and 2 and return them to you. You keep Part 2 for your own records and send Part 1 with your CAO application. If you are applying online, you can opt to pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or debit card (Laser), or use the Application Fee Payment Form and pay in the bank. When paying online, you are given a Payment Confirmation Code. You need to keep this number, because you must enter it in the appropriate box of the Online Application. The CAO handbook is available online and is a useful tool when filling out your CAO form.

Questions and Answers about where your awards fit into the new system of Quality and Qualifications Ireland. 1. My daughter is filling out her CAO Handbook for third level options this year and there is a reference to ‘Levels’. What do they mean and how do they relate to my daughter’s application? Since 2004, references to ‘Levels’ have featured in the CAO Handbook. These refer to the 10 Levels of Qualification set out by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). The Irish qualifications system was restructured in 2003 and is now described in terms of awards at 10 levels in the National Framework of Qualifications, also referred to as NFQ, for which the QQI is responsible. The 10 Levels of the NFQ incorporate awards made for all kinds of learning, from basic literacy to doctorate level. School, further education and training and higher education and training (i.e. DIT, Institutes of Technology and the universities) are all included. For instance, the Leaving Certificate is at Level 4 and 5, apprenticeships qualifications are at Level 6, an Ordinary Bachelor Degree is at Level 7 and an Honours Bachelor Degree is at Level 8. The level a qualification is at on the NFQ indicates the standard of knowledge, skill and competence a learner is expected to have on completion of a programme. The higher education qualifications in the NFQ are from Levels 6 to 10 and can be seen below. As the Handbook only deals with higher education qualifications up to Honours Bachelor Degree Level, it refers to Levels 6, 7 and 8 only.

2. What is QQI, and what happened to FETAC, HETAC,

NQAI and IQUB?

QQI stands for Quality and Qualifications Ireland and is an amalgamation of the four legacy bodies: FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IQUB. QQI has inherited the functions of all four and is responsible for carrying out a comprehensive range of quality assurance services across education and training. QQI is also responsible for the continued development and implementation of the NFQ. It will establish a Code of Practice and International Education Mark for the provision of education to international learners. QQI was established on November 6th, 2012 under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act of 2012. More information as QQI publishes it is available on the website: http://www. qqi.ie. 3. Benefits of the NFQ and QQI to learners

· You can have confidence in the quality of the qualification you are applying for, as a primary function of QQI is to ensure all NFQ qualifications are quality assured and recognised both nationally and internationally. · You can make informed choices about the qualifications you choose and plan your education and training path. · The NFQ acts as a tool for employers, so they can recognise and understand the level and standard of your qualifications. It is expected that graduates will increasingly find employers referring to Levels when recruiting. · It is important that the qualification you get is portable and recognisable both at home and abroad. The NFQ and QQI are linked to similar developments taking place in other countries, and this means that holders of NFQ qualifications travelling abroad can have their qualifications more easily understood. It also helps the recognition of qualifications held by those travelling to Ireland with qualifications gained outside the State. 4. How can I find out more about QQI? For more detailed information about QQI and the NFQ and its implications for you continuing your education after second level, it is recommended to visit the new QQI website at www.qqi.ie.

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HOW TO PRE PARE FOR A JOB INTE RVIE W A bit like exams, job interviews can cause you to feel nervous as the day approaches. However, you’ll find these nerves dissipating somewhat if you are well prepared. Below, we look at the areas you need to address in your preparation. Although some of this information may seem ‘obvious’, it is worth noting that most people are inexperienced when it comes to the interview process.

Find Out the Interview Type

You may believe that all interviews involve sitting down in a room with a recruiting team but there are actually several different kinds: Video: These interviews are generally held during a screening process and will take place via FaceTime, Skype or even YouTube. It is becoming more common for graduate roles in fields such as sales and marketing. · Telephone: This consists of an initial call made by an interviewer where candidates are eliminated based on set criteria. If you get through it, then you will end up in the more traditional one-on-one interview. · Traditional: This is the interview type you normally think of when applying for a job. Although the majority of these interviews take place in a formal setting, they can occasionally take place over lunch. · Panel: This is essentially the same as the Traditional interview except there will be 2+ people assessing you. · Group: This can be a tricky situation if you are not a natural extrovert. It involves several candidates being interviewed simultaneously. Assessment centre interviews can be added here; again, you will be one of several people involved and the process may involve role-play, written exams and presentations. Since there is no guarantee you will be attending a Traditional interview, it is best for you to get in touch with the relevant parties to find out more about the process.

Review Your CV & Cover Letter

As you may be applying for more than one job, you should print of a copy of your CV, cover letter and the selection criteria for the role. Believe it or not, some people actually walk into an interview and completely forget the job they have applied for! Carefully re-read everything to ensure you know precisely what is being asked of you. This process will also help you come up with some questions to ask at the end of the interview. Place this paperwork in a neat folder and bring it with you; this makes you look organised.

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Research the Organisation The first place you should visit is the company’s website. As well as learning more about what it does, you also get a sense of the culture and style of the organisation. Look for its Annual Report and dig deeper to find out about its industry, its rivals and its main challenges. A quick Google News search to find recent articles about the company is also a good idea. Once you have knowledge of the company’s industry, culture and mission, you should have enough ammunition to write a few questions. When you display up to date knowledge of the company’s industry during the interview, you look like someone who is engaged and serious about your career. Don’t do this at the last minute! There is likely to be a ton of information; especially if it is a major corporation, so you will need time to process all the data.

Pre Interview Preparation Practice Your Questions While there are potentially hundreds of questions you may be asked, the majority of companies will ask variations of the same questions in most cases. Obviously, there will be the odd ‘curveball’ but typically, you will be very well prepared if you read our list of common interview questions. If you practice by yourself, do so in front of a mirror so you can get an idea of what your body language looks like. It is better to get a friend to perform a mock interview on you however as this may help reduce your anxiety.

Get Your Outfit Ready

Never underestimate the importance of ‘looking’ the part. While you might get away with casual clothing for a ‘hip and trendy’ design company, dressing formally is virtually always your best bet. Make sure your suit has been dry cleaned and your our shirt has been ironed. By the way, shine your shoes! Get a haircut if you need it and men should be clean shaven or else they must ensure their facial hair is well groomed. It’s a known fact that being well-dressed not only improves your chances of making a positive first impression, it also increases your confidence.

Plan Your Route

Being late is one of the worst things you can do in an interview setting yet it happens surprisingly often. Most people will have never been to the interview location before and underestimate the time it takes to get there. With Google Maps and Sat-Navs at your disposal, there is simply no excuse for being tardy. Plan your route and give yourself ample time to arrive. The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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Consider how you answered them and give yourself a rating. This should help you improve on ‘weak’ answers for future interviews. It is polite to send a ‘thank you’ email to the interviewer the following day; it is also an opportunity to ask any questions you forget to during the actual interview. Since most organisations have a protocol when it comes to getting in touch with candidates, don’t pester them with emails. Only get in touch if they haven’t responded within a reasonable period. Even if you’re not successful this time, look upon it as a learning experience and vow to do better next time. Interviews also represent a chance to network which is a bonus.

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A good rule of thumb is to plan your arrival so you’re 30 minutes early. This should stop you panicking if you get caught in traffic and if you arrive with time to spare, you have the chance to observe how employees interact thus getting an idea of the company culture. You should also have a Plan B in case something does go wrong such as your car breaking down. It sounds silly but… make sure your mobile phone is fully charged. The last thing you need is a dead battery when you REALLY need to check your phone map for directions.

10 Things To Bring 1. A Sat-Nav if you’re driving or a fully charged phone with Google Maps at the ready. 2. A bottle of water (in case you are not offered a drink during the interview). 3. Information about the person you need to meet when you arrive. 4. Pen and paper. 5. Your CV, cover letter and any professional certificates or educational qualifications you have (this is especially relevant for graduate interviews). 6. Photo ID (can be a driving licence or passport). 7. A copy of the job description. 8. Interview invitation. 9. Cash. 10. Confidence.

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The Interview Before you even enter the interview room, make sure you’re polite to everyone you meet within the organisation; you never know who you’re talking to! Although you will be focused on having a great interview, don’t forget that you are also assessing the company. Take note of the atmosphere around the place as this may help you determine if you want to work there. For example, a workplace with a lot of tired and unhappy looking employees is not a great advert for the company. Greet the interviewer/panel with a smile, a cheery ‘hello’ and a firm handshake. As long as you have prepared your questions, there should be little that surprises you. Don’t be afraid to pause for a brief moment before answering a question; just don’t take too long! A common error made during interviews is to ‘rush’ through the process because of nerves. Don’t allow panic to set in; remember, you got called in for the interview for a good reason. Be sure to ask a few questions at the end of the interview based on your research and make sure you’re clear about the next steps in the process. It is common for organisations to take their time to respond so mention that you will get in touch if you haven’t heard back from them by a certain date.

Post Interview

When it comes to examinations, it is always said that you should above ‘post mortems’ but this is definitely NOT the case for interviews. Once you have left the room, find somewhere quiet to sit down and write out as many of the questions you were asked as your memory allows.

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Phone interviews can be tough since you have less of an opportunity to make an impression. An increasing number of businesses are using this type of interview as a low cost way to trim the number of applicants. The interviews are recorded and while the length varies, you can expect to be on the phone for 25-30 minutes. We advise you to prepare in a similar manner to a Traditional interview and follow these tips: Give your LinkedIn profile address as this helps the interviewer have a better look at your qualifications. Make sure you take the call in a very quiet location where there is little chance of you being interrupted. Have a glass of water by your side. Be beside your computer with Internet access. Have your CV, cover letter and job description beside you. Switch off call waiting and have your mobile phone charged. Write down your key skills and achievements in advance and have these ready. This should help you get the most important information across quickly. Do not interrupt the interviewer. Even though the interviewer can’t see you (unless you’re doing a video call), it is important to smile as this can actually help you ‘sound’ more friendly and positive on the phone. Speak clearly, don’t rush through sentences and try to keep your answers as short as is reasonably possible.

How To Control Your Nerves If you are the nervous type, an interview can be a daunting prospect. However, we have a few quick and easy tips to help you stay in control: Exercise before the interview as it helps release ‘feel good’ endorphins which should give you a nice little boost. Remember that interviews usually begin with ‘easy’ questions so use this time to get ‘settled’. If you don’t understand the question, ask for clarification. For tricky questions, pause and give yourself a moment to think. Go to the bathroom before the interview. Bring in notes and write down cues to help you highlight certain skills and experiences you wish to discuss. Don’t speak too quickly and control your breathing. Bring a positive mindset into the interview and remember that you’re in control. Not getting the job is the worst case scenario and you get to learn from the experience in any case.

Conclusion While we understand why people are so nervous when it comes to interviews, please note that the interviewer wants you to succeed. Since the company is actively looking for the right person, it is hoping to be impressed and if you prepare correctly, you could be the perfect individual for their organisation. Once you do your best, you can relax in the knowledge that is nothing more you can do. Go through the above tips and you should be as well prepared as anyone that walks into the interview room.

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CH O O SI NG A COURS E TO STUDY Given the dramatic economic events of recent years, it is all too easy to listen to the doom-mongers. However, it is hoped and according to some sources, expected, that the economy will be well on the road to recovery by the time 2015 school leavers graduate. In current times in particular, there is pressure from all sides to pick a course that will guarantee a lucrative career. Economists and journalists have been trying to predict where the jobs will be in two, three and four year’s time. Several periodicals are predicting growth in the following areas: IT services Gaming, data-mining, smartphones and apps continue to grow and develop at a remarkable rate. Computer software & hardware New developments in hardware (the iPad, book reader, sensor-controlled Xbox) and software continue to evolve and hold consumer interest. Accounting and auditing and financial services Some predict that Ireland will be providing centralised accountancy and administration services for multinationals, having become a services-based economy by 2020. High tech manufacturing (pharmaceutical) We already have several software and pharmaceutical multinationals with large bases here thanks to the beneficial corporate tax policies, which thankfully were left unchanged by recent budgets, despite strong opposition from other countries in the EU. Green sector jobs Climate change could be the driver for the creation of massive numbers of jobs here in Ireland in areas such as wind farm design and development, the harnessing of wave energy, development of electric car-charging stations etc. The best advice to take from all predictions is to be aware of the current and ongoing situation, but don’t make choices based on it.

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Mary Sweeney, Admissions Office, NUI Galway provides some thoughts and tips on preparing for the CAO. The thoughts of filling out the CAO form and choosing from the huge selection of courses available across third-level institutions can be daunting. A good approach is to follow your own personal interests so you can spend the next few years studying a subject that will keep you engaged and interested. The Arts degrees from NUI Galway, for example, allow you to follow an interest you might have in Children’s Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Human Rights, Irish Studies, Theatre and Performance or Women’s Studies.

Remember that the degree is not the end in itself nor does it ‘typecast’ you when you graduate. Many degrees provide a very solid foundation from which very different careers can be pursued. For example a good degree in the Arts, Sciences or Business provides an excellent preparation for teaching, journalism, business, public and private services, management etc. Here are ten tips to help you make your selection for the CAO form: 1) Consider where your interests lie. Ask yourself; what are the Leaving Certificate subjects and activities I most enjoy? 2) Consult with parents and friends; seek out advice

and information from your Guidance Counsellors.

3) Talk to students already at third level and if you can,

participate in Open Days and Career Exhibitions.

4) Check out the various college websites for detailed

information on courses and review the prospectus. If it’s something that would interest you, find out if there is the opportunity of work experience or studying abroad.

5) Create a shortlist of your top ten courses with a quick

note on why you want to do each course in each institution.

6) Check the minimum entry requirements for your

preferred CAO courses.

7) List the courses in your order of preference, based

on those which interest you and in which you have a realistic chance of getting an offer based on your expected results.

8) Think through your options and have your mind

made up at least one week before the CAO deadline (1st February). This will give you time, having made your decision, to see how that feels. The order of your preferences should really reflect the order of what you want.

9) Remember - don’t panic – there is still a change of

mind option until the 1st July.

10) If you are considering taking a year out, apply this

year and if you get the offer you want, you are free to apply to be considered for deferred entry to a following year. Remember that entry points to the various programmes change from year to year depending on the demand for and supply of places.

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TH E P O I NTS SYSTE M How are my points calculated?

Why do courses in some colleges have higher points than

Your best six subjects from one sitting are used to calculate your total points, no matter now many subjects you study.

similar courses in other colleges?

Must I count the results of my required subject(s) when calculating my total points? No. When calculating your points, only your best six subjects are used. As long as you have met your course requirements, it is not needed in calculating points. For example, if your preferred course requires you to achieve a C3 in ordinary level Irish, you don’t have to count this C3 in your best six subjects if you have scored higher elsewhere. If I am repeating, can I use some points from the previous year? No. Your best six subjects from the same sitting will be used to determine your final result. However you can carry a pass from a previous sitting if you need it for a college requirement. For example, if a C3 in higher level maths is a requirement to gain entry to a course you desire and you have already achieved this, you can carry that result through to the following year and use your remaining subjects to calculate your points. Medicine is the only exception to this rule, as you must take your requirements and points from the same sitting. Why do points for courses change every year? Points for courses depend on the demand for places. If a course has particularly high points for entry one year, it is not because the course is more difficult than previous years; it is because a large amount of students have applied for the course that year. For example, the points required for science in UCD rose from 385 points in 2009 to 435 points in 2010. This does not mean that Science in UCD has become more difficult. It means that much more students desired a place in Science in 2010 compared to in 2009. Colleges only have so many places available for students. This can work both ways. There can also be a drop in points for a course from one year to the next. For example, theoretical Physics in UCD dropped form 465 points in 2009 to 405 points in 2010.

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Colleges have a limited number of places for each course. The number of places a college has depends on the size of the college. Therefore if a course has higher points in one college compared to the other, it does not necessarily make the course better or more difficult in one college. It means that the demand is higher and the number of available places is lower. For example, in 2010, the points required to study Psychology in UCD are 505 as opposed to Trinity where students needs 545 points. This huge difference in points is due to the 75 places available for psychology in UCD compared to the 31 places available for psychology in TCD. Students from bot colleges will finish with the same valid degree. This article first appeared in the Irish Independent

Irish Leaving Certificate Examination Points Calculation Grid Leaving Cert Grade A1 A2 B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3 D1 D2 D3

Higher Paper 100 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45

Lower Paper 60 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5

Maths Foundation # 20 15 10 5

LCVP points awarded: Distinction - 70, Merit - 50, Pass - 30 * 25 bonus points will be added to the points score for Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics. # Points for Foundation Level Mathematics will be awarded by certain institutions. Applicants should refer to the HEI literature for full details.

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Study And Revision Tips Learning how to study more effectively is probably the best investment of time you could make right now. And it’s not rocket science - all you need is a desire to get organised and the capacity to think smart. Here, we cover some of the key aspects of study and revision:

Setting Goals and Getting Started Now is the time to clarify your goals, be positive, identify the key areas to attack, make out a realistic revision schedule, and get a system working for you. Each individual student profile is different, so take the opportunity to identify your particular strengths and weaknesses and focus on those areas that could make a crucial difference to YOU.

What is Good Study? To be effective, study must be: · Active – always work with a pen and paper, look for key points, and test yourself. Never just sit down and read for a set period. Focus on tasks, not time. · Organised – always ask yourself at the start of a study session, «What do I want to have completed in this session?» Have a plan for what you want to cover this week and this month. Have an overview of the priority areas in each subject. · Aimed at Understanding – always look to build material into patterns and associations that make sense to you. Link new information with your existing knowledge of a subject. Make use of graphic examples and illustrations. When you understand something, you will have little difficulty in remembering it.

Setting SMART Study Goals SPECIFIC: Don’t have as your target, “Study geography for an hour.” Do have as your target, “Revise physical geography – rivers, and sketch a model answer to the question on last year’s paper.” MEASURABLE:

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Measure your progress towards your goal. Use a revision checklist for each subject and tick off each topic as you study/revise it. In this way, you’ll literally see your progress. ACTION-RELATED: Break down your study goal into a set of specific tasks, e.g. background reading of research material, draw up essay plan, and complete writing of essay. Base each study session on tasks, not time. REALISTIC: Don’t set goals you are unlikely to achieve. Make realistic demands on yourself, in consultation with teachers and guidance counsellors. Otherwise, you will quickly lose heart and lose interest. TIME-BASED: Avoid panic before a deadline. Always time your study tasks, working back from the deadline. If you have a test in three weeks’ time, set blocks of revision work for each of the three weeks.

Weekday Schedule Establishing a realistic routine, early in the school year, will make a huge difference to the effectiveness of your work. Like most jobs, study is mainly a matter of habit. Once settled in a routine, life becomes much simpler and study becomes more productive. Making out your own schedule, based on your particular circumstances, will act as a helpful structure for your work. · While quality is ultimately more important than quantity, in your Leaving Cert year you should be aiming to do four hours productive study each day. This includes homework, revision, and any study sessions in school. · Create a study timetable - construct a weekly schedule for yourself. Start by including your class times, travel, sports and other commitments. Then add designated study periods for the afternoons/evenings and for the weekend. It is better to start with realistic targets that you can fulfil rather than being over-ambitious at first. · Have a definite time for starting study each evening. Pick a time that you can stick to. It will reinforce your discipline and condition your system to make the most of the session. Weekend Schedule · Getting some productive study done at weekends will make all the difference to your exam prospects! Here, you can get effective revision done, can spend more time on reviewing topics covered during the week in class, can prepare for tests or oral exams, can devote time to an essay or important assignment that needs to be done well. · The weekend is also the time when you might feel least like studying, when the level of distraction is higher, when you want to take a break from school pressures and relax. The potential for friction at home

can increase at weekends. How can you cope with these competing factors? · The answer lies in balance and organisation. It is not possible to do everything (get some rest, play sport, work in a part-time job, go out on two or three nights, spend time with your friends, get the necessary study done) so something has to give and a balance must be arrived at. Settle on a routine that can work for you. Nominate certain blocks of time that you will devote to study at weekends (e.g. Sunday afternoon) and let these periods become firmly associated with productive study in your mind. · You should be aiming to do up to 8 hours good study over the weekend period (i.e. from Friday evening to Sunday evening). Try getting some homework done on Friday afternoon/evening before 7pm (thus ‘breaking the back’ of the job before the weekend really starts), keep Saturday free for rest and recreation, and use Sunday (when there are less distractions) as the day to get some solid revision done. “Doing It Now” “Putting things off” is probably the biggest time-waster of all! Procrastination means letting the low-priority tasks get in the way of high-priority ones. Students of physics may liken it to the concept of inertia – a mass at rest tends to stay at rest. Here are some steps to spending time more productively. But remember, don’t just read them, do them! · Start thinking positive thoughts Incorporate self-motivating statements into your speech and thoughts: “There’s no time like the present”, “The sooner I get this done, the sooner I can go out.” · Plan ahead by working backwards By using revision checklists in your various subjects, you should know what quantity of material has to be covered

Time Management Time Management = Self-management “You can’t save time, you can only spend it wisely” The starting point is to identify your critical success factors – the things that might be holding you back. Try to answer the following questions honestly as an indicator of your current standing. Are any of these problem areas for you? Is there room for improvement? · Do you have a routine established for study during the week? · Do you get some solid revision done at the weekends? · Do you have a definite time for starting study each day? · Do you have difficulty starting into tasks? · Do you get your written work handed in on time? · Do you find your plans regularly knocked off-schedule? · Do you find yourself panicking prior to tests? The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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· Can you always account for tasks completed in a study period? · Do you have a suitable, fixed location for regular study? · Can you quickly find particular notes or written work in your subject folders? Applying the Principles of Learning

over the coming months. Start from the final date (end of May) and divide your revision up week by week, allowing some flexibility for unforeseen delays. Surprise yourself by being ready in time! · Learn to say NO once your priorities are set Stick to your weekly schedule as closely as possible – it will become a help to your efforts and a shield against temptation. You’ll still be able to socialise, rest and play, but it will be on your terms, not someone else’s. · Reward yourself Self-reinforcement has a powerful effect on developing a “do it now” attitude. Take satisfaction in the completion of tasks and give yourself a “treat” with the time saved by taking a break. You’ll have a greater sense of freedom and accomplishment because you’re in control, and you’ll enjoy your “free time” more!

Concentration and Organisation Achieving the Quality Standard The quantity of time that you allocate to study over the coming weeks is important – you do need a realistic yet demanding weekly schedule. But “putting in the time” is no guarantee of success – you must ensure that the quality of work is good, that your revision is active, organised and SMART, that it is focussed on the right areas. To help you identify areas for personal improvement, answer the following questions honestly and then go looking for practical solutions. · Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to start studying? · Are you easily distracted during a study session?

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· Learning depends largely on your desire to learn. Within each study period, have a specific goal to achieve or tasks to complete. · Concentration and efficiency decrease over a certain period of time. When studying for a prolonged period, reward yourself with a short break when a particular task is finished, leave your desk, but don’t go near the phone or TV! · Learning is improved by repetition. Regular revision of topics on a daily basis (material covered in class), weekly basis (areas covered over the week) and monthly basis (working backwards from June with your revision planners) will reinforce learning and build your confidence. · Spaced learning is more effective than massed learning. While we often end up “cramming” towards the end of the year, the most effective way to improve performance is by tackling a subject or topic in smaller chunks on a more regular basis, thus reinforcing understanding and retention. · The learning of one thing may help or interfere with the learning of another. Be smart in how you organise the sequence of subjects in a study session. An hour of English followed by revision of History or Classical Studies will probably prove productive, but the study of Irish grammar in close proximity to French verbs might lead to confusion.

How? Always work with a pen and paper at the ready. Getting started is often the most difficult bit, so start by “doing”. Tackle a homework question or the writing up of class notes at the start of a session. It usually helps to begin with a subject you like, move on to other less favoured areas, and then finish up with a favoured topic to maintain the interest. When? Try to schedule your study for times when you are more mentally alert. While different “body clocks” will apply, most people find their ability to focus deteriorates towards the end of the day. Getting homework and revision done earlier in the day aids efficiency and also offers the reward of having time to relax after the work is done. Why? Understanding is central to the learning process so always seek to test your progress at the end of a study session. Ask yourself, “What have I just learned?” Review the material covered in school that day, even briefly, as it will aid retention and make the next day’s classes more productive. Merely recognising material isn’t enough – you must be able to reproduce it without the aid of the book or notes. The final 5-10 minutes of any session should be used for this recall. Reading, Note-taking, and Memory Skills Become a better processor!

The process of learning involves taking in information, processing it, and storing it effectively for re-use. It is similar in many ways to the use of files and folders on your computer. However, even the most powerful computer will be of no use to you if the information and material is entered in a disorganised and chaotic manner. As the old programmers’ motto says, “garbage in = garbage out”! To help you identify areas for personal improvement, Questions of Concentration answer the following questions and then go looking for Where? practical solutions. Find a fixed place to study (a particular desk/room at home, · Do you often forget material that you have recently a spot in the library etc) that becomes firmly associated in read? your mind with productive work. You are trying to build a · Does your mind wander during reading, causing you to habit, to make life easier for yourself by being in productive re-read sections? mode when you start a session. All the equipment and · Do you have a system for remembering lists of items? materials you need should be within reach, and the · Are your notes well laid-out and easy to follow? room well lit and ventilated, but not too comfortable! · Can you quickly find a particular topic in your subject What? folders? Remember that it’s all about being active and focused · Do you find your plans regularly knocked off-schedule? on tasks, not time! Know at the start of a session what · Do you find yourself panicking prior to tests? you want to have completed by the end of the period. Make the tasks specific and realistic, not vague and large. Don’t say, “I’m going to study Geography for an hour”, or, “I’m going to spend all day Saturday studying Geography”. Decide to “Revise Chapter 7 of Regional Geography of Europe and write an outline answer to a regional geography question on last year’s exam paper”.

Reading better and faster Most students, when faced with a textbook or chapter to study, will ‘start at the beginning, read through at the same pace until the end, then stop and put the book away’. This passive approach is a most inefficient way to learn, as it can take longer and leave you bogged down in detail, with no overall grasp of the subject matter. By adopting a more active approach to reading, you can begin to read better and faster within a very short space of time. The PQ2R method has proven to be most successful in this regard. Try it for the remaining weeks of term and see the benefits. P = Preview Begin your reading task with a quick skim (2-3 minutes) of the text, trying to get an overview of the chapter or text. Look for section headings, illustrative charts and diagrams, signposts or key words. Don’t start highlighting text at this point. Q = Question This is the key to active learning. Look for answers to the basic questions of Who? What? Where? Why? When? Identify the main theme or learning point of the particular text. R = Read Now read the chapter carefully, with these questions in mind. Your mind will be actively looking for answers as you read. Work with a pen and paper, make brief summary notes, look for ‘topic sentences’ that summarise the most important point in a paragraph or section and highlight them, if necessary. Vary your reading speed – move quickly over lighter, less important material and slow down when you come to a difficult section. R = Review Always check your understanding of the material by reviewing and testing your recall before putting the text away. Look at the notes you have taken and check that they answer your initial questions. Summarise your findings from this study session. Making your notes useful The purpose of making summary notes on a topic or section is to aid your overall understanding of material, to help you distinguish between what is really important information (depth) and what is merely supporting detail. Reference to the main syllabus topics will help the process of discernment within each subject. In addition, good summary notes make retrieval of information quicker and easier. Sort out your filing system If you haven’t already done so, get your subject folders and notes organised immediately. Invest in some ringbinders, dividers, plastic pockets, etc. Have a separate folder for each subject (a permanent reference point) and then keep a ‘current folder’ for managing notes in progress.

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‘Less is always more’ When writing notes, remember they should be a summary, not an extensive repetition of what is in the textbook. Don’t crowd the page. Stick to main headings and sub-headings. Use abbreviations where appropriate. Try to reduce what you need to know on the topic down to one A4 sheet. Once you have an overview, it is easier to fill out the detail. Make your notes visual Ensure your notes have a memorable appearance so that you can recall them easily. Use illustrations, diagrams, graphs, colours, and boxes (‘a picture is worth a thousand words’). Arrange the material in a logical hierarchy (title, sub-point, explanation, example). Ideally, you should be able to close your eyes in an exam and visualise a particular page of notes. Beware of transcribing and highlighting! Merely re-writing the text from the book into your notes does not ensure retention. Try to put things in your own words and devise your own examples – this will make the material more meaningful. Only use the highlighter pen AFTER you have previewed and questioned a text, thus ensuring you identify the most important material and you avoid the creation of a fluorescent textbook! ‘Save’ your notes carefully Practice following the logic of your computer files, when storing information. Think - where does this material best fit (subject, section, topic, sub-topic, etc.)? In this way, you will ensure that it is efficiently processed and easily retrieved both physically (during revision) and mentally (when you need it in an exam). Improving memory We often blame our memory for poor academic performance (“I’m no good at remembering names/ dates/rules/verbs/characteristics”) when really we should be addressing our faulty input and storage system. There is a big difference between short term and long term memory. If you study a topic one night and can recall most of it the next morning, don’t be fooled into thinking that you will be able to remember it accurately in two months time. If the goal is to improve your long term memory, then the key to success is based on the efficiency of input (the ‘mental filing system’ we employ). Reducing the burden on the limited short term memory, and channelling information into long term storage, is based on the creation of patterns and the avoidance of randomness. ‘Chunking’: as the average person can only hold seven ‘items’ in short term memory, grouping items together into ‘chunks’ can increase capacity. This is generally used for remembering numbers (think of how you remember phone numbers by grouping the seven digits into 2 or 3 chunks) but can be applied to other listings in various subjects.

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Repetition: Studies indicate that 66% of material is forgotten within seven days if it is not reviewed or recited again by the student, and 88% is gone after six weeks. Don’t make life harder for yourself – build in a brief daily and weekly review of material covered. It will save you having to re-learn material from scratch! Application and association: The best way to channel material to long term memory is to organise it into meaningful associations. Link it to existing information and topics and create vivid personal examples which act as ‘mental hooks’ or ‘cues’ for recalling material in the future. Thus, new items are put in context. If you learn a new formula/verb/rule, try to put it into practice immediately with a relevant example. Use of mnemonics: these are various word games which can act as memory aids and which allow personalisation and creativity. Think of stalagtites (come down from the ceiling) and stalagmites (go up from the ground); the colours of the rainbow (‘Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain’ to remember red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet); the seven characteristics of living organisms – Mr.Grief (Movement, Reproduction, Growth, Respiration, Irritability, Excretion, Feeding). You can devise many more of these to aid your personalised recall of items in your subjects.

Practising Output To prepare for an exam, you must practice doing what the exam requires you to do giving out information, not taking it in! This applies to regular class tests as well as the final exams. Prior to June, you will probably have had the benefit of many class tests and a ‘mock exam’ where the Leaving Cert conditions are simulated for your benefit – you can learn a lot by reflecting honestly on your performance in these tests. You also have the benefit of a wealth of freelyavailable information about the exams. Past exam papers, marking schemes, study guides, even Chief Examiners Reports on some subjects are all there to be used. Make use of past papers These should be your constant companion in all revision tasks. For each topic you revise, consult the past questions on this subject and then attempt answers to them. Check your answers, fill in the ‘knowledge gaps’ where necessary, and file away the correct ‘model answer’ in your notes for future reference. You will also start to notice any trends in the questions asked. Follow the marks

Revision and Exam Preparation Top Five Revision Tips 1. Know what you have to do Relate all your revision tasks to the structure and format of the exam papers you will face. Make use of revision checklists and exam guides plus information on the marking schemes available in all your subjects to match the main syllabus sections and exam topics to the time available for revision. Plan to get a certain number of sections covered each week. Devote more time to the more important sections of each course. 2. Revise in ‘chunks’ Break up items into manageable ‘chunks’ that can be reviewed regularly. This makes it easier to tackle your least favourite areas and helps morale because you feel you are getting more done. Write specific material on ‘flash cards’ (small cards which can be kept in your pocket for quick review) e.g. verbs, vocabulary, formulae or definitions. These can be very useful towards the end of the year. 3. Prepare by doing As effective study must be active, all your revision should be based around testing your recall and practising your output. Merely recognising material in your notes and textbooks is no guarantee of successful revision – you must be able to recall it without the aid of notes. Work with a pen and paper, write down points, sketch model answers to exam questions, and then check your results!

4. Revise from the top down It is easier to understand and retain material that is well organised. Start with a good grasp of the main ideas or concepts, then follow with the sub-topics and supporting details. Try to retain an overview of the subject at all times during revision – how does this particular topic relate to the main syllabus sections and the likely exam questions? In this way, you will avoid getting bogged down in insignificant detail. 5. Beware of new material in the final weeks of term Towards the end of the year, you should be aiming to consolidate existing knowledge and build on this foundation rather than trying to learn new material. Once the course has been covered to your satisfaction and you have a reasonable choice of questions in the exam, you are best advised to consolidate your main choices rather than chasing after new material for options which you are unlikely to take in the exam.

It is only in recent years that the Department have published the marking schemes for all subjects and these are an invaluable aid to exam preparation (2000 2002 papers available on the Department of Education and Science website, www.education.ie; 2003 papers available on www.examinations.ie ). You can see how the marks were allocated for each question on last year’s paper, what the sub-division was between statement of point, explanation, example etc, and what quantity of answer was required in each case. This knowledge will greatly inform your revision work and helps to remove the mystique of the exam. Try a dress rehearsal Each exam paper contains its own particular structure and challenge, with varying emphasis on answering style and depth. While much of your ongoing revision will be based on individual topics and questions, it is a very useful exercise to tackle an exam paper in its totality (at least once before June). It forces you to consider your strategy – the questions you will want to attempt or avoid, the issues of timing, the number of points you will need to make in each part of a question. Having performed this exercise a couple of times, your confidence levels rise as you fix on your strategy for the exam and realise that there can’t be any major surprises for you in June. Article contributed by www.skoool.ie

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HOW DO YOU LAND YOUR PERFECT JOB AFTER GRADUATING? START BUILDING YOUR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS FROM DAY ONE IN COLLEGE! Written by Mark Mitchell, Director of gradireland, Ireland’s national site for careers advice and job opportunities for students and graduates. So you’ve picked your course, but do you know what path it will set you on, or where you want to go after that? Finding your ideal career path isn’t easy these days. Whether you choose to study something vocational (eg medicine, law or social work) or a more generalist course (eg history, business or marketing), studying a particular subject doesn’t limit your career choices after college, nor does it define them – the problem is figuring out which career you actually want. Discovering what different careers involve is important. What will I actually do all day? What skills will I use in that job? Will I enjoy it and do I have the skills to be successful? These are key questions to explore and answer. gradireland #FYI simplifies and breaks down careers into easily understandable concepts. Featuring interviews with graduates currently working in different career areas, we ask those questions and help you understand what working in various careers

actually means. gradireland #FYI helps you discover the practical skills you can develop in college that will enable you to achieve your dream career, regardless of your subject of study; and shows you typical graduate career paths, exploring the opportunities that different careers sectors and employers can offer you. This information is accessible on gradireland. com/get-started. We will also be hosting a unique gradireland #FYI event on 2 March 2016 in the RDS, Dublin where students can meet with the actual employers and graduates from our online interviews and ask them the questions you really want answers to. This event will allow students to participate in fun workshops which bring to life some of the crucial employability skills that employers are looking for, as well as receive one-to-one careers advice and hear from experts from many different career areas. So make sure that when you start College you begin your career planning from day one! Visit gradireland. com/get-started, it could be a life-changing experience!

INTE RVIE W QUE STION S YOU SHOULD B E ASKI NG Once you have managed to stay cool, calm and collected during the interview and answered all the questions clearly and concisely, you may feel able to breathe a sigh of relief. However, your job is not yet done! At the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Saying ‘no’ at this juncture will effectively end your chances of getting the job as candidates are expected to ask a few intelligent questions. It is a great way to show that you have researched the company and industry and it also shows you to be a curious and proactive individual; precisely what a new employer is looking for. Additionally, these questions will help you get a better sense of whether the job is right for you. Below, we look at a selection of the best interview questions you should be asking. As an added bonus, we also look at some questions you should NEVER ask.

What You Should Ask 1 – Has This Position Evolved Since It Was First Created? The last thing you want is a position that is effectively a graveyard for employees with ambition. With this question, you get to find out if there is opportunity for growth or if you will end up doing the same thing for the next 20 years. If the interviewer says the position has evolved since it was initially created, at least you know there is the potential for career progression. If the job has remained more or less the same for several years, don’t expect it to be your golden ticket to promotion. 2 – What Are The Biggest Challenges I Will Face In The First 3/6/12 Months? It is imperative for you to be aware of any obstacles that could prevent you from climbing the ladder. By asking this question, you’re demonstrating an understanding that there will be challenges and showing your desire to overcome them and be a success. The answer to the question may give you something of a reality check. For instance, you could be a manager in charge of a short-staffed department or an entry-level employee forced to work unusual hours. If you’re likely to be handling a multitude of tasks instead of 2 or 3, you probably won’t be able to handle them all. Dumping a huge workload on new employees is also a damning indictment of the company. Incidentally, if you are told there are no challenges, the interviewer is lying. 3 – How Have Previous Employees Succeeded In This Role?

measures success and quickly lets you know if you have the experience and skills to meet expectations. Of course, you are likely to be a very different person to past employees and may have your own approach. If the answer involves a description of the negative and positive attributes of past employees, you get a very good indication of the company culture. Generally speaking, when one person does something to be successful within an organisation, it’s likely this is precisely what the company does to achieve success. It’s always handy to have a blueprint to fall back on! 4 – What Are Your Favourite Aspects Of Working Here? Your interviewer is likely to be high up the food chain within the company and his answers will show you what he values most and what led to him being successful. As a result, you will be able to decide if you share similar values and whether you can be a success. If the interviewer struggles to say anything positive, that’s a sign for you to look elsewhere for employment! 5 – What Qualities Do Successful Managers Have At This Company? This is a question to ask if you are applying for a managerial role. You will require knowledge of the core competencies and skills the company expects in a leader if you wish to be a success. For example, if multitasking and interpersonal skills are required, you need to show you have demonstrated these qualities during your career to date. Most interviewers will name drop at least one of the company’s top performing managers; if they don’t, it could be an indication that the organisation is short on great leaders which suggests promotional opportunities are limited. 6 – Do You Have Examples of How I Will Work With The Manager? If you are applying for an entry-level job but have ambitions to move up sooner rather than later, you will obviously wish to work with managers as a means of showing your skills. However, there is a big difference between collaborating with a manager who is getting you ready for an improved role and simply taking orders. If the interviewer can’t give examples, it’s probable the company doesn’t encourage collaboration for one reason or another. If this is the case, you have to decide if you can still thrive in a potentially dictatorial environment.

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a basic Google search. While you may think you’re being curious, all you’re doing is showing a lazy streak. 3 – What Are My Working Hours? In the modern era, employees are expected to be flexible so don’t necessarily expect to work 9-5 Monday to Friday. When you ask this question, it’s another way of saying you’re an inflexible clock-watcher which is precisely the kind of candidate companies avoid. It also shows an interest in time off as opposed to working. Save this question until you have received an offer. 4 – When Do I Get Promoted? You haven’t even been offered the job yet and you’re talking about promotion! This question lets the interviewer know you’re not even thinking about the existing job which is a sign that you won’t be focused. If you want to sound ambitious, try asking ‘What Do I Need To Do In Order To Get Promoted?’ 5 – Is It Okay To Telecommute?

7 – What Is The Biggest Problem Facing Your Staff/ Company & Will I Be In A Position To Assist? Now you are really getting down to the nitty-gritty; this question immediately suggests that you see yourself as a problem solver. It’s a great way to show you are thinking about the team and also enables the interviewer to imagine you in the job. If you are applying for a managerial role, there may well be a way for you to solve the problem. 8 – Why Is The Position Available? This may appear to be a very simple question but the answer could give you a fantastic insight into what it’s like to work for the company. Perhaps the last person was fired or quit; this may suggest the job has a high turnover rate which is not a good sign. Maybe the last person was a bad fit; it is always a bonus when you follow an employee that performed poorly as you look good in comparison! Alternatively, the previous occupier of the job may have been promoted which is obviously excellent news as you may be in the same position yourself one day. 9 – Do You Have Doubts About My Suitability For The Role?

This seems like a bold question but it lets the interviewer know you’re secure enough to discuss your possible weaknesses. Additionally, it also outlines a willingness to be taught which is deemed to be a major attribute by employers. The interviewer could be concerned about a lack of training in certain areas, a lack of experience or a lack of qualifications. Be prepared for this and have an answer 30

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ready. This question gives you a fantastic opportunity to end the interview on a high note as you get the chance to further remind the hiring manager why you’re the best person for the job. 10 – What Is The Next Step? This should be your final question and it’s an extremely important one. It clearly indicates your interest in the role and if you’re lucky, the interviewer may let slip the amount of candidates you’re up against. There may also be a second interview so it is useful to have this information.

Questions You Should NEVER Ask 1 – What Is The Salary? This is a major ‘no-no’. The question of money and perks should never be discussed unless the interviewer brings it up. Although hiring managers know salary is important, they want you to demonstrate your love for the job. If you raise the subject of salary, it gives the distinct impression you only care about the money and have little interest in being an asset to the company. If you get an offer, the issue can be broached at that point but if you bring up the topic yourself, it’s likely you won’t receive an offer at all.

This is the kind of question that should only be asked by established employees with an excellent track record. By asking it before you’ve even been offered the job, you’ll make the interviewer wonder why you want to leave the office before you have even moved in. Expressing a desire to work from home is also a blatant indicator of someone who is not a team player.

8 – Am I Allowed Work Somewhere Else Part Time? Employers are looking for people with a singular focus on their company. They certainly don’t want someone who is in danger of being burned out or having their focus shifted by another job. 9 – Do You Perform Background Checks? This is the equivalent of waving a red flag at a very angry bull. If the company doesn’t do background checks, this question may cause them to make an exception in your case! The interviewer will instantly think you have something to hide. The same goes for questions about drug testing. 10 – So, How Did I Do? Like question #6, there is a better way of phrasing this question. By asking the above, you’re putting the interviewer in an uncomfortable position and there is no way you will get an answer. A better question is ‘What are the next steps?’ Remember, not asking questions at all is one of the worst things you can do at an interview. By even asking 3-4 appropriate questions at the end, you’re showcasing your knowledge of the company, a sense of curiosity and a genuine desire to get the job.

6 – What Happened To The Last Person In This Position? There is a huge difference between this question and ‘Why Is This Position Available?’ While the latter is a perfectly good question to ask, the former simply makes you look nosy. You will probably be told that it’s none of your business. 7 – What Is The Worst Thing About Working Here? Did you not get the memo about leaving negativity at the door? You already know the golden rule about not saying anything derogatory about past employers so why would the interviewer break it? Even if you have heard bad things about the company, now is not the time to bring it up. If you really want to know, do the research on your own time.

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Pulse College has just under 400 students across all three campuses and a scan through their halls evokes the feeling of a creative mecca, which they have strived to create – with students reveling in the high quality of their education as well as the small class sizes that are designed to promote synergy and collaboration. Students are encouraged to engage with people in other courses – so for example, film students will use the help of people on the animation course when making their shorts or the game designers will team up with the audio students to build a soundtrack for their game. Pulse College prides itself on being a collaborative college and creating a wide network for creators and innovators. Lonergan added: ‘I think there is something special about Pulse College. I think that’s down to the collaborative spirit created here, that enterprising spirit and industry focused spirit that Pulse creates that I don’t believe can be found anywhere else.’

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Established in 1990 and offering an array of diploma, degree and masters programmes in audio engineering, music production, film making, film music composition, computer game design, and animation – Pulse College now boasts three campuses, on Ringsend Road (the Windmill Lane Recording Studio campus) and Halston Street – both in Dublin - and on Fairgreen Road, right in the heart of Galway City. Offering state of the art and up to date industry standard equipment for its’ students to use, Pulse College carefully selects industry’s top practitioners when choosing lecturers. ‘These aren’t lecturers that quit their jobs 15 years ago and are now lecturing instead’, said Ray Lonergan, Marketing Manager with Pulse College, ‘they are people that are still the top men and women in their

profession and when they are not lecturing with us they are working in their field and winning awards for that work.’

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Full / Part-Time Diploma in Audio and Music Technology (2 Years) MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media (1 Year) BA (Hons) Degree in Music Production (3-Years) Certificate in Music Production for Games (1-Year) Full / Part-Time Diploma in Film Production (1-2 Years) BA Degree in Film and TV Production (3 Years) Full / Part-Time Higher Certificate in Games Development (2 Years) Full / Part-Time Diploma in Animation (2 Years)

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PULSE COLLEGE CAO COURSE CODES GC455 Music Production (BA Hons) 3-Year programme GC460 Music Production for Games 1-Year certificate GC466 Film/TV Production (BA) 3-Year programme

Lonergan added that, ‘I think that is one of the things that makes Pulse College unique – our students will leave here being taught by the absolute best, using the highest standard of equipment meaning that will go into their chosen fields as experts rather than just as graduates looking for jobs – they will leave here with the utmost confidence and be able to walk into a job.’ Some examples of lecturers acquired by Pulse who are still operating at a high level in the industry include Ciaran Tanham (DOP of ‘Love/Hate’), US Composer Christopher Young (‘Hellraiser’, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’), Sound Engineer Noel Quinn (‘Frank’, ‘What Richard Did’), Pete McNally (Technical Artist for games development company Havok), Caoimhe Doyle (Foley Artist on ‘Game of Thrones’) and Conrad Pope (Orchestrator for ‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Harry Potter’ Series). ‘I think another thing that makes Pulse College unique is that we are constantly engaging with the industry’, said Lonergan, ‘We look constantly at what the industry wants – what’s relevant in the industry and we cater for that to ensure that our students are being taught the most up-to-date relevant career-focused things.’

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PRIVATE COLLEGES: A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES Before you even realise it, the time to decide your career future has arrived! Everything seems to happen at once studying for exams, deciding which College or University you would like to join and choosing which career to take. For every student, these choices present a significant challenge and at first glance your options can look limited. Going to University may be your only thought now, but there is a wider world of educational opportunities to be explored and private education is just one of them. Private Education has been considered by students as another educational choice for many years and it is regarded as offering flexibility and real opportunities for future careers. Classes tend to be smaller, lectures more personal and lecturer support more attainable. Applications to Private Colleges can be submitted either through the CAO or directly to the College in question and the Leaving Certificate requirements tend to be more achievable than those for the Institutes of Technology or Universities. Private Colleges offer undergraduate degrees at Level 7 and 8, Higher Certificates at Level 6 and a range of diplomas and short-term or part time courses. If you

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want to progress after achieving a degree, postgraduate education is on offer too. Private tuition is externally validated so you can be satisfied that your qualification appears on the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) and is recognised both nationally and internationally. Check with individual providers for more details. A common assumption made about private education is that it is expensive but this is not necessarily true. Private education incurs tuition fees but students can generally claim tax relief and providers offer other incentives for example in Law where the core books and manuals are included in the cost. Remember too, that students must pay a registration fee in all state colleges which is generally included in the tuition fees of the private educational provider. Deciding your future career can prove to be a challenge and considering all of your options is crucial. There are a number of Private Colleges to choose from so start your search immediately by visiting one of their many Open Days throughout the year or call any provider directly to arrange an individual appointment.

PLCS P O ST LEAV I NG CERT C OURS E S Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses in the Further Education (FE) sector offer another alternative to the university route. PLCs should be considered for many reasons… PLCs tend to emphasize the practical aspects of learning, with less focus on academic study than other traditional courses. Students are encouraged to be active participants in class. As well as teaching vocational skills necessary for a particular job, each programme incorporates communications and technology. Class sizes in PLCs tend to be smaller than in Universities and ITs, and lecturers are generally available and accessible. More often than not, there is no need to relocate, as there are over 1,000 courses on offer in some 229 schools and colleges nationwide, mainly offered by vocational education committees (VECs). Courses are flexible and have the ability to change various aspects in order to respond to the needs of industry and the job market. Many PLCs focus largely on providing training that will lead directly to specific jobs, with several courses including work placements. Recent courses have been devised in cloud computing, computer network engineering and green energy. Increasingly, they are being used as a pre-third level course, with progression routes from the PLC into degree programmes in either a university or an institute of technology. This allows students who failed to achieve the necessary points to enter a specific university course to get a place on the same course a year or two later. There are direct links for example, between several PLC business courses and degree courses at Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology. In 2009, there was a 26% increase in the number of CAO candidates using a FETAC award to apply for a place in third-level. For many PLC students however, there is no need for further third level study, as qualifications from several PLCs are internationally recognised. For instance, some colleges offer qualifications from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and City and Guilds. Most offer FETAC qualifications that are now widely recognised and in

some cases, such as childcare, are job requirements. PLC courses are in high demand. The number of places on PLC courses has been capped for years at 32,500. It is not just school leavers who are seeking places, but also mature students, in ever-increasing numbers. Unemployed people who find that their work skills need to be updated are also flocking to PLCs. Entry to PLCs is based more on interview than on academic results. Unlike the CAO, each individual college handles their own applications. Again, unlike the CAO, there is no universal deadline or ‘change-of-mind’ date. These courses start filling as early as Easter, so they are worth researching early on.

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AP P RENTICE S HIPS AND TRAI NE E S HIPS An Apprenticeship allows you to develop a particular skill or train for a specific career. In Ireland, apprenticeship programmes have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system. If you feel that academic life is not for you and that you would like to do something more ‘hands on’, then an apprenticeship is worth considering.

Benefits Apprenticeship training is an excellent opportunity to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge, competencies, experience and qualifications to build a successful career; Apprenticeships are demand-driven, according to the needs of the job market; Apprenticeship training is relevant and tailored to the needs of industry; Apprentices are paid as they progress through their apprenticeships; On completion of an apprenticeship, apprentices will become a craftsperson in the chosen occupation and hold a FETAC Advanced Certificate, which is a national and internationally recognised qualification; · On successful completion of an apprenticeship an apprentice is eligible for consideration for entry into related degree programmes provided by the Institutes of Technology providing he/she also meets other special entry requirements. Details of the higher education institutes offering progression from FETAC Advanced Certificate - Craft to levels 7 and 8 are available on the FETAC website http://www.fetac. ie/fetac/documents/Progression_from_FETAC_Adv_ Cert-Craft_to_HE_Courses.pdf

Course Structure Apprenticeship is Standard Based. During your apprenticeship, you will be required to follow a specific course of training and undergo a series of assessments to confirm that you have reached the required standard. Apprenticeship generally comprises of seven phases; three off-the-job training and development phases and four on-the-job practice and work experience phases. The only exceptions to the above are the Floor/Wall Tiler and Print Media apprenticeships which have five phases; three on-the-job and two off-the-job training phases. Employers have responsibility for providing on-the-job training. SOLAS and the Department of Education & Science have the responsibility for providing off-the-job training.

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The Off-the-job phases are delivered by a SOLASTraining Centre, Institute of Technology or other approved training provider.

Apprenticeship Listings

SOLASApprenticeship applies to the following crafts: Agricultural Mechanics* Aircraft Mechanics* Brick and Stonelaying Carpentry & Joinery Construction Plant Fitting* Electrical* Electrical Instrumentation* Electronic Security Systems* Farriery Floor & Wall Tiling* Heavy Vehicle Mechanics* Industrial Insulation* Instrumentation* MAMF Metal Fabrication Motor Mechanics* Painting & Decorating* Plastering Plumbing Print Media* Refrigeration & Air Conditioning* Sheet Metalworking Toolmaking Vehicle Body Repairs* *A person wishing to become an apprentice in one of the trades marked * must pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.

How to Become an Apprentice Before seeking an apprenticeship it is advisable to fully understand what is involved. You should observe the type of work being done in your intended apprenticeship. You should ask employers, qualified craftspeople or apprentices about your intended craft and potential career opportunities. You can also consult with career guidance counsellors and your local SOLAS Office for advice. You need to inform you local SOLAS office of your interest in apprenticeship so that your details can be made available on request to employers. The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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local SOLAS Services to Business Office for advice on qualification equivalence.

Traineeships are available in the following:

Funding Arrangements

Jewellery Manufacturing Operative Business Systems Service Technician Private Security Personnel

All apprentices are paid a training allowance while attending off-the-job training. What wages are Apprentices paid? During your apprenticeship you will be paid an apprentice rate. The actual rate may vary depending on the occupation and employer. Generally, the rate will increase in a number of steps during the apprenticeship. You should seek details of rates of pay for apprentices with your prospective employer. What are the duties and responsibilities of apprentices?

compulsory requirement for the award of the FETAC Advanced Certificate. This Level 6 certificate has national and international recognition and is a compulsory requirement for craftsperson status. Requirements to becoming an apprentice

Assessments Apprentices are assessed on a structured ongoing basis throughout their apprenticeship. Modular assessments are carried out during the off-the-job training phases. These assessments incorporate course work, standardised practical assessments and theoretical assessments. During the on-the-job training phases of apprenticeship the apprentice’s competence is assessed to a pre-specified standard by the employer. Course Duration At present the general duration of apprenticeship is a minimum of four years provided that the following is complied with: Attend all off-the-job training when scheduled with SOLAS Pass all off-the-job modular assessment tests on the first attempt Pass all on-the-job assessments and ensure results are returned to SOLAS on time Advanced Certificate Successful completion of an apprenticeship is a 38

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You must obtain a job as an apprentice in your chosen occupation. Your employer must be approved by SOLAS and must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment. You must meet the Educational Requirements (below) Entry Requirements The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age. The minimum educational requirements are: Grade D in five subjects in the Junior Certificate or an approved equivalent Where individuals do not meet the minimum requirements they may be registered as an apprentice by an employer if: They successfully complete an approved preparatory course and interview. OR They are over 18 years of age with at least 3 years work experience approved by SOLAS and successfully complete an assessment interview. Approved Qualification Equivalence SOLAS recognises people may seek to commence apprenticeship holding qualifications other than those outlined. In such instances people should contact their

Like other employees, apprentices must work for their employer with care and skill and must follow the employer’s instructions, provided they are reasonable and lawful. You must be diligent and honest and must not wilfully disrupt the employer’s business nor disclose any confidential information. You also have a duty to take care of your own health and safety and that of other people in the workplace who might be affected by your acts or omissions. Apprentices must apply themselves diligently to learning all aspects of their chosen occupation and must complete all phases of training and assessments as required by the particular apprenticeship.

Technical and Operativ

Personal Service Occupations Beauty Therapist Childcare Practitioner Healthcare Assistant

Administration and Business

Office Administrator Legal Secretary Financial Advisors Assistant Supply Chain Logistics Administrator Freight Forwarding Clerk

Agri-business Thatcher

Information Technology Software Developer IT Support Specialist

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Pharmacy Sales Assistant Sales & Marketing Assistant

Leisure and Sport

Trainee Jockey Equestrian International Instructor Level 1 (BHSAI) Outdoor Activity Instructor Racing Groom

Traineeships SOLAS also offers traineeships, which are similar to apprenticeships in that they offer formal training with SOLAS and on-the-job training with an employer as well as a training allowance from SOLAS for the duration of the course. Another feature of the traineeship is that the employer nominates an experienced member of staff to act as a skills coach to provide training in the workplace to enable the programme participant build on the skills and knowledge learned in the training centre. This member of staff will also supervise the agreed workplace training plan for the programme participant. Traineeships are between 15 and 59 weeks in length, so are of a shorter duration than an apprenticeship course. Upon successful completion of a traineeship course, a FETAC qualification is achieved, at either Certificate or Advanced Certificate level. As mentioned above, this is a national and internationally recognised qualification. The basic requirements for applicants are that you are over the age of 16, living in Ireland and registered with your local SOLAS office.

All SOLAS Traineeship courses are scheduled based on demand in each SOLAS location. To find out what Traineeships are scheduled in your area please contact your local SOLAS office.

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STU DYI NG I N THE UK If you are currently living in Ireland and thinking of doing a third-level course in the United Kingdom (UK) there is a very wide range of courses available. Many people choose to study in the UK because a particular course is not available in Ireland or because the entry requirements are easier. Others want to have the experience of studying outside Ireland. You may be confused about how exactly the UCAS process works. Here are some pointers on what to consider when you’re considering the UCAS application. The main reason people hop on a plane to the UK for college is because there is a wider range of courses available over there. Also, these courses may require lesser points than here in Ireland. Although, the downside of going to the UK for higher education is that fees are about €6,000 more, but you’re also entitled to a bursary in UK universities. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing all applications for higher education in the UK. They are similar to the CAO here in Ireland and provide advisory services to students that are unsure of what college or course they wish to go to. Before you decide to go about applying with UCAS, it is vital that you research everything from living costs and fees to the campus and the structure of your intended course. The UK currently have a system where students can take out a loan to pay their fees and only begin to pay it back when they start earning in their chosen career after college. It is important to take note of the application deadlines. For medicine, dentistry, veterinary courses and courses in Oxford and Cambridge, the deadline is October 15th. For all other courses, the deadline is January 15th and for art and design courses, the deadline is March 24th. It is also important to mention that unlike the CAO, UCAS requires applicants to include a personal statement in which the student is given the opportunity to outline why they would be an ideal candidate to receive a place on the course, and to show their enthusiasm for the area they are looking to get educated in. The following is a list of important websites that will give you further information on the UCAS system and how to go about applying for higher education in England: http://www.educationuk.org/pls/hot_bc/page_pls_all_ homepage http://www.ucas.com/students/ http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/education/ third_level_education/studying_abroad/studying_in_ the_uk_including_northern_ireland.html Most UK undergraduate courses last 3 years but in 40 The Definitive Guide to Going to College

Scotland they last 4 years. The application procedure for all UK undergraduate courses is the same (see below for further details).

Finding a course

If you do not know the course you wish to study or if you want to find out about different courses or colleges there are useful online resources to guide you. The British Council website Education UK (http://www.educationuk. org/global/) allows you to search for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on a particular subject, in a particular university or in a specific area such as Northern Ireland. It contains a summary of information about each college or university with contact details and you can make online request for brochures about the courses. It also has general information about living in the UK including accommodation and working while studying.

Rules

Applying for an undergraduate course Depending on your income you may be eligible for a maintenance grant under the Student Grants Scheme see “How to apply” below. UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) is the central applications body for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges. Its website contains all the information you need to apply to college including: how to apply, fees and information about the colleges. Applications must be made online through the UCAS website. You can apply through your school or as an individual. Use the UCAS tariff calculator which is a points system used for entry to higher education. It allows you to compare Leaving Certificate and GCSE A level grades. A Leaving Certificate subject at honours level is approximately equivalent to two-thirds of an A level. There is a complete list of dates for applications on the UCAS website. Rates As an EU national you will be treated in the same way as regards fees as UK students. Tuition fees are not the only expense when studying in the UK you also need to consider accommodation and living costs. Support is available to eligible students in most colleges in Ireland as well as eligible Irish students in many colleges in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU States. An approved college is one that provides higher education and training: the college must be maintained or assisted by recurrent public funds (i.e. a publicly funded institution). The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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Did you know that tuition fees for England and Wales are different? The final cost for Irish students to study in Wales is £3,685* – considerably less than the £9,000 fees for English universities! What’s more, EU students don’t have to pay university fees upfront.** In the academic year 2014-15, standard full-time fees for Bachelor awards were up to £9,000. However, the Welsh Government offered a non-means tested, non-repayable fee grant to EU students of up to £5,315, which reduced the fee that students paid to just 3,685£. You don’t even have to pay the £3,685 fee upfront, because you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. Repayment of this loan will only start when you have graduated and are earning a salary above £21,000 per year in the UK, or the equivalent threshold set for Ireland. The benefits of higher education are countless, from the career opportunities a degree can bring, to the friends, skills and experiences you’ll have for life. The University of South Wales is one of the UK’s biggest universities. The courses focus on employability and simulated learning, so students can develop confidence and skills in realistic environments. As a result, they understand how their profession works in real life and are ready for the workplace. It’s an approach that works – 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.† University of South Wales have a wide range of courses on offer for 2015. Some of the most popular for Irish students are animation, business, computing, education, nursing, forensic science, and sport. You can view all courses at: www.southwales.ac.uk/courses If you would like any further information please visit the website, www.southwales.ac.uk, or if you have a specific question you can e-mail: joanne.gillespie@southwales. ac.uk *Based on fees for 2014-15 entry. For up-to-date information on our fees and all funding arrangements in Wales, please visit our website: www.southwales.ac.uk/ money **Eligible UK and EU students studying at undergraduate level at any UK university can apply for a non-means tested

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tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of their fees. See www.southwales.ac.uk/money for details. †94.8% HEFCW Performance Indicator 2012/13 (HESA). If you are an EU national who has been settled in the UK for over 3 years you will be classed as a home student and will be able to apply for financial support for living costs. Scotland: Scottish students and EU students who start their first full-time degree course in Scotland do not pay fees as long as they meet the relevant residence criteria. How to apply If you need help or advice on your UCAS application contact the Customer Service Unit and remember to quote your UCAS Personal ID/application number. If you are an EU student, and applying through UCAS, they will send you an application form for a tuition fee loan when you are offered a place on a course. Depending on your income you may be eligible for a maintenance grant under the Irish Student Grant Scheme but this does not include funding for tuition fees. You may claim tax relief on third-level fees. There is detailed information on the range of Irish grants and funds for students in further and higher education at studentfinance.ie. The GOV.UK website has information on the financial supports available for EU students studying in the UK including Northern Ireland. Where to apply UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) Customer Service Unit PO Box 28 Cheltenham GL52 3LZ United Kingdom Opening Hours:Monday to Friday, 8:30 am- 6 pm Tel:+44 871 468 0 468 Homepage: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ Email: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk The UCAS site is comprehensive and covers pretty much all aspects of applying to university in the UK. It has information not just for students, but also for parents and mature students. The home page has a step-by-step guide to finding the information that you need.

REP EATI N G YOUR LEAV I NG CERTIF ICATE Deciding to take the Leaving Certificate exams a second time is not an easy thing to do. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed before making a decision and questions that students should ask themselves include: Did I perform below my ability the first time around, and if so, why? Am I likely to improve? Was my study strategy effective? How was my study discipline? Could it be improved? Mary Dorgan, a guidance counsellor at the Institute of Education in Dublin, says ‘I often advise students that they want to repeat their exams, not the bad habits of last year’ There are many reasons why students feel the need to consider repeating. Illness or the death of a friend or family member may have overshadowed the Leaving Certificate year or even disturbed the exams themselves. Perhaps you didn’t have a clear goal the first time around and now know exactly what course you wish to aim for. Or, in many unfortunate cases, you may have missed out on your dream course by a few points. Ask yourself what you’re aiming for. Focus helps, according to Neal Martin, assistant director of the seventh year programme in St Laurence College, Loughlinstown. “Students who have a clear vision of what they want tend to be very motivated and make for successful repeat students,” Martin says. If you have no idea what you want, that is likely to be part of the problem. There are interest and aptitude tests that you can take – talk to your guidance counsellor – and they can be helpful in narrowing things down. Many students only realise what they want to do midway through sixth year, by which point it can be too late, especially if high points are needed. These students tend to be successful second time around, according to Dorgan. Repeating immediately isn’t the best option for everyone either. “We get a lot of students who are two or three years out of school,” explains Dorgan. “Sometimes they’ve been studying something in college and come to the realisation that they want something else. They make really excellent repeat students.” You should consider all of your options before making a decision. Ultimately, you should be aiming to improve your performance by repeating. The students for whom repeating doesn’t work are those who repeat because

they think there’s nothing else out there for them, according to teachers. “You need to make sure that a student isn’t repeating simply because their parents want them to,” Martin explains. “They have to want to do it for themselves.” Dorgan agrees. “The motivation to repeat can’t be coming from your parents, it has to come from you. If it doesn’t, there’s no point,” she says. If you feel that improvement is unlikely, perhaps an apprenticeship or Post-Leaving Certificate course would be more suitable (see our section on PLC’s and Apprenticeships elsewhere in this guide). However, if you earned high points but missed out on your ideal course by a slim margin, or in random selection, repeating is an option very worthy of considering. One important advantage that repeat students have is that points can only be taken from a single sitting of the exams. Once you meet the matriculation requirements for college, which are English, Irish, maths and foreign language; you do not have to repeat those subjects. Instead, you can focus on the subjects where you feel you will earn higher points.

Where to Repeat

There are a number of options for the student considering repeating the Leaving Cert. Many students opt to return to their own school, as a number of schools offer a ‘seventh year’, consisting of dedicated repeat classes. You can also opt to repeat in many VECs. Alternatively, several private institutions offer devoted repeat classes, such as the Institute of Education and The Education Centre, both in Dublin; Yeats College in Galway and Waterford; and Bruce College in Cork.

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• Tell us a bit about yourself Ryan

My name is Ryan Jones, I am 23 years old and I studied Theology and Religious Studies at St Mary’s University Twickenham. I was lucky enough to have been elected as Student Union President at St Marys University and enjoyed one of the best years of my life representing 6000 students. It has now helped me on the career path working as a Student Participation Officer at Kingston University. I come from a small village called Eglish in County Tyrone. I had a keen interest in Gaelic Football and Farming before moving to London where there are no green fields in sight.

• Why did you decide to attend St Mary’s University?

A teacher recommended St Marys to me because of the excellent Theology and Education reputation it has. It also was set on a small campus, which had a very strong community feel, along with a rich Irish culture that helped me make my decision. I was sure that I was going to stay with all my friends and attend university in Belfast but there was something that called me to St Marys. My Mum calls it divine intervention but I just like to think I made the correct choice.

• Was it an easy choice to attend a University in the UK?

No. I am very much a ‘home’ person. I grew up in a small rural village in Northern Ireland, never expecting that I would move to one of the biggest cities in the world. The staff and degree course made the choice easier. I didn’t want to move away from home but now I look back and think there was no better University to come too.

• How did you find out about St Mary’s?

A teacher in my school recommended it to me. I did my own research and liked what I saw. I also met a few local people who had studied for their PGCE there and they had nothing but positive comments about the Uni.

• St Mary’s University is the largest Catholic University in London, did that have any bearing on you attending? The fact that it was a Catholic University had a small impact on me but a huge impact on my parents. When they knew that I was attending a Catholic institution it put them at ease with the fact that I was moving to London.

• Growing up in Ireland, did you always want to go to University in the UK? I had never really thought about it until the time came. In fact, from a young age I had always wanted to play Sigerson Cup (the Irish Universities Gaelic Football Competition) which meant studying in Ireland. However once I had read of the strong Gaelic traditions at St Marys I was much happier.

• On your first day, what was your first impression of St Mary’s? I remember feeling very at home. That sounds strange but I met a group of Irish students on the first day who were in the same boat and we clicked straight away. I also remember being surprised at was the friendliness of all the staff at St Mary’s, particularly the Security staff. Growing up in Northern Ireland you tend not to really befriend those in uniform but I do recall how funny and welcoming the St Mary’s security team were.

• How did you find adjusting to life at St Mary’s?

It was tough to begin with but I learnt very quickly how to become independent. I also found myself having no fear and having the confidence to approach others with ease. Once I got into halls I found it a great thing to be part of, whether that be attending mass, going to the café every day or competing in the Tuesday night quiz. 44 The Definitive Guide to Going to College

• Were you still able to visit your family regularly? In my first year I found myself going home at regular intervals. It was very quick and cheap if I booked in advance. I remember talking to my friends at home who were all jealous of how many new people I had met and how different my Uni experience was. As time went on, I found myself glad to get home, but after a few days I was always looking forward to getting back to London.

• What are the main differences between education in Ireland and the UK?

Nothing much, possibly just the people. However I do personally think that the UK offers so much more opportunity than Ireland.

• How did you find living so close to London?

It is incredible how easy it is just to pop into central London. One of the greatest cities is right on your doorstep and there are so many opportunities available. I remember my first visit to central London was to Oxford Street at Christmas time. I had never seen the likes of it. I could easily say that in the five years I have been here now that I have only seen a small proportion of London.

• Were you part of any sports teams or societies when you were at St Mary’s? I was always involved in Gaelic as a player and as Social Sec, and President for two years. In my second year I joined Hockey, and in my third year I played table tennis and coached the Ladies Gaelic teams. In my sabbatical year when I was the Students’ Union President I got involved in many different sports and societies including Rugby league, Athletics, Basketball, Football, Cricket, Swimming, Badminton, Drama, Netball and a few more. Through these teams and societies I was able to meet so many more people and get involved in stuff I never thought I would be involved in.

• You were also the Student’s Union President, how did you find that experience? It was quite simply the most unique and thrilling experience that I have ever had. I had the opportunity to meet and understand so many people and do a job that I loved. Never again will I be able to make such good friends and be able to chat with the Vice Chancellor (who happened to be a Pioneer/ non-drinker and also from Ireland) whilst getting involved in so many sporting activities and representing the 6,000 students at St Mary’s. It was great to be involved in so many meetings and being responsible for organising a whole music festival and the annual Summer Ball for the students. I owe a massive amount to St Marys for making me the person I am, and for the people who elected me into this exciting role.

• Did you have a job whilst you were at St Mary’s?

I did, I worked in the bar for the three years I studied at St Marys. It was brilliant as I was able to meet so many more people and got to interact with so many students and was also able to earn while studying. I never missed a day as I enjoyed it that much and because I lived on campus it was on my doorstep.

• What top tips would you give to someone looking at attending University in the UK?

If anyone was deciding on where to study I would most definitely suggest taking that leap, and going for it! Studying in the UK offers so many more opportunities, and opens so many doors that are not generally available to us in Ireland. There are nearly 6 million people in Ireland, but over 70 million Irish passports in the world. No matter where you go you will always find a trace of home. I count myself lucky that I fell into St Mary’s as it is now a home away from home.

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Living Away from Home For many, the move to third level education is the first time you will be living away from home. Whether you anticipate the move with dread or with delight, it is a major landmark in life. For some, the move will mean moving in with friends from school who are moving to the same town or institution, but for most, it will mean moving to a new town where you don’t know many, if any, people. There is plenty that you can do before you move, and in the first few days, to make the transition go as smoothly as possible for you, and of course to make it an experience you enjoy rather than fear. Before You Move Get your hands on as much information about your chosen college as you can, as well as the area in which it is situated. If you can, visit the campus before term starts in order to familiarise yourself with your future surroundings. Get a feel for where you would like to live in relation to the college. Read the information under the ‘Accommodation’ section later in this guide. Walk around the local area and collect any maps or information leaflets that are available. Find out about the public transport links and get copies of the relevant timetables. Also get a copy of the bus or train timetable so that you know how to get home on the weekends or holidays. Try to have your college fees and any grants organised well in advance. You don’t want the added stress of trying to complete paperwork and application forms while freshers’ week is going on around you and everyone else is out getting to know each other. By having as much done as possible beforehand, you will be giving yourself the best opportunity to use your first few days away from home to the best advantage. The First Few Days If you are worried about your first few days in your new surroundings, take comfort in the fact that everyone around you is feeling the same, no matter how much bravado they show. If your third level institution offers an 46 The Definitive Guide to Going to College

orientation week before classes or lectures start, it is a good idea to take part in this. It offers the opportunity to get to know the campus – quite a lot of time may be spent trying to find where the various lectures and classes are held! Larger campuses have canteens, cafes, shops and even bars that are there to be explored. Orientation week is also a good time to introduce yourself to your tutors and find out if they have any booklists that you need. You may find yourself bumping into other future classmates who are doing the same thing. Make sure to get your official college ID also, as you will need this for pretty much everything, from borrowing books from the college library, to registering for clubs and societies. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Students’ Union. Many students’ unions distribute a ‘freshers’ pack’ that will contain things like information on college clubs and societies, timetables, year planners and sometimes even some free edible goodies! Homesickness Despite the madness going on around you, you are bound to feel homesick on occasion during your early days. Keep in touch with friends from home. Some of them may be in other parts of the country or abroad, in their own new college, feeling exactly the same. Try to keep enough money with you to have credit on your mobile phone. A text home during those tough moments can help lift the spirits. Avail of invitations to coffee or for a sociable pint. Even if you don’t feel like you have much in common with the person issuing the invitation, you are sure to meet ‘friends of friends’ with whom you may strike up lasting friendships. Don’t forget that your college will probably have a welfare or student officer who is there to help. They are used to people feeling disorientated during their first few days away from home and will be able to offer some words of comfort and advice.

More and more Irish students are now opting to take a year out before they take up their place in college. The most important aspect of this decision is to ensure that it’s a year of experience and worthwhile opportunities. It shouldn’t be wasted. Some students spend the time travelling while others spend their gap year working. The ‘working holiday’ combines both and is a very popular option for gap year students, also known as “gappers”, who get to experience the culture and work ethic of the country they visit. Some people opt to work for charitable organisations, while others earn money while overseas by working cash in hand, often in the hospitality industry. Another growing trend for gappers is to enroll in global education programs that combine language study, homestays, cultural immersion, community service, and independent study. Such experiential opportunities exist in countries from India to Vietnam and Namibia to Chile. Conservation Volunteering A big issue of recent times, conservation volunteering projects are the best way to protect the planet from becoming less and less green. As a conservation volunteer, you get to visit some of the most beautiful places on earth and do your bit to help the environment. Some conservation volunteering opportunities available could see you monitoring sharks off the coast of Australia; recording orang-utan population growth in the jungles of Borneo; assisting in marine conservation in the Caribbean or rescuing penguins in South Africa. There is usually a fee involved in conservation volunteering, which may or may not cover flights, but will offer insurance cover for the duration of your stay, as well as room and board and any travel once you reach your chosen country. Community Volunteering Community volunteering lets you see the world and meet lots of new people in it! By participating in community volunteering programmes you experience the true culture of the country you visit. You can help within the community through education, conservation, caring for children and community development work. As a community volunteer you could find yourself building a school in Ethiopia; helping out in an orphanage in India; working with hilltribes in Northern Vietnam or assisting the blind of Brazil. Working Holiday Ireland has reciprocal arrangements with several countries worldwide, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand. These Working Holiday schemes allow you to travel to and work casually in

whichever country you choose in order to fund your stay. There are age limits on all Working Holiday schemes and also a time limit (usually a year) on your stay. As Ireland is a member of the EU, Irish gappers do not need to apply for any special visa in order to work in any other EU member state. So whether you want to go grapepicking in France, flower-picking in Holland, or teaching English in such exotic places as Dubai or Japan, there is any number of resources online to assist your adventure! There are a number of organisations that can help with finding work abroad. One such organisation close to home is the European Voluntary Service (EVS). This allows young people between 18 and 25 to work as volunteers in other European countries. EVS is funded by the European Union and students can work on projects involving issues such as healthcare or unemployment. Some of the benefits of becoming an EVS volunteer are: The return airfare from Ireland is provided; Accommodation and food is provided; Training in the language and cultural awareness is provided before commencing voluntary service; A pocket money allowance of €38 per week is given; EVS offer local support and guidance. You can get more information on the programme from the Irish office of the Experiment in Intercultural Learning (EIL). You can contact them on: 021 455 1535 or email info@eilireland.org. Back home in Ireland there are also organisations who are looking for young people to help with many projects such as sports and recreation, fundraising, administration etc. A quick and simple search on the web will provide lists of these organisations. Getting a job for a year is another option for your gap year. This can be an excellent way of getting a bit of money together to fund your college career. Just make sure that it’s something you enjoy. It would be even more beneficial if the job provided relevant experience to your future studies. Foreign travel can be done in two ways. One way is to use your gap year to travel and experience other cultures and countries, without being dependent on getting work to finance the trip. In this case it is advisable to have plenty of money before you go. The other option is to travel but work along the way, gaining experience and learning to live on a budget which will come in very handy when you start college! Wherever you go, be sure to check out what visas and/or vaccinations you will need before you go. Whatever you decide to do for your gap year, enjoy it, for it is a unique opportunity that few people get. The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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1.

How did you hear about the Dublin Bar Academy?

While studying and working in corporate marketing I noted a distinct lack of satisfaction with my career. Through word of mouth from some past pupils I was directed to the Dublin Bar academy and that is when my life and career took a huge positive turn. I also had been trawling the internet looking for inspiration and stumbled across the academy’s site.

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How did you benefit by attending at the Dublin Bar Academy ? (How do you benefit from it today where you work/worked previously)

The benefits of attending the academy are many fold. I made new friends, got a new career and found a profession that truly stimulated me. I have a trade that allows me to travel and what I really really appreciate about my profession is that it allows my work place to be one that is a place of entertainment for our customers….. now what office could make that statement!

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Did you enjoy it ? (explain why?)

I enjoyed it immensely. I made lifelong friends and received the best of training from industry experts. I can now travel the world knowing there is a job waiting for me at every port

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Why would you recommend Dublin Bar Academy to a new potential Candidates / students?

In a heat beat I would recommend Dublin bar academy. It is a genuine place of learning but with a great team and a great atmosphere of likeminded people. Most importantly there is a well-paid career at the end of it.

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What was the highlight / premier aspect of your time at the Dublin Bar Academy?

My graduation! Knowing that I was now qualified in the career of my choice and that I had the ability to go out there and get a piece of the world that until now had been completely unattainable. I am fulfilled as a student and fulfilled with my career choice.

6. What happened to him after the course? Santiago Michelis made the big decision to “up sticks” and move to London. Leaving family & friends behind was certainly not an easy task but the opportunities in the global nightlife capital were just too tempting for a man with his eye on a global future.

Santiago Michelis got a job in one of the finest Cocktail Bars in London city and from there received the remarkable accolade of becoming a UK finalist for one the worlds largest cocktail competitions (Bacardi Legacy) with his signature cocktail creation titled “The Knot”. In March 2016 he will find out if he has made it to the International finals. We keep our fingers crossed! He is a great ambassador for DBA and is living proof that a career follows attendance at the college. 48 The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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Facebook

Is your Facebook profile the one you want to carry you through to third level? Can you cook yourself a decent dinner? This idiot-proof guide will set you up for your first days in college

What does your page say about you? Look at it critically, with the eye of a stranger. If you want to present a certain image to your college mates, make sure your social networking profiles match the persona. If you don’t want people to know that you spend all your free time playing fantasy games and that you “like” Justin Bieber’s fan page then get cracking and change that timeline before it’s too late. Make sure your Facebook identity doesn’t scupper your chances of making friends.

Attendance Nobody will notice if you don’t show up. This starts as a novelty, fast becomes a habit and eventually turns into a necessity when you’re too scared to show your lesserspotted face. College offers so many opportunities that it’s easy to forget why you’re actually there. Your degree matters at the end of the day and absenteeism just creates a spiral of anxiety best avoided by early and frequent attendance.

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The student contribution charge for third-level institutions will increase by €250 to €2,750 for 2015. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn announced the charge would increase by €250 until it reaches €3,000 in 2015.

DIT is finally getting the all-in-one campus it wanted. This is a major development, 12 years in the planning. No longer will DIT students be a disjointed mismatched bunch. Have you seen the plans? It’ll be the envy of the third level scene. There will be modern facilities for over 17,000 students, accommodation, research labs, student services, the works. It will of course mean that the students are no longer in their city centre campuses. Dublin city pubs are in mourning.

Coupons

Hollister

Retain coupon books. You’ll gather a good few during Freshers Week and probably leave them in the bar. However, the day will come when you only have €2 to feed yourself until the end of the week and one of those coupons might just save your life, or at least save you the indignity of going to your parents for money again. Cut out, keep and watch out for those expiration dates. While you’re at it, join a couple of the “deal of the day” websites. You’ll pick up surprising bargains for not much money at all.

Ridiculously attractive shop assistants, darkened stores, spotlit clothes so there’s a certain attraction there. But you don’t have to, you know.

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Derring-Do Aka chutzpah, audacity, cheek. In your first few days of college you need to make new friends and this requires a bit of neck. Everyone feels the same way. People just react differently. Be one of the proactive ones. Don’t cower in the corner hoping someone will approach. Smile, make eye contact and introduce yourself to somebody. Believe it or not, they’re scared too.

I Am Sorry If you are going to share a house or apartment with others and want to get away with living your life your way, be ready to say this as often as necessary. It is the only way to do things your way while managing to keep the peace. Practice in the mirror. Go-on. “Sorry I got fake tan on the dress I didn’t tell you I was borrowing.” “Sorry I woke you at 4am falling in the door with the Rag ball DJ.” “Sorry I told your new fella that you use athlete’s foot powder.” Job If you have to get one, make sure it’s a job that lets you double job, as it were. You can read Voltaire while working as a security guard, but it’s not so easy if your job involves onions or sharp knives

Empathy

Kierkegaard

You have been that soldier who missed the lecture when all the information about assignments was given out. On that serendipitous day that you happen to be the one who turned up, share the love. Seek out the empty seaters. It’s good karma.

Also Foucault, Bourdieu, Kant, Benjamin; all names that you can freely drop in the pub for the duration of your tenure at college. In fact you should make a conscious effort to do so while you’re a student because while it’s okay, even encouraged in the college bar, you can never, The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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never discuss such things after you graduate. Launderettes You don’t have to bring your washing home to mother do you? Really? Launderettes aren’t that bad and offer an opportunity to meet some of the more domesticated types of the opposite sex. Seriously though, dragging that black sack of manky clothing to your Friday morning lecture is powerfully uncool. Mornings After Sometimes after cramming, mostly after partying. How well can you fake that swagger across campus, trying to look like you’re on your way to your first lecture when in fact you’re still up from last night? Double espresso and toothpaste will be your friends. No Know how you feel and trust your gut. It’s college. Lots of young adults drunk on freedom and high on life – it’s a potent mixture and you’re bound to be exposed to various dodgy situations and substances. Peer pressure is a secondary school game. Try and keep the head and forget what your mates are doing if you’re not comfortable. Being able to say no is actually pretty awesome. Orientation It could be argued that this is the realm of the nerd, the swot and the overearnest class rep candidate. However, it’s not at all a bad idea to partake in some of the how-to talks and tours in Freshers Week. There are lots of them and they are surprisingly well attended. You may reckon you’ll get by without bothering but come November, you’ll feel a lot less idiotic if you know how to order a book when you eventually darken the door of the library as your first assignment is due. Penniless No summer jobs going this year, student charges going up – what can we say? Student poverty is unfortunately hot right now. You can become really good at being poor though. Living on Tesco value beans on toast isn’t actually that 52

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bad. If you pop an egg on there you’ve actually got a massively nutritious meal. You’ll find there’s a curious satisfaction in managing to have a night out on a fiver or less. Be smart, shop around and see the advice on discount websites and use your coupons. Listen to your fellow students. Who’d shop in Dunnes when you’ve the Moore Street traders down the road? It’s entirely possible to exist on practically nothing and if you’re smart, you might be able to live a little too. One thing is certain, you’ll be broke for a long time. May as well get used to it. Quick Eats Get some recipes and learn how to cook. It’s cheaper, tastier and healthier than eating out. The key to quick eats is to forget the potato. Rice, pasta and noodles are what you want. Forget Jamie’s 30 minute meals. Most students worth their salt can whip up a bowl of pesto pasta with cheese in a third of that time. There’s a tonne of info online and studentrecipes.com is a good start. Also check out the BBC Good Food website. It’s always a winner. Results We’ll say it again, it’s shockingly easy to forget why you’re in college. There is so much stuff to do and you really can start to think that your membership of the Lit and Deb society is the be all and end all. Let’s be clear here. Results matter. Your degree matters. Believe it or not, your chances of getting first class honours can vary a lot between institutions. Eighteen per cent of DCU’s graduating students were awarded firsts between 2005 and 2010; 13 percent of NUIG’s students graduated with the same results; 54 percent of TCD students got a 2.1 compared with 34 percent of UL students. NUIM had the highest failure rate at almost five percent. That’s food for thought right there. Of course, it doesn’t really matter what college you go to if you’re willing to put in the work. Remembering that is the key. Scholarships Do you eat, sleep and breathe a particular sport? Or are you just a

brainbox who expects to get 10 zillion points? Well you could be in for a bit of cash. All colleges offer sports scholarships to talented athletes and players. If you haven’t checked out the possibilities, you should. They require a high standard. Generally you will need to have represented Ireland at international level. If you fit the bill, Google it and you’ll see what’s out there for you. If you’re a brainbox who got great results in the Leaving, you too could be in for a windfall. More and more colleges are trying to attract high achievers with entrance scholarships. NUIG, for example, is offering Excellence Scholarships worth €2,000 to students who get 560 points or more in the Leaving. They offer separate bursaries to high achieving medical students. UL has 40 scholarships, also worth €2,000 to offer to high achievers. DCU has €1,000 for students who get more than 500 points. These are just a taster of what’s out there. Check out your college of choice to see what’s on offer. Travel So many opportunities between student summer work visas and study exchange programmes. You will never find it easier to work in the US than with a J1 visa, but don’t stop there. Look at the student run NGO Suas ( suas. ie), which sends students out to developing countries to work for the summer. There are teaching opportunities in China, Korea and Japan for graduates and USIT offers amazing volunteering placements too. Honestly, it will never be this easy again. Grab the opportunities. Live bravely. You won’t regret it. Underage If you’re still 17 at the beginning of the college year, those months before the big 1-8 can really drag. Then, you finally reach that milestone and everyone suddenly decides that they want to go to the bar that’s over 21s. Girls have it easier than guys when it comes to bouncers. The key for women is to tone it down a little. Don’t try to look older. Women who really are overage don’t need to plaster on the make-up and generally avoid the four inch heels when popping in for a quick pint. Guys, just don’t give bouncers any reason to turn you away like wearing the wrong shoes or something like that. If they turn you away, don’t argue, they don’t deserve your business anyway. You’re better off not picking any fights. The one bouncer who takes a dislike to you is bound to be the one who’s on that door for the next 10 years. Walk with the confidence of a 23 year-old and you never know, they might just let you away with it.

no circumstances should you attempt this manner of shopping with somebody who isn’t really into it. Nothing will ruin your chances of finding something special than a dear mate who drags you off for a mid-afternoon coffee or pint because they don’t understand. Stick with it and who knows what you might find? Welfare Let’s face it, college life isn’t always a bed of roses. Things go wrong and if you’re away from home, exam stress and money troubles can all become too much. It happens to loads of people which is why all of the universities and IOTs have great student support services. If you don’t know where to go, call into your SU and they’ll direct you to the right person. A recent Campus.ie survey found that 34 per cent of students have considered dropping out due to stress and more than half, 54 per cent, have felt depressed due to the pressure of college. Student life is brilliant but it’s definitely not easy. If you find that it gets on top of you, seek out some support. The people you meet have seen it all before. Don’t be alone when you’re having a hard time. X Ams Oh come on, nothing begins with x and we can’t go without mentioning exams. As much as college life is massively important, your degree is the reason you’re there. The good news is, nothing college can throw at you comes close to the drudgery that was the two Leaving Cert weeks. The bad news is that with nobody looking over your shoulder, the opportunities to procrastinate on the study front are many and frequent. Don’t be an idiot. Repeats ruin a summer. Loads of people end up cancelling or curtailing an amazing summer abroad because they have to go and re-sit exams. It’s completely not worth that. Remember that if you fail the re-sits, repeating a year is massively inconvenient and ridiculously expensive. Do yourself a favour and just pass the damn things first time round. Yes! Your response when new experiences and opportunities present themselves. (Apart from certain circumstances – see N) You are far more likely to regret the things you don’t do than the things you do. Go for it. Zoology

Vintage

Because nothing else begins with z. UCD, TCD, NUIG, and UCC offer it as an option through science. You can study it at postgrad level as well. Science plus cute and fluffies has to be a winner right?

Posh word for second hand but the vintage and charity shops can turn up some veritable gems for the skint fashion fan. You have to be patient and willing to rummage. Under

By GRÁINNE FALLER and LOUISE HOLDEN. This article first appeared in the Irish Times

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Accommodation Tips Getting that place in college is a dream come true for you. Life is full of promise, learning, adventure and excitement, but where to begin?

complicated. It’s like living with your Mammy without living with your Mammy.

Before fast forwarding to those lecture halls or great nights out with your fellow students, it is important to take care of the practical side of things and what’s more practical than making sure you have somewhere to eat, sleep and study?

While it’s lovely having someone to cook your dinner, living in someone else’s house can certainly cramp your style. You have to live by house rules and it’s a rare digs-provider who would allow visitors, let alone late-night soirees. You don’t have the responsibilities and complications of your friends in other forms of accommodation, but you don’t have the independence either. Having to be home at a particular time if you want to get fed can begin to get in the way of your social life. It’s expensive because it’s all-inclusive. There’s no room for budgeting. Staying at weekends may not be an option. If it is, it often costs extra. It’s like living with your Mammy without living with your Mammy.

Finding accommodation before you begin college is an exercise for which you will need all your wits and wiles. The race for that house, flat or digs starts around the middle of July but will be in full swing from the beginning of August. Deciding on the right type of accommodation for you is a good starting point. You could rent a flat or apartment or share a house. If you want meals provided or if you intend going home at weekends, you might consider digs or lodging with a family.

Renting, digs or college accommodation? Digs The set up: You have a room in a family home and meals – generally breakfast and dinner – will be provided. The popularity of digs fell with the increase in on-campus and student accommodation but it is still a viable option. Situations vary and you may have the option of a room on your own or sharing. It’s a home away from home and you’ll generally have access to the comforts you’re used to like the couch and the television. Bills are included. Pros It is an easy transition as this set-up is the one that will most clearly resemble your own home. In digs, someone looks after you. They may not be doing your laundry (although some do apparently) but your meals will be on the table when you get in from college. No need to worry about bills or the weekly grocery shop. If there are other students in the digs with you, you get to know them but you can keep your distance if you want. There’s no shared cooking, cleaning or money matters so things are simple. Generally digs will be in a nice safe area and the people you’re living with will keep tabs on you. If you’re sick, at least you know someone’s in the house to call a doctor if you need one. Financially, it’s all-inclusive and therefore a lot less 54

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On-campus or purpose-built student accommodation The set-up: As the name suggests the accommodation is on, or at least within spitting distance of, your college campus. Not all colleges have this form of accommodation to offer. If yours does, it’s an excellent stepping stone from the comforts of home to the roulette that can be the private rental sector. According to Collegecribs.ie, typically, in on-campus accommodation, you will be sharing with other students. If you don’t know anyone upon coming to college, you will be allocated a place with other first-year students. This kind of accommodation may be college-run or run by a private company (such as the new Montrose Student Residences in what was formerly the Montrose Hotel across the road from UCD, and which will be run by UK-based company Zigguart Student Living) but it all operates in largely the same way. Fees are usually paid per semester, bi-annually or all at once and they usually include bills. You will need to fend for yourself when it comes to food. Accommodation will be fully furnished and there will be an area for you to study. There are rules about visitors and parties and there will generally be someone (a residential warden, for example) on site, both to keep an eye on things but also for you to go to if you encounter a problem.

Everything, the library, the student bar, the gym is incredibly close by. It is independent living streamlined. You are responsible for getting yourself up in the morning and for feeding yourself but you don’t have rent and bills to sort out. Twenty-four-hour security is standard and that means safety. Having someone to go to in the event of a crisis is a nice safety net, too. There’s nobody keeping an eye on your comings and goings. If you choose to skip a lecture it’s on your head alone. Your college or a private company is your landlord so you can be reasonably certain of avoiding any dodgy dealings.

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Pros

Even if you apply to live with your friends, there is every chance that you may not end up with them in some colleges. Campus accommodation means living with rules. Those rules really begin to grate when you really want your friends to visit. Then again, not all residences are the same. Some require you to get permission in advance for friends to stay over whereas others do not. It’s expensive because you’re paying for utilities up front. Twenty-four-hour security can also cramp a student’s style. Living with lots of other students can be loud and chaotic. Think carefully about whether this will bother you. You’ll be doing your own grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry.

The set up: You look for accommodation, find a place you like, hope the landlord likes you enough to say you can live there. You pay your rent, your bills and everything else. You deal with the arguments that inevitably arise about money, cleaning and people sticking Post-it notes on their bread and cheese. If the washing machine springs a leak, you have to deal with your landlord and get him or her to sort it out. It’s messy, responsible, complicated but gloriously and wonderfully independent and free. Everyone ends up going for this option eventually. For a first year, it takes guts. True independent living. Nobody checking up on you. Come and go as you please. Cheaper than the other options but remember utilities are extra. It does make budgeting easier as you can take control of your finances and cut back where you need to. You can choose your housemates. In fact choice is the key. Within reason, you can choose where to live, how much to pay, what type of accommodation you want and so-on. You can have your friends over. You can even have a party. Cons True independence brings true responsibility. You have to deal with regular rent payments and bills, as well as dealing with a landlord. Some landlords are great, others, less so. If there’s a problem, you have to deal with it yourself.

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You never really know somebody unless you’ve rented a house with them. If things go wrong and someone moves out, you need to find a replacement housemate pronto. Be warned, a party could cost you. Any damage will come out of the deposit you paid to the landlord at the start of the year. Never book accommodation without thoroughly inspecting it. Here are some things you should bear in mind before finally making a decision: Bear the following in mind when checking out a new place: 1. Are you looking for a bedsit, flat or house? 2. Will you be sharing? Sharing can be cheap, but make sure you’ll like living with your flatmates. 3. Is it convenient in relation to College? If not, consider the cost of travel (check out bus routes, Dart lines, taxis and so on). 4. Is there a late-night shop nearby? Where’s the nearest place to go when you have that midnight craving for cigarettes/chocolate/beer? 5. Is it in a reasonably safe area? Is there a safe place to put your bike or park your car? 6. Check all electrical appliances are working (cooker, fridge, etc.) If any repairs need to be made, point this out to the landlord before you move in (otherwise, he’ll probably blame you, and take it out of your deposit).

18. How much is the deposit? Always get contact address/phone no. for the landlord.

Dos and Don’ts when it comes to looking for college accommodation

- Do try and bring a parent with you. - Do have a rent book, call into your Welfare Officer to get a free one. - Do borrow a mobile if you don’t already have one: it will be invaluable. - Do get a receipt for any money exchanged. Make absolutely sure you get this! - Do read your rights as outlined below before dealing with a landlord. - Bring a good map including bus numbers with you. - Don’t admit to being a student if possible. - Don’t agree to pay out more than you know you will be able to continue to pay for the rest of the year, it will cripple you later. - Don’t get too freaked out by all the accommodation crisis reports. Yes there is a shortage of places out there but no that does not mean you should settle for a hamster cage. No matter how frustrated you get don’t be disheartened: you will not end up sleeping on the streets.

11. Is there cable TV? Will you be charged for it if you don’t have a TV?

When you have found a place you are interested in, remember: the early bird catches the worm. Landlords work on a first come first served basis and generally have no loyalty to anyone except themselves. Few things will annoy you more than to see a nice apartment with YOU written all over it go to someone who arrived 5 minutes earlier. When you do view a place, keep a number of things in mind when giving it the once-over. Even though you might be desperate for a place to live, don’t take the first place you can get if it is not suitable. Moving house is a pain so try and get things right the first time.

12. Is there access to a garden? Do you really care?

So you’ve found your new home. . .

13. What are the arrangements for cleaning common areas e.g. halls?

Before you move in, there are a few formalities to sort out. They’re here to make sure your Landlord can’t kick you out on a whim, leaving you back where you started. READ CAREFULLY. They could save you from a night on the streets.

7. Are there enough electrical sockets? Do they work? 8. Are fire extinguishers and fire escape routes adequate? 9. Check ventilation, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. Do the windows open? 10. What are the arrangements for rubbish disposal?

14. Are there any signs of dampness or mould? Check cupboards, walls, beds etc. 15. Will it be easy to heat? It may seem warm now but what will it be like in December? 16. How do you pay for electricity, gas, telephone etc.? Check the setting on the meters. The arrangements of how and when these payments are to be made must be set out in your rent-book. In some areas the ESB will not put the account in your name unless you have a one-year lease. 17. Is there a written lease? If so, get someone knowledgeable to read it before you sign it and request a copy once the landlord has signed it. 56

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The Lease Any tenancy agreement you make with your landlord is valid in law whether it is made verbally or in writing. Written agreements are of benefit to both sides. Always read the lease carefully. Never sign a twelve-month lease if you only intend staying for the College year. If you break the lease you may be liable for damages as well as risk losing your deposit (unless you can find someone to take over the flat for you and the landlord agrees to that person). Legally, the tenant is entitled to the original copy of the lease and the landlord holds a copy so make sure this is the case.

It is important that you understand exactly what is being agreed at the time of letting. You should be aware of what (if anything) is being included in the rent, for example, electricity, heating, cable / satellite TV etc. You should also be aware of the various conditions laid down which can cover many things (having parties, putting posters on walls etc). Once you agree to take the house/flat under these conditions, you are bound by them. Do not sign a lease if you do not agree with the terms or if you do not understand all of the terms. For more detailed information on tenancy rights you can consult the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 which is available at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2004/en/ act/pub/0027/index.html Other sources of useful information on student accommodation in Ireland are available on the following websites: http://www.nuig.ie (from which some of the above material was sourced) http://www.daft.ie http://www.citizensinformation.ie/ http://www.accommodationforstudents.com/ireland http://www.let.ie http://www.collegecribs.ie/ Rent Book Every tenant, paying for a house which includes an apartment, flat etc. is legally entitled to have a rent book supplied by the landlord. This applies to houses rented by private landlords as well as voluntary bodies, local authorities or employers, if a rent is payable. Basically, a rent book is a record of rent and other payments made to the landlord. However by law, a rent book must also contain other information related to the tenancy. This information must include: a) The name and address of the rented dwelling b) The name and address of the landlord and his agent if any

c) The name of the tenant d) The terms of tenancy, whether it be 6, 9 or twelve months or whatever. e) The amount of rent and when and how it is to be paid f) The particulars of any other payments to be made to the landlord for services e.g. heating or piped TV g) The amount and purpose of any deposit paid and the conditions under which it will be refunded h) An inventory of contents i) A statement of information which informs the tenant of their rights j) The date of commencement of tenancy Your landlord must enter the details of tenancy in the rent book. Any changes to this agreement must be entered into the rent book within one month of the change (e.g. a direct increase) If you pay your rent money directly to your landlord (or his agent) your landlord must then either: A) record the payment and sign for it in your rent book or b) give you a signed receipt which contains full details of the payments. If you pay by standing order or by bank giro, then your landlord must, within three months either: A) Record and sign for the payment in the rent book or b) give you a written statement of the payment. Deposits A deposit is usually paid to the landlord when agreement has been reached between the landlord and tenant. There is no set amount but it is usually equivalent one month’s rent. It is important that you, the tenant, realise that this deposit does not cover rent when you have given notice to the landlord or have been served notice to quit by the landlord. The landlord should refund the deposit when: Proper notice has been given (not less than four weeks in writing in the case of a ‘Periodic Tenancy’….one for which there is not an agreed finishing date); The keys have been returned; The property has been checked by the landlord regarding damages beyond the usual wear and tear; The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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The golden rules 1 Fit smoke alarms and test them regularly 2 Make a fire escape plan and practise it often 3 Check for fire dangers in your home and correct them 4 Carry out a ‘last thing at night’ routine Every night Unplug all electrical appliances (except fridge and freezer) turn off all gas appliances Put out candles and naked flames Place a spark guard in front of open fires Empty all ashtrays Keep your way out completely clear Close all doors Prevent fire:

When all bills have been paid (all deductions should be supported by receipts). Likewise, you will lose your deposit if any of the following happens: You don’t give proper notice or if you leave before the end of your lease tenancy agreement; You cause damage to the property over and above normal wear and tear; If you leave rent or bills unpaid. If you do not get your full deposit back because of repairs or replacement of items, ask to see all the relevant receipts. Rent Increase Rent increase is a confusing subject. If you’re living under a periodic tenancy agreement, your landlord can up the rent as long as he/she gives you four week’s rent. But if you have a written lease, your rent cannot be increased unless there’s provision in the agreement for it. If your landlord tries it, tell him that he’s breaking the law unless your contract allows it! Insurance It is up to you to insure your own belongings. However, this can be very expensive and it pays to shop around. Privacy Basically, this means you have the right not to be disturbed; your landlord is only allowed to enter with your permission. If the landlord needs to carry out repairs or to inspect the premises, it should be by prior arrangement. You are entitled to have overnight guests, unless specifically forbidden in the lease. (However this does not extend to another person moving in!) 58

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Standards Since 1994 landlords have had a statutory duty to ensure that the accommodation that they rent complies with certain minimum physical standards. These standards are set out in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 1993. In summary, they require a landlord to: *ensure that the house is in a proper state of structural repair. *provide a sink with hot and cold-water facilities in each dwelling. *provide toilet and bath or shower facilities in each dwelling. *provide toilet, bath or shower facilities, either in the flat itself or in a flat not more than one floor above or below the rented dwelling. Usually, there should be no more than two flats to each shower and toilet, but up to four flats may share one toilet or bath/shower if each flat has only one tenant. *provide adequate means for heating, for installing cooking equipment and for storing food. *maintain installations for the supply of electricity or gas in good repair and safe working order. *provide proper ventilation and lighting to each room. *maintain common facilities for cooking, food storage, lighting and heating in good repair and safe working order. *maintain common sinks, toilets, baths and showers and other common areas in good repair and a clean condition. *provide a secure handrail for any common staircase. The landlord is not responsible for anything the tenant is entitled to remove, or for repairing glass breakage in windows in any part of the building of which a tenant has exclusive use. Fire Safety in Flats and Apartments

Test your smoke alarms once a week. Change the batteries at least once a year, and immediately when you hear the warning beep. Every six months, vacuum and brush the casing to get rid of dust. A smoke alarm gives you an early warning of fire. If you hear the alarm, know what to do. Make sure to: Plan an evacuation drill with everyone living in your flat, house or apartment and practice it regularly. When practising your evacuation drill have an alternative exit in case your primary exit is blocked by fire. Have a meeting point in a safe place outside the accommodation All escape routes should be kept clear day and night

DON’T

Keep keys to doors and windows easily available.

Smoke when you are in bed, tired, have consumed alcohol or on medication Leave the room when there are candles burning Leave the room when a chip or frying pan is on Overload electrical sockets – one socket, one plug Use electrical appliances that don’t work properly Run electrical appliances from a light socket Use a heater or the cooker to dry clothes Stand too close to fires or heaters Be careful when using portable electric, gas or oil heaters Don’t use heaters near furniture, curtains or beds. Don’t leave heaters on when you go to bed. Take care if pets are near heaters. Don’t use heaters to dry clothes.

Getting Kicked Out Unless you have security of tenure or a tenancy agreement that says otherwise a landlord can give you notice to leave at any time. However, this notice must be in writing and must be served at least four weeks in advance. Once notice to quit has expired your tenancy is legally over. If you don’t have an appointed day and have not reached an agreement with your landlord then the landlord may go to court for an eviction order, which, if granted will be carried out by the sheriff. This could prove to be expensive for the tenant, as he/she might be liable for the landlord’s legal costs. An eviction by the landlord without a court order would however be unlawful and you should seek advice from the Students’ Union. A landlord is prohibited from seizing a tenant’s goods as a means of enforcing payment of rent due on a premises let solely as a dwelling (Section 19 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1992. In other words, a landlord cannot keep your stuff and sell it off if you owe them money. If you discover that your landlord had taken something it is theft, not payment in kind.

Detect fire Smoke alarms give you an early warning of a fire. 82% of fires that kill people are in homes with no working smoke alarm. Your building should have a fire detection and alarm system. If there are no smoke alarms, ask your landlord to get some. It is essential that smoke alarms are fitted in the hall and landing of every home. However, it is preferable that a smoke alarm be fitted in every room, and a heat alarm in the kitchen.

Last Resort If your landlord is not fulfilling his/her legal obligations with regards to minimum standards and a rent book, they can be prosecuted and fined up to one thousand euro plus an additional one hundred euro penalty for every day of a continuing offence. The local authority is responsible for enforcing these legal requirements, so if you think that your landlord is breaking the law do get in touch with your local authority, the SU, or both. College Accommodation If you are reading this in October, which you probably are, it is too late to apply for accommodation in College. Normally the closing date for applications is sometime in early March. Don’t worry about missing the date - there will be notices up around College or alternatively you could drop into the Accommodations Office and get the information you need there. The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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Grants and Funding Increased registration fees are an extra burden on students and their families looking to attend college in 2016. Once called the Student Service Charge, the newlynamed Student Contribution was increased to €2,750 in the 2015 Budget. It is possible that this could be increased to €3,000 for 2015 applicants. The good news is that this amount is payable for one child per family. It must be paid in full before a tax rebate can be applied for. The net effect of the tax relief is that the student contribution is €1,600 for second and subsequent children in full time third-level education. In most colleges, the Student Contribution can be paid in installments. With other living expenses added, particularly for those students living away from home, the costs of being a third level student can soar. However, there is help available… A conservative monthly estimate of what you will need to live away from home looks something like this. Rent (this may be higher in Dublin)

€300

Groceries & Food at College

€160

Travel

€80

Books & Course Materials

€65

Light/Heat

€45

Laundry

€25

Social Life & Miscellaneous

€200

Monthly Total

€875

This total is a bit less if you’re still staying with the folks but if you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to sit down with your parents and talk about money. Many students work part-time jobs but this can have extremely negative results for your studies (not to mention your social life). Also, part-time jobs have become scarcer over the last few years and you should not count on the certainty of getting one. You may also be entitled to (a) grant or (b) financial assistance

Student Grant If you’re really stuck for cash you can see if you qualify for a grant from your local authority. There is detailed information on the range of grants and funds for students in further and higher education on the website studentfinance.ie. This website has details of the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Student Assistance Fund and some third-level scholarships. Student grants are divided into 2 classes – maintenance grants and fee grants. Maintenance grants A maintenance grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs. Students who started or are starting courses from the academic year 2014/2015 onward do not qualify for a maintenance grant if they are on a Back to Education Allowance or VTOS allowance. Maintenance grants are available for approved courses below graduate level in Ireland and other EU states and for approved postgraduate courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Fee grants A fee grant can cover any of the following 3 elements: All or part of the student contribution Costs of essential field trips All or part of a student’s tuition fees (but not if covered by the Free Fees Scheme) In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will qualify for all elements of the fee grant. However, you will not get the tuition element of a fee grant if you already qualify for free tuition under the Free Fees Schemes. You may qualify for a fee grant, but not a maintenance grant, if you are what is called a ‘tuition student’ under the Student Grant Scheme. A tuition student is someone who fulfils all the conditions for a student grant except for residence in the State, but who has been resident in an EEA state or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. The members of the EEA (the European Economic Area) are the 27 members of the EU, along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Students doing Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses do not get fee grants, but if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will be exempt from the PLC participant contribution.

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Fee grants are available for approved courses below graduate level in Ireland and for approved postgraduate courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. However, there are no fee grants for courses in other EU states. How student grants are administered Under the new Student Grant Scheme, local authorities will continue to deal with student grants in respect of: - Universities - Prescribed educational institutions in Ireland (such as colleges of education) - Approved undergraduate courses in approved educational institutions in the EU - Approved postgraduate courses in approved educational institutions in Northern Ireland These grants were previously handled under the Higher Education Grants Scheme. Vocational Education Committees (VECs) will continue to deal with grants for approved course in the following institutions: Approved Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres Institutes of Technology

Qualifying for a student grant Maintenance grant To qualify for a maintenance grant, you must fulfill the conditions of the scheme as regards: Nationality and immigration status Residence Means You must also be attending an approved course in an approved institution. There are detailed conditions about the level of the course you are attending; whether you have attended a course at the same level already; and whether the course represents progression from your previous studies.

In general, you will not get a grant for repeating a year or attending a course at a level that does not represent progression from what you have done before. However, ‘second chance students’ may be eligible for a grant. A ‘second chance student’ is someone who is aged over 23, did not successfully complete an earlier course and is returning to pursue an approved course after at least 5 years. Fee grant If you qualify for a maintenance grant, you will qualify for all relevant elements of a fee grant. You may qualify for a fee grant, but not a maintenance grant, if you are what is called a ‘tuition student’ under the Student Grant Scheme. A tuition student is someone who fulfills all the conditions for a student grant except for residence in the State, but who has been resident in an EEA state or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years. The members of the EEA (the European Economic Area) are the 27 members of the EU, along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Nationality and immigration status In order to get a student grant you must: - Be a national of an EU member state or an EEA member state or Switzerland for - Be a family member of one of the above, with permission to remain in the State as a family member of such person under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and EU Treaty rights provisions for - Have refugee status for - Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State (foreign nationals granted leave to remain under the Irish Born Child scheme - IBC/05 are not eligible) - Be eligible for subsidiary protection or have been granted leave to remain under the European Communities Regulations 2006 or

- Have permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order for - Have permission to remain in the State by virtue of marriage to, or civil partnership with, an Irish national living here or be the dependent child of a person with such permission. Residence Since the academic year 2010/2011, you must have been legally resident in the State for 3 of the previous 5 years to qualify for a maintenance grant. However, if you are studying elsewhere in the EU for a recognised qualification, and you were resident in the State for 3 of the 5 years before starting that course, you satisfy this requirement. If you fulfill all the criteria for a maintenance grant except for the residence condition in the State, you may still qualify for a fee grant as a ‘tuition student’. Your parents or guardians, or you yourself if you are an independent mature candidate (see below) must have been ordinarily resident in the administrative area of the local authority from 1 October prior to applying for the grant.

Number of dependent children

Full Maintenance

Means test If you were ordinarily resident with your parents from October 1 of the year before the year of entry to the course, you are considered dependent on your parents and your income (if any) is assessed together with your parents’ income(s). An allowance is made for your earnings outside of term-time – up to €3,809 currently. Independent mature candidates are candidates aged over 23 who live separately from their parents from 1 October of the year before the year of entry to the course. If you are an independent student, you are assessed on your own income (and that of your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, if applicable). The means test for a student grant in 2013/2014 is based on your family’s income for the previous full tax year (2012). However, if you or your family have had a change of circumstances (which is likely to be permanent) since 31 December 2012, your changed circumstances may be taken into account. Income limits for maintenance grant and full fee grant The family income limits for eligibility for a maintenance grant in 2013/2014 (the latest figures available) are set out below. These limits also qualify you in respect of the fee grant (if you are otherwise eligible).

Part Maintenance (75%)

Part Maintenance (50%)

Part Maintenance (25%)

Fewer than 4

€39,875

€40,970

€43,380

€47,205

4 to 7

€43,810

€45,025

€47,670

€51,880

8 or more

€45,575

€48,890

€51,760

€56,320

Income Limits for Partial Fee Grant The family income limits for eligibility for a partial fee grant in 2013/2014 are set out below. 50% tuition fees and 100% student contribution

50% student contribution only

Fewer than 4

€49,840

€55,920

4 to 7

€54,765

€61,440

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€59,455

€66,700

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Other family members in college

Adjacent and non-adjacent rates

The reckonable income limits may be increased for each additional family member who is pursuing a full-time course of at least one year’s duration. See studentfinance. ie for further information.

For students who live 45 kilometres or less from the college being attended, the adjacent rate of maintenance grant is payable. This rate applies to all students living within this distance, including all mature students, both dependent and independent. The non-adjacent rate applies to everyone else.

Special rates of grants for disadvantaged students Disadvantaged students who meet a number of conditions can qualify for a special rate of maintenance grant. Applicants must have qualified for the standard maintenance grant for the academic year 2013/2014 and total reckonable income in the tax year January to December 2012 must not be more than €22,703, net of Qualified Child Increases and standard exclusions. For students, including mature students, who are assessed on parent(s)/guardian’s income, their parent(s)/guardian must, on 31 December 2012, have been: Claiming long-term social welfare payments, or Claiming Family Income Supplement or Participating in designated programmes (for example, a SOLAS training programme). For students who are assessed on their own income, on 31 December 2012 the student must have been getting one of the above social welfare payments or participating in a designated programme. Rates Changes in grant rates are considered during the annual Budget process and become effective in January at the beginning of the financial year. Maintenance grant rates for 2014 (latest available figures) Type

Non-adjacent rate

Adjacent rate

Special rate

€5,915

€2,375

Full Maintenance

€3,025

€1,215

Part maintenance (75%)

€2,270

€910

Part maintenance (50%)

€1,515

€605

Part maintenance (25%)

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How to apply Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), which has been nominated as the new single grant-awarding authority, now handles all new grant applications. All new grants must be applied for online. If you held a student grant prior to 2012/2013, and are continuing your studies on this course in the 2013-14 academic year, the renewal or re-assessment of your grant for 2013-14 will be carried out by your current local authority or VEC: you should not apply to SUSI. Further information about grants is available on www.studentfinance.ie. Appealing a decision If you think that you have been unjustly refused a grant, you may appeal. The Student Support Act 2011 provides for a new independent appeals board in relation to student grants. It is the first such board for those seeking to appeal decisions made on grants and will be open to students who applied for consideration in this academic year. Approved courses and institutions In general, the new Student Grant Scheme covers all the approved courses and institutions covered by the 4 schemes it replaced. Details of what each scheme covered are below. Higher Education Grants Scheme The courses that were approved under the Higher Education Grants Scheme and now come under the Student Grant Scheme are: (a) Full-time undergraduate courses of not less than 2 years’ duration or full-time postgraduate courses of not less than one year’s duration taken in one of the approved institutions (b) Full-time undergraduate courses of not less than 2 years’ duration taken in a publicly funded university or third-level institution in another EU member state, with the exception of the following: - Courses in Colleges of Further and Higher Education (other than courses which are at Higher National Diploma level or higher) - Courses provided in a college that are offered in private commercial third-level colleges in the State and that are validated by that college - Courses in colleges akin to private commercial colleges in Ireland (c) A full-time undergraduate course of a minimum

duration of 1 year in one of the approved institutions which represents progression from a Level 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree or National Diploma) course to an addon Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) course. Vocational Education Committees’ Scholarship Scheme The courses that were approved under the Vocational Education Committees’ Scholarship Scheme and now come under the Student Grant Scheme are: (a) Full-time courses at the colleges of the National University of Ireland; Trinity College Dublin; Dublin City University; the University of Limerick; Queens University, Belfast or the University of Ulster where the student progresses to the university course by completing a course at Level 6 (National Certificate) or Level 7 (National Diploma) (b) Full-time approved undergraduate and postgraduate courses at approved institutions (c) BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) courses in certain colleges of further education and colleges of further and higher education in Northern Ireland (d) Full-time approved undergraduate courses in thirdlevel institutions in EU member states, on the same basis as the Higher Education Grants Scheme, in the case of students who have been awarded a National Certificate or a National Diploma Third Level Maintenance Grants Scheme for Trainees The Third Level Maintenance Grants Scheme for Trainees scheme has also been subsumed into the Student Grant Scheme. The approved courses for this element of the Student Grant Scheme are a series of one, two and threeyear courses leading to qualifications at Level 6 (Higher Certificate) and at Level 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree) in Institutes of Technology. This element of the scheme is aimed at candidates requiring higher-level initial education and training to improve their employment prospects in line with the Government’s sectoral employment priorities

and entering approved Middle Level Technician or Higher Technical Business Skills courses for the first time in the academic year in question. This element of the Student Grant Scheme is also open to mature candidates re-entering in order to complete such a course. Maintenance Grants Scheme for Students attending Post-Leaving Certificate Courses The Maintenance Grants Scheme for Students attending Post-Leaving Certificate Courses scheme has also been subsumed into the Student Grant Scheme. This element of the Student Grant Scheme is open to candidates who are entering approved Post-Leaving Certificate courses for the first time in the academic year in question. Grants are available for full-time approved Post-Leaving Certificate courses of at least one year’s duration at approved Post-Leaving Certificate centres. The list of approved centres is available from your local VEC. Student Assistance Fund The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. Students can apply for Student Assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant. Each year, the State allocates a certain amount of Student Assistance funding to all publicly funded higher education colleges based on the size of the college’s full-time student population. Students in need of financial support can then make an application in the college for assistance under the Fund. The Student Assistance Fund is not available in further education/PLC colleges.

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STUDEN T B UD G ET I N G

Focus On...

Becoming an Airline Pilot Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) based in Cork, Ireland, is one of Europe’s leading Aviation Training Organisations.

The cost of attending college has risen significantly over the last few years and this trend looks set to continue, putting major pressure on students. The key to successful budgeting is creating and sticking to a plan. Do this and you will avoid mounting debt. There are three key steps to take. 1. Assess your situation To understand your weekly cash flow you need to record all incomings and outgoings within a simple personal budget. Its format is not important - a pen and paper is all you need. The aim here is to give you a clear snapshot of your finances. I recommend you do this for a few weeks to take account of all bills. Take a piece of paper and divide it into two columns. On the left hand side detail your total income, e.g. student grant, allowance from your parents, parttime wages, savings available, etc. On the right hand side record all outgoings – you might consider doing this under the following headings: - Household expenses - Loans & debts - Phone expenses - Leisure - Transport costs - Miscellaneous If you don’t have exact details of your day-to-day expenses use an estimate. Try not to under or over estimate spending as this will skew your planning. Also you need to separate necessary costs from discretionary so you can identify the expenses that are unavoidable, for example rent. 2. Action Items Now you need to look at your sheet of paper and identify any areas where you may be able to cut back - do you eat out too much; are you paying too much for transport, or membership of a gym you don’t attend? Price comparison websites are useful at this stage; for 66

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example the National Consumer Agency’s website www. economiser.ie/ which allows you to compare your spend on groceries, TV and telecoms, mobiles and energy to the national average. Also there are some great tips at www.itsyourmoney.ie specifically for students. Some of the best opportunities for savings at the moment are in the following areas: Rent – shop around as there are deals available, you need to look at private rented accommodation versus college accommodation and also whether utilities are included. Always ask about hidden costs before you sign a lease. Groceries - Shop around and ‘Buy Local’. Only buy what you will use, look out for special offers and always ask if there is a student discount. Cork and Limerick students also have www.collegedinners.ie as an alternative. Transport – get a student travel card for discounts on local and national travel. Leisure – get involved with college societies and take advantage of student discount cards, nights out and events which are usually subsidised. Also sign up to group discount websites for cheap meals out and large discounts in your area. Tax – if you’ve worked during the summer, at home or abroad, be sure to claim your tax refund. 3. Monitor your budget: It is important to monitor your budget regularly and update it if your circumstances change. If you are overspending you need to change your spending habits. Allocating time to prepare a budget is the first step in easing the burden of worry when it comes to planning your college year. Clive Aherne is the owner of TaxAssist Accountants in Cork and sponsors the ‘Buy Local’ campaign. This article first appeared in the Irish Examiner.

The Career

Types of Courses

Piloting a modern airliner is an exciting, demanding profession which requires extensive training, study, and on-the-job experience to master. Just as important as the technical know-how, are the personal qualities it calls for: including self-confidence, maturity, leadership, commitment and responsibility.

The training itself includes academic and classroom study, which prepare you for the actual hands-on flying in real training aircraft and later in approved simulators in which you deepen your knowledge of the complex skills required. Courses can be offered as Integrated training (an intensive, full time course taking place over approximately 18 months) or as Modular training, a step-by-step approach which allows you to take breaks between each stage, ideal for students who are continuing to work in other occupations before finally qualifying as a pilot. To learn more about these options, we recommend meeting an AFTA training advisor, who can discuss in detail your own specific needs, and give you information on course duration, costs, accommodation, and entry into the pilot jobs market.

If this sounds like you, and you are up to the challenge of working in a dynamic, fast-moving environment at the cutting edge of transport technology, then AFTA is the ideal place for you to commence your pilot education and training.

AFTA Training International Recognition All professional aviation training in Europe is conducted under the rules of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) who set and supervise the high standards required in this safety-critical industry. AFTA is fully approved, monitored and inspected by EASA and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), ensuring that your training will meet the very latest requirements in international educational standards for pilots.

There are no specific educational requirements set down in order to commence training, however a good qualification at Leaving Certificate level or above, including at least one technical or scientific subject is an ideal background. Your interpersonal and communication skills will count equally towards acceptance on one of our courses.

Educational Staff

Aptitude Testing

AFTA’s training courses are aimed at qualifying you for the EASA Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL). This is the initial qualification required to fly for an airline, recognised around the world as meeting the highest standards of aviation skill and knowledge.

In order for both you and AFTA to fully assess your suitabity for training and for a subsequent career, however, we also require you to undergo our Professional Pilot Aptitude Test. This test examines elements such as multi-tasking, hand-eye coordination, mental calculation skills, and other qualities which have been found to be ideal in the best pilots.

Our flight instructors are all commercially-licensed pilots with varied flying backgrounds, including airline and military operations in jets, turboprops, and other flight operations. Our academic and ground training instructors are similarly drawn from the aviation industry, and are all qualifed and approved to deliver the syllabus using modern training principles and techology. In addition to benefitting from our instructors’ direct tuition, you will be a appointed your own dedicated course supervisor, who will be your key contact with AFTA during your training, available to consult about your progress at all times.

Entry Requirements

The Location Facilities Our training base is located at Cork International Airport in the south of Ireland. The AFTA academic training classes are given in modern classrooms at our Academy close to the main airport buildings. Flight training facilities are located at the “flight line” beside the main runway. Our fleet of single- and multi-engine aircraft is maintained to the highest standards by our own dedicated engineering staff. Definitive Guide to Going to College

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Cork Airport serves passenger routes all over Europe and to North America, so from your very first flight you will be flying from the same runways, and sharing the same airspace, as busy airline operations.

Simulators Training in simulators is an essential part of modern pilot education, and a substantial part of your courses will take place in our approved simulators, with all of that time officially counting towards your Instrument Rating, and your Multi-Crew Cooperation training, both of which are mandatory elements in obtaining your final qualification.

Specialist Training Included in our professional courses is a component of Upset Recovery Training, conducted by specialist instructors in our fully aerobatic aircraft, providing you with essential safety skills and the knowledge that you can handle the aircraft and safely recover from all parts of the flight envelope. In addition, our state-of-the art approved Boeing 737 simulator is available for further Jet Orientation Course training, another valuable optional addition to your first professional licence.

Job Prospects As with any career, the possession of a first professional qualification such as your Commercial Pilot’s Licence, is not

WHAT TO DO NEXT Commencing Your Pilot Career: Your First Checklist! 1. Study our information online. Details about Courses, Aptitude Tests, Open Days, testimonials and much other information is available on our website at www.afta.ie. 2. Talk to an AFTA Training and Career Advisor today. Our friendly staff are happy to discuss all details of the courses, costs, medical requirements, and other aspects of becoming and working as a pilot. Telephone us on +353 21 488 8737, or email [email?]. 3. Come and Visit Us! Make an appointment with a Training Advisor to visit us, together with friends or parents, to see our facililities, aircraft and accommodation, and to meet instructors and your future fellow students. 4. Start Your Training!

necessarily an immediate guarantee you will be offered a job. However the worldwide market for pilots in 2016 is at an all-time high, with industry organisations and manufacturers predicting a doubling of the global fleet over the next 20 years and a corresponding increase in the market for qualified pilots. As with all professions, however, your best guarantee of a job is to train to the highest standards and to be “ahead of the pack” in your flying skills, your academic achievements, and the interpersonal communication qualities which are vital to the intense teamwork demanded on the modern flightdeck. AFTA can deliver all of these to you if you are willing to work hard and demand the highest standards of yourself. Testimony to our success over the past 20 years is the fact we have been chosen by international airlines as their basic pilot training providers, [example?] [example?], and the success of numerous AFTA graduates working in such airlines as [example?] [example?][example?] [example?] and many others. We are also very interested to recruit training staff ourselves from within AFTA’s own student body, especially those who have shown exceptional flight and communication skills, and this can be a very fruitful alternative start to a flying career.

Campus Cost Comparison GOING TO college is an expensive bu siness. No wonder most students are stony broke. You will become an expert at wrangling cheap nights out, cooking dinner for 75c and figuring out how to get things for free, but no ma tter how prudent you are, life simply ain’t cheap.

When it comes to day-to-day costs, all colleges are definitely not the same, whether you’re talking about essentials such as accommodation and food or a pint in the on-campus bar GOING TO college is an expensive business. No wonder most students are stony broke. You will become an expert at wrangling cheap nights out, cooking dinner for 75c and figuring out how to get things for free, but no matter how prudent you are, life simply ain’t cheap. Costs vary of course. Dublin is more expensive than other parts of the country, but what about individual colleges? How do their students fare when looking for accommodation or buying dinner on campus? We decided to find out.

UCC On-campus accommodation You’ll pay between €73 and €150 per week for collegeowned accommodation. Some of this is on campus and the rest is nearby. Off-campus accommodation Shared house accommodation will set you back between €60 and €85 per week. €90 for a single room in a shared house is the maximum rent allowed by the college accommodation office. Utilities are usually extra. A pint in the college bar €3.10 for Fosters. Dinner on campus - €5 for Therese’s signature curry in Club Áras. There are other €5 meal deals available as well. Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade: €1.55 Refill pad: €1.10 - Packet of Tayto: 85 cent - Sandwich: from €2.80 for chicken and stuffing to €3.90 for a wrap

NUIM On-campus accommodation

you’re a Gaelgeoir, it’s possible to request accommodation with like minded people if you fancy living trí Ghaeilge. Off-campus accommodation Between €70 and €100 per week for a house share. Pint in the college bar €2.50 for a can of whatever beer is on special Dinner on campus - It changes but a decent feed will set you back about €4 Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade: €1.19 - Refill pad: €1.50 - Packet of Tayto: 95 cent - Sandwich: €2.99 (standard)

NUIG On-campus accommodation There is accommodation that is college owned but not oncampus per se. Corrib Village is the on- campus complex. Rates go from €72 per week for a standard twin room to €125 per week for a double ensuite there. Off-campus accommodation There is plenty of landlord-owned student accommodation in Galway. Prices vary but range from about €80 per week sharing or €103 per week for your own room in an apartment. Renting a house will set you back between €70 and €100 per week each, depending on how many people are sharing. Pint in the college bar €3 for Fosters Dinner on campus - Currently €5 for a carvery lunch. This is expected to come down, possibly to €3.50. Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade: €1.40 - Refill pad: €1 - Packet of Tayto: 65 cent - Sandwich: Currently €3.95 but they’re working with the supplier to provide a cheaper option for about €2.75 although the price has yet to be confirmed.

From €92 to €110 per week for a single room on campus. If

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On-campus accommodation

On-campus accommodation

Lots of on-campus accommodation in UL. Plassey Village prices, including utilities, range from €3,483 to €3,999 per year. This works out at about €92 to €105 per week.

No on-campus accommodation for first year. The college accommodation is Trinity Hall and it’s near Rathmines, a bus or Luas ride away from college. Rooms start at €4,230 for the academic year and rise to €5,060 if you want a single en-suite room. Utilities are extra.

Off-campus accommodation Rental properties in Castletroy are pretty reasonable. You will end up spending between €50 and €80 per week for a single room in a house close to college. Pint in the college bar €3.30 Dinner on campus - About €5 Campus shop essentials -Bottle of Lucozade: €1.45 - Refill pad: €1.20 -Packet of Tayto: 70 cent -Sandwich: €3.30

DCU On-campus accommodation Two sets of on-campus apartments (Larkfield and Hampstead) are available to school leavers. Prices range from €4,049 to €4,234 per annum depending on where you stay and whether you have a single or a superior room. Utilities are extra. Off-campus accommodation Between €80 and €100 per week will get you a single room in a house close by the college. Utilities are extra. Pint in the college bar €3.50 for all pints except Fosters and Olm which cost €3 Dinner on campus - The bar offers a cheeseburger and chips for €6.50. A 12-inch pizza will set you back a tenner. Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade: €1.59 - Refill pad: €1.55 - Packet of Tayto: 75 cent - Sandwich: €2.95 for a cheese salad, €3.95 for posher options.

Off-campus accommodation How long is a piece of string? Because of TCD’s location, you can really choose to live anywhere along the bus, Dart or Luas lines as well as in the city centre. Expect to pay between €90 and €120 per week depending on whether you’re sharing a house in the suburbs or a city centre apartment. Pint in the college bar €3.50 Dinner on campus €5 Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade:€1.50 - Refill pad: €1.50 - Packet of Tayto: 70 cent - Sandwich: €3.50

CIT On-campus accommodation Between €2,700 and €4,500 per annum for student (not on campus) accommodation. Off-campus accommodation

WIT

On-campus accommodation

On-campus accommodation

Noon-campus accommodation but it has block- booked various halls of residence for students.

Between €73 and €87 per week depending on whether you want a twin room or a single ensuite.

Off-campus accommodation

Off-campus accommodation

Expect to pay between €75 and €180 per week depending on whether you’re sharing a house in the suburbs or a city centre apartment. Pint in the college bar €3.50-€4.50 Dinner on campus €4-€10 Campus shop essentials -Bottle of Lucozade: €1.55 - Refill pad: 99 cent - Packet of Tayto: 65 cent - Sandwich: €2.60

A house share will cost around €200 per month if three people split the cost. Pint in the college bar €3.50 Dinner on campus €5.75 Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade: €1.95 - Refill pad: €1 - Packet of Tayto: 70 cent - Sandwich: €1.90

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The first week of college is the highlight of the year for many. It can be non-stop partying, meeting new people, and experiencing new things if you do it right! Freshers’ week is organised by the local university student union. The week is hectic and offers you the chance to join the many clubs and societies within the university. It usually provides a range of events from live concerts and society taster sessions to a formal ball. You can find out about the events planned in a variety of ways. Most universities and student unions now have websites with information about what’s on. There will be posters plastered all around the campus announcing events and information on your student union’s Facebook page. Make sure you keep your student ID card with you during Freshers’ Week – you will have been given this when you enrol. Without it you won’t get into events however hard you try. One of the most attended events of Freshers’

Week is the fair. This is a gathering of the clubs and societies of the university. Often held in the student union building, the fair gives you the chance to meet and join clubs as diverse as political groups, music groups, football teams or debating societies. As well as providing a chance to learn about the university, Freshers’ Week allows students to become familiar with the representatives of their Students’ Union and to get to know the city or town which is home to the university. Live music is also common, as are a number of organised social gatherings, designed to allow new students to make friends and to get to know others doing the same course. Alcohol is an inevitable part of student life, especially during Freshers’ Week. Most students partake (some more than others!) and, if you’re one of them, you’ll become all too aware of how awful hangovers can be. There is no cure, so drink sensibly…

Expect to pay about €85 per week for a single room in a shared house. Pint in the college bar No bar on campus in CIT Dinner on campus €3.20 student special Campus shop essentials - Bottle of Lucozade: €1.40 - Refill pad: 75 cent - Packet of Tayto: 70 cent - Sandwich: €2.80 from the deli/ €1.75 prepack

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The Social Aspects of College Life

Clubs & Societies In secondary school, chances are you will have had the choice to play a sport for your school or become involved in various school activities. In college, your choice of clubs and societies to join is far more varied than that offered at second level. Some of the most exciting features of University life are the extra-curricular activities that are on offer. The range of extra-curricular activities varies from college to college, but most Irish colleges have a huge number of clubs that their students can join. These clubs and societies enable students to become actively involved in University life. During the first week of term, the different student clubs and societies will generally hold an event where they try and get students to join. It is worth considering what types of activities you would like to be a member of while at college.

Sport

Sports clubs, for instance, can range from college football, rugby, rowing, athletic or boxing teams (to name but a few) to more unusual sports such as kae-bo, extreme frisbee, trampoline-ing and even juggling. (Yes, it’s a sport!) The facilities for sports in college are usually funded by the college or the student’s union and are of a very high or professional standard.

Activities

Aside from sports, the activities that you can become involved in vary: film and cinema societies, drama clubs, comedy clubs, debating teams, college radio and many, many more. Campus societies usually cater for every interest. Throughout the college year the different clubs and societies on campus hold various socials for their members such as nights out, concerts and even trips away.

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There are two things worth keeping in mind when considering what clubs you wish to join: 1. Don’t join too many. It is better to commit fully to a small number of clubs rather than commit half-hearted to lots. 2. Whatever you put into college life, you’ll get back out of it. If you put plenty of energy into extra-curricular activities, you will reap the rewards. Clubs and extra-curricular activities are an essential part of college life. They are a great way to meet new people and make new friends, especially in first year. Most students find their involvement in student societies to be a very enjoyable and fulfilling part of college life. It is also worth noting that if you are an active member of a club in first year you could perhaps become a director of the club in your second or third year in college, which would be invaluable to your experience of college, and not to mention to your CV! There are clubs to suit all interests and it can be extremely favourable to be involved in something that could possibly benefit your coursework. Business students could perhaps act as treasurer of a society, for instance. English students may find it helpful to be involved in a drama or debating society. Students of sports management or fitness courses might enjoy and benefit from being involved in a sport. Clubs and social activities are a hugely creditable and valuable aspect of college year. To not get involved would mean missing out on so much of the college experience and fun. Article contributed by Amy Nolan

As Jack Nicholson famously quoted in The Shining, ‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.’ (Or, in Jack’s case, a psychopathic killer.) College isn’t just about swotting for that A+ in Statistics - you’d either go mad or become a bore - it’s also about building character through socialising. To some students, partying is an art-form. Stacking empty can upon can of Bavaria onto a coffee table may be one person’s idea of fun, and another’s idea of hell. Whether you’re an all-night party animal or just simply like to get involved and meet like-minded mates, college is one of the best ways to boost your social life. Here are just five of the many ways to book up your diary when you’re not in the library:

1. Clubs and Societies Tempted by those free lollies at the society fair? Those friendly smiles that greet you across the hall are not just offering the sweets of nostalgia, they are also providing you with the fruits of opportunity to go rock-climbing, learn new skills in Kung Fu, sing in the choir, and more. Talk to the club and society members at stalls and for just a couple of Euro, you can join the ones that appeal most. Make an effort to go to the initial meetings, and go to as many classes or training sessions as possible. It’s easy to get stuck into the rut of watching Home and Away at lunch instead of shaking your stuff at a Hip Hop class, but it’s worth going to classes. You will meet people with similar interests to you and get lots of free trips, as well as a more creative mind or a toned body.

2. Student Protests University is one of the places in society where you are urged, and it is accepted, to rebel. When the Georg-August University in Germany decided to raise canteen prices by 10 cent, all the students were out marching in full force to resist the evils of college inflation. During the years of Noel Dempsey’s reign as Minister for Education, the students of NUI Maynooth protested against his threats to bring back college fees. Protesting brings people together with a common cause, and gives you plenty to rant about. When you’re wet, hungry and exhausted, you can pile into a bus to the pub and chat about the ills of society, meeting people who feel the same way. If you’re a sociology student, you will also have plenty to impress lecturers with. 3. Volunteering The volunteering network has become a lot more organised recently, with the launch of several websites and volunteering

centres around the country. Many of these are linked with universities, and include such programmes as Big Brother Big Sister (mentoring for teenagers), helping out at local shelters, after-school homework clubs and more. Volunteering will enable you to have contact with people that may be disadvantaged, physically or mentally disabled, the elderly, and other different types of people. This kind of friendship is irreplaceable because it builds a relationship through trust, loyalty, and a passion to make a difference. Check out www. volunteer.ie or call in to your Students’ Union to get in touch with groups.

4. International Student Nights From thanksgiving turkeys to tapas, international student nights can be the most fun ways to experience foreign cultures and meet people that have alternative viewpoints to you. You might enjoy sipping Arabic coffee or making Spanish omelettes for breakfast with your new mates. Look out for posters that advertise international student nights out, as they are usually more than willing to meet the ‘real’ Irish folks themselves. Cultural differences can provide the best talking points for meeting new people, as can attending food festivals or events where you get to sample the culture firsthand. And don’t forget - these people will come in very handy when you need somewhere to stay during your interrailing trip across Europe.

5. Student Bar The last and most obvious choice for contact (often, of the very close kind) is the student bar. The drink is cheap, the craic is mighty, and the chances are you will end up at a house party or nightclub after the bar reaches closing time. The bar itself has cheaper drinks than usual and often holds more student-oriented events, such as the Iron Stomach competition, Singer-Songwriter contest and other talent shows. Promotional events for drinks companies are sometimes held in the student bar too, so look out for freebies. Your finest hour might be meeting a mysterious French lady, or downing shots of Aftershock, depending on what kind of night it is. Or how about a quick game of pool during the day between tutorials? The student bar has it all. Article contributed by Niamh Madden

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Student Welfare

On any college campus, the Welfare Officer is the person you go to with all non-academic related concerns and queries. Some difficulties you may encounter could be with your landlord, health concerns or financial problems. The Welfare Officer can help if you encounter any obstacles with aspects of college that aren’t directly connected with your studies.

In short your Welfare Officer can give you advice about:

The transition from secondary school to college can be an exciting and invigorating experience, from joining societies and clubs and making new friends, to great parties, skipped lectures, bad essays, early mornings and late nights. So get involved and get active in college. Become a class rep with the Students’ Union, join a society or take up a new sport - it’s the best and easiest way to make new friends and truly experience what third level education has to offer you!

Accessing Health Board and Social Welfare Payments, Grants etc.

However, if you’re having a tough time in college and you’re not finding it easy to settle in, don’t worry; your Welfare Officer is available when things don’t really go according to plan. Their job is to give information, put you in touch with counsellors and advisors, fight your fights against the government, against college or against the dodgy landlord who wants to take half your deposit for breaking one plate.

Accommodation problems Financial difficulties Health problems Range of college services Bullying or sexual harassment

Legal advice Welfare Loans Coping with bereavement Any other non-academic problem The Welfare Officer in Trinity organises and runs campaigns throughout the year, such as Mental Health Week, SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance Week), and Health and Sports Week. These weeks are to make sure that you are informed about your mental, physical and sexual health, so keep your eye out for these campaigns throughout the year!

Health Issues In many colleges, there is a College Health Service, which is available to all registered students. The service is currently free but the possibility of a small consultation fee being introduced has been bandied about. The Students’ Union will always fight to keep the service free. At the moment there are charges for some exceptions, such as urine, blood and pregnancy tests; travel vaccinations; medicals; eye tests and smear tests.

The card entitles you to:

Medical Cards

All N.I. and GB Students are entitled to emergency GP and hospital services free of charge on production of a European Health Insurance Card. All E.U. students in possession of the card are also entitled to GP services free of charge.

A student is eligible if: *He/she is financially independent of parents. They are then assessed on their own means. Contact the Department of Health or the Welfare Officer for information on income limits. If the student is paying rent then this is taken into consideration. *Persons aged 16 to 25 who are dependent on their parents will only be entitled to a medical card if their parents hold a medical card. Hardship cases will be dealt with individually on merit so if you feel you need a medical card, apply for one. *If a student is on a disability allowance and has no additional income besides, he/she would qualify for a medical card. Specific hardship e.g. asthma should be mentioned on the application form, which can be picked up in the College Health Centre. If you receive a medical card, notification of eligibility will be accompanied by a list of doctors, from which you must select one, whose centre of practice is within seven miles of where you live.

General practitioner (GP) treatment Free medicine Dental and optical benefits In-patient and Out-patient optical services Certain medical and surgical appliances

For more information contact the Health Centre in your college, the Local Area Health Board or the SU Welfare Officer. If you need help or advice in college there are plenty of people both in the Students’ Union and in college itself whose role it is to look after the non-academic side of student life. If you are in doubt as to who to go to with a particular problem, a useful starting point is your tutor. Mental Health Your mental health is an important part of you as a person. Mental health can be good and it can be bad and it can be affected by the things that happen in everyday life, the good stuff and the really bad stuff. Whatever your situation, there are things you can do to protect it and look after it. Accept yourself Stay in touch with friends Don’t binge drink Talk to someone who cares

You may never need your Welfare Officer, but if you do, don’t hesitate to seek them out. Contributed by Úna Faulkner, Welfare Officer, Trinity College Dublin

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Bullying

Alcohol

Though bullying is something that we associate with the schoolyard, unfortunately it continues through college, and even into the workplace. Bullying is unwanted and unwelcome behaviour which is persistent and repeated, is offensive or threatening to the recipient, or which leaves the recipient isolated or vulnerable. Bullying can take many forms:

When it comes to alcohol, Irish students are hit by the double stereotype – both the Irish and students having a reputation for enjoying a pint, or ten. This makes it more difficult to spot potential problems. A night out on the town should always be an enjoyable experience. For many students, the first year away from home can be their first real introduction to sociable drinking and invariably, as people find their own personal limits, there will be an occasion when too much drink will leave you sick, hungover, or both. However, if this or any of the following become a regular feature, it is time to take a serious look at controlling how much you drink:

- Verbal: personal insults, demeaning remarks, humiliation in front of others, nicknames, ridicule, persistent picking on a person ‘as a joke’, threats - Non-verbal or indirect: exclusion, hostile attitude, spreading malicious rumours - Abuse of power: excessive criticism, withholding essential information - Physical: aggressive behaviour, physical intimidation, unwelcome physical contact up to and including assault The effect of bullying on an individual can be extremely destructive and have some serious consequences. If you are being bullied:

Suffering from blackouts or memory loss Getting into fights Drink driving Putting yourself at risk Going home with someone you didn’t previously know

- Get support: talk to someone you trust. Contact the Equality Officer, the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Rights Officer, the Welfare Officer, your tutor, or the student counselling service - Make it clear to the perpetrator that the behaviour is unwelcome and unacceptable and ask them to stop - Keep a record of incidents that occur, witnesses, and effects on you

In order to control how much you are drinking and in order to prevent yourself from becoming excessively drunk, it is advisable to Eat plenty before going out to drink Drink a glass of water between drinks in order to keep hydrated (this has the added benefit of reducing the possibility of a serious hangover) Don’t try to match others drink for drink Never leave your drink unattended Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know Don’t mix different types of drinks

Physical Violence

Drugs

You don’t have to be married to be a battered woman and you don’t have to be married to seek help. Women’s Aid, which operates a number of refuges for women escaping physical, sexual or emotional abuse in the home have recently set up a telephone help line for anyone in this situation. They will be able to give you advice on the legal course of action available to you, such as how to get a Barring-Order, Protection Order etc. They will also be able to give you information on the Battered Women’s Support Groups, Victims Support Groups and information on emergency accommodation. Although there is often a waiting list and women with children are given a priority, Women’s Aid will do its utmost to ensure that you are given every assistance if you want to get out of an abusive situation.

It is likely that you will come across some form of illegal drugs during your time at college. Whatever your choices in that regard, it is highly recommended that you completely inform yourself of the effects of each of the different types of drugs out there.

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Remember that the consumption, possession and/or supply of illegal drugs all carry harsh penalties. Personal Safety Unfortunately, your new-found independence also brings an increased level of risk to your personal safety. However, with a bit of common sense, you can greatly reduce your exposure to these risks. Here’s how: Never carry large sums of money on your person. When you receive your grant, rent, wages or any large sum of money, lodge it directly to your bank account.

Always protect your PIN when withdrawing money from an ATM or paying for anything by debit card. Pay attention to anyone in close proximity at these times as they could be watching you enter your PIN over your shoulder. Never hitch-hike. While in the past, it was an acceptable form of transport for the impoverished student, it is no longer deemed safe. When travelling alone, do not leave your luggage unattended. Pay attention to your surroundings. At night time, do not walk home alone. It is preferable to use a taxi or other form of public transport, but if this isn’t possible, stick with friends. Make sure that someone knows your plans and what time you intend to be home. Niteline Life as a student can sometimes be stressful and there can be multiple pressures both in and out of college. There are many support structures in place to help students through these difficulties and Niteline is one of the most popular and durable of these. What is Niteline? Niteline is a confidential, anonymous, non-directive, and non-judgemental listening service that is run by and for the students of UCD, Trinity, RCSI and NCAD. Niteline has been successfully running and expanding for over 10 years. During this time, the service has become a unique and valued part of life in college. The number of calls to Niteline has increased annually throughout this period –a reflection of how the service has established itself as trusted and respected in student circles. Who runs Niteline? Niteline is run by student volunteers from UCD, Trinity and RCSI. Although generously supported by the Student’s Unions of UCD, Trinity and NCAD along with the board of RCSI, Niteline is independent of outside influence. This allows it to maintain the confidentiality and nonjudgemental atmosphere that are seen as its core values. Niteline volunteers represent a broad cross-section of

the student community, male and female, from all four colleges. The fact that volunteers are students themselves means that they are in a position to understand the pressures of college life and to relate to the range of issues that students face. Before taking any calls, Niteline volunteers go through a rigorous screening and training programme based on the Samaritans model and run with the help of the College Counselling Services. Ongoing training and support for volunteers is also a priority. New volunteers are recruited at the start of first term so watch out for the posters. Applications are taken only from students who have spent a year or more in college and remember; if you are thinking of volunteering, please respect Niteline’s anonymity by not telling anyone. Niteline is: • Confidential: The contents of a call remain strictly between the caller and the volunteer they speak to. • Non-Judgemental: Volunteers are committed to providing an atmosphere that is free from moral judgements. • Anonymous: Callers are not required to give their names or any identifying details. Volunteers are required to remain very discreet about their involvement with Niteline. • Non-Directive: Niteline volunteers will not pester you for information or offer you advice. The pace and content of a call is entirely up to the caller. We don’t have all the answers and won’t tell you what to do, but we do believe in the value of talking to someone who will listen and accept. So, if you ever feel that a listening ear would help, or if you just want information on something, remember that no problem is too big or too small and Niteline is only a phone call away. The Chaplains A letter from Trinity College Chaplains There’s a lot more to college life than spending four years studying a particular academic discipline. University provides a unique opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and to explore a whole world of ideas and interests. Ultimately, it’s an invitation to share in the search for truth and greater understanding, which is central to the mission of all communities of learning. In Trinity College, and indeed many colleges throughout Ireland, the College Chaplains, representing the four main Christian Churches in Ireland, work as a team to foster such shared exploration and to promote in College the vision of a caring Christian community. Along with the other student services in College, the Chaplains are committed to improving the quality of student life. The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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THE COLLEGE LIBRARY Your college library will be one of the most important resources to help you in your studies at college. You should make it your business to familiarise yourself with the layout of the library and the services available at the earliest opportunity. Most college libraries will offer library orientation sessions at the beginning of the academic year and these are the best way of getting the lowdown on your college library from the staff working there. Some of the important bits to listen out for are: Borrowing rights: How many books are you entitled to borrow and for how long? What are the late return fees? How is the library organised? Most libraries will be organised on some form of numeric system. It’s a good idea to learn which sections will contain the subject areas you’ll be most interested in. How to find an item? The tool for this will be the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). This will usually be available through the library website and will help you to locate items within the library. The library website is likely to also have links to various

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electronic journals, databases and other resources that will help you in your research. Usually you can access this without needing to be in the library. Your library will also be the place where you will find academic journals, reference items like dictionaries and encyclopaedias and usually there will be copies of final year dissertations or theses. Library staff will be happy to help you locate any other information you require. If the material is not located in the local library they might be able to secure the item on inter library loan from another location or alternatively they might be able to give a letter of introduction allowing you to visit another library.

GE TTING THAT JOB IT’S all well and good to dicuss how you are going to succeed in college but what happens when it is time to get out there and pay back the student loans????

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David O’Connor, part of the team at uber successful recruitment site JOBS.IE, says you should think of your CV as your own personal sales brochure.

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It’s crucial you work on your CV and make it the best you can. Its job is to get you that all important interview. It’s quite unnerving to get started on such a task but it is really important to take the time to make it right and sell yourself as best you can.

Here are the Jobs.ie COMMON CV MISTAKES TO AVOID Hiring managers throughout Ireland are forced to read up to 100 CVs for every single job opening. As you can imagine, they simply don’t have the time to read each application so they will almost immediately reject any CVs that don’t stand out. Likewise, your CV will be dumped the moment a mistake is spotted. Unfortunately, being the most qualified person for the job isn’t enough. It’s estimated that on average, six people are ‘better’ fits for a company than the individual that ends up getting hired! The reason the more suitable candidates get rejected it because of weak CVs. Don’t be among the 80% of applicants who submit a CV deemed to be ‘poor’ or ‘in need of improvement’, read on to learn more about the common CV mistakes that could torpedo your chances of being called in for an interview. 1 – Lying This is the #1 mistake because when you get caught in a lie; your chances of ever being hired by the company in question are gone. Over in the United Kingdom, an independent job board by the name of CV Library conducted a survey which made interesting reading. Its research discovered that almost 29% of applicants lie on their CVs with up to 10% of these lies described as ‘significant’. Disturbingly, over half the people surveyed believed lying was necessary in order to get a job due to intense competition. All we can say is: Don’t expect to get away with it! An experienced hiring manager can spot inconsistencies or lies in CVs and when this happens, you can forget about an interview. The most common lies told on CVs include:

• Employment dates & history

• Job titles. Trust is an essential element in professional relationships and this gets breached the moment you tell a fib on your application. Once it is uncovered, there is no going back. You should always tell the truth on your CV and if there are a few things you’re not proud of or believe could be better; you have the option of reframing the information or omitting it altogether. 2 – Not Tailoring Your Application Remember, hiring managers are trained to spot ‘stock’ CVs so it will take them a matter of moments to determine whether you have put the effort into creating an application tailored for the position or not. It will take them even less time to dismiss you as a candidate! One of the most common blunders is to include a job title that doesn’t match the posting. In order to stand out, only apply for positions that are relevant to your experience and your passions. Through this filtering process, you may be invigorated and feel compelled to create CVs tailored to each position. Believe us when we say that hiring managers can spot the difference between a candidate applying for a job to pay the bills and one that appears genuinely excited about the opening. Recruiters from each company will be seeking a different experience or skill so read the job description carefully and figure out how your unique abilities can be displayed on the page to set you apart from the rest. 3 – Lack of Focus in Your Employment History This is pertinent mainly if you have experience in more than one role. If you have been employed in various sectors and enjoyed different responsibilities, it can be easy to try and cram everything onto the page. As a result, you end up with a jumbled mess featuring a host of information irrelevant to the posting. As we’ve already pointed out, each role you apply for will require a different set of skills and responsibilities. It may be a good idea to begin by writing generic CVs for each industry you have worked in such as Marketing, Sales & Customer Service. This should make it easier to find and highlight the relevant experience for each job opening.

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In your professional profile section, simply highlight the most pertinent career achievements & skills in no more than five sentences. Resist the urge to ‘jazz’ things up here and provide details and facts instead. 9 – Employment Gaps A lot of people take time off from work for a variety of reasons including travel, raising a child or studying. Unfortunately, failure to explain these employment gaps can leave a less than flattering impression and cause your CV to be overlooked without a second thought. If you have a lengthy employment history, it is okay to only include the year and not the month. In the event of a long employment gap, you can use your cover letter to explain. Try to broach the subject as soon as possible to ensure the recruiter can focus on the rest of your application. What you should never do is add months or even years onto previous jobs as this can come back to haunt you if the recruiter gets in contact with your old employer. 10 – Including An Unprofessional Contact Email

If you worked in a number of part-time jobs or left a position in an acrimonious manner, it may be better to leave out any skills you learned in these roles unless they are a perfect match for the job opening in question. Remember, you can go into greater detail if and when you reach the interview stage. 4 – Including Everything Further to the point above, it is a mistake to include all the jobs you have held because it may give off the impression that you’re a ‘job hopper’. Prospective employers will not want to hire someone who has held 12 jobs in the last 10 years. Recruitment and training are expensive processes so hiring managers want candidates who look as if they will stay for the long haul. If you have worked in a number of short-term positions, place the spotlight on your accomplishments and skills instead of your work history. In some cases, you may be able to group similar jobs under a title such as ‘Contract Work’ and list your achievements instead of naming each company you worked for. 5 – No Cover Letter Attached While your CV can provide hiring managers with an overview of your experience and skills, it does a poor job of offering insight into your personality. Since a cover letter is a fantastic opportunity to market yourself, failure to provide one really pushes you down the pecking order. Many hiring managers also believe that not attaching a cover letter is a sign of a generic CV.

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6 – Poor Formatting Hiring managers will initially ‘scan’ your CV so if it features long blocks of text with little in the way of highlighting or bullet points, they won’t bother reading on. A well formatted CV will use the right font and be easy to read because of the pleasant layout. For the record, hiring managers tend to prefer Times New Roman font size 12 although fonts such as Bell MT, Georgie and Arial are also acceptable. Always ensure the headlines on your CV are in bold and don’t be afraid to Italicise and underline salient points. 7 – Too Long Since you know how busy recruiters are, why would you send in a 3-4 page CV littered with completely irrelevant information? Your CV should never be more than two pages long and frankly, this is more than enough as long as you include the most valuable information. You should only take your work experience back as far as is relevant which means leaving out details of your 6 week stint in a corner shop 24 years ago. The same goes for your qualifications; there is no need to include information about your Junior Cert! 8 – Allowing Important Information To Get Buried Time is of the essence so your goal must be to get the hiring manager to read the most crucial information first. As always, this requires you to go through the job opening with a fine tooth comb and ensure the most relevant details of your career to date are the first things a recruiter sees.

It’s hard to explain why anyone who is serious about a job would include an email that sayssexmachine14@gmail. com or hotpants41@live.ie. Yet incredibly, recruiters have reported numerous instances of candidates sending in CVs with silly or even offensive email addresses. If you have such an address, simply sign up for a new one. There are tons of providers and it is quick, easy and FREE! In virtually every case, it is best to use some version of your name as your email address. 11 – Attaching Pictures This mainly relates to CVs sent online but some people do believe sending a photo with a postal CV is a good idea! When you attach a picture to an online application, it is possible that the image file will actually ‘choke’ the software designed to scan CVs. Additionally, attaching a photograph provides recruiters with the opportunity to prejudge you based on your picture. Finally, most recruiters will simply bin a CV featuring a picture to ensure they can’t be accused of discriminatory hiring practices.

whenever possible. When it comes to outlining previous experience, you must not only discuss the responsibilities, you must also provide outcomes. If you worked on a specific project for two years, say so. If you were part of a sales team that exceeded its targets, include the numbers. When you are vague, it makes the recruiter believe that you’re either exaggerating or lying. 13 – Not Proofreading Instead of being lazy and relying on spell-check, take the time to read through your CV for errors. The best option here is to get a friend to take a look at the document for you. They will probably spot mistakes you missed. Also, take extra care when listing previous employment dates to make sure they don’t overlap. 14 – Including References Do not add any references unless this is specified in the job description. A quick note to say ‘references available upon request’ is sufficient. You have a limited amount of space to work with on your CV so don’t waste it! Even if an employer does ask for references, you can include an extra sheet. Finally, don’t include your spouse or partner as a reference! 15 – No Personal Profile This is a great way to begin your CV; a personal profile is a 3-4 sentence summary which outlines the role you’re seeking and explains your interest in that particular job. When this is tailored to the job description, you immediately capture the attention of the recruiter. Avoid using pointless introductions such as ‘Results orientated team player with 10 years experience’. Conclusion We believe the above is a fairly comprehensive look at the most common mistakes found on CVs. You are likely to be one of at least 100-120 applications for any given job vacancy in Ireland. There are a number of ways to stand out and ensuring you submit a CV free from the above errors increases your chances of making it to a recruiter’s shortlist.

12 – Lack of Detail It is a huge mistake to be vague when it comes to the details on your CV. Successful applications not only mention your skills/experience, they provide measureable details

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Mature Students Within the HEA designated institutions sector, the proportion of new entrants that were aged 23+ (mature) increased to 15% of all new entrants in 2011. The proportion within the Institute of Technology sector is likely to be higher. Given the importance of lifelong learning and employee upskilling, the proportion of mature students participating in higher education is set to grow further – a highly desirable trend from a policy perspective. Who is a mature student?

Studying Abroad Studying abroad provides the opportunity to travel and see the world while counting towards your college course credits at the same time. Studying abroad allows you the opportunity to get longstay visas in countries you may not otherwise be allowed to reside in, giving you lots of time to immerse yourself in the culture, learn the language and educate yourself further. In some cases, students have to go abroad as their particular choice of course may not be open to them in Ireland, or the Irish points system is sometimes too prohibitive! Others opt to study abroad purely for the experience. Many universities, colleges and ITs operate a number of schemes that enable students to travel and study abroad for a year of their degree programme. Indeed for some courses, it is compulsory to study at a foreign institution for part of the course. In these cases, funding is often

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available to help with the additional costs involved in living and studying in another country. Studying abroad offers you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and get a real feel for other countries. It is also a desirable thing to have on your CV when you are looking for a job. Many companies now operate in a global market, with foreign travel an increasingly found prerequisite of many positions. Initial experience in this by studying abroad can be of great benefit when it comes to applying for that type of position. Employers are always impressed with candidates who are multi-skilled and who avail of any opportunity that comes their way. What better skills to have than independence, travel experience and an interest in foreign cultures. If you do get the opportunity, take it, and enjoy the trip!

If you’re going back to school after a lapse of several years, or for the first time at third level, take heart! I did it, and I survived. Being older than your fellow students can offer advantages and can pose some challenges too. Strictly speaking, the definition of a mature student is someone who starts a degree aged 21 or over. Like traditional-aged students, “matures” go to university for a variety of reasons. Some pursue a degree purely for its intrinsic interest; others have a particular vocational focus. It’s impossible to generalize about a ‘typical’ mature student because there’s no such thing! For many, however, there is a general belief that a degree will improve their career opportunities. Every one of us has a unique set of career aspirations and concerns and it would be wrong to band students together, either by degree, discipline or age. Mature students decide to go into HE for a wide variety of reasons. Some want the skills that will enable them to change or further develop their career. Others may simply want to broaden their horizons and challenge themselves. Whatever the reason, there is plenty of advice available to help you make an informed decision, as well as support to see you through your time as a student. Because of the varied experience and skills that mature students bring with them, HE institutions are often flexible about entry requirements. Don’t automatically assume, because you don’t have formal qualifications, that you can’t apply to HE – talk to the course provider and they will be able to advise on the best steps to take. Family commitments and work responsibilities are often an important issue for older students. This has been recognised by the Government and HE institutions, which provide special support for students with children and special circumstances. Mature students are welcomed and valued by all

universities and colleges. The public and voluntary sectors have, generally speaking, shown a more positive approach to older graduates than the private sector. Certain career areas positively favour matures (e.g. social welfare, counselling) whilst certain career areas are seen as traditionally the preserve of the young (e.g. marketing, advertising and high finance). My advice is to assume nothing. If you are very keen on a specific area of work, you owe it to yourself to apply, providing evidence of your suitability and displaying your enthusiasm. What do Mature Graduates do? It is possible, to some extent, to generalise about the “best’’ employers for mature students those which value experience, no matter where gained, or personal maturity, or those which have always had high upper age limits for recruitment. Many mature students have found that public sector employers have a very positive attitude towards mature graduates. Within this field, careers such as teaching and social work place particular value on their wider experience of life. This may also be utilised by careers such as law and personnel management, in both the public and private sectors. These also happen to be career areas which are readily available in the Greater Dublin area. At the other end of the scale, the least attractive career prospects have traditionally been in fields which are youth-oriented, stressful and highly competitive, such as advertising, marketing and high finance and those with long training requirements, such as actuaries and the medical fields. Resources to help mature students: When you arrive on campus or preferably before, join the Mature Student Society during freshers’ week. It’s a must! Most Universities have an active Mature Students Society on Campus. Membership acquaints you with others and you can share experiences and issues which may arise. Check out the careers and advice service, they offer a host of information on issues concerning mature students. The Definitive Guide to Going to College

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Also, check out the “welcome days” offered by universities, very useful for first time introductions and networking. Presenting yourself to employers Mature students may have a lot of advantages over younger students including greater confidence and maturity! They often have more focused aims and once in a career are less likely to want to change career again than a younger employee. They may have demonstrated the commitment to cope with a degree course whilst looking after a home and family at the same time - no mean feat! However, mature students often undervalue the experience they have to offer employers: whether this is two years of casual jobs that financed a trip around the world between school and university or ten years of the administration, financial management, catering, nursing, teaching, childcare, counselling etc that is commonly summed up as “being a housewife’’. Employers may undervalue this too - if its value is not pointed out to them! Start your career planning early Be clear about what you have to offer (your skills, interests, values and personal qualities). Explore your options Make decisions in good time Try to gain useful work experience in your chosen career area Learn how to convey a positive image of yourself through application forms, CVs and at interviews. Accentuate the positive

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Many employers know a good thing when they see it! Older graduates often demonstrate valuable characteristics such as: Flexibility Stability Multi-tasking Balanced Determined Able to cope with pressure Possessing useful work experience Thinking about yourself positively but objectively can greatly influence how others perceive you and can prove to be a very useful approach when it comes to filling in application forms and attending interviews. You will look back, as I did, on a very worthwhile experience. Best wishes. B.J. O’Neill is a seasoned graduate having received a BA, an MA and consequently an H Dip from Trinity College Dublin. He entered Trinity as a mature student having had a successful career in local government administration in Northern Ireland prior to his arrival in Dublin for the commencement of his college years. He was 33 years of age when he initiated his education at Trinity. He is currently based in Dubai where he assists the Arabian-based multi-national engineering industry on instructing their key staff in the dexterity of industrial English.



IRISH SECOND-LEVEL STUDENTS’ UNION

What we are working towards

(deadline March 2016): - 1916 Dublin Event - The Student Rising in Trinity College Dublin - Cluster meetings of Student Councils nationwide - Student welfare and well being video. - Annual General Meeting 2016. - Promotion of availability of free Student Council Training.

If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you in your role with the union, what would you and the union have achieved together? As the General Secretary of the organisation, it is my responsibility to oversee the work of the National Student Executive (the elected student officers) and to help them wherever I can to fulfill their roles. In the past year we have seen our membership grow steadily, and the introduction of Regional Meetings of Student Councils and now the introduction of Cluster Meetings (town meetings) have been implemented, which is amazing work by the student officers.

General Information: The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) was established in August 2008, and is the national umbrella body for second-level Student Councils. Every year students nationwide elect the National Student Executive which consists of 10 student officers, who drive and lead the organisation. We are 100% student driven and every cent we have is reinvested in to the development of the organisation and promoting the importance of student voice. Some things that we do: - We work with and provide support, free training and assistance to second-level Student Councils.

- We give students a platform through which their voice can be heard. We connect and empower students. - We work in collaboration with different education partners, and provide assistance on the development of curriculum etc. - We source student opinions and provide reliable, trustworthy student opinion. What we have done: - Prepared and launched “Leaving the Leaving Cert” for 3rd year in a row. - Successfully organised 3 regional meetings of Student Councils with 170 students in attendance. - Presented to Trinity College Dublin conference on Student Voice. - Published and updated a Junior Cert reform document. - Sent student officers on international educational trips to Copenhagen, Brussels and Cluj in conjunction with -Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU). - Featured on RTE Prime Time in relation to reducing the overall voting age. - Organised and ran Annual General Meeting 2015.

We’re constantly making things better, faster, Tell me how to get your Job when you move on to smarter or less expensive. We leverage technology bigger and better things! What advice would you or improve processes. In other words, we strive to do more - with less. Tell me about a recent project give to up and coming union activists. or problem within the union that you may have Being involved in your Student Council in second-level made better, faster, smarter, more efficient, or less school can help to improve confidence and self belief. expensive. This was the case for me when I was in school, and this interest followed me through my college years and in to my professional working life. It’s important to work hard and most importantly to be respectful and listen to others. If you love helping others, then get involved with your Student Council. It will be a great experience!

When organising our Regional Meetings nationwide, we were faced with the problem of obtaining venues and spaces that could hold large amounts of students. We quickly learned that if you approach people in a nice manner and ask for help, there will always be someone there to help.

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Maynooth University UCC (NUI) Maynooth University

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TCD UCC (NUI) UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) NUI Galway Maynooth University

8 8 8 8 8 8

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TR001-HS Arts (subject option: History) 515* DN500 Arts (subject option: Information and Social Computing) 330 GY101 Arts (subject option: Information Technology) 300 MH101 Arts (subject option: International Development) 345 MH101 Arts (subject option: Irish [Nua-Ghaeilge]) 345 DN500 Arts (subject option: Irish Folklore) 330 DN500 Arts (subject option: Irish Studies) 330 DN500 Arts (subject option: Irish) 330 WD200 IRH Arts (Subject option: Irish) 280 CK101 Arts (subject option: Italian) 350 DN500 Arts (subject option: Italian) 330 GY101 Arts (subject option: Italian) 300 TR001-IT Arts (subject option: Italian) 390* TR001-JS Arts (subject option: Jewish and Islamic civilisations) 390* CK101 Arts (subject option: Latin) 350 MH101 Arts (subject option: Latin) 345 GY101 Arts (subject option: Law) 300 MH101 Arts (subject option: Law) 345 GY101 Arts (subject option: Leann an Aistriuchain) 300 DN500 Arts (subject option: Linguistics) 330 MH101 Arts (subject option: Mathematical Physics) 8 CK101 Arts (subject option: Mathematical Studies) 8 MH101 Arts (subject option: Mathematical Studies) 345 CK101 Arts (subject option: Mathematics) 350 DN500 Arts (subject option: Mathematics) 330 GY101 Arts (subject option: Mathematics) 300 TR001-MT Arts (subject option: Mathematics) 555* MH101 Arts (subject option: Medieval Irish & Celtic Studies) 345 TR001-MI Arts (subject option: Modern Irish) 390* DN500 Arts (subject option: Music) 330 MH101 Arts (subject option: Music) 345 TR001-MU Arts (subject option: Music) 415* CK101 Arts (subject option: Philosophy) 350 DN500 Arts (subject option: Philosophy) 330 GY101 Arts (subject option: Philosophy) 300 MH101 Arts (subject option: Philosophy) 345 TR001-PH Arts (subject option: Philosophy) 435*

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8

UCD (NUI)

8

NUI Galway

8

Maynooth University

8

Maynooth University UCD (NUI) UCD (NUI) UCD (NUI) Waterford IT UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) NUI Galway TCD

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

TCD UCC (NUI) Maynooth University NUI Galway Maynooth University

8 8 8 8 8

NUI Galway 8 UCD (NUI) 8 345 Maynooth University 350

UCC (NUI)

Maynooth University UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) NUI Galway TCD

8 8 8 8 8

Maynooth University TCD UCD (NUI) Maynooth University TCD UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) NUI Galway Maynooth University TCD

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

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DN500 Arts (subject option: Politics and International Relations) 330 CK101 Arts (subject option: Politics) 350 MH101 Arts (subject option: Politics) 345 CK101 Arts (subject option: Portuguese) 350 MH101 Arts (subject option: Psychological Studies) 345 GY101 Arts (subject option: Psychology) 300 TR001-PS Arts (subject option: Psychology) 575* CK101 Arts (subject option: Religions and Global Diversity) 350 WD200 RES Arts (Subject option: Religious Studies) 280 TR001-RU Arts (subject option: Russian) 410* GY101 Arts (subject option: Sociological and Political Studies) 300 CK101 Arts (subject option: Sociology) 350 DN500 Arts (subject option: Sociology) 330 MH101 Arts (subject option: Sociology) 345 TR001-SC Arts (subject option: Sociology) 470* WD200 SOC Arts (Subject option: Sociology) 280 CK101 Arts (subject option: Spanish) 350 DN500 Arts (subject option: Spanish) 330 GY101 Arts (subject option: Spanish) 300 MH101 Arts (subject option: Spanish) 345 TR001-SP Arts (subject option: Spanish) 475* WD200 SPH Arts (Subject option: Spanish) 280 DN500 Arts (subject option: Statistics) 330 MH101 Arts (subject option: Statistics) 345 CK101 Arts (subject option: Studies in Psychology) 350 WD200 THS Arts (Subject option: Theatre Studies) 280 GY101 Arts (subject option: Welsh) 300 TR001-WR Arts (subject option: World Religions and Theology) 420* CK108 Arts International 475 GY110 Arts with Childrens Studies 420 GY111 Arts with Creative Writing 425 GY112 Arts with Film Studies 400 GY113 Arts with Human Rights 380 GY114 Arts with Irish Studies 365 GY119 Arts with Journalism 420 GY117 Arts with Latin American Studies 365 CK104 Arts with Music (BMus or International Pathway) 410# GY115 Arts with Performing Arts Studies 345

UCD (NUI) UCC (NUI) Maynooth University UCC (NUI)

8 8 8 8

Maynooth University NUI Galway TCD

8 8 8

UCC (NUI)

8

Waterford IT TCD

8 8

NUI Galway UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) Maynooth University TCD Waterford IT UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) NUI Galway Maynooth University TCD Waterford IT UCD (NUI) Maynooth University

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

UCC (NUI) Waterford IT NUI Galway

8 8 8

TCD UCC (NUI) NUI Galway NUI Galway NUI Galway NUI Galway NUI Galway NUI Galway NUI Galway

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

UCC (NUI) NUI Galway

8 8

CW067 Arts. Culture and Heritage Studies (Wexford) 175 CW098 Arts. Culture and Heritage Studies (Wexford) 230 AL841 Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy 400 DC204 Athletic Therapy and Training 505 DT104 Auctioneering. Valuation and Estate Agency 275 DT003 Automation Engineering 260 LC281 Automobile Technology 285 DT007 Automotive Management and Technology 240 DC117 Aviation Management/ Aviation Management with Pilot Studies 455 DT011 Aviation Technology 340

IT Carlow

7

IT Carlow Athlone IT DCU

8 8 8

DIT DIT Limerick IT

7 7 6

DIT

7

DCU DIT

8 7

B

DT418 Baking and Pastry Arts Management 320 LY336 Bar and Restaurant Supervision AQA CR650 Bar Management 235 DT417 Bar Studies (Management and Entrepreneurship) 290 AL661 Bar Supervision AQA DN615 BCL Maitrise 550 TA311 Bioanalysis 210 MH208 Biological and Biomedical Sciences 460* CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences 470 CK404 Biological. Earth and Environmental Sciences 435 CR075 Biomedical Engineering 305 CR520 Biomedical Engineering 435 DC197 Biomedical Engineering 400 GY408 Biomedical Engineering 485 LM071 Biomedical Engineering 450 DT204 Biomedical Science 495* GY303 Biomedical Science 525 SG436 Biomedical Science 230 CR320 Biomedical Science (Joint CIT & UCC course) 525* CR320 Biomedical Science (Joint UCC & CIT course) 525* DN440 Biomedical. Health and Life Sciences 560* GY318 Biopharmaceutical Chemistry 500 LY817 Bioscience 195 CW117 Biosciences 235 DT259 Biosciences 370

DIT 7 Letterkenny IT 6 Cork Institute of Technology 7 DIT Athlone IT UCD (NUI) IT Tallaght Maynooth University UCC (NUI)

8 6 8 7 8 8

UCC (NUI) Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology DCU NUI Galway University of Limerick DIT NUI Galway IT Sligo

8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 7

UCC (NUI)

8

Cork Institute of Technology UCD (NUI) NUI Galway Letterkenny IT IT Carlow DIT

8 8 8 7 7 7

CW108 Biosciences with Bioforensics or Biopharmaceuticals 300 AL730 Biotechnology 245 AL838 Biotechnology 285 DC181 Biotechnology 470 GY304 Biotechnology 475 MH202 Biotechnology 415 AL842 Bioveterinary Science 325 LY517 Building Services and Renewable Energy 160 CR072 Building Services Engineering n/a DT005 Building Services Engineering 220 WD040 Building Services Engineering 220 DK830 Building Surveying 300 DT170 Buildings Management (Maintenance & Conservation) 170 AL650 Business 210 AL850 Business 300 BN003 Business 180 BN014 Business 185 BN101 Business 210 BY201 Business 160 BY251 Business AQA CI006 Business n/a CI007 Business n/a CI106 Business n/a CT316 Business 135 DB513 Business 110 DK816 Business 300 DK817 Business 310 DS601 Business 220 DS701 Business 130 GA170 Business 240 GA182 Business 290 GB001 Business n/a GC211 Business GC316 Business 180 GC411 Business 120 GC416 Business 140 GF001 Business LY118 Business 300 NC009 Business 290 NC103 Business 260 SG101 Business 110 SG141 Business 280 SG536 Business 185 TL731 Business 200

IT Carlow Athlone IT Athlone IT DCU NUI Galway Maynooth University Athlone IT

8 7 8 8 8 8 8

Letterkenny IT Cork Institute of Technology DIT Waterford IT Dundalk IT

7 7 7 6 8

DIT 6 Athlone IT 6 Athlone IT 8 IT Blanchardstown 6 IT Blanchardstown 7 IT Blanchardstown 8 IBAT College. Dublin 6 IBAT College. Dublin 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 6 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 College of Computer Training 7 Dublin Business School 6 Dundalk IT 8 Dundalk IT 8 Dorset College 6 Dorset College 7 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 Galway Business School 7 Griffith College. Cork 7 Griffith College. Limerick 6 Griffith College. Dublin 7 Griffith College. Dublin 6 Grafton College 6 Letterkenny IT 8 NCI 8 NCI 6 IT Sligo 6 IT Sligo 8 IT Sligo 7 Tralee IT 7

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WD003 Business 200 WD048 Business 290 WD159 Business 205 LY108 Business - Accounting 335 DL701 Business - Applied Entrepreneurship 200 BN016 Business - Common Entry AQA CW908 CEY Business - Common Entry LY107 Business - Management 140 LY127 Business - Marketing 155 CW018 Business - Options: Business. Digital Marketing (Wexford) 250 CW037 Business - Options: Business. Digital Marketing (Wexford) 195 LY106 Business (Accounting & Administration) 105 LC221 Business (Accounting and Finance) 235 LC224 Business (Accounting and Finance) 305 GA877 Business (Castlebar) 165 BY301 Business (City Centre) LC501 Business (Clonmel) 175 LC513 Business (Clonmel) 280 BN109 Business (Common Entry) 255 LC226 Business (Enterprise and Innovation) 200 LC222 Business (Marketing and Management) 250 LC225 Business (Marketing and Management) 8 LC411 Business (Marketing and Management) 8 LC412 Business (Marketing and Management) 6 GA886 Business (Mayo) 240 DB569 Business (Psychology) 290 AL663 Business (Sport and Recreation) 200 CR022 Business Administration 255 CW927 Business Administration 215 GC320 Business Administration n/a TA102 Business Administration 185 DT302 Business Analytics n/a MH407 Business and Accounting 410 BN010 Business and Information Technology 185 BN103 Business and Information Technology 210 AL851 Business and Law 300 DN610 Business and Law 530 DT321 Business and Law 465 DK710 Business and Management 140 DT365 Business and Management 445 MH404 BMA Business and Management 435 DK711 Business and Technology 165 AL750 Business Computing 205 DT354 Business Computing 380 LC232 Business Computing 200 DB522 Business in Accounting AQA DB572 Business in Accounting AQA GF011 Business in Accounting 400 SG108 Business in Accounting 140 AL652 Business in Equine 105 GA175 Business in Finance 290 GA185 Business in Finance and Economics 290 SG149 Business in Finance and Investment 220 DB574 Business in Information Technology AQA SG142 Business in International Marketing and Sales with French 285 SG143 Business in International Marketing and Sales with German 285 SG144 Business in International Marketing and Sales with Spanish 280

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Waterford IT Waterford IT Waterford IT Letterkenny IT Dun Laoghaire IADT IT Blanchardstown IT Carlow Letterkenny IT Letterkenny IT

6 8 7 8 7 7 8 7 7

IT Carlow

8

IT Carlow

6

Letterkenny IT 6 Limerick IT 6 Limerick IT 8 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 IBAT College. Dublin 8 Limerick IT 7 Limerick IT 8 IT Blanchardstown 8 Limerick IT 8 Limerick IT 6 300 Limerick IT n/a

Limerick IT

n/a

Limerick IT

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Dublin Business School Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology IT Carlow Griffith College. Limerick IT Tallaght DIT Maynooth University IT Blanchardstown IT Blanchardstown Athlone IT UCD (NUI) DIT Dundalk IT DIT Maynooth University Dundalk IT Athlone IT DIT Limerick IT Dublin Business School Dublin Business School Grafton College IT Sligo Athlone IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT IT Sligo Dublin Business School

8 8 6 7 7 6 6 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 7 7 8 6 6 7 7 6 6 7 8 8 7

IT Sligo

8

IT Sligo

8

IT Sligo

8

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GF010 Business in Management AQA DB533 Business in Marketing 120 DB573 Business in Marketing AQA GA174 Business in Marketing and Sales 270 GA184 Business in Marketing and Sales 305 SG105 Business in Office Administration AQA GA187 Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business n/a SG135 Business in Tourism with Event Management 7 CK203 Business Information Systems 445 CR150 Business Information Systems 355 DB524 Business Information Systems 385 GA171 Business Information Systems 240 GA183 Business Information Systems 310 GY206 Business Information Systems 430 NC004 Business Information Systems 325 DB526 Business Information Systems (Cloud Computing) 345 CW908 BMT Business Management 290 DT324 Business Management 345 CW917 Business Options 200 AL854 Business Psychology 300 CW906 Business Studies 180 DB512 Business Studies 255 DB571 Business Studies 110 DC111 Business Studies 465 DT315 Business Studies 350 GC200 Business Studies 310 GC300 Business Studies 270 GC311 Business Studies 125 GC400 Business Studies 295 ID002 Business Studies LM050 Business Studies 420 TL831 Business Studies 305 TR080 Business Studies n/a DL823 Business Studies Entrepreneurship & Management 235 CR021 Business Studies (Common Entry) 290 DB515 Business Studies (Human Resource Management) 255 DB514 Business Studies (Law) 200 TL605 Business Studies (Office Information Systems) 110 CW006 Business Studies (Wexford) AQA DB520 Business Studies (with Work Placement) 267 TR085 Business Studies and French 545* TR086 Business Studies and German 500 TR089 Business Studies and Polish 405 TR087 Business Studies and Russian 450 TR090 Business Studies and Spanish 535* GY261 Business Studies In International Hotel Management (Shannon) # DC110 Business Studies International 465 LM052 Business Studies with a Modern Language (French) 420 LM053 Business Studies with a Modern Language (German) 420 LM055 Business Studies with a Modern Language (Japanese) 445 ID003 Business Studies with Chinese 285 LC293 Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management 270 LC231 Business Technology 235

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Grafton College Dublin Business School Dublin Business School GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT IT Sligo

7 6 7 7 8 6

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 195 IT Sligo UCC (NUI) Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Business School GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT NUI Galway NCI

8 8 8 7 8 8 8

Dublin Business School IT Carlow DIT IT Carlow Athlone IT IT Carlow Dublin Business School Dublin Business School DCU DIT Griffith College. Cork Griffith College. Limerick Griffith College. Limerick Griffith College. Dublin ICD Business School University of Limerick Tralee IT TCD

8 8 6 7 8 6 8 7 8 6 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8

Dun Laoghaire IADT 8 Cork Institute of Technology 7 Dublin Business School Dublin Business School

8 8

Tralee IT IT Carlow

6 6

Dublin Business School TCD TCD TCD TCD TCD

8 8 8 8 8 8

NUI Galway DCU

8 8

University of Limerick

8

University of Limerick

8

University of Limerick ICD Business School

8 8

Limerick IT Limerick IT

8 8

CAO_Code Course_Title GA869 CI105 GA176 GA186 LC294 LY218 CW938 CW926 LC295 TR081

C

TR030 CR105 GA772 LM115 GA782 DC162 CK406 DT299 TR074 MH210 CI009 CI104 CI209 CI304 CI008 CI208 DN461 CK712 DC218 DN451 TR911 CK713 DC228 TR912 DT565 PC405 TL745 AL604 AL721 CR051 CW427 CW478 DT004 GA463 GA473

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Business with Administration and ICT Skills (Mayo Campus) 190 Business with Business Psychology n/a Business with Entrepreneurship 275 Business with Entrepreneurship 305 Business with Event Management 300 Business with I rish/French/Spanish/German AQA Business with Law 285 Business with Law 180 Business with Sports Management 270 Business. Economic and Social Studies 510

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GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 6 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 Limerick IT 8 Letterkenny IT IT Carlow IT Carlow Limerick IT

8 8 6 8

TCD

8

Catholic Theological Studies 360 TCD 8 Chemical & Biopharmacutical Engineering 425 Cork Institute of Technology 8 Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science 317 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 455 University of Limerick 8 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science 335 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 485 DCU 8 Chemical Sciences 445 UCC (NUI) 8 Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry 380 DIT 8 Chemistry with Molecular Modelling 505 TCD 8 Chemistry with Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry 440 Maynooth University 8 Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 6 Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice n/a Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 6 Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice n/a Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 Childhood Care and Practice 135 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 6 Childhood Care and Practice n/a Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 6 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated - Mature Entry) 172# UCD (NUI) 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 505* UCC (NUI) 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 490 DCU 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 490 UCD (NUI) 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 495 TCD 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) - Mature 185 UCC (NUI) 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) - Mature 170# DCU 8 Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) - Mature 186 TCD 8 Chinese and International Business 375 DIT 8 Citizenship & Community Studies 267 Carlow College 8 Civil and Environmental Engineering 220 Tralee IT 7 Civil Engineering 175 Athlone IT 6 Civil Engineering 155v Athlone IT 7 Civil Engineering 230 Cork Institute of Technology 7 Civil Engineering 195 IT Carlow 7 Civil Engineering 340 IT Carlow 8 Civil Engineering 260 DIT 7 Civil Engineering 200 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 6 Civil Engineering 205 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7

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GA484 Civil Engineering 245 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GY402 Civil Engineering 450 NUI Galway LC251 Civil Engineering 210 Limerick IT LM085 Civil Engineering 475 University of Limerick LY527 Civil Engineering 175 Letterkenny IT SG301 Civil Engineering AQA IT Sligo SG338 Civil Engineering 185 IT Sligo SG342 Civil Engineering IT Sligo WD139 Civil Engineering 210 Waterford IT LC252 Civil Engineering Management 240 Limerick IT GY251 Civil Law 440 NUI Galway TR021 Classics 410 TCD DT229 Clinical Measurement Science 465 DIT TR007 Clinical Speech and Language Studies 520 TCD CK201 Commerce 455 UCC (NUI) DN650 Commerce 500 UCD (NUI) GY201 Commerce 390 NUI Galway GY207 Commerce - Accounting 460 NUI Galway GY208 Commerce (Gaeilge) 430 NUI Galway GY209 Commerce (Global Experience) n/a NUI Galway CK211 Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies 415 UCC (NUI) CK205 Commerce (International) With French 480 UCC (NUI) GY202 Commerce (International) With French 500 NUI Galway CK206 Commerce (International) With German 490 UCC (NUI) GY203 Commerce (International) With German 465 NUI Galway CK208 Commerce (International) With Hispanic Studies 440 UCC (NUI) CK209 Commerce (International) With Irish 495 UCC (NUI) CK207 Commerce (International) With Italian 415 UCC (NUI) GY204 Commerce (International) With Spanish 475 NUI Galway GY262 Commerce in International Hotel Management (Shannon) # NUI Galway DN660 Commerce International 515 UCD (NUI) DT506 Commercial Modern Music 860# DIT CR335 Common Entry Biological Sciences 390 Cork Institute of Technology DC200 Common Entry into Engineering (Undenominated Entry) 390 DCU DC201 Common Entry into Science 470 DCU DK863 Communications in Creative Media 300 Dundalk IT DC131 Communications Studies 420 DCU BN025 Community and Youth Development 120 IT Blanchardstown BN115 Community and Youth Development 255 IT Blanchardstown MH116 Community and Youth Work - Full-time # Maynooth University MH802 Community and Youth Work (Part-time. In Service) # Maynooth University CR035 Community Development AQA Cork Institute of Technology MH803 BCS Community Studies (part-time) # Maynooth University DK767 Community Youth Work 280# Dundalk IT DC122 Computational Problem solving and Software Development 375# DCU MH603 Computational Thinking (Computer Science. Maths & Philosophy n/a Maynooth University DT081 Computer and Communications Engineering 465 DIT GA570 Computer and Electronic Engineering 200 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT DC121 Computer Applications 400 DCU AL704 Computer Engineering 205 Athlone IT BN012 Computer Engineering 185 IT Blanchardstown BN117 Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems 200 IT Blanchardstown WD161 Computer Forensics & Security 300 Waterford IT CW208 Computer Games Development 315 IT Carlow LM110 Computer Games Development 355 University of Limerick LY707 Computer Games Development 190 Letterkenny IT

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GC445 Computer Games Technology AQA Griffith College. Dublin 6 AL703 Computer Network Management 205 Athlone IT 7 LC239 Computer Networks and Systems Management 310 Limerick IT 8 CK401 Computer Science 440 UCC (NUI) 8 DN201 Computer Science 470 UCD (NUI) 8 DT228 Computer Science 425 DIT 8 TR033 Computer Science 480* TCD 8 MH601 CSA Computer Science & Software Engineering (through Arts) 360 Maynooth University 8 MH602 CSS Computer Science & Software Engineering (through Science) 365 Maynooth University 8 DT211 Computer Science (Infrastructure) 355 DIT 8 DT282 Computer Science (International) 365 DIT 8 TR082 Computer Science and Business 500 TCD 8 GY350 Computer Science and Information Technology 425 NUI Galway 8 TR039 Computer Science and Language 465 TCD 8 LY737 Computer Security and Digital Forensics 160 Letterkenny IT 7 LC406 Computer Services n/a Limerick IT 6 LC406 Computer Services (Thurles) 220 Limerick IT 6 LM051 Computer Systems 375 University of Limerick 8 CW217 Computer Systems Management 270 IT Carlow 7 CR016 Computing 300 Cork Institute of Technology 7 CW046 Computing 180 IT Carlow 6 DB500 Computing 240 Dublin Business School 8 DK721 Computing 170 Dundalk IT 7 GC335 Computing 120 Griffith College. Limerick 7 GC340 Computing 100 Griffith College. Limerick 6 GC435 Computing AQA Griffith College. Dublin 7 GC440 Computing 115 Griffith College. Dublin 6 LY717 Computing 150 Letterkenny IT 7 NC003 Computing 320 NCI 8 SG246 Computing 260 IT Sligo 8 TA312 Computing 230 IT Tallaght 7 TA322 Computing 265 IT Tallaght 8 DK821 Computing 300 Dundalk IT 8 LC418 Computing - Games Design and Development (Thurles) 265 Limerick IT 8 SG131 Computing - Games Development 220 IT Sligo 7 SG136 Computing - Software Development 250 IT Sligo 7 SG137 Computing - Systems and Networking 195 IT Sligo 7 DS602 Computing & Multimedia 435 Dorset College 6 DS603 Computing & Multimedia Dorset College 6 DS702 Computing & Multimedia 285 Dorset College 7 CW206 Computing (Applications. Commercial Programming or Networking) 285 IT Carlow 6 LY708 Computing (Common Entry) 300 Letterkenny IT 8 BN002 Computing (Information Technology) 200 IT Blanchardstown 6 BN013 Computing (Information Technology) 200 IT Blanchardstown 7 BN104 Computing (Information Technology) 250 IT Blanchardstown 8 LC403 Computing (Thurles) 180 Limerick IT 7 GA776 Computing and Digital Media 170 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 GA788 Computing and Digital Media n/a GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 AL657 Computing for Business 300 Athlone IT 6 NC102 Computing In Applications and Support 230 NCI 6 DK820 Computing in Games Development 300 Dundalk IT 8 CT110 Computing in Information Technology AQA College of Computer Training 6 GA775 Computing in Software Development 300 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 GA787 Computing in Software Development 320 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 GC230 Computing Science 245 Griffith College. Cork 8 GC330 Computing Science Griffith College. Limerick 8 GC430 Computing Science 240 Griffith College. Dublin 8 GC431 Computing Science (Cloud Computing) 235 Griffith College. Dublin 8 GC434 Computing Science (Games Development) 205 Griffith College. Dublin 8

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GC433 Computing Science (Network Management) GC432 Computing Science (Software Development) 265 CW248 Computing Systems Management 305 DK822 Computing with French n/a TL711 Computing with Games Development 205 TL811 Computing with Games Development 315 TL712 Computing with Media Development 225 TL812 Computing with Media Development 310 TL714 Computing with Mobile App Development 220 TL814 Computing with Mobile App Development 310 TL710 Computing with Software Development 217 TL810 Computing with Software Development 300 CR052 Construction 220 LC253 Construction 210 CW417 Construction - Buildings and Services Management 170 CW438 CEY Construction - Common Entry CW438 QSY Construction - Quantity Surveying 260 CW438 FEM Construction (Facilities and Energy Management) CR572 Construction Management 240 DT117 Construction Management 315 GA460 Construction Management 206 GA470 Construction Management 210 GA480 Construction Management 250 LC241 Construction Management 250 LM082 Construction Management and Engineering 350 WD025 Construction Management and Engineering 280 LC256 Construction Practice 180 CW416 Construction Technology 165 DK745 Construction Technology 120 MI001 Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies 275 CR210 Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics. Glass. Textiles) 665# GA273 Contemporary Art n/a GA283 Contemporary Art 240 DC238 Contemporary Culture and Society 330 GY250 Corporate Law 390 CI108 Counselling and Addiction Studies n/a CI101 Counselling and Psychotherapy 211 CI107 Counselling and Youth Studies n/a CI002 Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies 125 CI202 Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies n/a CI001 Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies 155 CI201 Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies n/a CI005 Counselling Skills and Youth Studies 155 CI205 Counselling Skills and Youth Studies n/a CR078 Craft Technology – Mechanical Services 205 CR077 Craft Technology (Wood) with Business 215 DT597 Creative and Cultural Industries 315 DL836 Creative Computing 230 SG232 Creative Design 170 SG245 Creative Design 265 BN021 Creative Digital Media 300 BN112 Creative Digital Media 300

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Griffith College. Dublin

8

Griffith College. Dublin IT Carlow Dundalk IT Tralee IT Tralee IT Tralee IT Tralee IT

8 8 8 7 8 7 8

Tralee IT

7

Tralee IT

8

Tralee IT

7

Tralee IT 8 Cork Institute of Technology 7 Limerick IT 6 IT Carlow IT Carlow IT Carlow

7 8 8

IT Carlow Cork Institute of Technology DIT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Limerick IT

8 8 8 6 7 8 8

University of Limerick

8

Waterford IT Limerick IT IT Carlow Dundalk IT

8 6 6 7

Mary Immaculate College

8

Cork Institute of Technology 8 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 DCU 8 NUI Galway 8 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 8 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Col. of Humanities & App. Sc.s 7 Cork Institute of Technology 7 Cork Institute of Technology 7 DIT 8 Dun Laoghaire IADT 8 IT Sligo 7 IT Sligo 8 IT Blanchardstown 7 IT Blanchardstown 8

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

TA022 Creative Digital Media 255 DL835 Creative Media Technologies 250 LC504 Creative Multimedia (Clonmel) 200 LC517 Creative Multimedia (Clonmel) 280 DL704 Creative Music Production 795# TL804 Creative Writing for Digital Media 335 LM028 Criminal Justice n/a WD150 Criminal Justice Studies 280 CK113 Criminology (4 yrs for International Pathway) 430 AL660 Culinary Arts 233 CR640 Culinary Arts 290 DK650 Culinary Arts 150 DK753 Culinary Arts 150 DT407 Culinary Arts 350 GA361 Culinary Arts 200 LC298 Culinary Arts 210 LY317 Culinary Arts 155 LY346 Culinary Arts 100 TA006 Culinary Arts 217 TL620 Culinary Arts 130 TL719 Culinary Arts 215 WD172 Culinary Arts 200 WD194 Culinary Arts 300 DT432 Culinary Arts (Profesional Culinary Practice) 265 LY318 Culinary Arts and Food Technology 225 GA372 Culinary Arts Management 140 DT416 Culinary Entrepreneurship 310 DT405 Culinary Science n/a CR655 Culinary Studies 235 DL822 Cultural Enterprise 225 GA872 Culture and Environment (with Tourism) - Mayo Campus 140

D

DN252 TR016 TR802 AL631 LY816 TR801 TR052 TR803 CK702 DT544 DT545 WD137 LC111 LC114 LM119 GC462 DL829 DL830 DL831 AD202 LC518 BN120 DK861 CK118

Dairy Business 445 Deaf Studies 375 Dental Hygiene 360# Dental Nursing 265 Dental Nursing 200 Dental Nursing 355* Dental Science 585* Dental Technology 450# Dentistry 580* Design - Interior and Furniture 575# Design - Visual Communication 750# Design - Visual Communications 285 Design (Fashion. Knitwear and Textiles - Restricted) 610# Design (Fashion. Knitwear and Textiles - Restricted) 707# Design and Manufacture 430 Design Communications 315# Design for Stage and Screen (Costume Design) 600# Design for Stage and Screen (Makeup Design) 620# Design for Stage and Screen (Production Design) 617# Design or Fine Art and Education #Matric Digital Animation Production (Clonmel) 700# Digital Forensics and Cyber Security 255 Digital Humanities 300 Digital Humanities and Information Technology (4 yrs for Industry or

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IT Tallaght Dun Laoghaire IADT Limerick IT Limerick IT Dun Laoghaire IADT Tralee IT University of Limerick Waterford IT

8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8

UCC (NUI) Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology Dundalk IT Dundalk IT DIT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Limerick IT Letterkenny IT Letterkenny IT IT Tallaght Tralee IT Tralee IT Waterford IT Waterford IT

8 6 7 6 7 8 6 6 7 6 6 6 7 6 8

DIT Letterkenny IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT DIT DIT Cork Institute of Technology Dun Laoghaire IADT

6 8 7 8 8 6 8

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

7

UCD (NUI) TCD TCD Athlone IT Letterkenny IT TCD TCD TCD UCC (NUI) DIT DIT Waterford IT

8 8 7 6 6 7 8 7 8 8 8 8

Limerick IT

6

Limerick IT University of Limerick Griffith College. Dublin

8 8 8

Dun Laoghaire IADT

8

Dun Laoghaire IADT

8

Dun Laoghaire IADT NCAD Limerick IT IT Blanchardstown Dundalk IT

8 8 8 8 8

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

International Pathway) 380 AL751 Digital Marketing n/a SG539 Digital Marketing 190 MH109 MTH Digital Media 450 GA884 Digital Media and Society (Castlebar) 220 LM113 Digital Media Design 340 LY427 Digital Media Design 150 TA315 DNA and Forensic Analysis 305 TA326 DNA and Forensic Analysis 330 DT529 Drama (Performance) 405# TR025 Drama and Theatre Studies 455# CK112 Drama and Theatre Studie (4 yrs for International Pathway) 315# LC266 Drug and Medicinal Product Analysis 290

E

TR022 MH801 BN030 BN118 MI007 SG242 TL780 TL880 LY906 LY968 CM020 DC001 DT572 CW748 CW028 DK876 WD149 CK111 AL764 CR620 GY314 TR077 DN510 CK117 DT399 LM037 LM036 DC230 CE001 CM001 DC002 MI005 DC004 CM002 DC003 MI006 MH002

Early and Modern Irish 425 Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (part time) 210 Early Childhood Care and Education 280 Early Childhood Care and Education 285 Early Childhood Care and Education 360 Early Childhood Care and Education 290 Early Childhood Care and Education 230 Early Childhood Care and Education 290 Early Childhood Care. Health & Education 180 Early Childhood Care. Health and Education 275 Early Childhood Education 310 Early Childhood Education 380 Early Childhood Education 380 Early Childhood Education and Care 285 Early Childhood Education and Care - Wexford Campus 260 Early Childhood Studies 330 Early Childhood Studies 305 Early Years and Childhood Studies 390 Early Years Care and Education 275 Early Years Education 340 Earth and Ocean Sciences 410 Earth Sciences 485* Economics 485 Economics (through Transformational Learning) (4 yrs for International Pathway) 400 Economics and Finance 440 Economics and Mathematical Sciences 400 Economics and Sociology 370 Economics. Politics and Law 400 Education - Primary Teaching 385# Education - Primary Teaching 465 Education - Primary Teaching 470 Education - Primary Teaching 470 Education - Primary Teaching - (Church of Ireland Centre) n/a Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants 425# Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants 430# Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants 430 Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants (Froebel) 480

Award

UCC (NUI) Athlone IT IT Sligo Maynooth University GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT University of Limerick Letterkenny IT IT Tallaght IT Tallaght DIT TCD

8 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8

UCC (NUI) Limerick IT

8 8

TCD

8

Maynooth University IT Blanchardstown IT Blanchardstown Mary Immaculate College IT Sligo Tralee IT Tralee IT

8 7 8 8 8 7 8

Letterkenny IT

6

Letterkenny IT Marino Inst of Education DCU DIT IT Carlow

8 8 8 8 8

IT Carlow Dundalk IT Waterford IT UCC (NUI) Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology NUI Galway TCD UCD (NUI)

8 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8

UCC (NUI) DIT

8 8

University of Limerick University of Limerick DCU Church of Ireland College Marino Inst of Education DCU Mary Immaculate College

8 8 8 8 8 8 8

DCU

8

Marino Inst of Education

8

DCU

8

Mary Immaculate College

8

Maynooth University

8

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CAO_Code Course_Title MH001 GA980 MI008 DC235 CM010 MI009 MI010 AS001 AS004 AS003 AS002 MI012 MI011 DT009 DT021 GY414 CR062 CR580 WD182 DT035 LC275 DC190 LM118 GY406 CR061 CR590 CW527 LC279 SG305 SG337 TA201 TA216 TA221 WD010 WD086 CW558 LY607 LM080 DT008 AL601 BN001 LM087 TA215 GA673 GA681 GA573 GY413 TA223

98

Points_Current College

Award

Education Primary Teaching (Froebel) 495* Maynooth University Education (Design Graphics and Construction) (Letterfrack) 380 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Education and Psychology - Primary Teaching 560 Mary Immaculate College Education and Training 315 DCU Education Studies 315 Marino Inst of Education Education. Business Studies and Accounting n/a Mary Immaculate College Education. Business Studies and Religious Studies n/a Mary Immaculate College Education. Home Economics and Biology - with concurrent Teacher Education 490* St. Angela’s College Sligo Education. Home Economics and Economics - with concurrent Teacher Education 415 St. Angela’s College Sligo Education. Home Economics and Irish - with concurrent Teacher Education 375* St. Angela’s College Sligo Education. Home Economics and Religious Education - with concurrent Teacher Education 440* St. Angela’s College Sligo Education. Irish and Business Studies n/a Mary Immaculate College Education. Irish and Religious Studies n/a Mary Immaculate College Electrical and Control Engineering 250 DIT Electrical and Electronic Engineering 506 DIT Electrical and Electronic Engineering 490 NUI Galway Electrical Engineering 250 Cork Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering 315 Cork Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering 205 Waterford IT Electrical Services & Energy Management n/a DIT Electrical Systems n/a Limerick IT Electronic and Computer Engineering 415 DCU Electronic and Computer Engineering 410 University of Limerick Electronic and Computing Engineering 455 NUI Galway Electronic Engineering 240 Cork Institute of Technology Electronic Engineering 300 Cork Institute of Technology Electronic Engineering 220 IT Carlow Electronic Engineering 195 Limerick IT Electronic Engineering 180 IT Sligo Electronic Engineering 180 IT Sligo Electronic Engineering 150 IT Tallaght Electronic Engineering 165 IT Tallaght Electronic Engineering 285 IT Tallaght Electronic Engineering 225 Waterford IT Electronic Engineering 333 Waterford IT Electronic Systems 290 IT Carlow Electronic/Computer Engineering (Common Entry) 155 Letterkenny IT Electronics 360 University of Limerick Electronics and Communications Engineering 260 DIT Electronics and Computer Engineering 210 Athlone IT Electronics and Computer Engineering 185 IT Blanchardstown Energy 390 University of Limerick Energy and Environmental Engineering 205 IT Tallaght Energy Engineering 200 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Energy Engineering 260 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Energy Systems and Automation Engineering 200 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Energy Systems Engineering 505 NUI Galway Energy Systems Engineering 260 IT Tallaght

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CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

TL746 Energy Technology and the Built Environment CK600 NPF Engineering 415 DN150 Engineering 500 MH304 Engineering 335 TR032 Engineering 490 DK744 Engineering - Civil Engineering 200 BN015 Engineering - Common Entry AQA DK740 Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Systems 170 DK742 Engineering Mechanical Engineering 195 CK600 CEE Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering) 415 AL713 Engineering (Common Entry) 220 BN108 Engineering (Common Entry) 215 CR500 Engineering (Common Entry) 390 CK600 EEE Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) 415 CK600 NRG Engineering (Energy Engineering) 415 DT066 Engineering (General Entry) 375 DT097 Engineering (General Entry) 340 CK600 PCE Engineering (Process and Chemical Engineering) 415 GY401 Engineering (Undenominated) 440 LM116 Engineering Choice 425 TL747 Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering 250 DT002 Engineering Systems Maintenance 240 TR038 Engineering with Management 490* DN511 English 425* CK109 English (4 yrs for International Pathway) 410 LM035 English and History 325 PC411 English and History 270 TR023 English Studies 505 DT517 English Studies and Languages 330 DN512 English with Drama 290 DN513 English with Film 420* DL821 English. Media and Cultural Studies 210 DC120 Enterprise Computing 370 WD168 Entertainment Systems 300 MH404 ENT Entrepreneurship 435 LC264 Environmental and Analytical Science 225 LC425 Environmental and Natural Resource Management 240 LC408 Environmental and Natural Resource Management (Thurles) 270 DK881 Environmental Bioscience 310 CR055 Environmental Engineering 230 SG335 Environmental Engineering 165 DT491 Environmental Health 340 LC428 Environmental Management in Agriculture (at Thurles) 205 SG432 Environmental Protection 245 CW168 Environmental Science 320 GY308 Environmental Science 420 LM066 Environmental Science 385 SG441 Environmental Science 315 DC166 Environmental Science and Health 435 CR365 Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 300 MH404 EQB Equine Business 435 LM093 Equine Science 360 LM180 Equine Science 340 LM040 European Studies 375

Award

Tralee IT UCC (NUI) UCD (NUI) Maynooth University TCD Dundalk IT IT Blanchardstown

7 8 8 8 8 7 7

Dundalk IT

7

Dundalk IT

7

UCC (NUI) Athlone IT IT Blanchardstown Cork Institute of Technology

8 7 8 8

UCC (NUI) UCC (NUI) DIT DIT

8 8 8 8

UCC (NUI) NUI Galway University of Limerick

8 8 8

Tralee IT DIT TCD UCD (NUI)

7 7 8 8

UCC (NUI) University of Limerick Carlow College TCD DIT UCD (NUI) UCD (NUI) Dun Laoghaire IADT DCU Waterford IT Maynooth University Limerick IT

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7

Limerick IT

7

Limerick IT Dundalk IT Cork Institute of Technology IT Sligo DIT

8 8 7 7 8

Limerick IT IT Sligo IT Carlow NUI Galway University of Limerick IT Sligo DCU

7 7 8 8 8 8 8

Cork Institute of Technology Maynooth University University of Limerick University of Limerick University of Limerick

8 8 8 6 8

CAO_Code Course_Title MH108 TA021 TR024 DK752 DT413 GA376 WD125

F

GC494 LY447 DB567 DT504 GA281 DB576 CK105 DK864 DL834 GC466 CK204 MH401 WD160 LM058 GY309 DB516 DT546 SG231 CR220 LY508 AD101 AS051 DT421 CK502 DT404 CK505 DN261 LM068 DT424 LY837 WD164 TL749 DT203 SG437 SG448 GA786 AL733 DN271 WD076 GA971 GA982 GA970 GA981

G

LM048 DC239 LC502 DT508 AL830

Points_Current College

Award

European Studies 380 Maynooth University European Studies 240 IT Tallaght European Studies 545 TCD Event Management 190 Dundalk IT Event Management 370 DIT Event Management with Public Relations 240 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Exercise and Health Studies 280 Waterford IT

8 8 8 7 8 7 8

Fashion Design 320# Griffith College. Dublin Fashion with Promotion 155 Letterkenny IT Film 205 Dublin Business School Film & Broadcasting 430 DIT Film and Documentary 350 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Film and Media AQA Dublin Business School Film and Screen Media (4 yrs for International Pathway) 450# UCC (NUI) Film and Television Production 300 Dundalk IT Film and Television Production 825# Dun Laoghaire IADT Film and TV Production AQA Griffith College. Dublin Finance 505 UCC (NUI) Finance 370 Maynooth University Finance and Investment 300 Waterford IT Financial Mathematics 440 University of Limerick Financial Mathematics and Economics 505 NUI Galway Financial Services 260 Dublin Business School Fine Art 650# DIT Fine Art 545# IT Sligo Fine Art (CIT Crawford College) 515# Cork Institute of Technology Fire Safety Engineering 220 Letterkenny IT First Year Art & Design (Common Entry) #Matric NCAD Food and Business Management 270 St. Angela’s College Sligo Food Innovation 410 DIT Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship 455 UCC (NUI) Food Sales & Culinary Practice DIT Food Science 460 UCC (NUI) Food Science 485 UCD (NUI) Food Science and Health 450 University of Limerick Food Science and Management 300 DIT Food Science and Nutrition 140 Letterkenny IT Food Science with Business 250 Waterford IT Food Science with Innovation Tralee IT Forensic and Environmental Chemistry 325 DIT Forensic Investigation & Analysis 230 IT Sligo Forensic Investigation and Analysis 340 IT Sligo Forensic Science and Analysis 325 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Forensic Toxicology 205 Athlone IT Forestry 360 UCD (NUI) Forestry 230 Waterford IT Furniture and Wood Technology (Letterfrack) 230 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Furniture and Wood Technology (Letterfrack) 275 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack) 260 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack) 275 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

8 7 8 8 8 7

Gaeilge (An Ghaeilge agus na Meain Ura / Irish and New Media) Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht Irish and Journalism Game Art and Design (Clonmel) Games Design General Nursing

8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 8 8 8 6 7 7 7 8 7 8 8 7 8 7 7 8 7 8

310

University of Limerick

8

415 510# 375 420

DCU Limerick IT DIT Athlone IT

8 8 8 8

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

AS110 General Nursing 405* CK710 General Nursing 440* DC215 General Nursing 430* DK870 General Nursing 400* DN450 General Nursing 415 LM150 General Nursing 455* LY908 General Nursing 390* TL890 General Nursing 415 WD116 General Nursing 410* AL831 General Nursing - Mature 180 AS111 General Nursing - Mature 177# DC225 General Nursing - Mature 167* DN460 General Nursing - Mature 168# LM151 General Nursing - Mature 183* LY938 General Nursing - Mature 164* TL892 General Nursing - Mature 164#* WD816 General Nursing - Mature 181 TR092 General Nursing - Mature Meath and St. James 171# GY525 General Nursing - Mature (Galway and Portiuncula) 175* TR094 General Nursing - Mature Applicant (Adelaide School of Nursing) 178# TR091 General Nursing - Meath and St. James 420 TR093 General Nursing (Adelaide School of Nursing) 400#* GA880 General Nursing (Castlebar) 410* GY515 General Nursing (Galway and Portiuncula) 450* CK711 General Nursing (Mature Applicants) 178#* DK871 General Nursing (Mature Applicants) 172* GA881 General Nursing (Mature Applicants) (Castlebar) 178# CK405 Genetics 455 DC168 Genetics and Cell Biology 475 CK107 Geographical and Archaeological Sciences (4 yrs for International Pathway) 340 DT112 Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping) 315 DC119 Global Business (Canada) 570 DC112 Global Business (France) 500 DC113 Global Business (Germany) 465 DC114 Global Business (Spain) 500 DC116 Global Business (USA) 580 DC118 Gnó agus Gaeilge (Business & Irish) 340 CK210 Government 340 AL763 Graphic Design 680#

H

AS052 TL771 TL871 TL772 TL872 DN425 DK880 GY313 LY916 LY978 DC209 WD124 SG435 AL836 CR330 GA272 GA282

Health and Disability Studies 240 Health and Leisure 260 Health and Leisure 315 Health and Leisure with Massage 310 Health and Leisure with Massage 370 Health and Performance Science 500 Health and Physical Activity 305 Health and Safety Systems 315 Health and Social Care 180 Health and Social Care (Common Entry) 300 Health and Society 435 Health Promotion 305 Health Science and Physiology 355 Health Science with Nutrition 365 Herbal Science 330 Heritage Studies 145 Heritage Studies 245

Award

St. Angela’s College Sligo UCC (NUI) DCU Dundalk IT UCD (NUI) University of Limerick Letterkenny IT Tralee IT Waterford IT Athlone IT St. Angela’s College Sligo DCU UCD (NUI) University of Limerick Letterkenny IT Tralee IT Waterford IT

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

TCD

8

NUI Galway

8

TCD TCD

8 8

TCD GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

8 8

NUI Galway UCC (NUI) Dundalk IT

8 8 8

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT UCC (NUI) DCU

8 8 8

UCC (NUI) DIT DCU DCU DCU DCU DCU DCU UCC (NUI) Athlone IT

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7

St. Angela’s College Sligo Tralee IT Tralee IT Tralee IT Tralee IT UCD (NUI) Dundalk IT NUI Galway Letterkenny IT Letterkenny IT DCU Waterford IT IT Sligo Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

8 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 6 8 8 8 7 8 8 7 8

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CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

Award

DN515 History 395 UCD (NUI) TR003 History 470* TCD TR012 History and Political Science 510* TCD LM046 History. Politics. Sociology and Social Studies 325 University of Limerick BN022 Horticulture AQA IT Blanchardstown BN113 Horticulture 200 IT Blanchardstown CR011 Horticulture AQA Cork Institute of Technology WD097 Horticulture (Dublin National Botanic Gardens) 228 Waterford IT WD096 Horticulture (Waterford - Kildalton) 200 Waterford IT DN272 Horticulture. Landscape & Sportsturf Management 410 UCD (NUI) CR042 Hospitality Management 250 Cork Institute of Technology DK750 Hospitality Management 190 Dundalk IT DT408 Hospitality Management 270 DIT WD091 Hospitality Management 280 Waterford IT CR657 Hospitality Studies 215 Cork Institute of Technology DK651 Hospitality Studies 150 Dundalk IT LC299 Hospitality Studies 190 Limerick IT TL621 Hospitality Studies AQA Tralee IT WD173 Hospitality Studies 200 Waterford IT LY306 Hotel Administration 110 Letterkenny IT GA370 Hotel and Catering Management 140 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GA380 Hotel and Catering Management 230 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GA362 Hotel and Hospitality Operations 140 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT AL761 Hotel and Leisure Management 185 Athlone IT LC296 Hotel Front Office Management 190 Limerick IT TL722 Hotel Management 265 Tralee IT TL822 Hotel Management 400 Tralee IT LY327 Hotel Restaurant & Resort Management (at Killybegs) 150 Letterkenny IT TR073 Human Genetics 560 TCD TR056 Human Health and Disease 535* TCD DN262 Human Nutrition 525 UCD (NUI) SG434 Human Nutrition 375 IT Sligo SG443 Human Nutrition 395 IT Sligo DT223 Human Nutrition and Dietetics 560* DIT CW908 HRM Human Resource Management IT Carlow DT398 Human Resource Management 385 DIT NC005 Human Resource Management 290 NCI PC402 Humanities 205 Carlow College PC410 Humanities 183 Carlow College DC009 Humanities (Joint Honours) 390 DCU

I

AL701 DT260 LC277 LM064 CW707 LC271 DT220 TL805 DT255 CR888 CT116 CT125 TA302 WD155 TA313 CR360 AS130

ICT Engineering: Electronics & Wireless. Networks. Computer Eng 210 Industrial and Environmental Physics 255 Industrial Automation and Robotic Systems 200 Industrial Biochemistry 435 Industrial Design 265 Industrial Electrical Engineering 220 Industrial Mathematics 240 Information Systems Management 340 Information Systems/ Information Technology n/a Information Technology 270 Information Technology AQA Information Technology 315 Information Technology 230 Information Technology 210 Information Technology Management 210 Instrument Engineering 300 Intellectual Disability Nursing 355*

8 8 8 8 7 8 7 7 7 8 7 7 7 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 8 6 7 6 7 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8

Athlone IT DIT

7 7

Limerick IT University of Limerick IT Carlow Limerick IT DIT Tralee IT

7 8 7 7 8 8

DIT 8 Cork Institute of Technology 6 College of Computer Training 7 College of Computer Training 8 IT Tallaght 6 Waterford IT 7 IT Tallaght 7 Cork Institute of Technology 8 St. Angela’s College Sligo 8

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CAO_Code Course_Title CK730 DC217 DK872 LM154 LY928 TR097 WD120 AS131 CK731 DC227 DK873 LM155 LY958 TR098 WD820 CR053 CR565 GC489 SG331 GC490 LC257 AC120 BN017 BN110 CW908 INT LM056 WD134 DT555 DT556 DT564 DT557 CR425 CK506 TA015 TA026 DT401 GC306 GC405 GC406 DN541 DC231 WD197 LC235 LC236 LM030 CR310

J

Points_Current College

Intellectual Disability Nursing 415* Intellectual Disability Nursing 410 Intellectual Disability Nursing 365* Intellectual Disability Nursing 415* Intellectual Disability Nursing 345* Intellectual Disability Nursing 385* Intellectual Disability Nursing 375 Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 158 Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 166 Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 141# Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 150# Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 158# Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 141 Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 153 Intellectual Disability Nursing - Mature 162* Interior Architecture 245 Interior Architecture 300 Interior Architecture 275 Interior Architecture and Design 185 Interior Design AQA Interior Design and Technology 190 International Business 270 International Business 183 International Business 215 International Business International Business 475 International Business 305 International Business and Languages - (French) 440 International Business and Languages - (German) 405 International Business and Languages - (Italian) 345 International Business and Languages - (Spanish) 415 International Business with Language 290 International Development and Food Policy 360* International Hospitality and Tourism Management 160 International Hospitality and Tourism Management 235 International Hospitality Management 310 International Hospitality Management 105 International Hospitality Management 235 International Hospitality Management AQA International Languages 460 International Relations 380 Internet of Things 210 Internet Systems Development 200 Internet Systems Development 320 Irish Music and Dance 320# IT Management 300

DC294 Joint Honours: Gaeilge DC293 Joint Honours: International Languages DC292 Joint Honours: Law DC291 Joint Honours: Media Studies DC295 Joint Honours: Politics DB565 Journalism DC132 Journalism DT582 Journalism GC265 Journalism GC465 Journalism

Award

UCC (NUI) DCU Dundalk IT University of Limerick Letterkenny IT TCD Waterford IT St. Angela’s College Sligo UCC (NUI) DCU Dundalk IT University of Limerick Letterkenny IT TCD Waterford IT Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Griffith College. Dublin IT Sligo Griffith College. Dublin Limerick IT American College IT Blanchardstown IT Blanchardstown IT Carlow University of Limerick Waterford IT

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 7 7 7 8 7 8 8 8 8

DIT

8

DIT

8

DIT

8

DIT 8 Cork Institute of Technology 8 UCC (NUI)

8

IT Tallaght

7

IT Tallaght DIT Griffith College. Limerick Griffith College. Dublin Griffith College. Dublin UCD (NUI) DCU Waterford IT Limerick IT Limerick IT University of Limerick Cork Institute of Technology

8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 8

385

DCU

8

405 395 395 385 225 435 380 AQA 100

DCU DCU DCU DCU Dublin Business School DCU DIT Griffith College. Cork Griffith College. Dublin

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7

CAO_Code Course_Title DB578 LM039 GC450

Journalism and Media Journalism and New Media Journalism and Visual Media

Points_Current College AQA 415 230

Dublin Business School University of Limerick Griffith College. Dublin

Award 7 8 8

L

DN120 Landscape Architecture 325 UCD (NUI) 8 LM045 Language and Literature 345 University of Limerick 8 DT518 Languages and International Tourism (French) 315 DIT DT519 Languages and International Tourism (German) 315 DIT DT520 Languages and International Tourism (Spanish) 345 DIT DB568 Law 230 Dublin Business School 8 GC403 Law 255 Griffith College. Dublin 8 LY208 Law 270 Letterkenny IT 8 MH501 Law n/a Maynooth University 8 TR004 Law 540 TCD 8 GC203 Law Griffith College. Cork 8 DN600 BCL Law (BCL) 520 UCD (NUI) 8 CW708 Law (LL.B) 290 IT Carlow 8 DT532 Law (LL.B.) 420 DIT 8 CK301 Law (Pathways) 490 UCC (NUI) 8 LM020 Law and Accounting 435 University of Limerick 8 MH502 LWA Law and Accounting 450 Maynooth University 8 MH502 BCL Law and Arts 450 Maynooth University 8 CK307 Law and Business n/a UCC (NUI) 8 MH502 LWB Law and Business 450 Maynooth University 8 TR017 Law and Business 580 TCD 8 DN600 LCS Law and Chinese Studies 520 UCD (NUI) 8 CK302 Law and French 530 UCC (NUI) 8 TR018 Law and French 570 TCD 8 DN600 LFL Law and French Law 520 UCD (NUI) 8 TR019 Law and German 535 TCD 8 CK304 Law and Irish 510 UCC (NUI) 8 TR020 Law and Political Science 575 TCD 8 DC232 Law and Society (BCL) 435 DCU 8 LC223 Law and Taxation 280 Limerick IT 8 LM029 Law Plus 450 University of Limerick 8 GC404 Law with Business Griffith College. Dublin 8 LY207 Law with Criminal Justice with Irish/French/German/Spanish 140 Letterkenny IT 7 DN600 LES Law with Economics 520 UCD (NUI) 8 DN600 LHY Law with History 520 UCD (NUI) 8 DN600 LPY Law with Philosophy 520 UCD (NUI) 8 DN600 LPS Law with Politics 520 UCD (NUI) 8 DN600 LSJ Law with Social Justice 520 UCD (NUI) 8 WD140 Laws 300 Waterford IT 8 DB581 Legal and Business Studies 195 Dublin Business School 6 DB583 Legal and Business Studies AQA Dublin Business School 7 CW706 Legal Studies 200 IT Carlow 6 DB580 Legal Studies 125 Dublin Business School 6 DB582 Legal Studies AQA Dublin Business School 7 GC325 Legal Studies n/a Griffith College. Limerick 6 GC425 Legal Studies 120 Griffith College. Dublin 6 WD013 Legal Studies 205 Waterford IT 6 DT411 Leisure Management 280 DIT 7 AC137 Liberal Arts 280 American College 8 MI004 Liberal Arts 335 Mary Immaculate College 8 MH803 BLS Local Studies (part-time) # Maynooth University 8 DT358 Logistics & Supply Chain Management 300 DIT 8

M

TA113 TA122 TR034 DT023 TL847

Management 175 Management 225 Management Science and Information Systems Studies 555 Manufacturing and Design Engineering 390 Manufacturing Engineering 345

IT Tallaght IT Tallaght

7 8

TCD DIT Tralee IT

8 8 8

8 8 8

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

CR805 Marine Electrotechnology (National Maritime College of Ireland) 210 CR095 Marine Engineering at National Maritime College of Ireland 270 GY310 Marine Science 400 CR420 Marketing 305 CW908 MKT Marketing DB531 Marketing 280 DK812 Marketing 305 DT303 Marketing 330 DT341 Marketing 410 GC310 Marketing 280 GC410 Marketing AQA MH404 MKT Marketing 435 TA103 Marketing 175 TA114 Marketing 170 DB525 Marketing (Digital Media and Cloud Computing) 315 DB518 Marketing (Digital Media) 200 DB517 Marketing (Event Management) 235 WD193 Marketing and Digital Media 300 SG537 Marketing and Sales 100 TA123 Marketing Management 245 NC020 Marketing Practice 230 DC240 Marketing. Innovation and Technology 470 LM094 Materials & Architectural Technology with concurrent Teacher Education 430 LM095 Materials & Engineering Technology with concurrent Teacher Education 395 GY319 Mathematical Science 470 CK407 Mathematical Sciences 550 DT205 Mathematical Sciences 300 LM060 Mathematical Sciences 435 TR031 Mathematics 550 LM088 Mathematics and Physics 460 MH212 MED Mathematics with Education 470 DC195 Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering 405 WD085 Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 290 AL820 Mechanical and Polymer Engineering 315 AL602 Mechanical Engineering 175 AL710 Mechanical Engineering 225 CR071 Mechanical Engineering 305 CR108 Mechanical Engineering 415 CW517 Mechanical Engineering 240 CW548 Mechanical Engineering 280 DT006 Mechanical Engineering 310 GA670 Mechanical Engineering 240 GA680 Mechanical Engineering 300 GY405 Mechanical Engineering 450 LC285 Mechanical Engineering 230 LM073 Mechanical Engineering 420 LY617 Mechanical Engineering 155 SG303 Mechanical Engineering AQA SG333 Mechanical Engineering 140 TA203 Mechanical Engineering 180 TA213 Mechanical Engineering 225 TA222 Mechanical Engineering 225 WD011 Mechanical Engineering 200 AL711 Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy 245 BN009 Mechatronic Engineering 195 BN121 Mechatronic Engineering 200 DC193 Mechatronic Engineering 400 AL712 Mechatronics 185

Award

Cork Institute of Technology 7 Cork Institute of Technology NUI Galway Cork Institute of Technology IT Carlow Dublin Business School Dundalk IT DIT DIT Griffith College. Limerick Griffith College. Dublin Maynooth University IT Tallaght IT Tallaght

7 8 8 8 8 8 6 8 7 7 8 6 7

Dublin Business School Dublin Business School Dublin Business School Waterford IT IT Sligo IT Tallaght NCI DCU

8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8

University of Limerick

8

University of Limerick NUI Galway UCC (NUI) DIT University of Limerick TCD University of Limerick Maynooth University

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

DCU

8

Waterford IT Athlone IT Athlone IT Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology IT Carlow IT Carlow DIT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT NUI Galway Limerick IT University of Limerick Letterkenny IT IT Sligo IT Sligo IT Tallaght IT Tallaght IT Tallaght Waterford IT

8 8 6 7 7 8 7 8 7 7 8 8 7 8 7 6 7 6 7 8 6

Athlone IT IT Blanchardstown IT Blanchardstown DCU Athlone IT

7 7 8 8 7

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CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

Award

SG306 Mechatronics IT Sligo 6 SG334 Mechatronics 160 IT Sligo 7 CW808 Media and Public Relations 270 IT Carlow 8 DK769 Media Arts & Technologies 180 Dundalk IT 7 MH109 MED Media Studies 450 Maynooth University 8 SG449 Medical Biotechnology 315 IT Sligo 8 GA785 Medical Science 435 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 LC268 Medical Technology (Moylish Park) 310 Limerick IT 7 TR075 Medicinal Chemistry 510* TCD 8 DT261 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences 330 DIT 7 CK701 Medicine 726# UCC (NUI) 8 DN400 Medicine 736# UCD (NUI) 8 GY501 Medicine 723#* NUI Galway 8 RC001 Medicine 530* Royal College of Surgeons 8 TR051 Medicine 733# TCD 8 CK791 Medicine - Graduate entry 56** UCC (NUI) 8 DN401 Medicine - Graduate Entry 58* UCD (NUI) 8 LM101 Medicine - Graduate Entry 54** University of Limerick 8 RC101 Medicine - Graduate Entry 58* Royal College of Surgeons 8 CK720 Mental Health Nursing 415* UCC (NUI) 8 DN453 Mental Health Nursing 405* UCD (NUI) 8 LM152 Mental Health Nursing 415* University of Limerick 8 TL891 Mental Health Nursing 395 Tralee IT 8 TR095 Mental Health Nursing 415 TCD 8 CK721 Mental Health Nursing - Mature 170# UCC (NUI) 8 LM153 Mental Health Nursing - Mature 169# University of Limerick 8 TL893 Mental Health Nursing - Mature 156# Tralee IT 8 DN463 Mental Health Nursing - Mature Entry 160# UCD (NUI) 8 TR096 Mental Health Nursing (Adelaide School of Nursing) 152* TCD 8 CK740 Midwifery 460* UCC (NUI) 8 DK877 Midwifery 400* Dundalk IT 8 DN452 Midwifery 465* UCD (NUI) 8 GY517 Midwifery 440 NUI Galway 8 LM156 Midwifery 455* University of Limerick 8 TR913 Midwifery 455 TCD 8 CK741 Midwifery - Mature 178 UCC (NUI) 8 TR914 Midwifery - Mature 183* TCD 8 DK878 Midwifery (Mature Applicants) 177 Dundalk IT 8 DN462 Midwifery (Mature Entry) 180* UCD (NUI) 8 GY527 Midwifery (Mature Entry) 178 NUI Galway 8 LM157 Midwifery (Mature Entry) 193* University of Limerick 8 LM083 Mobile Communications and Security 355 University of Limerick 8 NM701 Montessori Education 125 St. Nicholas Montessori College 7 PI201 Montessori Education 175 Portobello Institute 6 CR112 Multimedia 370 Cork Institute of Technology 8 DC133 Multimedia 445 DCU 8 WD153 Multimedia Applications Development 205 Waterford IT 7 LC234 Multimedia Programming and Design 245 Limerick IT 8 DK890 Multimedia Web Development 300 Dundalk IT 8 MH601 MWA Multimedia. Mobile & Web Development (through Arts) 360 Maynooth University 8 MH602 MWS Multimedia. Mobile & Web Development (through Science) 365 Maynooth University 8 DT501 Music 423# DIT 8 MH103 Music 350 Maynooth University 8 TR002 Music 340# TCD 8 WD027 Music 300# Waterford IT 8 CR121 Music (CIT Cork School of Music) 685# Cork Institute of Technology 8 AL651 Music and Instrument Technology 195 Athlone IT 6 TR009 Music Education 450# TCD 8 GC455 Music Production 290# Griffith College. Dublin 8 GC460 Music Production For Games 300# Griffith College. Dublin 6 MH102 Music Technology 325 Maynooth University 8 TL803 Music Technology 280 Tralee IT 8

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CAO_Code Course_Title LC270 LM114

N

GY122 GY107 TR076 CR094 DT080 LM033 DT420 CR333 CK504

Points_Current College

Music Technology and Production 315 Music. Media and Performance Technology 350

SG442 Occupational Safety & Health 305 SG433 Occupational Safety and Health 220 CK704 Occupational Therapy 535 GY502 Occupational Therapy 525* TR054 Occupational Therapy 515* AL653 Office Management and Administration 105 MH803 OPC Open Choice for BLS or BCS (Part-time) # MH404 OPC Open Choice for Business 435 MH502 OPC Open Choice for Law degree streams 450 MH212 OPC Open Choice for Mathematics with Education or Science with Education 470 MH109 OPC Open choice for Media Studies or Digital Media 450 MH601 OPC Open Choice to Computer Science (through Arts) 360 MH602 OPC Open Choice to Computer Science (through Science) 365 DT219 Ophthalmic Dispensing 300 DT224 Optometry 480 GA885 Outdoor Education (Castlebar) 235 GA870 Outdoor Education and Leisure (Castlebar) 140 SG241 LC265 LC267 LM061 LY867 CR325 DT422 AL840 TL855 WD147 WD175 TL755 AL734 SG431 SG445 TA314 TA321 CK703

Limerick IT

7

University of Limerick

8

Na Dรกna (Cumarsรกid agus Gaeilge) 310 NUI Galway Na Dana (Gaeilge agus Leann an Aistriuchain - Irish and Translation Studies) 485 NUI Galway Nanoscience. Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials 585 TCD Nautical Science (National Maritime College of Ireland) 310 Cork Institute of Technology Networking Technologies 260 DIT New Media and English 330 University of Limerick Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition 430 DIT Nutrition and Health Science 375 Cork Institute of Technology Nutritional Science 505 UCC (NUI)

O

P

Award

Performing Arts 260 Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis 370 Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis 280 Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry 400 Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science 170 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 350 Pharmaceutical Healthcare 395 Pharmaceutical Science 260 Pharmaceutical Science 395 Pharmaceutical Science 350 Pharmaceutical Science 290 Pharmaceutical Science - Common Entry 215 Pharmaceutical Science (Drug Design and Development) 205 Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development 255 Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development 325 Pharmaceutical Sciences 315 Pharmaceutical Sciences 330 Pharmacy 555

8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 8

IT Sligo IT Sligo UCC (NUI) NUI Galway TCD Athlone IT

8 7 8 8 8 6

Maynooth University Maynooth University Maynooth University

8 8 8

Maynooth University

8

Maynooth University

8

Maynooth University

8

Maynooth University DIT DIT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

8 7 8 8

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

7

IT Sligo Limerick IT Limerick IT University of Limerick Letterkenny IT Cork Institute of Technology DIT Athlone IT Tralee IT Waterford IT Waterford IT

8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 7

Tralee IT

7

Athlone IT

7

IT Sligo

7

IT Sligo IT Tallaght IT Tallaght UCC (NUI)

8 7 8 8/9

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

Award

RC005 Pharmacy 545* Royal College of Surgeons 8/9 TR072 Pharmacy 550* TCD 8/9 AL630 Pharmacy Technician 270 Athlone IT 6 LY806 Pharmacy Technician 155 Letterkenny IT 6 CW116 Pharmacy Technician Studies 285 IT Carlow 6 DT425 Pharmacy Technician Studies 350 DIT 6 TR005 Philosophy 410 TCD 8 TR015 Philosophy. Political Science. Economics and Sociology 535 TCD 8 GC470 Photographic Media 100 Griffith College. Dublin 7 DL833 Photography 700# Dun Laoghaire IADT 8 DT559 Photography 695# DIT 8 GC475 Photography AQA Griffith College. Dublin 6 LY406 Photography AQA Letterkenny IT 6 AL843 Physical Activity and Health n/a Athlone IT 8 DC205 Physical Education with Biology 495 DCU 8 LM090 Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education 495* University of Limerick 8 DC206 Physical Education with Mathematics 500 DCU 8 CR300 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 280 Cork Institute of Technology 7 CR305 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 325 Cork Institute of Technology 8 GA773 Physics & Instrumentation 315 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 GY320 Physics (Degree options in Applied. Astrophysics. Biomedical. Theoretical) 425 NUI Galway 8 CK408 Physics and Astrophysics 505 UCC (NUI) 8 MH204 Physics and Astrophysics 435 Maynooth University 8 GA783 Physics and Instrumentation 315 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 8 WD180 Physics for Modern Technology 333 Waterford IT 8 DT222 Physics Technology 345 DIT 8 DC167 Physics with Astronomy 440 DCU 8 DC173 Physics with Biomedical Sciences 435 DCU 8 DT221 Physics with Energy & Enviroment 340 DIT 8 DT235 Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering 330 DIT 8 CW106 Physiology and Health Science 450 IT Carlow 6 DN420 Physiotherapy 545* UCD (NUI) 8 LM100 Physiotherapy 560 University of Limerick 8 RC004 Physiotherapy 535* Royal College of Surgeons 8 TR053 Physiotherapy 540* TCD 8 DT106 Planning and Environmental Management 270 DIT 8 DN514 Planning. Geography & Environment 370 UCD (NUI) 8 GY504 Podiatry 420 NUI Galway 8 TR029 Political Science and Geography 470 TCD 8 LM041 Politics & Public Administration 345 University of Limerick 8 LM022 Politics and International Relations 325 University of Limerick 8 CR126 Popular Music: Drums 695# Cork Institute of Technology 8 CR125 Popular Music: Electric Bass Guitar 779# Cork Institute of Technology 8 CR127 Popular Music: Electric Guitar 625# Cork Institute of Technology 8 CR128 Popular Music: Keyboards 1095# Cork Institute of Technology 8 CR129 Popular Music: Voice 840# Cork Institute of Technology 8 DC010 Post Primary Teacher Education - Religious Education and English 380 DCU 8 DC011 Post Primary Teacher Education - Religious Education and History 370 DCU 8 DC012 Post Primary Teacher Education - Religious Education and Music (R) 370# DCU 8 LC287 Precision Engineering n/a Limerick IT 6 SG336 Precision Engineering and Design n/a IT Sligo 7 DT596 Print and Digital Media Technology Management 245 DIT 8 AD212 Product Design #Matric NCAD 8 DT001 Product Design 415 DIT 8 MH305 Product Design 370* Maynooth University 8 LM076 Product Design and Technology 415 University of Limerick 8 CW728 Product Design Innovation 300 IT Carlow 8

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

Award

DK865 Production of Music and Audio 300 Dundalk IT GY410 Project and Construction Management 360 NUI Galway DT110 Property Economics (Valuation Surveying) 330 DIT LC242 Property Valuation and Management 265 Limerick IT AL832 Psychiatric Nursing 390 Athlone IT DC216 Psychiatric Nursing 405 DCU DK874 Psychiatric Nursing 395 Dundalk IT GY516 Psychiatric Nursing 425 NUI Galway LY918 Psychiatric Nursing 380 Letterkenny IT WD117 Psychiatric Nursing 380* Waterford IT AL833 Psychiatric Nursing - Mature 167# Athlone IT DC226 Psychiatric Nursing - Mature 156* DCU DK875 Psychiatric Nursing - Mature 161* Dundalk IT GY526 Psychiatric Nursing - Mature 165#* NUI Galway LY948 Psychiatric Nursing - Mature 155 Letterkenny IT WD817 Psychiatric Nursing - Mature 167* Waterford IT GA882 Psychiatric Nursing (Castlebar) 370* GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GA883 Psychiatric Nursing (Mature) (Castlebar) 158#* GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT DB562 Psychology 230 Dublin Business School DC208 Psychology 515 DCU DN519 Psychology 505* UCD (NUI) LM102 Psychology 510 University of Limerick MH106 Psychology 500 Maynooth University NC010 Psychology 320 NCI TR006 Psychology 555* TCD WD163 Psychology 380 Waterford IT MH209 Psychology (Through Science) 460 Maynooth University LM038 Psychology and Sociology 490 University of Limerick CK706 Public Health 430 UCC (NUI) DT225 Public Health Nutrition 405 DIT

Q

DN670 NPF Quantitative Business DN670 BSA Quantitative Business - Business Analytics DN670 ECF Quantitative Business - Economics and Finance AL810 Quantity Surveying CR570 Quantity Surveying LC243 Quantity Surveying LY507 Quantity Surveying LY518 Quantity Surveying SG339 Quantity Surveying SG343 Quantity Surveying WD162 Quantity Surveying DT111 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics GA461 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics GA471 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics GA482 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics

R

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

585*

UCD (NUI)

8

585*

UCD (NUI)

8

585* n/a 285 250 160 285 165 260 300

UCD (NUI) Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology Limerick IT Letterkenny IT Letterkenny IT IT Sligo IT Sligo Waterford IT

8 8 8 8 7 8 7 8 8

330

DIT

8

215

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

6

200

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

7

210

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

8

TCD UCD (NUI)

8 8

TR055 Radiation Therapy 525* DN410 Radiography 530 SG134 Recreation and Leisure (incl Business Skills) 210 CR032 Recreation and Leisure Management 335 WD019 Recreation and Sports Management 250 LC278 Renewable and Electrical Energy Systems 190 DT343 Retail and Services Management 330 GA375 Retail Management 140

IT Sligo 7 Cork Institute of Technology 7 Waterford IT 7 Limerick IT DIT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

7 8 7

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CAO_Code Course_Title WD184 DT360 LC286 MH306 GA172

Points_Current College

Retail Management 200 Retail Management and Marketing 300 Road Transport Technology and Management 265 Robotics and Intelligent Devices n/a Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business 260

Award

Waterford IT DIT

7 6

Limerick IT Maynooth University GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

7 8 7

S

DN200 NPF Science 510 UCD (NUI) GY301 Science 390 NUI Galway MH201 Science 395 Maynooth University SG401 Science AQA IT Sligo TR071 Science 505* TCD DN200 BBB Science - (Biological. Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences) 510 UCD (NUI) DN200 CCS Science - (Chemistry & Chemical Sciences) 510 UCD (NUI) DN200 MPG Science - (Mathematical. Physical and Geological Sciences) 510 UCD (NUI) CW126 Science - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry 220 IT Carlow DK781 Science - Applied Biosciences 215 Dundalk IT TL651 Science - Biological and Environmental Studies 260 Tralee IT DK783 Science - Pharmaceutical Science 200 Dundalk IT WD177 Science (Agricultural Science. Applied Biology. Food Science. Pharmaceutical Science) 320 Waterford IT AL632 Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) 210 Athlone IT LY818 Science (Common Entry) 305 Letterkenny IT DT201 Science (General Entry) 460 DIT DT212 Science (General Entry) 360 DIT GA774 Science (Undenominated) 300 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT GA784 Science (Undenominated) 325 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT LM117 Science Choice 400 University of Limerick DC203 Science Education 435 DCU NC104 Science in Business Computing NCI LY506 Science in Construction Technology n/a Letterkenny IT SG444 Science Undenominated 300 IT Sligo LM092 Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Biology with Phy or Chem or Ag Sc) 475* University of Limerick LM096 Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Physical Sciences with Chem & Phy) 415 University of Limerick MH212 SED Science with Education 470 Maynooth University DT227 Science with Nanotechnology 330 DIT LC407 Social and Community Studies (Thurles) 205 Limerick IT CR031 Social Care 340 Cork Institute of Technology DK862 Social Care 305 Dundalk IT DT571 Social Care 400 DIT TL781 Social Care 220 Tralee IT AL860 Social Care Practice 310 Athlone IT SG243 Social Care Practice 300 IT Sligo TA025 Social Care Practice 300 IT Tallaght WD192 Social Care Practice 300 Waterford IT LC292 Social Care Work 335 Limerick IT CK102 Social Science 435 UCC (NUI) DB566 Social Science 167 Dublin Business School DN550 Social Science 420 UCD (NUI) MH107 Social Science 390 Maynooth University WD187 Social Science 290 Waterford IT CK114 Social Science (Youth and Community Work) - Mature Applicants only # UCC (NUI) DB575 Social Studies AQA Dublin Business School

104 The Definitive Guide to Going to College

8 8 8 6 8 8 8 8 6 7 6 7 7 6 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7

CAO_Code Course_Title

Points_Current College

TR084 Social Studies (Social Work) 460* CK115 Social Work - Mature # TR083 Sociology and Social Policy 455 AL801 Software Design (Game Development or Cloud Computing) 280 CR106 Software Development 365 CW207 Software Development 330 CW238 Software Development 320 LC233 Software Development 265 AL705 Software Development (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices) 210 CR116 Software Development and Computer Networking 315 WD151 Software Systems Development 200 AL760 Spa Management 210 CK705 Speech and Language Therapy 510 GY503 Speech and Language Therapy 515 CW817 Sport and Exercise - Rugby 700# CW807 Sport and Exercise (GAA) 700# CW827 Sport and Exercise (Soccer) 700# LM089 Sport and Exercise Sciences 485* LY228 Sport Coaching & Performance 250 CW178 Sport Science 420 DC202 Sport Science and Health 500 DK763 Sport. Excercise and Enterprise 255* DN430 Sports and Exercise Management 440 WD186 Sports Coaching and Performance 355 LC228 Sports Development and Coaching 210 BN020 Sports Management and Coaching 310 BN111 Sports Management and Coaching 310 CW858 Sports Management and Coaching (GAA. Rugby or Soccer) 700# CW188 Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 445 TA316 Sports Science and Health 390 TA327 Sports Science and Health 400 AL837 Sports Science with Exercise Physiology 370 LC422 Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles) 300 LC423 Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles) 260 LY206 Sports Studies AQA CK116 Sports Studies and Physical Education 500 CW198 Strength and Conditioning 390 CR109 Structural Engineering 420 DN140 Structural Engineering With Architecture 410 CW908 LOG Supply Chain Management LC244 Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy 160 GA875 Sustainable Building Technology DT010 Sustainable Design in Electrical Services Engineering 255 CR510 Sustainable Energy Engineering 300 WD171 Sustainable Energy Engineering 285 CW027 Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness n/a CW078 Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness n/a

T

LM063 NC023 AS053 CR700

Technology Management 330 Technology Management 240 Textiles. Fashion and Design with Business Management Theatre and Drama Studies 745#

Award

TCD UCC (NUI) TCD

8 8 8

Athlone IT Cork Institute of Technology IT Carlow IT Carlow Limerick IT

8 8 7 8 8

Athlone IT

7

Cork Institute of Technology Waterford IT Athlone IT UCC (NUI) NUI Galway IT Carlow IT Carlow IT Carlow University of Limerick Letterkenny IT IT Carlow DCU Dundalk IT UCD (NUI) Waterford IT Limerick IT IT Blanchardstown IT Blanchardstown

8 7 7 8 8 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 6 7 8

IT Carlow

8

IT Carlow IT Tallaght IT Tallaght

8 7 8

Athlone IT

8

Limerick IT

8

Limerick IT Letterkenny IT UCC (NUI) IT Carlow Cork Institute of Technology UCD (NUI) IT Carlow

7 6 8 8 8 8 8

Limerick IT GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

7 7

CAO_Code Course_Title DK770 MU002 MU001 TR035 MH206 DT169 CR041 CR660 GA360 WD174 DT406 GA374 DT412 WD148 CR046 DT028 TL820 TL720 CW547 CW578 TL802

V

DN300 DN301 AL731 DK784 DN310 LY847 LC276 DT533 DT589 WD152 LY408 DL826 CR600 CW047 CW088 AD215 DT598 LM031

Points_Current College

Theatre and Film Practice 175 Theology 425 Theology and Arts 305 Theoretical Physics 540* Theoretical Physics and Mathematics 525 Timber Product Technology 200 Tourism 235 Tourism 265 Tourism 140 Tourism 205 Tourism Management 290 Tourism Management 140 Tourism Marketing 295 Tourism Marketing 285 Transport Management and Technology 210 Transport Operations and Technology 275 Travel & Tourism Management 265 Travel and Tourism Management 205 TV and Media Production 345 TV and Media Production 365 TV. Radio and New Media Broadcasting 275

Award

Dundalk IT 7 St. Patrick’s College. Maynooth 8 St. Patrick’s College. Maynooth 8 TCD 8 Maynooth University 8 DIT 7 Cork Institute of Technology 7 Cork Institute of Technology 8 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 6 Waterford IT 6 DIT 7 GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 7 DIT 8 Waterford IT 8 Cork Institute of Technology 7 DIT 8 Tralee IT 8 Tralee IT 7 IT Carlow 7 IT Carlow 8 Tralee IT 8

Veterinary Medicine 575* UCD (NUI) Veterinary Medicine - Graduate Entry UCD (NUI) Veterinary Nursing 425 Athlone IT Veterinary Nursing 395* Dundalk IT Veterinary Nursing 465 UCD (NUI) Veterinary Nursing 370 Letterkenny IT Video and Sound Technology 205 Limerick IT Visual & Critical Studies 340 DIT Visual Art - Sherkin Island Non-CAO DIT Visual Arts 285 Waterford IT Visual Communication and Graphic Design 290 Letterkenny IT Visual Communication Design 815# Dun Laoghaire IADT Visual Communications 485# Cork Institute of Technology Visual Communications and Design n/a IT Carlow Visual Communications and Design (Wexford) 250 IT Carlow Visual Culture 340 NCAD Visual Merchandising & Display 510# DIT Voice and Dance 310# University of Limerick

CAO_Code Course_Title

W

CR312 SG538 TL851 CK110 TR008

Y

CW788

Points_Current College

Web Development Web Development and Creative Media Wildlife Biology World Languages World Religions and Theology

320

Cork Institute of Technology 8

195 300 495 360

IT Sligo Tralee IT UCC (NUI) TCD

7 8 8 8

Youth and Community Work

700

IT Carlow

8

8 8 7 7 8 7 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 7 8

Key

Description

*

Not all on this points score were offered places

DIT 7 Cork Institute of Technology 8 Waterford IT 8

**

Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test and interview

***

Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview

#

Test or Interview, etc.

IT Carlow

7

##

Specific entry requirements, interview / portfolio

IT Carlow

8

###

Specific entry requirements and interview

AQA

All qualified applicants

University of Limerick NCI

8 8

-

Admission is based solely on the results of the RCSI Scholarship Examination

+

Includes Project / Portfolio Score

V

New competition for Available/Vacant Places

St. Angela’s College Sligo 8 Cork Institute of Technology 8

Award

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Course_Title College

Award

Course_Title College

Award

A - Z O F CO LLEGE S & PLC COURSE S

Course_Title College

Award

Business Studies Abbey Community College - Boyle Level 5 NFQ “Art, Craft & Design” Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 5 NFQ Business Administration and IT Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 5 NFQ Community Care Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 5 NFQ Business Management - Advanced Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 6 NFQ Art - Advanced Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 6 NFQ Healthcare Support Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 5 NFQ e-Business with Marketing Abbeyleix Further Education Centre Level 5 NFQ Organic Growing & Sustainable Living Skills An tIonad Glas Level 5 NFQ Organic - Enterprise An tIonad Glas Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Archbishop McHale College - Tuam Voc School Level 5 NFQ Engineering / Motor Technology Archbishop McHale College - Tuam Voc School Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Ardscoil Phadraig Level 5 NFQ Animal Care Ardscoil Phadraig Level 5 NFQ Sport & Recreation Ardscoil Phadraig Level 5 NFQ Childcare Ardscoil Phadraig Level 5 NFQ Agri Business & Information Technology Ardscoil Phadraig Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Arklow Community College Level 5-6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Arklow Community College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Arklow Community College Level 6 NFQ Office Administration Arklow Community College Level 5 NFQ Community Care - Social Studies Athlone Community College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Athlone Community College Level 5 NFQ Event Management Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Marketing, Advertising and Management” Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Web Authoring & Multimedia Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Human Resource Management Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Auctioneering, Estate Agency & Valuation” Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Office Informatics Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Studies - Advanced Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ English - EFL- & Business Communications Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computerised Office Skills for Adults Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ English EFL- & Media Studies Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ International Aid & Development Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Health Sector Studies Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Criminology & Social Studies Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Psychology - Applied Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Property Management Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ TEFL with Business Management Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Chinese with Business Studies Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Marketing - Digital Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Event Management - Advanced Certificate Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Community Development Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Start Your Own Business Ballsbridge College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Music Management - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Computer Games & Interactive Entertainment Development Ballyfermot College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Creative Media Production (Radio) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education “Art, Graphics & Printmaking - Visual Communications - Portfolio Preparation” Ballyfermot College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Film - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Art. Design & Mixed Media Ballyfermot College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Print Journalism & Radio Ballyfermot College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Travel & Tourism Ballyfermot College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College Music (Production) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Creative Media Production Ballyfermot College of Further Education Television & Digital Film Ballyfermot College of Further Education Office Administration Ballyfermot College of Further Education Fibre Art (Textile/Fine Applied Arts) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Contemporary Music Performance (Rock School) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Applied Social Studies - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Business Studies Ballyfermot College of Further Education “Art, Design & Three Dimensional Studies - Portfolio Preparation” Ballyfermot College of Further Education Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Animation Drawing Studies Ballyfermot College of Further Education Visual Communications Graphic Design) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Community & Health Services Ballyfermot College of Further Education Business - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Interactive Digital Media Production Ballyfermot College of Further Education Creative Media Production (Journalism) - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Nursing Studies - Pre Ballyfermot College of Further Education Television Operations & Production - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education Ballyfermot College of Further Education Classical & Computer Animation - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Return to Learning Ballyfermot College of Further Education Tourism with Business Ballyfermot College of Further Education Music Management & Production Ballyfermot College of Further Education Cinematography Ballyfermot College of Further Education Care of the Person with Special Needs Ballyfermot College of Further Education Interactive Media - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Illustration - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Presentation & Performance Skills for the Media (TV Presentation & Showreel Creation) Ballyfermot College of Further Education Irish Traditional Music Performance - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Digital Journalism - HND Ballyfermot College of Further Education Forestry Ballyhaise Agricultural College Dairy Herd Management Ballyhaise Agricultural College Agriculture Ballyhaise Agricultural College Forestry - Advanced Ballyhaise Agricultural College Specific Purpose Certificate in Farm Administration Ballyhaise Agricultural College Business Studies Incorporating Computer Applications Ballyhaunis Community School Office Administration Banagher College - Colaiste na Sionna Sport & Recreation Banagher College - Colaiste na Sionna Business Management Banagher College - Colaiste na Sionna Business Administration Beaufort College Art - Portfolio Foundation Course Beaufort College Childcare Beaufort College Software Development Beaufort College Accounting Technician Blackrock Further Education Institute Business Studies Blackrock Further Education Institute Beauty & Body Therapy Blackrock Further Education Institute Auctioneering & Estate Agency Blackrock Further Education Institute Theatrical & Media Make - Up Artistry Blackrock Further Education Institute Landscape Design - HND Blackrock Further Education Institute CISCO Certified Network Associate Blackrock Further Education Institute

Award

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 6 NFQ

Course_Title College Nail Technician & Salon Administrator Blackrock Further Education Institute Psychology - Applied Blackrock Further Education Institute Retail Pharmacy & Retail Sales Assistant Blackrock Further Education Institute Fire & Ambulance Service Blackrock Further Education Institute Digital & Social Media Marketing Blackrock Further Education Institute Creative Multimedia - Graduate Dip Blackrock Further Education Institute Community & Emergency Services Management Blackrock Further Education Institute Retail Management & Marketing Blackrock Further Education Institute Computer Science Blackrock Further Education Institute Arts with Business Management Blackrock Further Education Institute Games Design & Development Blackrock Further Education Institute Graphic Design Blackrock Further Education Institute Health and Wellbeing Therapies Blackrock Further Education Institute Health and Wellbeing Therapies - Year 2 Blackrock Further Education Institute Computer and Network Maintenance Blackrock Further Education Institute Industrial Design Blackrock Further Education Institute Advanced Office Informatics Blackrock Further Education Institute Creative Multimedia and Web Development Blackrock Further Education Institute Business Studies and IT Boyne Community School Business Management & Administration Bray Institute of Further Education IT Systems with Digital Marketing Bray Institute of Further Education Sport & Gym Instruction Studies Bray Institute of Further Education DJ Techniques & Music Production Bray Institute of Further Education Dance Technique Performance & Choreography Bray Institute of Further Education “Beauty, Wellbeing & Nail Technology” Bray Institute of Further Education Medical Administration Bray Institute of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education Bray Institute of Further Education Acting for Theatre & Film Bray Institute of Further Education Networks and Software Systems Bray Institute of Further Education Sound Engineering Bray Institute of Further Education Tourism Reception & Event Management Bray Institute of Further Education Business Tourism & Event Management - Advanced Bray Institute of Further Education Legal Administration Bray Institute of Further Education Garden Design Bray Institute of Further Education Health Care Assistant Bray Institute of Further Education Holistic & Wellbeing Studies Bray Institute of Further Education Graphic Design - HND Bray Institute of Further Education Computer Systems and Networks Bray Institute of Further Education Furniture Design Bray Institute of Further Education Office Administration Bray Institute of Further Education Nursing / Midwifery Studies Bray Institute of Further Education Fashion Design Bray Institute of Further Education Social Studies & Community Care Bray Institute of Further Education Personal Trainer & Leisure Management Bray Institute of Further Education Architectural Design and Technology Bray Institute of Further Education Accounting Technician Bray Institute of Further Education Animal Care & Husbandry Bray Institute of Further Education Art Portfolio Preparation Bray Institute of Further Education Fine Art - HND Bray Institute of Further Education TV & Film Production Bray Institute of Further Education TV & Film - Moving Image - HND Bray Institute of Further Education Fashion Theatre & Media Make-up Bray Institute of Further Education Acting - Advanced for Stage & Screen - HND Bray Institute of Further Education Dance - Advanced - HND Bray Institute of Further Education Fashion & Textiles - HND Bray Institute of Further Education Music Production - HND Bray Institute of Further Education

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 4-5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 6 NFQ

Course_Title College Office Administration Advanced Bray Institute of Further Education Soccer & Gym Instruction Bray Institute of Further Education Security Studies Bray Institute of Further Education Youth & Community Studies Bray Institute of Further Education Management - Advanced Bray Institute of Further Education Art Craft & Design Bray Institute of Further Education Furniture Making & Restoration Bray Institute of Further Education Animal Care Bray Institute of Further Education Animal Science Bray Institute of Further Education Outdoor Sport & Recreation Bray Institute of Further Education Games Development Bray Institute of Further Education Horticulture Bray Institute of Further Education Science - Pre University Bray Institute of Further Education Cultural & Heritage Studies Bray Institute of Further Education Professional Cookery Bray Institute of Further Education Software Development Bray Institute of Further Education Software Development Bray Institute of Further Education Early Childhood Care and Education Bray Institute of Further Education Applied Psychology Bray Institute of Further Education 3D Game Design Bray Institute of Further Education Office Informatics Bray Institute of Further Education Business Studies - Computers Bridgetown Vocational College Horticulture Bunclody Vocational College Business Administration Bunclody Vocational College Healthcare Support Bunclody Vocational College Applied Social Studies Bunclody Vocational College Early Childhood Care & Education Bunclody Vocational College Early Childhood Care & Education Bunclody Vocational College Business Studies Cabinteely Community School Business Enterprise Cabra Community College Graphic Design - Visual Communications Carlow Institute of Further Education Beauty Therapy Carlow Institute of Further Education Travel & Tourism Carlow Institute of Further Education Office Administration Carlow Institute of Further Education Sport & Recreation Carlow Institute of Further Education Multimedia Production & Digital Movie Carlow Institute of Further Education Social Studies - Applied Carlow Institute of Further Education Physiology & Sports Injury Management Carlow Institute of Further Education Nursing Studies - Health Science Carlow Institute of Further Education Business Administration with Legal Studies Carlow Institute of Further Education “Art, Craft , Design Portfolio Preparation” Carlow Institute of Further Education Information Technology & Network Technician Carlow Institute of Further Education Furniture Design & Making Carlow Institute of Further Education Gardening & Landscaping Carlow Institute of Further Education Media Production & Photography Carlow Institute of Further Education Business Practice Carlow Institute of Further Education Legal Studies Carlow Institute of Further Education Music Carlow Institute of Further Education Hairdressing Carlow Institute of Further Education Nail Technician with Make-Up Artistry Carlow Institute of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education Carlow Institute of Further Education Animal Care Carlow Institute of Further Education Animal Science Carlow Institute of Further Education Engineering Technology Carlow Institute of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education Carlow Institute of Further Education Automotive Technology Carlow Institute of Further Education Special Needs Assistant Carlow Institute of Further Education Games & App Development Carlow Institute of Further Education Leisure Management Carlow Institute of Further Education Music Technology & Sound Engineering Carlow Institute of Further Education

Award Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College

Award

Spa & Complimentary Therapies Carlow Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Web Design & Digital Marketing Carlow Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Carlow Institute of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Make-Up Artistry Carlow Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art Carrignafoy Community College Level 5 NFQ Information Processing Carrignafoy Community College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Carrignafoy Community College Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Carrignafoy Community College Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Carrignafoy Community College Level 5 NFQ Sport & Recreation Carrignafoy Community College Level 5 NFQ Tourism with Business Carrignafoy Community College Level 5 NFQ Office Administration & Secretarial Studies Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Gaming, Animation & Motion Graphics” Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Graphic & Web Design with Portfolio Preparation Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Music with Audition Preparation Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Office Technology Training Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Studies with Care of the Older Person Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Medical & Legal Secretarial Skills Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Studies with Software Applications Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Social Studies - Applied Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Castlebar College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business - Advanced Certificate Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Local History Recording (with Media Techniques) Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Disability Studies in Early Childhood Care & Education Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Youth Work Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Systems & Networks Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hospitality Operations Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Health Services - Advanced Certificate- Level 6 Castlebar College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Software Development Castlebar College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Software Development Castlebar College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business Studies Castlecomer Community School Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Castlecomer Community School Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support Castlepollard Community School Level 5 NFQ Applied Social Studies Castlepollard Community School Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Castlepollard Community School Level 5 NFQ Business Studies with Computers Castlerea Community School Level 5 NFQ Social Studies - Community & Health Services Castlerea Community School Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Childcare Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Security Studies Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Health & Social Care Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Sport Coaching & Leisure Management Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Security Operations & Administration (Supervisory) Cavan Institute Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care and Education - Year 2 Cavan Institute Level 6 NFQ Sports Therapy / Physiotherapy Studies Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Art. Craft & Design Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing & Beauty Care Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ Multimedia & Web Development Cavan Institute Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College Pre University Cultural & Heritage Studies Computer & Network - Technician Accounting Technician - Computerised Accounting Administration and IT for Business Healthcare Support Tourism & Airline Studies/Business Electronic Technology - Robotics Interior Architecture Furniture Design & Manufacture Fashion Design Hotel & Catering

Award

Cavan Institute Cavan Institute

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute Cavan Institute

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5-6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

“Music Technology, Sound Engineering & Production” Cavan Institute Veterinary Assistant Cavan Institute Business Studies Cavan Institute Multimedia & Web Development - Year 2 Cavan Institute Architectural Technology & Design Year 2 Cavan Institute Animal Management Cavan Institute Science & Laboratory Techniques Cavan Institute Applied Social Studies Cavan Institute Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies Cavan Institute Computer & Network Technician - Year 2 Cavan Institute Creative Media - Computer Games Design Cavan Institute Engineering Technology Cavan Institute Telecommunications - Advanced Cavan Institute Sports Development & Coaching - Advanced Cavan Institute Tourism & Travel with Business Cavan Institute Applied Science - Agri Food Cavan Institute Make-Up Artistry Cavan Institute Health Service Skills - Emergency Care Cavan Institute Radio Production Cavan Institute Renewable and Energineering Technology Advanced Cavan Institute Renewable Energy & Control Systems Cavan Institute Furniture Design Cavan Institute Motor Vehicle Maintenance Cavan Institute Computer Games Programming Cavan Institute Software Development Cavan Institute Applied Science - Forensics Cavan Institute Hairdressing - Advanced International Diploma Cavan Institute Software Development - Year 2 Cavan Institute Music Performance - Year 2 Cavan Institute Music Production Cavan Institute Nursing Studies - Maternity Care Cavan Institute Health Service Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant Cavan Institute Professional Cookery Cavan Institute Music Performance Cavan Institute Theatre Performance Cavan Institute Business Studies - Accounting & Finance Cavan Institute Computer Games Development Cavan Institute Nail & Beauty Care (Nail Technician) Cavan Institute “Banking, Insurance and IT for the Financial Sector” Cavan Institute Business Administration Cavan Institute Business Studies Cavan Institute

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Course_Title College Essential IT Skills for the Modern Office Cavan Institute Childcare - Special Needs Assisting Cavan Institute 3D Design & Graphics Cavan Institute Reception and Frontline Office Management Cavan Institute Executive Personal Assistant Cavan Institute Architectural Design and Technology (Year 1) Cavan Institute Pre University Law Cavan Institute Health Services Supervisory Management Cavan Institute Professional Cookery Cavan Institute Veterinary Assistant Cavan Institute Early Childhood Care & Education Central College Limerick Tourism with Business Central College Limerick Business Studies Central College Limerick Early Childhood Care & Education Central College Limerick Sport and Recreation Central College Limerick Nursing Studies Central College Limerick Legal Office Administration Central College Limerick Social Studies - Community & Health Services Central College Limerick Applied Science / Forensic Science / Laboratory Techniques Central College Limerick Nail Technician - Salon Administrator Central College Limerick Fire and Ambulance Services Access Course Central College Limerick Creative Craft and Design Central Technical Institute Senior College Tourism with Culinary Skills Central Technical Institute Senior College Business Studies Secretarial Central Technical Institute Senior College Computer Systems & Programming - IT Central Technical Institute Senior College Nursing Studies Central Technical Institute Senior College Silversmithing and Jewellery Design Central Technical Institute Senior College Computer & Life Skills Central Technical Institute Senior College Fine Art Central Technical Institute Senior College Art & Portfolio Preparation - Advanced Central Technical Institute Senior College Early Childhood Care & Education Central Technical Institute Senior College Engineering Technology Central Technical Institute Senior College Healthcare Support Central Technical Institute Senior College “Sports, Recreation & Exercise” Central Technical Institute Senior College Community Healthcare Assistant CityNorth College of Further Education Hairdressing 1 - Junior Trades CityNorth College of Further Education Warehousing Skills - FIT CityNorth College of Further Education Hairdressing 2 - Senior Trades CityNorth College of Further Education Computers and on-line Customer Service - FIT CityNorth College of Further Education Retail Sales Assistant CityNorth College of Further Education “Sports, Recreation and Exercise” CityNorth College of Further Education Business Studies & IT Clifden Community School Farm Management Clonakilty Agricultural College Dairy Herd Management Clonakilty Agricultural College Agriculture - Advanced Clonakilty Agricultural College Agriculture Clonakilty Agricultural College Hairdressing Clonakilty Community College Childcare Clonakilty Community College Tourism Clonakilty Community College Accounting Technician Colaiste Abbain Early Childhood Care & Education Colaiste an Chregain Healthcare Support Colaiste an Chregain Business Administration Colaiste Bride Carnew Childcare Colaiste Chathail Naofa “Sports, Exercise & Coaching” Colaiste Chathail Naofa Accountancy Colaiste Chathail Naofa

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College

Award

Beauty Therapy Colaiste Chathail Naofa Childcare Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 6 NFQ Art & Design Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 6 NFQ Community Care Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 5 NFQ Administration - Secretarial Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 5 NFQ Art College Portfolio Preparation Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 5 NFQ Administration - Advanced Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 6 NFQ Social Care Colaiste Chathail Naofa Level 6 NFQ Nursing Studies - Pre-Nursing Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 5 NFQ Animal Care Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 5 NFQ “Sport, Recreation and Exercise” Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 5 NFQ Horsemanship Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 5 NFQ Animal Science Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 6 NFQ Horsemanship Colaiste Chiarain Croom Level 6 NFQ Engineering Technology Colaiste Chomain Level 5 NFQ Sustainable Architectural Technology Colaiste Chomain Level 5 NFQ Professional Cookery Colaiste Chomain Level 5 NFQ Colaiste Dh˙laigh College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Graphic Design Outdoor Adventure Management - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Medical Laboratory Science - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Communication & Media Production - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Engineering - Preliminary Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5-6 NFQ Computer Science Art & Design Portfolio Preparation Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Interior Design Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 6 NFQ Theatre / Performing Arts - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Computer Systems Technician Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5-6 NFQ Film Production - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Animation - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Science - Pre University Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Health Science - Pre- Nursing Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Languages & European Studies Pre-University Languages Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Social Care Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5-6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Health Science - Physiology and Sport Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5-6 NFQ Business Studies Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5-6 NFQ Photography Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 6 NFQ Architectural Design &Technology Foundation Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Business & Tourism Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Fashion Design Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Journalism - HND Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Engineering - Technology Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Physiotherapy Assistant Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support - Care of the Older Person - Home Help or Hospital Assistant Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Level 5 NFQ eBusiness Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown Level 5 NFQ Creative Craft Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown Level 5 NFQ Furniture Making Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown Level 6 NFQ Health Care Support Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown Level 5 NFQ Accounting Technician Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Architectural & Renewable Energy Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Portfolio Preparation in Graphics Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Security Studies Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Electronic Technology for Media Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5-6 NFQ

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“Business Practice, Marketing & Human Resources” Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Travel & Tourism Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business & Computer Applications Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hospitality Operations Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Secretarial & Computer Skills Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Portfolio Preparation in Art & Design Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sports & Leisure Management Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Pre University Science Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Food Science Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Systems & Networks Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tourism Travel & Airline Studies Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Networking & Computing Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Sport & Leisure Management - Health & Physical Activity Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Art & Fashion Design - Advanced Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Professional Cookery Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Leisure & Beauty Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Portfolio Preparation in Fashion & Textile Design Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sport and Leisure Management Pre-University Physiotherapy Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Hospitality Operations Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Professional Cookery Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Sport & Leisure Management (Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor) Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Security Operations Colaiste Ide College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business Studies Secretarial Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown Level 5 NFQ Business Administration Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown Level 6 NFQ Nursing Studies Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Health Care Support Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Retail Practice Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ ICT for Business Information Communication Technology Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Applied Science - Laboratory Techniques Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Sports Development - Advanced Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 6 NFQ Administration Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 6 NFQ Art & Business Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 6 NFQ Social Studies - Applied Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ eBusiness Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Emergency Care Personnel - Emergency First Responder - Medical Technician Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Administration Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Adult Return to Education Programme Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Art - Portfolio Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Classroom Assistant Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Sports & Recreation Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 6 NFQ Horticulture Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 5 NFQ Health Services Supervisory Management Colaiste Mhuire Thurles Level 6 NFQ Business Studies Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai Level 5 NFQ Community Development with Youthwork Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai Level 5 NFQ Social Studies Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Level 5 NFQ Equestrian Studies Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Level 5 NFQ Digital Media Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Art. Craft & Design Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Level 5 NFQ Dance 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Level 5 NFQ Software Development Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Level 5-6 NFQ Music. Management & Sound Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College Soccer Coaching and Education Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Carpentry Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Furniture Design & Making 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Sports Injuries & Therapy - 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Computer Maintenance Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Leisure & Recreation Studies 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Cultural & Heritage Studies - Access to Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Greenkeeping & Sportsturf Management Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Radio Broadcasting 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Horticulture Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Applied Biology - Food Health & Nutrition Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Business Studies - Access to Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Social Studies - Access to Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Coach and Physical Education 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Emergency Services Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Journalism for the Digital Age Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Coach and Physical Education 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Sports & Exercise Performance Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Personal Trainer and Leisure Management Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Dance 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Cultural & Heritage Studies Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Art 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Art 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Furniture Design & Making 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Business Studies 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Radio Broadcasting 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Business Studies 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE G.A.A. Coaching & Sport Performance Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Performing Arts Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Sports Injuries & Therapy - 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Acting for Stage and Screen Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Science - Applied - Laboratory Techniques Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Landscape and Nursery Mnagement Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Marketing for Fashion and Retail Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Social Studies 2 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE Horticulture College of Amenity Horticulture. National Botanic Gardens Horticulture Advanced College of Amenity Horticulture. National Botanic Gardens “Computer Systems & Network, PC Maintenance” College of Further Education Dundrum Electronics & Network Technology College of Further Education Dundrum Gardening & Landscape Design College of Further Education Dundrum Advanced Business & Office Administration College of Further Education Dundrum Business & Payroll Administration College of Further Education Dundrum Nursing Studies College of Further Education Dundrum Frontline Office Skills College of Further Education Dundrum Early Childhood Care and Education College of Further Education Dundrum Healthcare Assistant College of Further Education Dundrum Medical Secretary - Receptionist College of Further Education Dundrum Social Studies - Applied College of Further Education Dundrum “Art, Craft & Design” College of Further Education Dundrum Computer Systems & Networks with CCNA College of Further Education Dundrum Early Childhood Care & Education College of Further Education Dundrum ECCE - Pre-School Year Education with Special Needs College of Further Education Dundrum Software Design & Mobile Apps College of Further Education Dundrum Social Media and Digital Marketing College of Further Education Dundrum Business Studies College of Further Education Dundrum Crafts and Textiles College of Further Education Dundrum PC Maintenance & IT Service Technician Collinstown Park Community College Hairdressing & Beauty Studies Collinstown Park Community College Network Technologies Collinstown Park Community College

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College

Award

Nursing Studies Collinstown Park Community College Level 5 NFQ Health Care Support Collinstown Park Community College Level 5 NFQ Business Studies with Computers Collinstown Park Community College Level 5 NFQ Reception & Office Administration Collinstown Park Community College Level 5 NFQ eBusiness Collinstown Park Community College Level 5 NFQ Social and Community Care Collinstown Park Community College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Columba College Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Columba College Level 5 NFQ Sports & Recreational Studies Columba College Level 5 NFQ eBusiness Confey College Level 5 NFQ General Studies - Leading to University Access Confey College Level 5 NFQ Accounting Technician Cork College of Commerce Essential IT for the Office Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Financial Management Cork College of Commerce Legal Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5-6 NFQ Holistic & Physical Therapies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Medical - Dental Reception Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Travel & Tourism Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ International Airline Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Cork College of Commerce Business Through Computers - FIT Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Office Administration - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Language & European Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Make - Up Artistry Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Montessori - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Computer Science Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ English Language & I.T. Skills Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Retail Selling Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Nail Technician Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Assistant Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Beauty - Sales Advisor Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Reception & Customer Service Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ International Trade with Optional Chinese or German Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Psychology & Social Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Assistant - Afternoon Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Police & Security Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - General Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Afternoon Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Business Studies - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Health Services Supervisory Management Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Computer Science - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Psychosocial Awareness & Training Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Sales & Retail Management - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Software Engineering Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Travel & Tourism Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Studies - Montessori Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Studies with Special Needs Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ “Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations” Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ PC Maintenance & Servicing - FIT Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Police & Security Studies - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Cookery - Professional Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy - Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Afternoon Advanced Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ

Course_Title College

Award

Food Marketing & Business Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Hospitality Operations Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Legal Studies Cork College of Commerce Level 6 NFQ Personal Trainer with Deep Tissue Massage Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Youthwork Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Insurance Administrator Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Contact Centre Operations Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Logistics and Distribution Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Software Engineering Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ IT Maintenance and Support (FIT) Cork College of Commerce Level 5 NFQ Culinary Arts - Professional Cookery Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing - Cosmetic Studies - Year 1 Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies - Year 1” Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Fashion Styling Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sales & Marketing Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Reception & Office Administration Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Make - Up for Fashion & Media Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy - Year 1 Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sports Therapy - Year 1 Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Accounting & Computer Applications Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Beauty & Retail Sales Crumlin College of Further Education Fashion Buying & Merchandising Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Advertising & Graphic Design Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Accounting Technician - Second Year Crumlin College of Further Education Security Studies Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Design in Multimedia Computing Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Management & Marketing in Tourism Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Fashion Management - Year 2 Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business Management & Marketing Crumlin College of Further Education Computer & Network Support Technician Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tourism & Travel Studies (E-Travel) Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sports Therapy - Year 2 Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Beauty Therapy - Year 2 Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Hairdressing - Year 2 Crumlin College of Further Education Fashion Design - Commercial Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Tourism & Travel Studies (Adventure & Eco-Tourism) Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tax Technician & Information Technology Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Chef - Day Release Programme - Catering Industry Only Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ “Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies - Year 2” Crumlin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ IT Digital Skills Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Software Design & Development Crumlin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Equine - Horsemanship Curragh Post-Primary School Level 5 NFQ Advanced Cert in Horsemanship Curragh Post-Primary School Level 6 NFQ Advanced Cert in Equine Breeding Curragh Post-Primary School Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ Community Health Services Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ Office Administration - Business Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ e-Business Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Deansrath Community College Level 5 NFQ Liberal Arts Donahies Community School Level 5 NFQ Fire and Ambulance Service Donahies Community School Level 5 NFQ Hand≠crafted Fur≠ni≠ture Design / Construction Technology Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Dental Nursing Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Applied Social Studies Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Information Systems Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Beauty & Holistic Therapies Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 4-5 NFQ Office Administration / Reception Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ

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Sport Development - Advanced Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Motor Vehicle Technology & Light Engineering Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tourism with Business Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Studies with Accounting Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Pharmacy Assistant / Dispensing Technician Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Cre≠ative Design - Portfolio Preparation Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Horticulture & Garden Design Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Mul≠ti≠me≠dia Production Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Laboratory Techniques - Pre-university Science Course Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Animal Care Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Fashion Design - Portfolio Preparation Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ eBusiness Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Pre-University Arts Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Out≠door Sport and Recreation Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business with Advanced Information Technology Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Sports Injury Treatment Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Animal Science Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 6 NFQ “Art, Craft and Design Portfolio Preparation” Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art & Business Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Culinary Arts Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Systems and Networks Drogheda Institute of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Traditional Irish Music Drumshanbo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business & IT Drumshanbo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Media Engineering / Sound Engineering Drumshanbo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business & IT - Advanced Drumshanbo College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business Studies Duiske College Level 5 NFQ “Art, Craft & Design” Duiske College Level 6 NFQ Business Duiske College Level 6 NFQ Creative Media Duiske College Level 5 NFQ Outdoor Sport & Recreation Duiske College Level 5 NFQ TV and Digital Film Production Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Journalism for the Digital Age Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5-6 NFQ Arts. Culture & History Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Office Administration with Legal & Medical Studies Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ TV and Digital Film Production - Advanced Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 6 NFQ Business Studies with Law Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Radio Broadcasting Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5-6 NFQ Nursing Studies Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Software Development Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Creative Digital Media Production Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Sound Production Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Electronic Technology Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Assistance Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Furniture Design and Making Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Energy Efficient Building Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5-6 NFQ Community & Health Services Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Architectural Technology and Design Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College

Award

Animal Health Care Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ “Public Relations, Event Management & Digital Marketing” Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Music Production Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Security Operations - Advanced Cert Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 6 NFQ Security Studies with Criminology Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Musical Instrument Making & Repair Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Office Administration - Advanced Cert Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 6 NFQ Health Services Supervisory Management Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 6 NFQ Musical Instrument Making and Repair - Advanced Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 6 NFQ Childcare Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Science and Laboratory Techniques Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Professional Cookery Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute Level 5 NFQ Business Studies - Pre University Business Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Social Studies - Applied Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Nursing - Introduction to Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Science - Pre - University - Agricultural Science Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art Portfolio Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare - Special Needs Assistant Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Journalism Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Multimedia Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childcare Education Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Community Health Services Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Multimedia & Web Development Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Sound Engineering Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Law - Pre - University Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Pre-University Arts - Languages Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Culinary Arts - Professional Cookery Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Applied Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Music Performance Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Information Processing Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sports Science Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sports and Recreation Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Pre - University Arts Culture & Heritage Studies Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ e-Business Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Community Development Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Tourism with Business Dunboyne College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Administration Dunmore Community School Level 5 NFQ East Cork Further Education Healthcare Support & Youthreach Centre Level 5 NFQ Tourism with Business East Cork Further Education & Youthreach Centre Level 5 NFQ Accounting Technician - Year 1 Ennis Community College Level 6 NFQ Office Administration - Medical Secretary Ennis Community College Level 5 NFQ Accounting Technician - Year 2 Ennis Community College Level 6 NFQ Nursing Studies Ennis Community College Level 5 NFQ Community & Health Services Ennis Community College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assisting - SNA Ennis Community College Level 5 NFQ Health Science - Physiology & Sport Ennis Community College Level 5 NFQ Childcare - Advanced Ennis Community College Level 6 NFQ General Studies - University Access Programme Ennis Community College Level 5 NFQ Music Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Legal Studies Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College

Award

Media Production Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Community Care Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Enniscorthy Vocational College Business Studies - Secretarial Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ International Travel & Tourism Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Physiology and Health Science Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 6 NFQ Pre-Science Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Business Studies - College Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Tourism with Business Enniscorthy Vocational College Level 5 NFQ Art Ennistymon Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Art Ennistymon Vocational School Level 6 NFQ Art. Craft & Design Errigal College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Errigal College Level 5 NFQ “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Errigal College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Errigal College Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Errigal College Level 5 NFQ Pre-University Arts Errigal College Level 5 NFQ Business & Secretarial Studies Finn Valley College Level 5 NFQ Sport and Recreation Studies Finn Valley College Level 5 NFQ Business Administration - Advanced Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 6 NFQ Childcare with Special Needs Assisting & School Age Children Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Computerised Office Skills - Medical Secretary Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Social Studies - Applied Childcare - Supervision with Special Needs Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 6 NFQ Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Animal Care - Veterinary Assistant Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Retail Practice Gairmscoil Mhuire - Athenry Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Tourism with Business Graphic Design & Art Portfolio Preparation Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Print Journalism Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ “Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies” Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Business Administration - Office Technology Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Sport & Recreation Coaching Studies Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ TV & Film Production Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Motor Technology Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Business Information Systems Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Marketing - Public Relations & Web Design Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Legal & Medical Secretarial Studies Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Music Performance Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Horticulture Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Acting & Theatre Performance Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Sports Development & Exercise Conditioning Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ eBusiness Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ Business Management Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ Engineering - Maintenance Skills Technology for Engineering Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ Multimedia & Web Development Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ TV Presenting & Film Production Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Galway Community College Level 6 NFQ

Course_Title College

Award

Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Digital Marketing & Web Design Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Radio and Sound Production Galway Community College Level 5 NFQ Health Science & Complementary Therapies Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Electronic Technology Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Construction Technology - Civil Engineering Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Business Studies Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Assistant Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Art - Portfolio Preparation Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Office Administration - Medical Secretarial Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Social Studies - Applied Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Security Studies Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Fashion Design Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Furniture Making & Design Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Digital Media - Radio and Journalism Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Fashion Retail Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Architectural Technology - Advanced Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Hairdressing Year 1 Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing - Year 2 Galway Technical Institute Business Management & Information Systems - Advanced Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Drawing & Visual Inquiry Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Computer Aided Design & Architectural Technology Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Music and Composition Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ “Fashion Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising “ Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Sports Performance & Coaching Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Film & TV Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Marketing & Public Relations Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Studio & Live Sound Production Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ General Studies and Information Technology Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Business Secretarial - Office Administration Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Animation & Gaming Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Beauty Sales Advisor with Cosmetic Studies Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Construction Technology: Renewable Energies & Engineering Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Strength Conditioning & Injury Prevention Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Gym and Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Journalism & Sound - Advanced Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Games Development & Design Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Fashion Design & Dress Making Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Digital Marketing & Entrepreneurship Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Retail Pharmacy Sales Assistant Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Animation - Advanced Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Illustration & Model Making Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Visual Communications: Design Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Software Development - Advanced Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ Programming and Software Development Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ App Design and Development Galway Technical Institute Level 5 NFQ Film and Documentary - Advanced Galway Technical Institute Level 6 NFQ

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Course_Title College

Award

Business Studies Glenamaddy Community School Level 5 NFQ Art and Design - Portfolio Preparation Gorey Community School Level 5 NFQ Art and Design Gorey Community School Level 6 NFQ PC Networking & Maintenance Grange Community College Beauty Therapy - Year 2 Grange Community College Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Grange Community College Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy - Year 1 Grange Community College Level 5 NFQ Make - Up Artistry Grange Community College Level 5 NFQ Community Health Services Grange Community College Level 5 NFQ Retail Practice Grange Community College Level 5 NFQ Art - Portfolio Preparation Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies - Pre-Professional Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Information Technology with P.C. Maintenance - F.I.T. Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Childcare with Special Needs Assistant Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Healthcare - Assistant Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Medical Secretary Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Childcare Supervisor with Management Greenhills College Level 6 NFQ Pre-University Science Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Pre - University Arts with Languages Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Networks and Computer Systems - Advanced Certificate Greenhills College Level 6 NFQ Business Management Greenhills College Level 6 NFQ Sports Science - Pre University Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Software Development with Games Design Greenhills College Level 5 NFQ Art. Craft. Design Grennan College Level 5 NFQ Equine Studies & Horsemanship Grennan College Level 5 NFQ “Art - Advanced Art, Craft & Design” Grennan College Level 6 NFQ Drystock Management Gurteen Agricultural College Level 6 NFQ Agriculture Gurteen Agricultural College Level 5 NFQ Dairy Herd Management Gurteen Agricultural College Level 6 NFQ Agriculture - Drystock Management Gurteen Agricultural College Level 6 NFQ Agriculture - Green Certificate Level 6 Gurteen Agricultural College Level 6 NFQ Sports Coaching Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Costume Design & Make Up Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5-6 NFQ Computer Business Applications Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Leisure & Recreation Management Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art & Design Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tourism Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Dance Studies Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Social Care - HND Inchicore College of Further Education Theatre - Technical Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Travel & Tourism Management - HND Inchicore College of Further Education Theatre Studies - Performance / Advanced Performance Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Advanced Certificate in Childcare Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5-6 NFQ Business & Legal Office Skills Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies - Pre Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Social Studies Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business - HND Inchicore College of Further Education Community Care & Education Studies - Returning to Education Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Creative Writing & Cultural Studies Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Disability & Healthcare Support Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Sport & Exercise Science, Health & Fitness Diploma” Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support - Pre-Paramedic Inchicore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ Art Craft & Design Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ Childcare Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ e-Business Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College

Award

Childcare - Supervision Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 6 NFQ Furniture Design Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ Interior Design Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ Community & Health Services Jesus & Mary Secondary School Level 5 NFQ Business Management Studies Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Science with Programming & Web Design Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Sports, Recreation & Exercise” Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Building Construction Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Supervision in Childcare Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Carers Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Office Administration & Computer Applications Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Multimedia with Graphic Design Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Secretarial Studies - Medical & Legal Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Special Needs/Classroom Assistant Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Carpentry & Joinery Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Furniture Design & Making Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Youthwork Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare with Montessori Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hotel and Catering Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Furniture Making & Restoration - Advanced Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Montessori & Childcare Management - Advanced Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Criminology with Security Studies Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Office Administration with Reception Skills Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Special Needs Assisting with Disability Studies Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Laboratory Techniques / Applied Science Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Veterinary Assistant Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Applied Social Studies Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Art, Craft and Design with Digital Photography” Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare with Disability Studies - Advanced Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Nursing Studies with Maternity Care Skills Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Sports Therapy Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Health Services Supervisory Management Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Professional Cookery Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Professional Cookery - Advanced Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Electronic Technology Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Retail Practice Kerry College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Project Management Kerry College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Crop & Machinery Management Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 6 NFQ Horsemanship (Equitation or Stud Management) Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 5 NFQ Horsemanship - Equine Breeding (Stud Management) - Advanced Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 6 NFQ Dairy Herd Management Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 6 NFQ Drystock Management Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 6 NFQ Horticulture Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 5 NFQ Horticulture Advanced Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 6 NFQ Agriculture - Advanced Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 6 NFQ Agriculture Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College Level 5 NFQ Office Administration Killarney Community College Level 5 NFQ Horticulture Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College

Award

Art - Portfolio Preparation Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare & Early Learning Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Systems and Networks Killester College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Montessori Teaching Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Animal Science Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Security Systems Installation & Maintenance Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Science - Pre University Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Cultural & Heritage Studies Pre - University Arts Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Information Technology & eBusiness Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Pharmacy Assistant Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Systems and IT Killester College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Animal Science Advanced Killester College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care and Education with Special Needs Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ “Early Childhood Care, Education & Special Needs” Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Information Processing Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Office Administration Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business - Advanced Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Horticulture Kilmallock College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Administration - Microsoft Office Specialist Kilrush Community School Level 5 NFQ Theatre Performance Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Outdoor Adventure Education Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care and Education - Advanced Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Office Administration Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Multimedia Production - Advanced Certificate Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Professional Cookery Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Multimedia Production Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Drama - Advanced Acting Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Healthcare Support / Caring for the Elderly Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Film & TV Production - Advanced Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Permaculture - Sustainable Horticulture Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care and Education Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Permaculture - Sustainable Horticulture - Advanced Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Art - Advanced Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ TV and Film Kinsale College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Outdoor Leadership Kinsale College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Computer & Business Studies Kinsale Community School Level 5 NFQ Motor Technology Kylemore College Level 5 NFQ Music - Technology Kylemore College Level 5 NFQ Music - Performance Kylemore College Level 5 NFQ Outdoor Recreation Lanesboro Community College Level 5 NFQ Music Lanesboro Community College Level 5 NFQ Office Administration LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 5 NFQ Business Administration LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 6 NFQ Nursing Studies (Pre Nursing) LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 5 NFQ Horticultural Studies LCFE Cappamore Campus Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Engineering Technology Construction Technology e-Business Media Production Tourism & Travel - Travel Agency Studies Performance - Drama Foundation Care of the Special Child - Special Needs Assistant Social Care Media Production Youth Studies & Community Development Montessori 2 1/2 years to 6 years Montessori & Childcare Early Childhood Care & Education Early Childhood Care & Education CISCO Networking Access Course for Higher Education - Young Adults TAP Counselling Skills - Foundation Studies Social Care Early Childhood Care & Education - with High Scope Social Studies - Applied - Mature Students Social Studies - Applied - Young Adults Addictions - Foundation Studies Liberal Arts - Access to University Tourism & Travel - Airline Studies - Cabin Crew Networking Technician “Health Care Assistant - Maternity, Paediatric, General & Older Person” Actor Training - Advanced Homecare Assistant Art & Craft - Professional Practice “Art, Craft & Design - Portfolio Preparation” Classroom Assistant - Special Needs Assistant Early Childhood Care & Education - Working with School Age Children Fashion Design & Retail Studies Art & Design - Portfolio Beauty & Complementary Therapies Legal Administration Accounting Technician Fashion Design & Textile Studies Community & Health Services Art & Design Portfolio with Graphic Design Reception - Office Administration Hairdressing with Cosmetic Studies Photography Accounting & Finance with IT Computer Systems & Networks - Advanced Nursing Studies - Pre-Nursing Marketing European Studies & French Retail Studies “Art, Craft & Design”

LCFE Cappamore Campus LCFE Cappamore Campus Leixlip VTOS Centre Liberties College

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 5-6 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ

Liberties College

Level 5 NFQ

Liberties College Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education Limerick College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Limerick College of Further Education Level 5-6 NFQ Limerick College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Limerick College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Limerick College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Limerick College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Limerick College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College Travel & Tourism Services Limerick College of Further Education Radio Broadcasting & Music Management Limerick College of Further Education Broadcast Journalism & Media Studies Limerick College of Further Education Business Communications with English as a Second language - ESL Limerick College of Further Education Business Administration Limerick College of Further Education Photography - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Computer Applications Limerick College of Further Education Print Journalism Limerick College of Further Education “Business - Enterprise, Marketing & Management - Advanced” Limerick College of Further Education Media Production - Radio - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Pharmacy Assistant Limerick College of Further Education Salon Management Limerick College of Further Education Art - Advanced Certificate Limerick College of Further Education Fashion Design & Textile Studies - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education TV & Film Production - Film Studies Limerick College of Further Education Healthcare Support Limerick College of Further Education Social Studies - Applied Limerick College of Further Education Event Management with TV Studies Limerick College of Further Education Science Applied - Laboratory Techniques Limerick College of Further Education Emergency Care Personnel Limerick College of Further Education “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Limerick College of Further Education Multimedia Animation - Game Design Limerick College of Further Education Journalism - Writing Skills with Radio Limerick College of Further Education Travel & Tourism - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Multimedia & Web Development - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Art & Design Portfolio with Animation & Illustration Limerick College of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs- Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education - Children with Additional Needs - Special Needs Assisting Limerick College of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education with Montessori Limerick College of Further Education Business Studies Limerick College of Further Education TV Studies - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Sports Injury Management Limerick College of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Computer Systems & Networks Limerick College of Further Education Economics with Business Limerick College of Further Education Business Administration - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Construction Technology - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Customer Services Operations Limerick College of Further Education Costume Design for Theatre & Film Limerick College of Further Education Creative Craft Limerick College of Further Education Culinary Skills Limerick College of Further Education Music Technology & Sound Production Limerick College of Further Education Engineering Technology - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Healthcare Support - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Horticulture Studies - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Leisure Facility Supervisory Management Limerick College of Further Education Lens Based Art - Photography & Video Limerick College of Further Education

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Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Nursing Studies - Pre Nursing - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Performing Arts Limerick College of Further Education “Sports, Recreation & Exercise - Advanced” Limerick College of Further Education App & Software Development Limerick College of Further Education Software Development - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Administration - Advanced Limerick College of Further Education Animation & Digital Movie Limerick College of Further Education “Arts, Culture & History” Limerick College of Further Education Blacksmith & Iron Craft - East Limerick Campus Limerick College of Further Education Jewellery Making & Art Metal Craft Limerick College of Further Education Office Informatics Limerick College of Further Education Software Development Limerick College of Further Education Office Administration for Business Listowel Community College Healthcare Support - Community Care - Caring for the Elderly Listowel Community College Nursing Studies Listowel Community College Hairdressing Listowel Community College Sports and Recreation Studies Listowel Community College Business with Marketing / Administration Listowel Community College Early Childhood Care & Education - Supervision in Childcare Listowel Community College Art Listowel Community College Horsemanship Listowel Community College Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assistant Listowel Community College Engineering Technology Listowel Community College Animal Care and Groomong Listowel Community College Inclusive Education and Special Needs Awareness Listowel Community College Carpentry and Joinery Listowel Community College Web and App Development Listowel Community College Music Technology Listowel Community College Science - Applied Listowel Community College Food Science and Nutrition Listowel Community College Pre - University Arts - Culture & Heritage Studies Listowel Community College Office Administration Lough Allen College Outdoor Sport & Recreation Lough Allen College Sports Recreation & Exercise Lough Allen College Business - Advanced Lough Allen College Business Administration Loughrea Vocational School - St Brigid’s Computers & Business Studies for Adults Mallow College of Further Education Art. Craft & Design Mallow College of Further Education Accounting Technician Mallow College of Further Education Social Studies - Applied Mallow College of Further Education Complementary Health Mallow College of Further Education Nursing Studies Mallow College of Further Education Beauty Therapy & Body Therapy Diplomas Mallow College of Further Education Hairdressing Mallow College of Further Education “Early Childhood Care, Education & Special Needs - Advanced” Mallow College of Further Education Sound Production Mallow College of Further Education Animal Care Mallow College of Further Education Security and Crimonology Mallow College of Further Education Business - Advanced Mallow College of Further Education Animal Science - Advanced Mallow College of Further Education Healthcare Support - Care of the Elderly Mallow College of Further Education “Sports, Recreation & Massage Studies” Mallow College of Further Education Business Studies Mallow College of Further Education

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Gaming Design and Development Early Childhood Care & Education Early Childhood Care, Education & Special Needs Legal Secretary Medical Secretary Business Administration Early Childhood Care, Education & Montessori Security Operations & Management Early Childhood Care, Education & Montessori - Advanced “Sports, Recreation & Injury Therapy” Sound & Radio Production - Advanced Beauty Therapy - Advanced Computer Systems & Networks Software Development Networks and Software Development - Advanced Video & Media Business Administration Theatre Performance Nursing Studies - Introduction Dental Nursing Tourism with Business Legal Secretarial Studies Medical & Administration Studies Beauty Therapy Photography - Portfolio Preparation Journalism with Photography Early Childhood Care & Education Graphic Design & Illustration Administration - Advanced Computer & Business with Digital Marketing Supervision in Childcare Community Health Services Business Early Childhood Care & Education Early Childhood Care & Education Business Studies Healthcare Support Information Processing - ECDL Art. Craft & Design Nursing Studies Sport & Recreation Early Childhood Care & Education Social Studies - Applied Secretarial Studies - Medical & Legal Advanced ICT - Administration Hairdressing Childcare Early Childhood Care & Education Sport & Recreation Nursing Studies - Healthcare Support Early Childhood Care & Education Supervision in Early Childhood Care & Education Art & Craft Art & Design Business Computing - Advanced Early Childhood Care & Education Computer Studies

Award

Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education

Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Mallow College of Further Education Mallow College of Further Education Maria Immaculata Community College Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education

Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

Marino College of Further Education Marino College of Further Education Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College McEgan College Mercy College Galway Mercy College Sligo Mercy College Sligo Mercy College Sligo Midland School of Childcare

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Midland School of Childcare Moate Business College Moate Business College Moate Business College Moate Business College Moate Business College

Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Community Health Services Moate Business College “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Moate Business College Administration - Advanced Moate Business College Nursing Studies Moate Business College Business & Office Administration Moate Business College Tourism with Business Moate Business College Liberal Arts - Pre - University Moate Business College Tourism with Business Moate Business College Media Studies Moate Business College Early Childhood Care & Education Moate Business College Community Care Moate Business College Community Development Moate Business College Healthcare Support Moate Business College Motor Vehicle Technology Moate Business College Theatre Performance Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Healthcare Support Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Beauty Therapy Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Tourism & Travel Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Beauty Therapy Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Veterinary Assistant - Animal Care Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Tourism & Event Management Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Horticulture Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Youthwork Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Sport Science & Physiology Monaghan Inst of FE & Training Sport & Leisure Management Monaghan Institute Nursing Studies Monaghan Institute Information Processing Monaghan Institute Business & Office Administration Monaghan Institute Art. Craft & Design - Portfolio Preparation Monaghan Institute Social Studies & Psychology- Applied Monaghan Institute Multimedia Production Monaghan Institute Ecology-Conservation and Sustainable Development Monaghan Institute Engineering Technology Monaghan Institute Construction Technology & Renewable Energy Systems Monaghan Institute “Health, Fitness & Sport Performance” Monaghan Institute Animal Science Monaghan Institute Arts Administration Monaghan Institute Radio Production Monaghan Institute Pharmacy Assistant Monaghan Institute Community Development Monaghan Institute Sport Coaching & Exercise Studies Monaghan Institute Film & Television Production Monaghan Institute “Accounting, Payroll & Clerical Studies” Monaghan Institute Community & Social Care Monaghan Institute Multimedia & Web Development Monaghan Institute Sport & Physical Therapy Studies Monaghan Institute Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Certificate Monaghan Institute Early Childhood Care & Education Monaghan Institute Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assistant Monaghan Institute Retail Practice Monaghan Institute Early Childhood Care & Education - Special Needs Assistant - Advanced Cert Monaghan Institute Education & Training Monaghan Institute Food Science & Health and Nutrition Studies Monaghan Institute Digital Marketing Monaghan Institute Furniture Design Monaghan Institute Animal Care - Veterinary Assistant Monaghan Institute Hairdressing Monaghan Institute

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5-6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5-6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5-6 NFQ

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IT & Business Management - Advanced Monaghan Institute Computer Games Design & Programming Monaghan Institute Horticulture - Advanced Certificate Monaghan Institute Computer Systems and Network Maintenance Monaghan Institute Agriculture - Advanced Mountbellew Agricultural College Agriculture Mountbellew Agricultural College Drystock Management - Advanced Mountbellew Agricultural College Agriculture - Green Certificate Level 5 Mountbellew Agricultural College Agriculture - Green Certificate - Level 6 Mountbellew Agricultural College Office Administration Moyne College Early Childhood Care & Education Moyne College Nursing Studies - Community Care - Healthcare Support Moyne College “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” Moyne College Engineering Technology Moyne College Childcare including Special Needs Muine Bheag Vocational School Office Administration - ECDL & Receptionist Muine Bheag Vocational School Creative Craft Muine Bheag Vocational School Healthcare Support Muine Bheag Vocational School “Sport, Exercise & Fitness” Muine Bheag Vocational School Nursing Studies Muine Bheag Vocational School Business Administration - Advanced Muine Bheag Vocational School Business Studies Mullingar Community College Beauty & Body Therapy Mullingar Community College Early Childhood Care & Education with Special Needs Assisting Mullingar Community College Business Management - Advanced Mullingar Community College Computer Application & Technology Mullingar Community College Certificate in Aquaculture National Fisheries College of Ireland Commercial Fishing National Fisheries College of Ireland Passenger Boat Proficiency National Fisheries College of Ireland E-Learning Navigation & Stability National Fisheries College of Ireland Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 3 National Fisheries College of Ireland Skipper - Second Hand Limited (Donegal) National Fisheries College of Ireland Skipper - Second Hand Limited (Cork) National Fisheries College of Ireland Skipper - Second Hand Full (Cork) National Fisheries College of Ireland Skipper - Second Hand Full (Donegal) National Fisheries College of Ireland Skipper - Full (Cork) National Fisheries College of Ireland Skipper - Full (Donegal) National Fisheries College of Ireland Office Administration Nenagh College Early Childhood Care and Education Nenagh College Social Studies - Applied Nenagh College Sport & Recreation Nenagh College Early Childhood Care & Education Nenagh College Engineering Technology with Renewal Energies Nenagh College Information Processing New Ross Vocational College Office Administration New Ross Vocational College Horticulture New Ross Vocational College Early Childhood Care & Education New Ross Vocational College Early Childhood Care & Education New Ross Vocational College Community Health Services New Ross Vocational College Business Administration Newport College - St Josephs Early Childhood Care & Education Newport College - St Josephs Healthcare Support Newport College - St Josephs Social Studies - Applied Newport College - St Josephs Nursing - Studies North Connaught College Security Studies North Connaught College Beauty Therapy North Connaught College

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Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Retail Practice Community Development Administration - Advanced Security Operations - Advanced Business Early Childhood Care & Education Supervision in Childcare Tourism “Auctioneering, Estate Agency & Valuation” Business Studies - Legal Secretarial Business Studies - Medical Secretarial Golf & Sports Turf Management Healthcare Support Office Administration Tourism with Business “Sports, Recreation & Exercise” Office & Administration Skills Engineering Studies Psychology & Social Studies - Applied Holistic Health Studies Art. Craft & Design Nursing Studies Travel & Tourism Graphic Design Healthcare Support Photographic Studies Creative Media & Web Development Sport. Health & Fitness Studies Software Development Business Administration - Advanced Early Childhood Care & Education Advanced Information Technology. Multimedia & Games Studies Creative Media - Advanced eBusiness Sports Development - Advanced Early Childhood Care & Education Software Development Digital Marketing Fine Art - Portfolio Preparation Art - Fine Art - Advanced Nursing Studies Office Administration Media Studies Animal Care Community Care Security Studies Beauty Therapy Exercise & Health Fitness Early Childhood Care & Education Early Childhood Care & Education Beauty Therapy Tourism and Business Art with Animation Studies Healthcare Support Early Childhood Care & Education Nursing Studies eBusiness Engineering Technology Agriculture Agriculture - Specific Purpose in Farm Administration - Green Cert

Award

North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College North Connaught College Oaklands Community College O’Connell Centre O’Connell Centre O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ

O’Fiaich Institute

Level 6 NFQ

O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute O’Fiaich Institute Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Ormonde College of Further Education Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Level 6 NFQ

Course_Title College Agricultural Mechanisation Dairy Herd Management Horticulture - Amenity Retail Studies Complementary Medicine

Pallaskenry Agricultural College Pallaskenry Agricultural College Pearse College of Further Education Pearse College of Further Education Pearse College of Further Education

Soccer Career & Development (Coaching and Gym) Pearse College of Further Education Architectural Technology and Design Pearse College of Further Education Global Marketing & Business Studies Pearse College of Further Education Legal Studies Pearse College of Further Education Computer Work Skills - Advanced Pearse College of Further Education Languages & European Studies Pearse College of Further Education Business Management - Advanced Pearse College of Further Education Organic Gardening Pearse College of Further Education Landscape Design Pearse College of Further Education Computer Aided Design Pearse College of Further Education Complementary Medicine - Advanced Pearse College of Further Education Ecology in Ireland Pearse College of Further Education Soccer Career & Development - Advanced Pearse College of Further Education Food Science Pearse College of Further Education Sustainable Design and Innovation Pearse College of Further Education Creative Media Production Pearse College of Further Education Coding and Software Development Pearse College of Further Education Sustainable Landscapes Pearse College of Further Education Sustainable Construction Technologies Pearse College of Further Education Architectural Technology and Design 2 Pearse College of Further Education Archaeology and Heritage Pearse College of Further Education Carpentry & Joinery Studies Plunket College Accounting Technician - Year 1 Plunket College Motor Vehicle Maintenance Plunket College Holistic Health / Pre Nursing Plunket College Counselling & Psychology - Introduction Plunket College Third Level Access Course Plunket College Leaving Certificate - Repeat Plunket College Accounting Technician - Year 2 Plunket College Nursing Studies Portlaoise College Beauty Therapy Year 1 & 2 Portlaoise College Security & Criminology Portlaoise College Health & Fitness - Sports Coaching Portlaoise College Information Technology Portlaoise College Social Studies - Applied Portlaoise College Healthcare Assistant - Support Portlaoise College Supervision in Childcare Portlaoise College Business Studies with Clerical Skills Portlaoise College Health & Fitness - Leisure Management Portlaoise College Art & Digital Media Portlaoise College Community Development Portlaoise College Childhood Studies with Special Needs Assistant Portlaoise College Hairdressing Portlaoise College Hairdressing - Advanced Portlaoise College Business and Administration - Advanced Portlaoise College Engineering Technology Portlaoise College Education Practice Portlaoise College Mathematical Applications Portlaoise College Computer Systems and Networks Portlaoise College Certificate in Education and Training Portlaoise College Film Production - Advanced Diploma Pulse College Audio and Music Technology Pulse College Games Development Pulse College Animation Pulse College Sport & Recreation Ramsgrange Community School

Award Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5-6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Business & Computer Studies Ramsgrange Community School Office Administration Ramsgrange Community School Business & Marketing Rathmines College of Further Education Business - Legal Rathmines College of Further Education Marketing Rathmines College of Further Education Administration - Advanced Rathmines College of Further Education Journalism & Public Relations Rathmines College of Further Education Business - Finance Rathmines College of Further Education Medical Administration Rathmines College of Further Education Public Relations Rathmines College of Further Education Accounting & Business - Advanced Diploma Rathmines College of Further Education Accounting Technician with IT Applications Rathmines College of Further Education English & Information Technology for International Students Rathmines College of Further Education Computer Programming Rathmines College of Further Education Accounting Technician - Certified - ACCA Rathmines College of Further Education Creative Media Production - Journalism - HND Rathmines College of Further Education Business & IT Studies Rathmines College of Further Education Cultural & Corporate Project Management Rathmines College of Further Education Legal Studies Rathmines College of Further Education Secretarial Administration Rathmines College of Further Education Liberal Arts Rathmines College of Further Education Business - Advanced Rathmines College of Further Education Software Development Rathmines College of Further Education Executive Assistant Rathmines College of Further Education “Accountancy, Business & Taxation” Rathmines College of Further Education Computer Skills for Adults Rathmines College of Further Education Digital Communications Rathmines College of Further Education Networks for Small Business Rathmines College of Further Education Sales and Client Relationship Management Rathmines College of Further Education Computer Systems and Software Technology Ringsend College Business - Advanced Roscommon Community College Nursing Studies - Health Care Roscrea Community College Business Administration with Technology Roscrea Community College Security Studies with Criminology Roscrea Community College Administration with Human Resources - Advanced Roscrea Community College Early Childhood Care & Education Roscrea Community College Healthcare Support Roscrea Community College Art. Craft & Design Rossa College Healthcare Support Rossa College Horticulture Rossa College Art Rossa College Business - Advanced Rossa College Early Childhood Care & Education Rossa College Office Administration - Business Studies & Computers Rossa College Fashion Design Year 1 Sallynoggin College of Further Education Personal Training & Sports Therapies Sallynoggin College of Further Education Art. Craft & Design - Portfolio Preparation Sallynoggin College of Further Education Photography Sallynoggin College of Further Education “Tourism, Travel & Airline Studies” Sallynoggin College of Further Education Leisure Management & Fitness Instructor Sallynoggin College of Further Education Hairdressing & Beauty Specialist Sallynoggin College of Further Education Social Studies Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Award Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College

Award

Dance Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare Studies Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Travel & Tourism - Advanced Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ “Performing Arts Theatre, Film & TV Acting” Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare Management Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Fashion Industry Practice Year 1 Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Youthwork & Community studies Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Fashion Design Advanced Year 2 Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Fashion Industry Practice Advanced - Year 2 Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Social Studies - Advanced Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ “Tourism, Hotel and Leisure Operations” Sallynoggin College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Sancta Maria College Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Sancta Maria College Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Scoil Aireagail Level 5 NFQ Office Administration Scoil Chonglais Level 5 NFQ C˙rsa Curam LeanaÌ Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara Level 5 NFQ Business Studies - Secretarial Scoil Ruain Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Scoil Ruain Level 6 NFQ Resistance Training & Weight Training for Sport Setanta College Level 6 NFQ Physical Fitness & Conditioning + ITEC Gym Instruction Certificate Setanta College Level 6 NFQ Strength & Conditioning Setanta College Level 6 NFQ Physical Fitness & Conditioning for Sport Setanta College Level 6 NFQ Software Development Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art & Design Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Furniture Making & Design Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Interior Architecture and Design Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Veterinary Assistant Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business - Advanced Sligo College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Social Studies Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tourism & Event Management Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Building Technology and Design Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business Administration Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Childcare and Pre-School Education Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Occupational Health & Safety Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Security Studies Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Sligo College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Health Science and Complimentary Therapies Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Make Up Artistry Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Health Care Assistant Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Community Development Sligo College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Contact Centre Operations Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Tourism with Business Sligo College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Theatre Production Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hotel and Catering Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Health Services Supervisory Management Skills Sligo College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Design Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Construction Technology with Renewable Energy Systems Sligo College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Information Processing St. Aidan’s Community School Level 5 NFQ Payroll & Accounting with Administration St. Ailbe’s School Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies St. Ailbe’s School Level 5 NFQ Healthcare Support St. Ailbe’s School Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education St. Ailbe’s School Level 5 NFQ

Computer & Employment Skills - Basic St. Ailbe’s School Early Childhood Care & Education St. Catherine’s Vocational School Nursing Studies St. Catherine’s Vocational School Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced St. Catherine’s Vocational School Business Studies St. Colman’s Community College Childcare St. Colman’s Community College Community Care St. Colman’s Community College Business Studies & Digital Marketing St. Conleth’s Community College Business Studies - Wider Options St. Conleth’s Community College Beauty Therapy St. Conleth’s Community College “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” St. Conleth’s Community College Early Childhood Care & Education St. Conleth’s Community College “Art, Craft & Design - Portfolio Preparation” St. Conleth’s Community College Computer Science & Software Engineering St. Conleth’s Community College Nursing Studies St. Conleth’s Community College Community Care with Introduction to Youthwork St. Conleth’s Community College Criminology and Legal Studies St. Conleth’s Community College Business - Advanced St. Conleth’s Community College Childcare - Supervision St. Conleth’s Community College Construction Technology & Sustainable Energy St. Conleth’s Community College Business Studies St. Cuan’s College Early Childhood Care & Education St. Cuan’s College Healthcare Support St. Cuan’s College Horticulture St. Fanahan’s College Early Childhood Care & Education St. Fanahan’s College Healthcare Support St. Fanahan’s College Business. Secretarial & Administration Studies St. Fanahan’s College Early Childhood Education & Care - Advanced St. Fanahan’s College eBusiness - Information Technology & Office Administration St. Farnan’s Post Primary School Business & Computers St. John Bosco Community College Networks & Web Design St. John’s Central College Furniture Making & Restoration Skills St. John’s Central College Cartoon Animation St. John’s Central College Tourism & eTravel St. John’s Central College Film TV & Video Production St. John’s Central College Multimedia St. John’s Central College Computing & eBusiness St. John’s Central College Art. Craft & Design St. John’s Central College Interior Architecture & Design St. John’s Central College Photographic Studies St. John’s Central College Hairdressing St. John’s Central College Graphic Design & Illustration St. John’s Central College Software Engineering St. John’s Central College Veterinary Nursing - Advanced St. John’s Central College Architectural Draughting - Advanced CAD St. John’s Central College Applied Science with Environmental Studies St. John’s Central College Motorcycle & Small Engine Maintenance St. John’s Central College Applied Science St. John’s Central College Motor Maintenance & Light Engineering St. John’s Central College Jewellery & Art Metal Craft St. John’s Central College Film. TV & Video Production - Advanced St. John’s Central College Computer Game Design & Development St. John’s Central College Pharmacy Assistant St. John’s Central College Interior Design in 3D Studies - HND St. John’s Central College

Level 4 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College

Award

Multimedia - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Networks & Web Design - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Veterinary Nursing St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Canine Studies & Management St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Animal Management & Enterprise St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Musical Instrument Making & Repair St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Fine Art - Painting Sculpture St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Computer Training - Applied St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Computing & eBusiness - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 5-6 NFQ Photographic Studies St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Design for Homes St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Tourism & eTravel Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Interior Architecture & Design - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Fashion Design St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Animal Care - Canine Husbandry St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Animal Care - Companion & Captive Animal St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Cartoon Animation - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Cloud Computing - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Computer Game Design & Development - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Fashion Design - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Illustration St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Musical Instrument Making & Repair - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Sustainable Technology St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ IT Sales & Digital Marketing St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Mechanical Engineering St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Cloud Computing St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Design for 3D Printing St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ ICT Technical Writing St. John’s Central College Level 5 NFQ Jewellery & Art Metalcraft - Advanced St. John’s Central College Level 6 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education St. Josephs College Summerhill Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education St. Josephs College Summerhill Level 6 NFQ Sport & Recreation St. Joseph’s Secondary School Ballybunion Level 5 NFQ Business Studies St. Joseph’s Secondary School Ballybunion Level 5 NFQ Business Studies - Focus on Pre - Garda Studies St. Joseph’s Secondary School Ballybunion Level 5 NFQ Electronic Engineering St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Mechanical Engineering St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Leisure Management St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Laboratory Science St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Photography St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Film & Documentary Production St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Outdoor Recreation St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care and Education St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Community & Child Development St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 5 NFQ Photography - Advanced St. Kevin’s College Crumlin Level 6 NFQ Business Studies - Secretarial St. Kevin’s Community College Level 5 NFQ Business & Secretarial Studies St. Killians Vocational School Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ Childcare - Working with the under fives St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ Childcare - Early Care & Education St. Louis Community School Level 6 NFQ Community Care St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ “Sport, Recreation & Exercise” St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing - Introduction St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ Business Administration St. Louis Community School Level 6 NFQ Business with Finance or IT Focus St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing - Professional Advanced St. Louis Community School Level 6 NFQ “Sports, Recreation & Exercise” St. Louis Community School Level 6 NFQ Beauty Therapy St. Louis Community School Level 5 NFQ Childcare St. Oliver’s Post Primary School Level 5 NFQ St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School Shannon Level 5 NFQ Childcare

Course_Title College

Award

Sport & Recreation Management St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School Shannon Level 5 NFQ St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School Shannon Level 5 NFQ Business Administration Business Studies - Secretarial St. Paul’s Community College Level 5 NFQ Engineering Technology St. Paul’s Community College Level 5 NFQ Information Technology St. Paul’s Community College Level 5 NFQ Office Administration St. Tiernans College Crossmolina Level 5 NFQ Information Technology St. Tiernan’s College of Further Studies Level 5 NFQ Office Administration with Reception Skills St. Tiernan’s College of Further Studies Level 5 NFQ Business Technology with Marketing St. Tiernan’s College of Further Studies Level 5 NFQ Media Foundation Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Travel & Tourism Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Photography Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Art Foundation Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Skills for Business Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Event Management Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Multimedia Production Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Journalism Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Multimedia & Web Development Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Animation Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Business and Computer Skills Stillorgan College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Horticulture Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Business Studies Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Beauty Therapy Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ “Art, Craft & Design” Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Nursing Studies Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Templemichael College Level 6 NFQ Information Technology & Game Design Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Motor Technology Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Business Management Advanced Templemichael College Level 6 NFQ Beauty Therapy Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ PC Maintenance & Servicing Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Business Administration Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Multimedia & Web Design Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Horticulture Templemichael College Level 6 NFQ Healthcare Support Templemichael College Level 5 NFQ Security Studies Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Diploma Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Complementary Therapies Templemore College of Further Education Beauty Therapy Templemore College of Further Education Level 5-6 NFQ Horticulture Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Golf and Sports Turf Management Templemore College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Tourism with Business and Heritage Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Computer Aided Design for Green Building Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Hairdressing Advanced Diploma Templemore College of Further Education Early Childhood Care & Education - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Security Operations - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Media Production Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Applied Psychology & Social Studies Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Interior Design with Architecture and Technology Templemore College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Business Administration Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Early Childhood Care & Education Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Youthwork Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Creative Media Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Film and TV Production Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Film and TV Production - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ Media Production - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Level 6 NFQ “Sports, Recreation and Exercise” Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ Legal Studies Templemore College of Further Education Level 5 NFQ

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Course_Title College Information Processing Templemore College of Further Education Business - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Interior Design Templemore College of Further Education Cartoon Animation - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Horticulture - Advanced Templemore College of Further Education Software Development Templemore College of Further Education Computer Systems and Networks Templemore College of Further Education Make-Up Artistry Templemore College of Further Education Horsemanship Templemore College of Further Education European Studies Templemore College of Further Education Business Studies Tullamore College Office Administration Tullow Community School Nursing Studies Waterford College of Further Education Tourism & Travel Industry Studies Waterford College of Further Education Electronic Technology Waterford College of Further Education Art & Design - Portfolio Waterford College of Further Education Journalism & Photography Waterford College of Further Education Childcare Waterford College of Further Education Holistic Therapies Waterford College of Further Education Sport & Recreation Waterford College of Further Education Business Studies Waterford College of Further Education Construction Technology Waterford College of Further Education Multimedia Waterford College of Further Education Advanced Certificate in Childcare Waterford College of Further Education Hairdressing - Year 1 Waterford College of Further Education Fitness & Health Waterford College of Further Education Photographic Studies Waterford College of Further Education Special Needs Assistant Waterford College of Further Education Computer & Network Maintenance Waterford College of Further Education Business - Advanced Certificate Waterford College of Further Education Social Studies - Applied Waterford College of Further Education Sound Engineering & Music Technology Waterford College of Further Education Healthcare Support Waterford College of Further Education “Sports, Physical Fitness & Massage� Waterford College of Further Education Photography - Advanced Waterford College of Further Education Hospitality Operations Waterford College of Further Education Hairdressing - Year 2 Waterford College of Further Education Sports Therapy & Injury Management Waterford College of Further Education Social Care - Advanced Certificate Waterford College of Further Education Beauty Therapy - Year 2 Waterford College of Further Education Business Studies with Digital Marketing Waterford College of Further Education Applied Science Laboratory Studies Waterford College of Further Education Beauty Therapy - Year 1 Waterford College of Further Education Hairdressing Westport College of Further Education Office Administration Westport College of Further Education Art Westport College of Further Education Furniture Design Westport College of Further Education Agriculture Westport College of Further Education Horticulture Westport College of Further Education Motor Technology Westport College of Further Education Photography Westport College of Further Education Hairdressing - Professional - Senior Trade Westport College of Further Education Professional Photography Westport College of Further Education Emergency Medical Services Training Westport College of Further Education Beauty Therapy Westport College of Further Education Animal Care Westport College of Further Education Agriculture - Advanced Westport College of Further Education Beauty Therapy - Advanced Westport College of Further Education Horticulture - Advanced Westport College of Further Education Nursing Studies Wexford Vocational College Art. Craft & Design Wexford Vocational College Community & Health Services Wexford Vocational College

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Award Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Course_Title College Receptionist & Administration Graphic Design Social Studies - Applied Pre 3rd Level Office and Computer Studies Early Childhood Care & Education Healthcare Support Retail & Administration Assistant Business Studies Payroll & Accounts Skills Childcare Office Administration Insurance & Banking English Language & Business Business & Finance Health Administration Financial & Legal Services - Advanced Community Care PC Specialist Receptionist Administration Childcare Supervisor Healthcare Support Worker Community & Health Services Childcare - Working in Childcare with Special Needs Business Studies with Computers Applied Ecology Computer Systems & Networks Computer Systems & Networks - Advanced English Language & Executive Administration Nutrition & Dietetics Cloud Computing Food Science

Award

Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Wexford Vocational College Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education

Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ

Whitehall College of Further Education

Level 6 NFQ

Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education Whitehall College of Further Education

Level 6 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ Level 5 NFQ



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