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Welcome to the 2011/12 guide to 3rd level & further education Good information and advice is essential for young people seeking to plot their learning and career path in a challenging world. School leavers need to know what courses and careers suit their skills and abilities, where the best prospects lie, and most of all, what they will enjoy doing with their lives. Having a real appetite for a subject is the best motivation to succeed. It gives me great pleasure therefore, to introduce The 2011/2012 Guide to 3rd Level & Further Education. In the following pages you will find a wealth of helpful material on making the right college selection. Employment areas from Art to Agriculture and Bioscience to Banking are explored in depth: in terms of both course and career options. Several honest and informative career profiles are provided by professionals across a wide range of sectors. The college experiences of Irish ‘success stories’ offers insightful advice to readers on the cusp of a great transition in their lives. We also provide detailed guidance on key considerations for college goers, including accommodation, funding, the CAO process, and facilities and services for the disabled. And as usual we provide an exhaustive list of higher and further educati on courses in Ireland, and profiles of all the major course providers at third level. Together with companion (and free) website www.gotocollege.ie, The 2011/2012 Guide to 3rd Level & Further Education is an essential tool for any school leaver considering their future in full time education. I wish you all the best of luck in your search for a suitable course and career. And remember, despite all the bad news, the future is what you make it! Kevin Branigan Learning Ireland September 2011

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Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page Kevin’s Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What are my Options? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What’s Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Introducing the NFQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Third Level Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Further Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 My College Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Other Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Repeating the Leaving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Volunteering Pays Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Get Away to the UK - Study Abroad . . . . . 15

.............................. Career Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What Career is Right for You . . . . . . . . . . 17 My College Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Hot Careers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

.............................. CAO Explained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Applying to the CAO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 CAO Timetable - Dates & Deadlines . . . . . 21 My College Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Careers Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

AGRIBUSINESS & AGRICULTURE . . . . . Agribusiness & Agriculture . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ireland’s Agriculture Food Industry - A Continuing Success Story . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Animal & Veterinary Studies . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Environmental Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Horticulture & Forestry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ART, DESIGN, MUSIC & THEATRE . . . . Animation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Art Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Performance - Dance, Drama & Theatre . . 34 Dance Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ARTS & HUMANITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Geography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Philosophy & Theology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Politics, International Relations & European Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Feature Artice: Why Study Arts? . . . . . . . . 41 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

BUSINESS, FINANCE & LAW . . . . . . . . . Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Banking & Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . 43

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Hospitality & Hotel Management . . . . . . . 81 Hotel Management Career Profile . . . . . . .82 Sports & Leisure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Business Studies & Commerce . . . . . . . . 43 Feature Article: Entrepreneurship – why go it alone? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 International Business & Commerce . . . . 45 International Business Career Profile . . . . 45 Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

COMPUTERS & IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Information Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Information Technology Career Profile . . . 49 Multimedia & Web Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Software & Game Development . . . . . . . . 50 Feature Article: Stellar Opportunities Ahead for the Social Media Generation . . . . . . . . 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

EDUCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Early Childhood & Montessori Education . 53 Primary Teaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Secondary Teaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Second Level Teaching Career Profile . . . 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

FOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Where will I study? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

UNIVERTIES Universities A-Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY Institute of Technology A-Z . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

COLLEGES OF EDUCATION Colleges of Education A-Z . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

STATE & OTHER COLLEGES State & Other Colleges A-Z . . . . . . . . . . . 89

INDEPENDENT COLLEGES Independent Colleges A-Z . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cheffing & Culinary Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Cheffing Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Food Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Nutrition & Diet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What will I study? Universities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Institutes of Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Colleges of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 State & Other Colleges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Independent Colleges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Post Leaving Cert Colleges . . . . . . . . . . 111 A-Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

HEALTH & MEDICINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dentistry & Dental Hygiene . . . . . . . . . . . . Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medicine Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occupational, Speech and Language Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Physiotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psychiology Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Planning Ahead . . . . . . Open Days - try before you buy . . . . . . . 134 Open Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Funding Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Student Accommodation . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Mature Students - What you need to know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Students with Disabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

LANGUAGES, MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Journalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Feature Article: Journalism – still alive and kicking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Film, TV & Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PUBLIC & CIVIL SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . Defence Forces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Garda Síochána . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Social & Community Work . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Social Work Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING . . . . . . . . . . . Bioscience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Bioscience Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science . . . . 73 Feature Article: A Life in Research . . . . . . 74 Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Engineering Career Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Mathematics & Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

TOURISM, LEISURE & HOSPITALITY . . . Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Event Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAO Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 PLC Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Further Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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what are my options?

whats next

National Framework of Qualifications

Introducing the NFQ

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a system of ten levels of education and training awards that incorporates all forms of learning: second level, further education, third level, apprenticeships, postgraduate, professional qualifications, etc. The Framework enables learners to compare and contrast the value of qualifications, and to facilitate progress, for example, from further to higher education. The NFQ also enables employers and colleges abroad to effectively evaluate the abilities of an Irish candidate. It makes good sense to familiarise yourself with the NFQ at this early stage. The modern

AWARDING BODIES IoT - Institutes of Technology (make their own awards at specified levels under Delegated Authority from HETAC)

Major Awards: are the principal class of awards made at a level Minor Awards: are for partial completion of the outcomes for a Major Award

Supplemental Awards: are for learning that is additional to a Major Award Special Purpose Awards: are for relatively narrow or purpose-specific achievement

Universities

Funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan, 2007 - 2013.

There are four types of award in the National Framework of Qualifications:

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economy encourages and rewards lifelong learning, and many of you will still be seeking

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to develop your qualifications at various stages during your future career.

Third Level Education A new challenge Undergraduate education in Ireland is of a very high standard and is internationally recognised for its high quality of graduates. Courses are available in a wide variety of subject areas, from Bar Management to Biomedical Engineering and English to Equine Science. But no matter which college and course you attend, you are sure to receive a skillset suitable for any number of careers and a thorough preparation for the workplace. In order to make the most of this opportunity however, students need to be prepared to work hard and self-motivate. Third level education can be very demanding, in terms of both the complexity of the subject matter and the workload. Tutors, lecturers and other college staff are always available to offer support and

assistance but they will not hound you for assignments, as was the case in school; so you will need to take greater responsibility for your studies. Bearing in mind that the average college has a dropout rate of over 10%, it’s important that you are fully committed to the subject and are ready to work hard when enrolling in a third level course.

Structure The majority of third level courses in Ireland are provided by state funded institutions such as the universities, institutes of technology and colleges of education. Other providers of undergraduate courses include various independent and private colleges. See College Profiles for contact details and

descriptions of individual institutions. Third level courses occupy levels 6 to 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (see Introducing the NFQ for more information). A third level qualification is necessary if you want to progress to a postgraduate level 9 or 10 award, which in turn is often (but not always!) a requisite for plum jobs in sectors such as finance, health & medicine, law, engineering and architecture.

Services and facilities Most third level institutions, and the universities in particular, offer a wide variety of facilities, supports and services to students. A bustling third level college can be an


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Further opportunities for recreation are provided by the on-campus bar and canteen. Most canteens provide food at a subsidised student rate and are a hive of activity during the college day. Music and comedy gigs are regularly held in the student bar, where students can enjoy a game of pool between

study sessions and lectures – over a cup of coffee of course!

organisational and people skills will be a significant addition to your CV.

All third level colleges provide some level of sporting facilities to students. From pitches to gyms and swimming pools, you are sure to find an activity or team that suits your interests and abilities. Larger institutions such as the universities have the most facilities and facilitate a wider range of sports.

Third level colleges provide a wide range of other student services. These include the accommodation office which helps with arranging student housing on or off campus; financial assistance for students who are in danger of dropping out due to financial pressures; free student counselling; medical services in the form of a resident nurse/doctor or a visiting health professional; academic support for students struggling with issues such as note-taking, studying, essay-writing, etc; and of course the college library.

The students’ union (SU) is also a feature of higher education in Ireland, every student automatically becoming a member on registering with a college. The students’ union has several functions such as providing students with welfare and accommodation advice, organising student events and running a students’ union shop. Working with the SU is an enjoyable way to get the most from college life, and the acquisition of

Be sure to make the most of these facilities and services, as they are sure to make your time in college more enjoyable and productive.

Further Education Each year the hype surrounding the CAO points race, often generated by sources outside the school gates such as parents and the media, can overshadow viable alternatives to a third level education. Further education programmes at levels 5 or 6 of the NFQ, commonly referred to as PLC (post-leaving cert) courses, are an excellent example of such an alternative. FETAC (the Further Education and Training Awards Council) has made over one million quality-assured NFQ awards. Subject areas include Agriculture, Childcare, Tourism, Beauty, Animal Care, Electrical, Equitation, Computing, Arts and Business. From introductory overviews to the highest levels of proficiency, there are awards and standards to meet everyone’s learning needs. With a range of over 2,000 awards to choose from, getting recognition for learning, talents, skills and ability is within everyone’s grasp. Standards are set in consultation with employers and industry experts and are informed by national and international research and practice.

Why choose a PLC programme? First and foremost plc courses are vocational in nature and designed to prepare students for the workplace – most include a stint of work experience. Besides imparting careerspecific expertise, the courses also instil core abilities such as communications and computer skills, which are required in all jobs nowadays. Further education awards are created with the current needs of industry and employers firmly in mind. The second major reason for doing a plc course is progression to a third level programme – approximately 18% of 2011 CAO applicants had a FETAC award. Some students may be unsure about their career preference and are unwilling to commit to a three or four-year, expensive degree course. The normally one-year plc programme affords

some breathing space, and enables students to test the water in a particular field of study. Others might simply have failed to acquire enough CAO points to land a place in their chosen degree course.

Facilitating progression Different schemes enable these students to progress to third level. The HELS (Higher Education Links Scheme) involves over eighty Level 5 and twenty Level 6 courses, which enable students to enter specified undergraduate programmes in 40 higher education institutions. Students considering this pathway should first identify their intended third level qualification, and enrol in an appropriate plc course that enables progression with the HELS. Students who fail to gain entry to a nursing degree for instance, can enrol in one of three FETAC level 5 programmes: Nursing Studies, Community and Health Services, or Healthcare Support. On completion of the course, they can apply to a nursing degree course in one of 12 third level colleges. Nursing in particular is a highly popular career choice, so you should be aware that a limited number of nursing degree course places are awarded on a lottery basis to FETAC award holders. As well as the HELS, over 20 institutes of technology and colleges facilitate enrolment by holders of designated FETAC level 5 and 6 awards through the Pilot Scheme. It works by allocating a maximum of 400 points, with the same value as Leaving Cert points, to FETAC award holders. Progression through both the HELS and Pilot Scheme is done through the CAO. For a full list of applicable FETAC level 5 and 6 courses, and participating higher education institutions, please visit www.fetac.ie. In terms of the success achieved by FETAC applicants to higher education, it is worth noting that 2010 was the first time the

prestigious Graduate of the Year title was awarded to a mature student, a student who earned his place in UCC through further education.

Local learning A number of other factors contribute to the attractiveness of further education. Such is the proliferation of colleges of further education and community colleges that the majority of readers will live within commuting distance of a PLC course provider. Further education colleges often have a number of student facilities such as an accommodation office, IT facilities, a library, sporting facilities and student social events. If you begin falling behind there are support systems in place in all colleges. Early in the year study skills seminars are available to all students. To help you decide what is available to you at the end of your course, a guidance and counselling service is available. Later whether you are submitting an entry to the CAO for third level in Ireland, to UCAS in Britain, or thinking about your career area, a guidance counsellor is available for consultation on a one-to-one basis. The sheer abundance of courses available also ensures that PLC class sizes are usually small, which is a bonus in terms of individual attention received from the teacher, fewer distractions during class, etc. And last but certainly not least, further education costs are extremely reasonable and far less than third level registration fees.

PLC applications Academic requirements for PLC course entry are generally a lot less than for a third level programme. Further education courses are open to those with a Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification. It is recommended however, that you check individual course

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intimidating atmosphere for the ‘fresher’, so student societies represent a great way to meet and befriend people with similar interests at an early stage. Societies are very popular in Irish colleges and in general the bigger the institution, the more there are to choose from. You will find societies representing interests in a huge range of areas: film, culture, history, sport, politics, charity, etc. Besides a passion for their subject matter, student societies share a recreational ethos and regularly organise events such as social nights and daytrips.


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what are my optIons? requirements as some may require a minimum result in English, Maths or another specific Leaving Cert subject. Some courses, such as in arts & crafts for example, will require applicants to submit a portfolio of work. Applications by mature students without a Leaving Cert are welcomed, as work and life experience is taken into account.

Interviews are carried out for applications to PLC courses. The interview is relatively short and informal, and is used to gauge the applicant’s enthusiasm and commitment to the subject matter, which is often allocated as much weight as previous academic performance.

Most colleges of further education invite a first round of applications and interviews in March, followed by a second round in June. This means that you can secure a place on a further education course before CAO offers are made in August, and thus give yourself a back-up plan should your third level hopes fail to materialise.

my College Days Sinead O’Connor walked into the toilets of the Europa Hotel. It was 1998. I was a UCC student reporter, newly arrived in Belfast to cover the Hot Press Awards, which were taking place at the hotel. For a rookie scribe like me, this chance meeting with an uber-famous musician represented a thrilling opportunity. O’Connor spoke to me; generously, warmly and openly. It was only later, when she walked out of the toilets, that I discovered one small problem: I had left my dictaphone on pause. College is great for many reasons, but one of the best of them, as I’d begin to learn in those forlorn moments, is that it’s the perfect place and time for making mistakes, mistakes that can range from the mild to the alarming. For example: you may make friends with a guy during Rag Week who will follow you around in a mildly stalkerish fashion for three months, asking to call up and play guitar. Or you may fail an exam after deciding not to attend your lectures in favour of playing a comic role in a Friedrich Dürrenmatt play. Or you might even realise you need to change the focus of your entire degree, once you’re already two years into it, forcing the English department to debate your case in a special item in their board meeting.

And even if you don’t make anything like my mistakes, you will make others. That’s part of what makes college such a sharply stimulating, creative time. You do a lot of stumbling around, a lot of searching. You’re not sure of your identity; and the people around you aren’t sure of theirs. But you get to try on different hats, move away from school cliques and forge an adult identity for yourself far from the notalways-benign influence of family. You might only realise it belatedly, but your lecturers will assist you in that cause – it’s no exaggeration to say that my clichéinterrogating English and philosophy lecturers taught me how to think properly. But the buzzing environment of college itself is easily as important. When I truly broke out of my shell in the second year of my arts degree, I suddenly found myself acting for paying audiences in the Granary Theatre, writing for the college newspaper and getting involved with the Music Society. During that period, college opened up to me and me to it. I flung myself into university life,

and I only wish I’d done it sooner. At Trinity, where I did an MPhil in Creative Writing in 2000, the year fled past like a moment – and there was still so much left to do. So, if I have one piece of advice to offer about college, it’s to go right ahead: plunge yourself into the thick of it, say yes to new things and refuse to be afraid of failure or embarrassment. We don’t tend to regret the things we did do half as much as the things we never tried. So try everything. And enjoy it! About the author Nadine O’Regan is the Books and Arts Editor with The Sunday Business Post. She presents The Kiosk, the weekend arts show on Dublin station Phantom 105.2; see www.phantom.ie/thekiosk.

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other options Repeating the Leaving CAO applications may have fallen slightly from 2010’s record high of 78,000 to approximately 76,000 in 2011, but many thousands of applicants will inevitably be disappointed in 2012. Repeating the Leaving Certificate is therefore likely to remain an attractive option for a large number of school leavers. Thankfully there are plenty of options out there.

Why go back? Thousands of students every year repeat the Leaving and it can be a productive decision for people who have not attained their CAO points target for a course that they are determined to pursue. Other students who consider repeating include those who realise they want to go to university, but have not completed enough higher-level subjects, or those who have failed to meet an entry requirement for a specific course, such as an honours in Maths for an engineering degree. The number of subjects that you repeat will depend upon your motivation. Colleges usually accept subject requirements from different years, so if it’s just a case of securing a minimum grade in a specific subject, e.g. Irish, then only that particular subject need be repeated. If it’s an issue of trying to get more points however, then a minimum of six subjects is required, as points are calculated by the results of your six best subjects in one year’s sitting. Students in this instance often take the opportunity to ‘drop’ subjects that they already have a satisfactory result in and are not interested in pursuing again (e.g. English, Irish, Maths), and take up an interesting new topic.

Taking responsibility Many of the institutions that offer Repeat Leaving Certificate courses recognise that you are not strictly ‘at school’ any more. Students are allowed a greater deal of freedom; there is generally no need for the natty ensemble that is the school uniform and teachers realise that you are taking the exam very seriously. These differences can make the experience of repeating a ‘halfway house’ between school

and third-level education, and prepare you for the transition to college life.

opportunity to improve their results and CAO opportunities.

Be careful not to repeat the mistakes you made during your first attempt. For example, if you previously left everything until the last minute, make sure that this time you have a strong revision plan. If you gambled and lost on studying only certain curriculum areas the first time around, take this opportunity to make doubly sure that you have covered all possible exam questions. The good news is that the majority of those who repeat the Leaving Certificate do increase their points significantly, in many cases by 200 points or more.

It is also possible to take a dedicated Repeat Leaving Certificate course at VEC schools and further education colleges throughout the country. These courses tend to have a mixture of repeat students and mature students who might have left school early. The advantage of these dedicated courses is that everyone is at the same stage – taking a one-year course – and teachers realise that you will not have covered certain areas before. It is also possible in a VEC college to repeat a single subject that you need, commonly higher-level maths, and to spend the rest of your time productively by pursuing a further education course (please see Further Education).

Be honest with yourself before making a commitment to repeating. If you studied hard throughout the year and felt that you did your best in the exams, ask yourself how likely it is that your grades will improve significantly.

Where to repeat? There are a number of options for students repeating the Leaving Certificate. Students can return to their old school, transfer to another school, or attend a dedicated Repeat Leaving Certificate course. Each of these options has its pros and cons. Returning to your old school has its advantages. It’s a familiar environment and you already know your teachers and some of the other students. Not everyone deems these as positive aspects however; some people find it disheartening to return to their old school, especially when all or most of their friends have moved on. Transferring to another secondary school in your area is another option – a new setting could help to focus your mind. Popular alternatives are private institutions or ‘grind’ schools, which concentrate solely on the fifth and/or sixth year. Students enter a dedicated repeat class or the college’s sixth year. Many of these colleges offer students additional services, such as flexible timetables, examination techniques and study skills seminars, to give students a good

Costs There are a number of factors to consider when you are deciding where to repeat the Leaving Certificate. Cost is an issue – courses at further education institutions average at around €200, whereas private institutions can charge in excess of €5,000. There is also the cost of spending an extra year in education to consider. Repeat students are not eligible for maintenance grant payments, although mature students may be able to receive benefits such as the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

Know your options Whatever choice you make, it’s important to do plenty of research beforehand. If possible, talk to past pupils about their experiences. Ask them relevant questions about classes and study aids. If taking the college route, you should also pay a visit to the college itself to satisfy any queries you might have. It is also a good idea to make an appointment to talk to the principal or a guidance counsellor in the school/college where you intend to repeat. They should be able answer any queries you may have to assist you in your decision, such as information on class sizes, subjects on offer and the average points increase for repeating students at their institutions.

Leaving Certificate Directory O’Connell School North Richmond Street Dublin 1 t: 01-8748307 e: sandraocs@eircom.net

O’Connell School, located in the heart of Dublin City near Croke Park and in close proximity to Connolly, Clontarf and Drumcondra Train/DART Stations, offers boys and girls the opportunity to repeat their Leaving Certificate in one year. This is a stand alone programme run in a separate section of the school premises. A full and wide range of subjects and levels are available from very experienced teachers who have helped pupils to dramatically improve their grades and CAO points over the past 14 years. f: 01-8366616 w: www.oconnellsecondaryschool.com We can deliver high standards of teaching and in return, we expect high levels of punctuality, dedication and focus.


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Volunteering pays off

Becoming a volunteer – whether it is for the summer, a gap year, or even part time during college – is an increasingly popular option for school leavers. There’s no doubt a carefully chosen voluntary position will prove to be a rewarding and memorable experience. Some of the many benefits include: • Great life and work experience. • The satisfaction that comes from contributing to a good cause.

• Learning and developing new skills such as teamwork, time management, etc. • Employers love seeing it on a CV. • It’s great fun! While not every voluntary position is suitable for a young person, a number of different sectors welcome young volunteers in Ireland. These include organisations involved in animal welfare, tree-planting and money raising for special causes. Such positions might not involve much responsibility or decisionmaking at the start, but the longer you stick at

it the more involved you will become. Check out the website www.volunteer.ie for further information and to locate your local Volunteer Centre.

Volunteering Abroad Overseas voluntary work requires a lot more research and planning. Choosing the wrong placement could prove to be a waste of your time, and that of the people you are supposed to be helping. So make sure you only apply to reputable organisations, as there are exploitative agencies in this sector. Here are a few tips to get you started:

important cause to you it will make it all the more worthwhile. • Read the documentation you receive very carefully. Ignore the temptation to skim over the fine print; it is absolutely imperative that you are certain about the purpose of the organisation and that you have similar expectations. • Make sure your project has a mentor and supervisor. On-the-job training and supervision is vital for youth volunteers. • Take your safety seriously. Make sure you have received any necessary shots/ injections in time and have the recommended medical supplies with you.

• Research all of your options and talk to people who have already completed the trip that you think you’re interested in. The organisation you choose should be willing to put you in touch with a past volunteer. • Ask yourself what causes are important to you and affiliate yourself with an organisation of similar values; if it is an

Money troubles, Monkey Mischief and Mothering a Rhino A volunteer’s journey to a Wildlife Care Centre in South Africa Fundraising for my trip was part of the deal. I found this to be challenging in these times of economic recession. However, some of my successful efforts included a car boot sale, a raffle and donations from friends and family... I raised over one thousand euro with little effort! I was thrilled when the day finally arrived to begin my African adventure. I travelled to Khulula Wild Care, South Africa in April 2011. The reserve was home to many sick animals. They are all being cared for at the centre and eventually will be released back into the wild when they have fully recovered.

One of the most amazing animals on the reserve was the baby white rhino named Bobby. A poacher had killed his mother and we were looking after him. He needed to be fed a special bottle formula every 4 hours. Feeding a white rhino a bottle is something I will never forget along with many other things I experienced on this trip. Along with Bobby, I helped look after the porcupines, the servals, the tortoises, the fox, the crows, the owls, the monkeys and many more. On some days, we had lectures covering hand rearing wild animals and how to administer medical aid to the animals. One of my favourite lectures was learning how to dart an animal for medical treatment. We also got the opportunity to practice with real dart guns using targets.

At the reserve, every day was a learning experience. All the animals were fantastic to spend time with - especially the monkeys. They would climb on top of your head and start grooming you and they were extremely curious. As friendly as they were you always had to show them who was boss.. Most of the time they were really sweet animals and would love cuddles and sucking on your ear lobe. My whole trip to South Africa is definitely something that I will never forget and the information that I learned there is etched into my memory forever. Dionne Smith of Dublin travelled to South Africa with African Conservation Experience. Please contact them on +44 1454 269 182 or Info@ConservationAfrica.net or www.conservationafrica.net


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A year volunteering in Thailand Bonnie Diamond from Kilrea spent 12 months teaching conversational English in Thailand. Bonnie chose established educational charity Project Trust as her year-out provider after a representative from the trust visited her school one rainy afternoon… ‘Coming from a small Irish community, it was not common place to want to pack up and leave home for a year at the age of 18. But after a returned volunteer from Project Trust came to my school and did a presentation, I was immediately hooked and booked onto a five day selection course on the small Scottish island of Coll, where Project Trust are based.

Selection was like a mini gap year and convinced me that this was exactly what I wanted to do,’ she says. After, successfully completing the selection course, Bonnie needed to raise the funds for her year in Thailand… ‘I got straight into fundraising, another daunting prospect but it made it all more worthwhile. Within six months I’d managed to raise all my funds but what was even more surprising was, I loved it! The way my mates and family pulled together and how supportive complete strangers were to my cause was quite inspirational.’ So funds raised, Bonnie returned to Coll for another five days training before heading off to Thailand, the land of smiles, for a year…

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From the Emerald Isle to the Land of Smiles… ‘Teaching, singing at weddings, dancing in traditional Thai costume, eating copious amounts of sticky rice and other delicious Thai food, planting rice in a paddy field, working with elephants, all the smiles… Just one big blur of a happy memory that flew by. And, when my year was over, I realised I wasn’t going home: I was leaving home.’ Project Trust has been sending school leavers on long term volunteering placements since 1967 and as such has vast experience of placing young people in challenging yet rewarding projects. Currently, Project Trust can offer placements of eight or twelve months in 23 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.

If you are interested in seeing the world and helping others while improving your CV and future prospects visit www.projecttrust.org.uk.

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get away to the UK The UK is an increasingly popular learning destination for Irish students; the number of Irish applications to the UCAS system rose from 4,800 in 2009 to 7,300 in 2010.

why go? The huge choice of courses on offer is a major attraction for Irish students – the UK has a population of over 60 million and well over 300 institutions accept applications for higher education courses through the UCAS system (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Students might want to study a subject that is not available in Ireland (e.g. footwear design, parasitology or oceanography) or is only available to a very limited number (e.g. veterinary medicine). Many students decide to apply to the UK system as a back-up, to cover the possibility that they may not get enough points for their chosen subject at an Irish university. Popular choices include medicine, nursing, engineering and teaching. Another reason for studying in the UK is the opportunity of employment. The sheer size of its economy, plus the fact that so far it has not suffered to the same extent as Ireland’s, means that graduates enjoy greater prospects in the UK.

Finance - fees Students attending colleges in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are required to pay fees. Currently, fees for colleges are capped at £3,290 in these countries. Students can choose to pay fees up-front and sometimes receive a small discount in the process, or they can take out a student loan that is repaid after graduation. Loan repayments only begin once the graduate has attained employment and a certain level of income. As is the case in Ireland, Scotland operates a ‘no fees’ for EU students system. Visit www. student-support-saas.gov.uk for further information, and to confirm your entitlement to fee support in Scotland.

Finance - maintenance & costs Studying in the UK is undoubtedly expensive, and a budget including course fees, living expenses and travel could well top €10,000.

The college that you choose to enrol in heavily influences the cost of learning in the UK. London is far more expensive than Newcastle for example, while travel costs can be greatly reduced by studying in Belfast as opposed to Birmingham. Contact the institution directly for information about living costs in the area and the types of accommodation on offer. Thankfully Irish students heading to the UK can also apply for a maintenance grant from their VEC (see Funding Success for more information on this process).


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If it’s at all possible you should visit the colleges offering courses that interest you; or if not, try at least to speak to the course director over the phone. You should also contact the college accommodation office and admissions office for information about what the college offers in terms of housing and additional student services. Check the reputation of the college and the course; there are several useful web sites (e.g. www.hero. ac.uk) offering good advice and useful information about studying in the UK.

The UCAS application process All students applying for third-level undergraduate courses in the UK use the UCAS system – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This is the equivalent of the CAO in Ireland; a centralised service that looks after admissions on behalf of all universities and colleges. Like the CAO, UCAS is not involved in choosing students, instead assisting colleges or universities to manage their applications. The UCAS system is more extensive than the CAO. Some UK universities and colleges make offers based on the UCAS Tariff points system but others ask for specific grades. The UCAS Tariff is different from the CAO points requirements (see the accompanying table to convert Leaving Certificate grades to Tariff points), and the UCAS system is not just an anonymous points race because it also takes into account the student’s capabilities and personality. All UCAS applications are now submitted online through the UCAS web site (www.ucas. com). This is a much more convenient system than the old paper-based process, and also allows students to track their application over the internet. The UCAS online system is designed with Irish students in mind too, and when you enter your Leaving Cert subjects and school information, you will find that there are specific fields where you can do that.

The personal statement and reference A very important element of the UCAS system is the student’s personal statement. Your personal statement is a chance to explain to the university why you have chosen your course, and to persuade them to make you an offer. This is a vital part of the process, and you should take the time to compose a statement that demonstrates your strengths. More information and advice on writing a personal statement is available on the UCAS web site. What a Personal Statement should include: • Why you are applying to this course/college

• Your academic qualifications and how they relate to the course • Your personal qualities, work experience and achievements that make you suitable for the course

Conclusion The UCAS system also requires a reference, which is usually written by a teacher from your present school. This teacher (usually your careers teacher or one who teaches the class related to your desired college course) will also oversee your application. When you have entered all your information, the teacher will check it’s correct and add the reference. Mature students, or those whose school is not involved in helping them with their applications, may decide to choose a referee who is not a teacher. Again, more information on how to do this (which is only advisable in unusual cases) is available on the UCAS web site. You also can supply information on your work experience, disabilities and special needs.

Application and selection There is no ranking system in the UCAS process. You can select up to five choices in the UCAS application but there is no order of preference. Your application will be sent to all the universities you have named at the same time and we do not tell them where else you have applied. When your application is processed, your chosen university might make you an offer before you sit the Leaving Cert; this offer is dependent on you getting certain grades in your exams. For example, you might be offered a course if you get at least two B grades and four C grades in honours subjects, or two C grades and four D grades in pass subjects. This means you have a better idea in advance of what grades you will need to achieve to secure your place. The deadline for UCAS applications is 15 January, around the same time as the deadline for the CAO. For some courses, such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses and all programmes at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, you must submit your application by 15 October in the previous year. Check with your chosen college or university or with UCAS well in advance to make sure you have the right date. Late entries are accepted, but are less likely to receive their first choice. All the dates are available on www.ucas.com. Once the colleges have sent you a decision on all five of your choices, if you have not received any offers, or are not prepared to accept offers that you have received, a facility called UCAS Extra allows you to apply for other courses. Courses with vacancies are publicised on the UCAS website and you may apply online for one course at a time between the end of February and the end of June. If you do receive offers you want to accept, you can chose two conditional offers to hold until your results come out.

Clearing Another major difference between the CAO and UCAS systems is ‘Clearing’, which is a second chance to secure a place on a course. Clearing takes place in late August and early September when college places still available are listed on the UCAS website. Information is also found on the college web sites and in the UK press. If you have already entered a UCAS application, you will receive a Clearing number. You must contact the colleges directly to see if they are interested in you. If they are, you can then enter this choice online. Even if you haven’t considered the UK before, it is still possible to secure a college place through Clearing by contacting the university or college directly and then submitting a UCAS application. The UCAS system involves a little more work than the CAO system with the submission of extra material and the option of a second chance through Clearing. However, there are many who argue that it is a fairer system, and it offers applicants multiple chances of finding a course that is right for them.

The UK - a home from home Most students won’t find it too hard to settle in the UK if they do decide to move there to study. The university and college system is very similar to the Irish system, with a similar combination of lectures and seminars, exams and continuous assessment. Students come to UK universities from all over the world, so the college authorities are well used to integrating people who are new to the country. It doesn’t suit everyone, but for many people the advantages of moving to the UK to study outweigh any bad points. The university system is well recognised throughout the world, there is a wealth of educational, cultural and social opportunities to explore, and with cheaper flights available it is often as simple to get home from the UK as it is from Dublin, Galway or Cork. For those with the financial means, applying to a UK course is definitely worth considering. Converting Leaving Certificate Grades to UCAS Tariff Points

Grade Level A1 A2 B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3 D1 D2 D3

Higher Level 90 77 71 64 58 52 45 39 33 26 20

Ordinary 39 26 20 14 7


What Career is right for you? The CAO choices you make are of course linked with your future career ambitions, so it is wise to spend some time contemplating what you would like to do to earn your corn in later life before filling out the form. The following are a few simple questions to ask when examining your career options:

What am I interested in? The primary goal of any career plan should be to land a job that engages your interest. No matter what the perks of a given role may be: good wages, lively social life, or if the role is perceived as glamorous by the public; all that does not matter a whit if the you find the work as stimulating as a lecture on religious footwear in the late 13th century (and if you DO find that stimulating, well then, history or fashion is the obvious choice for you). Enjoying your work is the most important ingredient of a fulfilling career.

What are my values? Different people want different things from life; some are driven to express themselves in a creative format, some may attach the greatest importance to financial security, while others will cherish an ambition of working for themselves. All motives for working are equally valid, and will have an affect on the type of career that you choose to pursue. For example, two people may be passionate about art, but often only one will value it enough to spend his/her working life attempting to earn a living in a world that it is not particularly well known for its job security.

What are my skills/ attributes? Compiling a list of the skills that will prove useful in your favoured careers and comparing it with an honest outline of your own talents should also prove helpful. Many job skills will of course, be inculcated in you during your third level education; but there are soft skills such as communication, formal writing and project management that you should know by now whether you have a natural flair for them or not. For instance, is that career as a foreign correspondent or translator an achievable goal if you struggle with foreign languages? The object of this exercise is not to discourage yourself from a swathe of careers, but to form a realistic appraisal of where your real strengths may lie.

What role will match my personality? Sometimes the people who live and work around us have a clearer view of who we are than we do ourselves. Trying to decide upon a career can be a difficult and arbitrary process when we are young and with relatively little life experience behind us, so it makes good sense to speak to all around you – teachers, guidance counsellors, parents, friends – in order to glean a clearer picture of what kind person you are and what job might suit you. Besides these techniques, some good oldfashioned investigative work ought to stand you in good stead when formulating a short list of potential careers. Make the most of

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your school’s careers guidance service; read up on the various careers that interest you (starting with the Guide to Third Level & Further Education of course!), question relentlessly any friends or relations who are studying or working in an area of interest, and visit as many college open days and careers information exhibitions as possible. What is most important at this early stage in your education and career development is that you avoid enrolling in what is, despite the absence of fees, a costly higher education to study a subject that does not interest you, for a career that will not satisfy you. For instance, sometimes students enrol in a course simply because there is a well-publicised shortage of workers in that industry or they avoid a course because it is rumoured to be difficult to get a job in that area. Information such as this, while useful, should not be your guiding light when filling out the CAO form, simply because there is no way of knowing what the job situation in a given career will be in a few years’ time. The only person who can decide the best area for you to study and work in is you, so try to take on aboard the advice of others without straying too far from your own instincts. It is after all, your life. Whatever the choice you make, it is important to remember that people today usually have more than one career during their working life, and that it is much easier to act upon a decision to change career or return to education on a part time or full time basis than was the case in the past. Your future is not set in stone by the CAO selections you make – but you can make your journey through adult life a little easier by finding the career that fits before you set out.

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my College Days I don’t say any of this to look ‘cool’; I wasn’t and still am not. I was an average lad from Ballincollig, Co Cork with decent results in the Leaving. My mum was a bartender and then a cleaner before she became a psychiatric nurse, just before I started college in 2005. The only thing special about my family is the emphasis they put on education as the most important thing in life: inside and outside the classroom or lecture hall.

When I stood in a crowded corridor in UCC on the first day as a slightly overweight, longhaired skater-hippy, with over 400 other students from all over Munster and Ireland, I had no idea that less than two years later I would be on stage with MGMT, Rage Against the Machine or Fatboy Slim. Nor three years later that I’d be organizing the biggest protests since the 70s against third level Fees. Nor did I know that in five years I’d be helping create software to detect seizures in people who may have epilepsy, while being considered for an award for an essay in psychology. Or six years later, as President of UCC’s Students’ Union I’d be debating against politicians, appearing in the media, and running an election campaign for Labour in the 2011 General Elections.

As a college student I turned up on the first day to study BioChem, a bit worse for wear having continued to party after the LC results. In a huge class, the only way to make friends is to turn to the nearest people in front, behind, to the left and to the right of you, and just say ‘hi’ and introduce yourself. Don’t worry about people thinking you are weird. Everyone is sitting there thinking the exact same thing: ‘Oh God, I know no one, this will be horrible; how will I make friends?’ The people I met on the first day are still some of my best friends. I actually married them (long story, you’ll understand after your first RAG Week). The two best decisions you’ll make in college are to: get involved and if circumstances allow, move out of home. In college there are so many outlets for hobbies and sports, and you never need to have done them before. Not only will you get to meet people you have loads in common with, but you’ll meet future employers and without doubt get a lot of free stuff ranging from clothes/food to international trips. Get involved in your Students’ Union. Firstly, they are always good for acquiring free stuff. You’ll meet the future leaders of Ireland in business and politics; it was in the SU that I made the friends that got me involved in working festivals like Glastonbury, Oxegen and more. More importantly, the SU influence

everything that happens around you in college and society; the entertainments and acts they bring to campus (i.e. Prof Green, Florence & the Machine), and they campaign endlessly to keep education affordable for you and your parents via protests on fees and grants. Also, if you can, move out of home. Parents reading this may start getting cold sweats, however all parents of students who’ve moved out agree it was a good decision. I moved out after my second year and quickly learned to cook, clean, manage bills & budgets, get part-time work, and that Holy Grail; iron clothes. This has built up respect between my parents and I as they see me as an adult. On a final note, remember why you are in third level: to get a good degree. I warn you now, that your dream can and will change, and when that change happens a good degree in any area is better than no degree. I started in BioChem, graduated in Physiology, and now am doing an MSc in Social Psychology in London or Belfast. Some friends started in Law and ended up in Journalism, others from Arts to Graduate Entry Medicine. Work hard now and you’ll get the opportunity to go anywhere. Above all, have no regrets. Live your college life to the full and experience and try everything you can. Prices for everything will never be cheaper, you’ll get away with almost everything, and you will never be this age again. College will be the best years of your life: enjoy it! Keith O’Brien graduated from UCC in 2010. He is a former President of UCC Students’ Union and a nominee in the Irish Undergraduate Awards.

hot Careers This article is brought to you with a CAO health warning! No course or career should be pursued purely because that is where the best career prospects and/or incomes are to be found. An interest in this line of study/work is essential for success. Nevertheless, it is useful to know the areas of employment that are expected to grow despite the current economic situation. This information should provide you with extra impetus were you considering a course in one of the following sectors:

Finance Despite being, along with construction, the primary source of Ireland’s economic woes – the financial sector remains healthy and a major employer of Irish graduates. The IFSC (International Financial Services Centre)

employs 33,000, and the recently launched Strategy for the International Financial Services Industry in Ireland 2011-2016 announced the aim of creating a further 10,000 new jobs. Career opportunities exist in areas such as insurance, banking, fund administration and risk management.

iCt (information and Communication technology) ICT, or IT (information technology) as it often referred to in industry circles, is a sector of the Irish economy that has suffered from a skills shortage even during the recession. Several mayor players have significant bases in Ireland: Google, Oracle, eBay, SAP and

many more. According to one such organisation (Microsoft) Ireland’s cloud computing industry (which involves storing information that can then be accessed from any device such as a laptop, mobile, PC, etc) could be worth €9.5 billion per annum and employ 8,600 people by 2014. An update published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGSN) in July 2011, confirmed the continuation of skills shortages in the areas of software development, computer engineering and technical support.

Life science Similarly to IT, Ireland is a global hub of the life sciences sector. The country is home to 15 of the top 20 medical technology companies in the world, and nine of the ten largest pharmaceutical companies. The sector


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sales The following sales skills have been identified as in short supply by the EGFSN: experienced marketing managers; technical sales representatives with specific industry, product and market knowledge; multilingual telesales (particularly with German and Nordic languages); and customer care and customer support staff. Sales is undoubtedly a tough business, but one that is highly accessible to young graduates. In 2009/2010, sales experienced the highest percentage growth in the number of employees who are graduates. Vacancies in managerial sales positions (including roles such as business development executive that do not always require significant experience) also grew, with advertised positions on Irishjobs.ie increasing during the first three months of 2011.

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spans a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, diagnostics, medical devices and biotechnology; as well as a huge range of careers, ranging from business to manufacturing, research to supply chain roles. The EGFSN has identified medical science, nutrition and pharmaceutical product development as three areas where skills shortages currently exist.


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cao explained Applying to the CAO

The CAO: if you listened to everyone– parents, teachers, friends, family, the media – you’d think your whole future and personal worth was being decided by the numbers printed on a small, plain-looking sheet of paper produced in the late summer. In reality a greater importance should be attached to the preparatory work for your Leaving Cert exams. If you manage to do that, then following some simple rules when filling out your form correctly and sending it on time should be easy in comparison.

January). As efficient as online forms generally are, it is not a good idea to wait until the CAO deadline day to complete your online application, in case the dreaded ‘technical difficulties’ strike – which a danger if half the country’s Leaving Cert students are also trying to use the system at the same time. The CAO recommend online applications are made at least one week prior to a closing date. The online application service will be available from November 3rd 2011 at 12.00 noon – these people are nothing if not precise!

The first place to start is with the CAO handbook. This weighty tome has everything you need to ensure you complete the CAO form correctly and send everything to the right place at the right time. Most applications are fairly straightforward, but it’s very useful to have the handbook around to check things, just in case. Get yourself a copy from your school, or print it off the CAO web site, and keep it handy.

Most of the information requested is straightforward enough – you already know your name, date of birth, nationality and address. It’s a good idea to give your home address and home phone number, as mobile phones are less reliable and have been known to abandon their rightful owners given half a chance.

The CAO Form The CAO form is very straightforward, and it’s hard to go wrong. However, given the importance of getting it right, it is worth taking your time and concentrating on the task. There are four pages on the print CAO form and over thirty different spaces to be filled in. The majority of Irish school-leavers only need to complete Part A (pages 1 and 2). Part B (pages 3 and 4) is for graduates of further education, mature students, or people with qualifications from the UK or further afield. Make sure that you write clearly and in block capitals, especially for course codes. The online form is exactly the same, except, well, it’s online. The CAO is actively encouraging people to apply online – so actively, in fact, that it costs less to do so – €30 as opposed to €40 (if the online application is made by 5.15pm on the 20th of

The most important part of the form is the Course Choices section. The CAO choice system is split into two categories: a Level 6 & 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. You complete the Course Code of the courses you want, not the name of the course, or the institution where it is held. Each third-level course has its own code number, usually made up of two letters and three numbers. You can find this code in the course listings section of this guide, in the CAO Handbook and in the college’s prospectus and web site. Always, always, always put the course that you really want to do at the top of each list, and then work down the list in order of your own personal preferences. DO NOT rank courses in order of last year’s points, according to what you think your points tally will be, or according to any other

consideration. The reason there are ten spaces is that you can afford to aim high, with plenty of space to list other ‘insurance’ 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 without their Leaving Cert applying with a further education qualification. 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. It’s a good idea to get someone to check over your form before you send it off, or have someone sitting with you while you are completing the online form. Even the most organised of people can make a small slip-up, which may prove costly later. So make like Santa and check everything twice. Having a parent or friend check your form will give them and you peace of mind. If you 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. You should keep evidence showing you have sent your form, just in case there are problems with the online system or the postal service. Online applicants should keep their printed receipt of acceptance safe. Paper applicants should enclose a stamped addressed card/envelope with their initial application, which will be returned immediately by the CAO as confirmation that your application was received. If your application gets lost in the post you will need a Certificate of Posting (available at the back of the CAO Handbook) and payment evidence of the application fee to show the CAO you applied in the correct way, and that you aren’t to blame for the form’s disappearance.

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s on op myop ar s? on ha titi e emy ttar ha ww return this to you as soon as your application is opened.

Hear (Higher Education Access Route) is a special admissions scheme for applicants from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. A large number of colleges and universities apply this scheme. School leavers who provide the necessary evidence regarding their family’s financial circumstances are eligible to compete for a quota of places allocated to applicants on a reduced points basis in these colleges. Visit www.accesscollege.ie for further information.

Payment The best things in life may be free, but the CAO system isn’t. The way you pay depends on whether you use the paper form or apply online. If you are submitting a Paper Application, you should use the Application Fee Payment Form (which is supplied in your application pack) to pay in a Republic of Ireland bank. The bank will retain Part Three of the Payment Form and stamp Parts One and Two and return them to you. You keep Part Two for your own records, but you must staple Part One to your CAO Application form (as evidence of payment) and send it to the CAO with your application. If you are applying online, you have to pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or debit card (Laser).

Application Fees & Closing Dates All fees are non-refundable

FEE

CLOSING DATE

Normal application (online or paper)

Online discounted rate

€40

€30

Late online application

€60

Late paper application

€80

1 Feb 2012 (5:15 pm) 20 Jan 2012 (5:15 pm)

1 May 2012 (5:15 pm) 1 May 2012 (5:15 pm)

More Messages from the CAO Whether you apply through the post or online, the CAO sends out a series of messages to keep you updated as the process proceeds. If you have applied online and submitted an email address they will send you a confirmation email, or you can visit the CAO web site after a few days and check your application details online. If you applied through the post, and included the Initial Acknowledgement postcard, the CAO will

A Statement of Course Choices should be received by all paper applicants by February 15th and a Statement of Application Record should be received by June 1st. If you don’t receive these statements, there is a problem with your application, so it is very important to contact the CAO immediately if either fails to arrive by these dates. If you see any errors on these statements, you should also contact the CAO as soon as possible to make sure there are no issues with your application. If you need to change your personal information (if you move house or your phone number changes), you can do this online or by post. Once the CAO makes the changes, an updated Statement of Application Record will be sent to you.

Late Applications & Changes of Mind While it is highly recommended that you get your applications in by the official deadlines, it is still possible to submit Late Applications to the CAO. The very final date for a late application (online or paper) is May 1st 2011 (5.15pm!). Late applicants have to pay double the application fee of those who get everything in on time. The CAO realises that college choices are major decisions in anyone’s life, and so allow students to change their minds. You are free to change your mind as often as you wish, for free, from May 5th until July 1st. You can do this on the CAO web site or by using the official Change of Mind form, which you should receive with your Statement of Application Record in May. Once the CAO receives your Change of Mind or Late Application form, it will send out a new Statement of Course Choices, which you should receive no later than the 7th of July. Some courses are ‘restricted’, i.e. it is not possible to apply late or to choose them with a Change of Mind form. See the CAO handbook for a full list of restricted courses and Page 4 for the exception to the above rule.

CAO Points System Entry to the vast majority of higher-level education courses in Ireland is decided by the CAO points competition. These points are generated solely by performance in one sitting of the Irish Leaving Cert. The points range from 100 for a grade A1 in a higher-level subject, to 5 for a D3 in a pass subject – please see the Leaving Certificate Points Calculation Grid accompanying this article. Only the best six results are counted, making the highest total possible 600 – although three course providers offer bonus points for higher-level Maths (e.g. University of Limerick and certain courses in Mary Immaculate College and DIT). At the time of writing, the Government and other universities were considering applying the bonus points system on a wider basis – so keep an eye on this issue.

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Once the Leaving results are announced in mid-August, it takes a few days for the CAO and the colleges to calculate how many points will be required for acceptance on to each course in the CAO system. This is done on an anonymous supply-and-demand system. From looking at the 2011 CAO points, most people have a fair idea of whether or not they will be offered a course as soon as they get their results, but there is still plenty of uncertainty until the offers actually arrive.

First and foremost, applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements (e.g. a pass in Irish or Higher Level Maths – check course literature for details). The CAO points tables (printed in the paper or online) state the lowest number of points required in order to be offered a place. An Order of Merit is formed and the places on a course are allocated to the top points scorers who meet the minimum academic and points entry requirements. Applicants with the same points score are assigned a rank in the Order of Merit at random, which is very unfortunate for those who miss out. The points required then decreases in the subsequent rounds of offers, as people for various reasons decline their offer of a place, opening up opportunities for students with lower points totals.

Irish Leaving Cert Points Calculation Grid Leaving Cert Grade

Higher Paper**

Lower Paper

Maths Foundation*

A1

100

60

20

A2

90

50

15

B1

85

45

10

B2

80

40

5

B3

75

35

0

C1

70

30

0

C2

65

25

0

C3

60

20

0

D1

55

15

0

D2

50

10

0

D3

45

5

0

*Points for Foundation Level Mathematics will be awarded by certain institutions. Applicants should refer to HEI literature for details. **25 bonus points will be awarded to everyone who passes Higher Level Maths.

Offers & Acceptance First Round offers are expected to be made on August 20th, 2011. It is important to remember that once you have received an offer for a course, you will NOT be considered for a place in any course that was lower down on your chosen ten. However, you may still receive, at a later date, an offer for a course


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what are my options? that occupied a higher level of preference in your selection. Offers are sent through the post, and are also available to view on the CAO website. Some people will receive an offer from both lists on the CAO form (Level 8 and Levels 6 & 7). You should only accept one or the other. You accept an offer either by filling in the form that arrives by post, or by accessing the web site. Accept either by post or online; if you use both methods it confuses the system. Offers must be accepted by 5:15pm on the Reply Date printed on the Offer Notice.

CAO Points Calculation Grid September 2011

December

It is vitally important that you are in a position to accept an offer when it is made. There is a deadline attached to all offers, and if one passes without your acceptance, it is assumed you don’t want the place and you’ll have missed your chance. The CAO recommends you are either present at your correspondence address while the offer process is unfolding in late August/early September, or that you have a trusted person taking care of the correspondence for you. The whole acceptance/rejection correspondence takes place over the course of only a few weeks, so you have to be on the ball. There is no comeback if you ignore course offers and find yourself left with nothing. It is important to be extra careful and refer to your CAO handbook or contact the CAO directly, if you have any problems or confusion.

November 3 November 12.00pm CAO online application facility opens Change of Course Choices (Free) facility opens

January 2012

February

20 January 5:15pm Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30 31 January 5:15pm Closing date for online Change of Course Choices (Free)

1 February 5:15pm Normal closing date for applications 5 February Online facility to amend course choices becomes available (€10 fee) Before 15 February Statement of Course Choices sent to all paper applicants

March

April

May

1 March 5:15pm Closing date for amending course choices 1 March 5:15pm Closing date for final completion of online HEAR/ DARE forms

1 April 5.15pm Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO

1 May 5:15pm Closing date for late applications 5 May (expected date) Online change of mind facility becomes available Before 15 May Statement of Course Choices sent to all late paper applicants Before End of May Statement of Application Record sent to all applicants

You should receive an acknowledgement of acceptance from the CAO within three working days of the ‘Reply Date’ stated on the offer. Anyone who doesn’t receive an offer in the first round remains in the running for round two, so all is not yet lost. The expected date for the second round of offers is August 29th. Some people who didn’t receive an offer first time round will now get a place, while others who have already accepted an offer will have the chance to move to a course which was higher up on their list of preferences. Once you accept a new offer, it automatically cancels any previous acceptance. The place you previously accepted is then offered to someone else. Further rounds continue until all available places are filled.

October

CAO 2012 application packs delivered to schools

Most tests and interviews for Restricted Courses are held in March and April

Most tests and interviews for Restricted Courses are held in March and April

June

July

August

Leaving Certificate Examinations

1 July 5:15pm Change of mind closes Early July Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant 22 July 5:15pm Closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI (exception to timetable)

Early August Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant Mid August Leaving Certificate results issued 20 August (expected date) Round 1 offers 27 August (expected date) Round 1 Acceptances 5:15 pm. 29 August (expected date) Round 2 offers

September

October

November

Early September HEIs begin registration 5 September (expected date) Round 2 Acceptances 5:15 pm.

Early October Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released 17 October 5:15pm Offer Season Ends

Vacant Courses There are usually some vacant places left after all the two rounds of offers have been completed. These are advertised on the CAO web site as ‘Available/Vacant Places’. Any students who have not been offered a course, or who have not yet accepted an offer, can then apply for these vacant places. It is also possible for students who have not applied through the CAO to enter the system at this stage and, for a fee of €40, apply for a vacant place.

Deferring Some people decide that they don’t immediately want to take the course place they are offered, wishing instead to defer. It can be possible to defer a course and take

your place in 12 months’ time. If you decide to do this, you should contact the admissions office of the college or university you wish to attend as soon as you receive your offer of a place, and they will inform you if it is possible. You must then write to the college immediately, outlining why you are taking the

year off, and attach your CAO offer to the letter. Do not accept the offer before you have been informed of the college’s decision on the matter.


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my college days I devoted my college years to studying English and the History of Art at TCD. I spent my entire last year at secondary school, desperate to leave my home town and live in Dublin and I filled my CAO out accordingly. But when the time came to move away from home, while it was exciting, I was also very intimidated and nervous about the challenge. University is a large place after coming from secondary school, but there is nothing like being a little outside your comfort zone to help you grow. And I certainly grew as a person over my four years at Trinity. In Trinity there is a feeling of being part of Ireland’s history, it is a place where some of the great names of our past and present have studied and there are constant reminders of the giant footsteps one is walking in, through the architecture, the libraries and of course through the lecturers themselves. At one of my first English tutorials, my tutor, the wonderful David Norris, arrived to class in a full tuxedo with a top hat, silver top cane and a hand adorned with dazzling rings. In a manner that only David Norris can, he popped his feet up on the desk and recited Lucky’s speech from Beckett with dramatic perfection. I remember thinking to myself: ‘Dorothy, we are not in Kansas anymore!’ The History of Art department in Trinity has a real family atmosphere and I formed lifelong friendships there. We were very privileged that, in addition to our course work, we

travelled to Europe’s great cities to see the art and architecture. Admittedly we had a gruelling schedule but I feel honoured to have been awakened to Europe’s treasures by some of the most inspiring historians (and friends): Edward McParland, Peter Cherry and Rodger Stalley. Four years of college goes so much faster than four years of school. A strange but true fact: which I am sure someone will do a science thesis on one day! Make the most of the college days and the amazingly long holidays (which I have not experienced since). College doesn’t tend to give to you, unless you go out and take from the experience. Clubs, societies and learning to stretch that miserable budget to cover nutrition and socialising are all part of the experience. And while nearly everyone in a class leaves with a similar qualification, not everyone gains the same learning from the experience. The appreciation of great art and literature, critical abilities and strong sense of aesthetics that I gained in college has been vital for me in developing the Pandora Bell brand. However, education is never complete, and I am ever aware in my working life of all the areas where my skills could be improved and my education furthered. And so the learning continues... Nicole Dunphy founded Pandora Bell confectionary company (www.pandorabell. ie) in September 2009. Since then, the

label has won the Bridgestone ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award and Blas na hEireann Irish Food Award. Nicole is currently Image Magazine’s ‘Young Businesswoman of the Year’.

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AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

Agribusiness & Agriculture The food and agriculture sector is hugely important to the Irish economy, employing roughly one in seven of the working population. Agriculture courses have received very healthy application numbers over the last number of years, as successive generations of school leavers recognise the good career prospects in a sector that has withstood the recession admirably. So if you’re interested in any aspect of the process involved in bringing that tasty steak (or salad for you veggies) from the field to your dinner table, read on…

Education Agricultural education and training is very democratic and open to all levels of school leaver. In further education, the Certificate in Agriculture (Level 5) offers the initial training and work experience required by Leaving Cert holders who wish to become farmers or farm workers. Subjects tackled include animal and crop production, farm machinery, and health and safety. There is a wide range of agricultural subjects available at higher level. For example, the three-year Ordinary Bachelor Degree in Agriculture (Level 7) is available from four institutes of technology: Cork, Dundalk, Waterford and Galway-Mayo (with Environmental Management). The course is highly practical; it includes a three-month work placement, and is suitable for roles in farm management, environmental

management, sales and marketing, and quality control. GMIT also provide a Level 7 degree in Rural Enterprise & Agribusiness. The course is good preparation for management positions in agribusiness and also features a work placement. Limerick IT’s Agricultural Mechanisation and Tralee IT’s Agricultural Engineering are two-year Level 6 courses for those who wish to work in the mechanical end of the farm industry. UCD is a major provider of agricultural courses at university level. Honours degree (Level 8) programmes are available in areas such as Food & Agribusiness Management, Agri-Environmental Sciences, Dairy Business and Animal & Crop Production. Alternatively, the omnibus entry Agricultural Science programme enables students to get a taster of these various areas, before going on to specialise in a particular field. Waterford IT also provides an Agricultural Science option: a three-year Ordinary Degree. Graduates of these programmes can work in a wide range of agribusiness roles, including enterprise management, consultancy, education and research, marketing and communications, and food production.

farming, which is a part time career for an increasing number of people, there are many interesting and diverse roles. To name just a small sample: businesses supplying goods and machinery to farmers; sales, production and marketing staff in the large food producers and cooperatives; representatives of rural development agencies and government bodies who monitor the environment and provide expert advice to farmers; and the many scientific roles involved in researching areas such as soil chemistry, food processing, etc. Working in agribusiness requires a good head for figures, a solid understanding of rural industries and society, and most importantly, an interest in the natural environment.

Did you know? The chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex – be careful out there people.

Further Resources • Teagasc – the agriculture and food development authority: www.teagasc.ie • Agri Aware – promoting the Irish farming and food industry: www.agriaware.ie

The Work Agribusiness and agriculture comprise a huge range of careers. Besides the various forms of

• An Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board): www.bordbia.ie

Study at SAC Scotland’s Land-Based Higher Education Institution

SAC offers the widest choice of courses relating to the land-based sector …… from agriculture to environmental studies, animal science to rural business.

SAC has a long tradition of welcoming students from Ireland. Many join in year three of a degree having completed third level study at Further Education Colleges.

If you are interested in learning more about SAC, please come along to one of our Open Days – contact us for With campuses across Scotland in Ayr, Edinburgh and further details and to book a place, or take a look at our Aberdeen, students have the choice of where to study, and a range of under-graduate and postgraduate courses web site. to choose from. “I would recommend SAC to anyone who wants a great experience of higher education.”

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by Nora Ide McAuliffe, Public Relations and Education Executive with Agri Aware With points for farming and food related courses increasing year by year, and training colleges stretched to capacity, it is clear that something very exciting is happening in the world of agriculture. The country’s wide range of agri-food courses has always attracted school leavers. While the numbers applying have never been as high, those entering this world are, like their predecessors, guaranteed a top class education and career. They will graduate fully equipped to undertake and capitalise on the vast array of opportunities that lie within this ever expanding sector. Irish agriculture has worked hard to ensure that farmers produce products that are safe, traceable and always of the highest quality. Implementing such standards for our primary producers has seen the country earn a name of great repute in the international marketplace. The agri-food industry consistently engages with the diverse demands of consumers globally and meets with the exacting specifications of some of the world’s most prestigious retailers. In 2010,

the Irish agri-food and drink exports industry increased by an estimated 11% to approximately €7.88 billion (Bord Bia 2011). Today, agriculture accounts for one in seven Irish jobs. The global population is expanding and the world is about to experience one of the biggest changes that farming has ever seen. In line with these developments, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have published Food Harvest 2020; a vision for smart, green growth in the agriculture and food industries. Supported by a number of implementations to secure Ireland’s competiveness on the international marketplace, it also aims to ensure that the country can play its part in meeting the increased global demand for food. Food Harvest 2020 sets ambitious, yet achievable targets to increase the value of primary output by €1.5bn, value-added outputs by €3bn and exports to at least €12bn. The graduates of tomorrow will have a huge role to play in delivering the targets set for 2020, and beyond. Those pursuing a third level agriculture or food course, be they from country or city, mature students or fresh from the strains of the Leaving Certificate, are doing so at a very exciting time. The shift in the global demand for food coupled with government targets for 2020 means that skilled individuals will be in

great demand and graduates of this industry will be a hugely valuable commodity. The excellent third level and Teagasc courses available around the country will ensure that Ireland produces a highly skilled, knowledgeable workforce. Future education in the agri-food industry will encompass a strong focus on pupils learning from each other, sharing information and developing a dynamic thinking process. Access to, and sharing of knowledge will be an essential component to drive the industry forward. As such ‘learning to live’ will be a key skill that agri–food students will graduate with. There is a host of excellent opportunities available to agri-food graduates. Not only will work be found farming the land but also in the variety of service sectors supporting it such as food science, sales, marketing, merchandising, consultancy and finance. Ireland is a country with strong ties to the land and there is great potential for expansion across the agri-food industry. There has always been huge positivity towards the sector and this is set to continue. For those who decide to engage with this industry, they will find themselves on a hugely rewarding path. The Ireland of tomorrow will have the best and brightest graduates, guiding it through these challenging, yet exciting times.

Animal & Veterinary Studies ’Never work with children or animals’ is a famous old Hollywood maxim.For many nonactors however, trying to work with a goat that’s eating your sweater or an unprofessional Labrador is a perk of the job rather than an unwanted challenge. Veterinary surgeon and farmer are the roles that come to mind for most when they think of animalrelated careers. In reality, a wealth of careers revolves around Irish society’s enduring working and recreational relationships with animals.

Education The Certificate in Animal Care or Veterinary Assistant (both Level 5) are good starting points for school leavers who choose to take the further education route to careers in areas such as veterinary nursing, animal grooming and animal care. They cover core topics such as animal anatomy, physiology, welfare and behaviour. The CAO process offers a number of animalrelated courses. Animal Science is available in

UCD as a specialist degree, or as part of the omnibus Agricultural Science degree. It comprises of applied sciences such as animal genetics, physiology, nutrition and health and is largely targeted at careers in agribusiness and research. Veterinary Nursing is an increasingly popular option at higher level, with programmes available in Dundalk, Athlone and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology (Level 7) and UCD (Level 8). These are multi-disciplined courses covering issues such as animal anatomy and physiology, surgical nursing, veterinary practice management and animal husbandry. A key component in Veterinary Nursing is the considerable time spent training in a veterinary practice or hospital. UCD’s Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (MVB) is the only course in Ireland that enables graduates to register with the Veterinary Council of Ireland, a prerequisite for becoming a practising vet. This intensive five-year programme involves clinical placements in Belfield’s Veterinary Hospital and farm animal experience on a research

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, WHAT S MY CAREER? farm in Co Dublin, and also includes a study abroad period. Ireland has a very strong horse industry, and this is reflected by the number of courses on offer. Horsemanship (Level 5) is a one-year programme available from Lanesboro Community College (Co Longford) and Coláiste Chiarain Croom (Co Limerick). The course is highly practical, with plenty of ‘hands-on’ experience, and is geared toward employment in stables, riding schools and equestrian centres. Modules include Horse Anatomy, Horse Riding, and Stable & Yard Routine. Those interested in more managerial roles will be interested in equine business programmes in Athlone IT (Level 6) and NUI Maynooth (Level 8). Equine Science is available to study in UCD and University of Limerick. Students tackle areas such as horse health and welfare, genetics, nutrition, breeding and non-applied

sciences such as business management and a foreign language (UL). Both courses prepare graduates for careers in academia and research & development, as well the many equine careers mentioned and management roles in the equine industry.

The Work Most practising vets work with family pets (‘companion animals’), others work almost exclusively with farm animals, while some practices may work with a mixture of both. Besides empathy for animals, it is important for vets, veterinary nurses and all animal-care professionals to have effective communication skills for dealing with owners. Good business management is needed in private businesses such as veterinary practices, stables and dog kennels.

Scientific knowledge plays a huge part in careers like veterinary medicine, animal science research, and wildlife conservation, so a keen interest in subjects such as biology and chemistry is very helpful

Did you know? Przewalski’s Horse is the only remaining wild species of horse. Once declared extinct, herds were recently reintroduced to the wild in Mongolia, China and Ukraine.

Further Resources • Veterinary Council of Ireland: www.vci.ie • Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: www.dspca.ie

Animal & Veterinary Studies Pat Kirwan MVB Cert PM When I entered the old Veterinary College in UCD in September 1984 it was a far different place to the new, state of the art on-campus facility than replaced it at the turn of the century. Nevertheless, and in spite of change, the new buildings and the new accommodation of the Veterinary College has done nothing to dampen the spirits of those embarking on new veterinary careers in the modern UCD. Having worked hard and obtained my MVB veterinary surgeon degree five years later, I had no idea what the future might bring, or what doors my qualification might open. The 22 years since I graduated have passed ‘in the blink of an eye’. During that time I have embarked on many and varied veterinary journeys within and outside of the veterinary profession, from private veterinary practice dealing with pigs, cattle, pets, horses, sheep and a variety of other animals, to service with the Department of Agriculture. I am currently employed as a veterinary consultant in the pig and poultry industries. I have grasped the opportunities that have arisen with the wonder of a newborn baby discovering its hand for the first time … and over

those intervening 22 years I have not been disappointed. Returning to basics, the requirement for embarking on a veterinary career is not necessary a ‘love’ for animals. Rather, a strong regard and appreciation of animals is far more important. The veterinary course is wide and varied. Founded on the sciences, it delves into topics such as cell structure, through the anatomy, biochemistry and physiology of animals, to the topics of pathology and how and where things go wrong. Like Humpty Dumpty, the course’s clinical studies try to put things back together again. These years are very practical and concentrate studies on identifying the normal status of animals and differentiating from the abnormal. Allied to the college studies is a broad Extra Mural

Studies programme where students are initially obliged to observe different animals in their normal surroundings. Later, the ‘seeing practice’ programme places veterinary students in a variety of veterinary practice situations. Some of these placements are elective or voluntary, allowing a degree of specialisation while still retaining the basic element of the veterinary degree, which is to ensure broad and comprehensive qualification in all disciplines of the veterinary profession. Specialisation as a qualified vet is also encouraged, with a range of post-graduate diploma, certificate and degree options. Many consider the veterinary degree as only a stepping stone to further qualifications and vets are involved in many differing disciplines across the world from investment banking to human resource management. Of course, many vets follow their profession as private veterinary practitioners and enjoy the challenges faced throughout the varied agricultural, equine and companion animal landscapes of Ireland, Europe or further afield. To conclude, I wouldn’t change my life as a vet for anything. I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy every moment of it, good days and bad, and should you follow this route in your own studies then I am sure that you too will find the sense of achievement and fulfilment that comes with hard work and qualification as a vet. Pat Kirwan is currently the President of Veterinary Ireland (www.veterinaryireland. ie), the representative organisation for vets in Ireland. Since qualification in 1989 he has worked in many disciplines of veterinary practice including cattle, sheep, companion animal, pigs, poultry, horses, state work, and veterinary politics. His hobbies include travel and walking. A good day involves friends and family. A great day for him would include some animal encounter in that mix!


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Environmental Studies The great environmental issues that confront Irish and global society aremore than just a source of consternation and worry. They are an exciting challenge and the source of a whole range of highly involving courses and careers. So if you’re willing to do your bit for the planet, and happy to earn a good living while you’re at it, read on…

Education Students interested in this field are not lacking in choice; third level environmental science courses (from Levels 6 to 8) are available from the following institutions: DCU, DIT, IT Sligo, Limerick IT, NUI Galway, Tipperary Institute, Tralee IT, UCC, UCD, and UL. Environmental science programmes are multidisciplinary; they introduce students to the chemical, physical and biological processes that occur in the environment. The courses explore current environmental problems (e.g. air/water pollution) and their affect on public health (e.g. food/work place safety) and the natural environment (e.g. fish stocks/ biodiversity). Many of the courses also cover current environmental and health & safety legislation. Through a combination of lectures, lab work and field studies, students will learn skills such as environmental data research and analysis. Besides the level of certification, there are differences of subject matter and career opportunities between the various environmental courses on offer. For instance, DIT’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health concentrates on legislative requirements and risk management, and is highly suitable for a career as an environmental health officer. Cork IT’s Level 8 Degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology meanwhile, produces graduates with the skills to thrive h. Check out the various courses on offer to find one that matches your particular talents and ambitions. Another interesting option is IT Sligo’s BSc in

Environmental Protection, which explores the science behind measuring, combating and preventing pollution. There is not much in the way of environmental studies on offer in further education. A useful course however, is the Certificate in Applied Science Laboratory Technology (Level 5). Students receive a good foundation in all the sciences (including maths), practical laboratory skills, and a European language. Certificate holders can progress to third level Environmental Science courses in DCU, IT Sligo and UCC among others.

The Work Graduates of environmental science and health degrees can find work in a number of areas: waste management, pollution control, environmental monitoring, health & safety, to name just a few. Environmental health officers ensure that the public and workers are not at risk from environmental hazards such as noise, pests, pollution or disease. They are usually employed by the local authority and spend of their time visiting sites to ensure environmental regulations are adhered too. They also play a major role in ensuring food is prepared and distributed safely and hygienically.

Working in environmental protection and conservation requires a healthy interest in science, and the ability to work in a number of environments: the office, lab, and in the field. An ability to effectively communicate complex data to non-experts is also important, as winning the hearts and minds of the public plays such a large part in protecting the environment.

Did you know? Blanket bog habitats cover 10 million hectares of the earth’s surface. Ireland possesses 8% and is the most important country in Europe for this type of habitat.

Further Resources • Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.ie • Environmental Health Officers’ Association: www.ehoa.ie • Department of the Environment, Heritage, & Local Government: www.environ.ie

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Horticulture & Forestry

Food production offers particularly good opportunities: the expanding organic market; a rising demand for local produce; a growing population increasing its consumption of fruit and vegetables; and a renewed focus on under-developed crops such as non-food crops, raspberries and herbs (of produce that can be grown domestically, Ireland is 84.8% self-sufficient in vegetables, and only 23.5% self-sufficient in fruit). The TV-driven popularity of landscaped gardens and proliferation of sports surfaces also provides good prospects in horticulture. With forest cover of just 10% (compared with the EU average of 36%), there is plenty of room for development and increased employment in the Irish forestry sector. A recent report by the Donegal Woodland Owners Society found that the €2 billion a year industry has the potential to double in size by 2030, which would create 16,000 extra jobs and greatly enhance Ireland’s environmental performance.

Education FETAC Level 5 Certificates in Horticulture are available in a number of colleges of further education and Teagasc colleges around the country. Typical subjects include Landscape Construction, Plant Care & Maintenance, and Soil & Plant Science. Students are introduced to the aesthetic, scientific and business practices that are used in different areas of horticulture: private/public gardens, garden centres, fruit production, etc.

omnibus entry system (DN010). The same entry system applies to their Honours Degree in Forestry. This course enables students to understand and manage the various functions of sustainable forests, and prepares them for careers in the public/private sectors, wood processing/manufacturing, scientific research, consultancy, and more. DCU also run an Honours-level Horticulture degree, with frequent periods in the National Botanic Gardens for relevant parts of the syllabus. A three-year, Level 7 degree in Forestry is provided Waterford IT and is very hands-on, with lots of field work (about 25% to 50% of course hours) and a work placement in year two. At FETAC level, Forestry can be studied at Teagasc’s Ballyhaise Agricultural College in Co Cavan. The two-year Advanced Certificate in Forestry includes the study of soils, tree planting, forest maintenance, conservation, management and many practical skills such as fencing, pruning and chainsaw operation.

The Work Horticultural work can be roughly divided into the commercial and amenity sectors. The commercial area involves the production of fruits, flowers, plants and vegetables for retail or production purposes. Amenity horticulture involves the design, construction and upkeep of gardens and landscapes in private residences and public areas such as parks

and country houses. Horticulture often combines working with your hands as well as technical tasks, such as temperature control or computer design. Forestry has a number of careers: managing forests by planning and supervising tasks such as planting and harvesting; providing consultancy to private landowners; researching issues such as forest ecology, function or conservation; working in the wood manufacturing industry; and more. Tree surgeons (or ‘arborists’) are responsible for planting and maintaining trees, and are often employed by the local authorities but can also operate independently.

Did you know? The recreational value of Irish forests is valued at €97 million – that’s a lot of picnics.

Further Resources • Coillte – Ireland’s state-owned forestry business: www.coillte.ie • National Botanic Gardens of Ireland: www.botanicgardens.ie • Garden.ie – website for garden lovers: www.garden.ie

At third level, Blanchardstown, Cork and Waterford Institutes of Technology provide 3-year Ordinary Degrees in Horticulture in partnership with local Teagasc horticultural colleges. Students will become skilled in the areas of landscape design, sport turf management, nursery stock maintenance and crop production; enabling employment at managerial level in a wide range of horticultural careers. UCD provide a similarly themed Honours Degree – Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management, which can be applied for directly or through the Agricultural Science

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art, Design, mUsic & theatre

animation Ireland is internationally recognised for the quality of our animators. The success of Irish animators, such as the Oscar-winning work of Dubliner Richard Baneham for the film Avatar (the one with the giant blue monkeys), is a continuation of the late 1980s and early 1990s heyday, when Irish based production companies were behind major cinema releases like An American Tail and The Land Before Time.

education Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT), Tipperary Institute (Clonmel) and the Irish School of Animation (ISA) in Ballyfermot College of Further Education are the only providers of degree level, animation-dedicated programmes in Ireland. IADT’s four-year BA (Honours) in Animation explores all aspects of an animation project and is highly practical (80%; with 20% academic work). The course tackles subjects such as Computer Generated Imagery, Visual Design, Life Drawing and Post Production. Tipperary Institute’s degree in Digital Animation Production prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including special effects, animation production, graphic design, illustration, 3D modelling, video and audio production, as well as starting their own business. School leavers cannot apply directly for the degree programme (which is awarded by Scotland’s University of Dundee) in ISA. Instead, two other ISA courses facilitate progress. The one-year Animation Drawing Studies (FETAC Level 5) provides a good introduction to animation with a particular emphasis on drawing skills. School leavers and graduates of Animation Drawing Studies can apply for the two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) in Classical and Computer Animation (awarded by the UK body BTEC). Coláiste Dhúlaigh in Dublin has a three-year course that combines a FETAC Level 5

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Certificate awarded after first year, with a two-year HND in Animation programme. Students are encouraged to submit projects to various film and animation festivals. Graduates can apply to the final year of the animation degree course at the University of Wolverhampton, Cumbria University, or ISA; or year three of the IADT programme. Three good introductory courses to animation (FETAC Level 5, one-year) are available from Dundrum College of Further Education, Castlebar College of Further Education (Multimedia and Animation) and St John’s Central College (Cartoon Animation) in Cork. Most animation courses require applicants to submit a portfolio of work, contact the relevant colleges as soon as possible for details of what that they are looking for.

the work Animators are artists. They draw a series of pictures – frames – to make a character or scene come to life by conveying personality, mood and emotion. A team of animators involves several people working together in different roles. Storyboard artists visualise written scripts by drawing out what each scene will look like onscreen. Layout artists work on the technical aspects of an animation, including how and where shadows may fall, changes in colour and light, and the varying contrasts and textures. Animation assistants concentrate on colour and backgrounds, while animation directors oversee the entire animation process.

Today, a lot of animation is created using computer technology, which speeds things up considerably. Animators are employed in several areas besides the entertainment industry, such as computer gaming, advertising, and web design.

Did you know? Various animated sequences from Disney’s Bambi were reused in other feature films. Bambi’s mother for instance, appears in Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book.

Further resources • Animation Ireland: www.animationireland.com • Cartoon Saloon – Irish animation studio: www.cartoonsaloon.ie • Darklight Festival: www.darklight.ie

Traditionally, all animation has been created by hand, which is a painstaking and timeconsuming (but hugely rewarding) process.

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art

A relatively small proportion of the most talented graduates go on to become fullyfledged professional artists. Most will supplement their income with another job or commit themselves fully to an art-related career (such as listed above).

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up - thus spoke Picasso. We’re not sure whether art college was widely accessible in Pablo’s day, but one good way to maintain and hone your talent is to study art at further or higher level education.

Art therapy is a growing area whereby people with mental illnesses and troubled children experience the joy of creatively expressing themselves, which in turn helps health professionals to identify their illnesses and worries.

Certainly only few extremely talented graduates manage to make a living from working as a full time artist, but all the following course areas produce graduates with good career prospects in a wide number of fields; advertising; art administration, teaching, design, media production, journalism, photography and art therapy to name just a few.

education Ordinary (three years) and Honours (four years) level degrees in subjects such as Fine Art, Art and Visual Arts are available from several institutes of technology and NCAD (the National College of Art & Design). A newly launched four-year degree at Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork enables students to specialise in ceramics. These programmes provide learners with a solid grounding in a variety of artistic formats: drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. The student usually goes on to specialise in one of these methods as the course progresses. Specialisation will often involve a large degree of self-directed learning. Technical tools (e.g. computer-aided design) and new media (e.g. video) are also covered extensively. An objective of all Art degrees is to instil theories and knowledge of art in students. Developing the ability to make informed criticism of not only the works of peers, but

art career profile Ruth Wilkinson, Gallery Manager in London Having always had a keen interest in art I hoped to be able to study at one of the large art colleges in Dublin when I left school. As the entry requirements concentrate on a portfolio submission as well as the candidate’s Leaving Certificate results I spent a year putting together a strong portfolio to give myself the best chance of a place. I completed a one-year Portfolio Preparation course at Sallynoggin College of Further Education, after which I went on to Dun Laoghaire IADT to study a Fine Art Diploma. I specialised in printmaking and completed my Diploma in this field. During my final year at DLIADT I worked part time at Graphic Studio Dublin, a fine art print

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also (and more importantly) your own work, is key towards developing this knowledge. The culmination of an art degree sees graduates exhibiting their work to the public in an endof-year show. All these degree courses require applicants to submit a portfolio of work; contact the college in question to see what exactly is required. Many local colleges and colleges of further education dotted around the country provide one-year FETAC Level 5 Certificates in subjects such as Art and Art, Craft & Design. Typical modules include Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Metalwork. All these courses enable graduates to apply to third level Art degrees. Several local colleges also provide one-year Portfolio Preparation courses, specifically designed to prepare students for higher education.

Arts administrators work in cultural venues such as theatres, art centres and galleries. They work with artists and artistic directors, and carry out functions such as marketing an event/ installation, ensuring everything in the facility runs smoothly and controlling budgets. Local authority arts officers seek to promote interest in the arts in the community by supporting artists, and providing information and advice to the public and local organisations.

Did you know? It took 46 days in 1961 for someone to notice that Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) was hanging upside-down in New York’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art.

Further resources • The Arts Council – the government agency for funding and developing the arts in Ireland: www.artscouncil.ie • National Gallery of Ireland: www.nationalgallery.ie • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA): www.imma.ie

workshop, where I was a printer’s assistant. Having completed my Diploma I started working full time, eventually becoming assistant manager of Graphic Studio Gallery: the outlet for the studio. During that time I completed a Sales, Marketing, Advertising and PR diploma by night. This gave my CV a business qualification along with my art diploma. After this I decided to move to London to pursue a job in the arts and broaden my experience. I spent four years as gallery manager at a contemporary gallery that specialised in British and Irish fine art, and recently took a new job as gallery manager of a new contemporary gallery in London. Being involved in the set up is an incredibly exciting opportunity. You need to build a client base by getting people to come in and look around, create the branding and promotional material, and design and manage a website, as well as source artists. Everyday is different; I deal with my artists every week, checking in with them to see how their work and various projects are coming along. I am in touch with my clients weekly

too, making sure they are aware of new pieces that we have available at the gallery. Being in central London we have a huge number of walk-in clients browsing the gallery throughout the day, so there are always people to speak to about the art on show. Building relationships at the beginning of any business is important so I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients. The art world is an exciting and vibrant place to work, you are surrounded by beautiful works of art and incredibly creative people, however, the hours are long and the work is often physical but it is always rewarding when an exhibition opens successfully or you read a positive review. To work in art it is important to gain as much experience as possible. Studying a degree or diploma in either History of Art or Fine Art will give you the knowledge and foundation for a career, but it is important you get as much practical experience as possible. Most galleries welcome interns and if you can secure a work placement there is every possibility that it could lead to a job over time.


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Design

The huge success of Apple and its aesthetically pleasing products reveals just how influential good design can be. Without wishing to over-generalise, the average designer has three goals in mind when working on a project: I. Aesthetically attractive and stylish II. Efficiently and effectively perform its function III. Economically viable in terms of production cost It is a highly desired career no matter what the sector (industrial, graphic, fashion) and as such, competition for a position is normally high. On the other hand, the public’s desire for evermore innovative, attractive and userfriendly products shows no sign of slowing down.

education Otherwise known as Visual Communications, Graphic Design is concerned with the creation of imagery, logos and typeface on everything from book jackets to online advertising and billboard posters. Degree courses in this subject include modules on Introduction to Design Software, Typography, Web Design, Photography and Image Making/Illustration. Graphic Design is also available as a Level 5 Certificate in numerous PLC colleges around the country. Courses at higher and further levels, such as Digital Media, Multimedia, and Web Design/Development, all feature a significant Graphic Design component. Industrial, or Product, Designers work with engineers in designing and producing material goods: anything from a toilet freshener to a lawn mower. Degree courses are multidisciplinary; introducing learners to all the processes - such as CAD (computer aided design), model making, engineering, manufacturing and marketing - involved in bringing a product from conception to the

marketplace. Innovation and problem-solving are key aspects of industrial design courses. Anyone wishing to start their own design business will be interested by IT Carlow’s BA in Product Design Innovation: a four-year programme that combines design modules with small business entrepreneurial skills. Further ed. courses like Art, Craft & Design and Computer Aided Design serve as a useful preparation for an industrial design degree. Those who wish to specialise in Furniture Design will find relevant degree programmes in DIT and Galway-Mayo IT, and several PLC colleges that provide a dedicated FETAC Level 5 Certificate. Degrees in Fashion are available from Griffith College Dublin (GCD), Limerick IT and NCAD (National College of Art & Design) – with the latter two options accessed by direct entry. Besides design skills like drawing and pattern cutting, students also acquire practical business knowledge of the fashion industry in areas such as manufacturing and marketing. A full time, three-year Diploma in Fashion Design is provided by the Grafton Academy of Dress Design. The course provides full professional training for the Irish and international dress trade. Numerous FETAC Level 5 Certificates are available. Besides Fashion Design, which is a good preparation for traineeships and entrylevel positions, courses are also available in areas such as Fashion Buying and Textile Design. Graphic and fashion design courses generally require applicants to supply a

portfolio of art work, so make sure to contact your intended college for further details.

the work Designers often work as a part of a team that might include, for example, other designers, engineers, marketers, or production technicians. Ability therefore to work effectively with others, and an awareness of their roles and requirements, will prove beneficial. While creativity and a good imagination is obviously valuable, in the early years at least designers are nearly always working on a product brief handed down from management or senior designers. In these cases, the ability to effectively follow instruction and pay attention to detail can be even more important than a flair for colour or patterns.

Did you know? Bermuda shorts were designed in 1930s Bermuda because women were not allowed to show their upper leg. You probably didn’t know that.

Further resources • Imaginate – design competition for school students: www.imaginate.ie • Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI): www.idi-design.ie

Grafton Academy of Dress Designing 70 Years of creativity Ireland’s centre for design, pattern drafting & garment assembly for the Irish & International clothing trade Full- time professional fashion diploma course Intensive 1/3 month trial courses in fashion design (Evenings, Saturdays and Summer Holiday Trial courses also available) 6 Herbert Place, Dublin 2 | Telephone: 353 01 676 3653 / 676 7940 / 676 3868 Website: www.graftonacademy.com | email: info@graftonacademy.com


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Mention professional photography to most people and they will automatically think of newspaper images of politicians, sports and celebrities. Away from the photojournalistic sphere however, numerous opportunities exist for paid work in the wedding, corporate, fashion, advertising, and scientific/medical industries. Most photographers are freelancers and earning a living from photography alone is challenging in the beginning. A good income is usually not achieved until you have gained a healthy reputation for quality and efficiency. On the plus side, a career in photography also offers a lot of creative and professional freedom.

education Two degree programmes in Photography are available: four-year BAs in Photography (Level 8) in Dun Laoghaire IADT and DIT. The practical side of these programmes involves carrying out photographic projects, darkroom processing, learning various photographic techniques, and processing digital images. Many photographers are selfemployed, so business and management skills are also important areas of study.

Applicants are normally required to provide a portfolio for a photography course; check with the course provider for further details. Besides these dedicated courses, photography is also taught as a module in many other third level and further education programmes: Art, Digital Media, Journalism, Graphic Design, etc. It is worth remembering that the single most important tool for getting employment in photography is not a pure photography qualification, but a high-quality portfolio of images. These programmes represent an equally viable path toward a successful career in photography.

the work Professional photographers require a number of qualities and skills: good eyesight, an ability to pay attention to detail, a creative imagination, patience, and good technical/IT skills. People skills are also important, as photographers need to be able to smoothly and efficiently arrange and position clients

(e.g. wedding party) and models (e.g. fashion or advertising shoot). A good head for business and financial budgeting is also required, as freelancers will often experience a drought, while other times of the year can be extremely busy.

Did you know? The world’s first photograph was taken by Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. The exposure time was about 8 hours.

Further resources • Gallery of Photography: www. galleryofphotography.ie • The Irish Professional Photographers Association: www.irishphotographers.com • The Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI): www.ppai.ie

These course also place photography within its historical and cultural context. Students learn photographic theory, the importance of images in society, and how to critically analyse their own photos. A One-year Certificate in Photography (Level 5) is available in several colleges of further education. These courses are more vocationally orientated and focus primarily on practical skills such as film and digital photography, image downloading, Photoshop and image manipulation, and postproduction. Some further education programmes combine photography with a related topic, e.g. Media Production in Carlow Institute of Further Education and Journalism in Waterford/ Marino Colleges of Further Education.

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performance: music, Dance & theatre

A performance education hones students’ strengths and tackles their weaknesses, while also providing a practical knowledge of the industry and theoretical understanding. Not everyone will be able to make a living from pure performance of course, so these courses will prepare you for many careers, including composition, teaching, production, academia, administration, and more.

education Music degrees are available from many universities and institutes of technology. It can also be studied as part of an Arts degree in some universities. Students work continually on their musicianship (either instrumental or vocal), and learn to effectively analyse their own performances and that of resident and visiting performers. They also study the cultural and historical aspects of music. Over the course of the degree, students will specialise in areas such as performance, music teaching, musicology (the theory, or science of music), composition and music therapy. Degrees that specialise in a particular area of music are also available. Music Technology degrees prepare students for careers in music and sound production in the recording industry, TV, software development, and radio. The Degree in Music Education in Trinity College and the Bachelor of Religious Education with Music in Mater Dei Institute of Education prepare students for careers as second-level music teachers. Commercial Modern Music, or ‘rock and roll college’, is a new degree course in DIT and part of the UK’s prestigious BIMM group, graduates of which have gone on to major international success. There are several music-related awards available in further education. Besides Music, which includes modules on performance, sound engineering and event production; other one-year (Level 5) vocational certificates are available in a range of interesting areas: Music Technology, Irish Traditional Music, and Music Production. The University of Limerick’s BA in Irish Music and Dance produces dancers of the highest calibre. Besides performance, the course also involves academic study (e.g. history of dance, dance education), technical skills development (e.g. using digital media), and instilling business acumen (e.g. planning a tour). Also available from UL, the BA in Voice and Dance is a similarly themed course, with

an additional focus on a variety of singing skills (chant, contemporary, Irish, etc). Dance is available to study at a number of colleges/institutes of further education. It can be studied as part of a Performance Arts programme that also includes acting, or as a dedicated course. Pure dance courses introduce student to various forms (ballet, jazz, modern, etc), as well as related topics

such as anatomy/physiology and history of dance. Besides a FETAC Certificate, graduates often receive additional awards from bodies such as the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance. Theatre, Drama and Performing Arts courses at higher level are available from a number of institutes of technology and universities.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Jazz Performance (HETAC) Berklee Track - 2 year music performance programme with credit transfer to Berklee College of Music, Boston.


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Practical performance modules focus on skills such as movement (combat, dance, etc); verbal acting (voice projection, singing, etc); and various acting techniques such as improvisation and acting to camera. Students are also often taught various production skills, such as directing, playwriting, stage/ costume design, and production management. Students also learn how to work, and act, as a team, with classes putting on regular performances for their peers, the public, and industry professionals. Further education also provides plenty of vocational training opportunities for would-be

actors and other theatre professionals, with the Level 5 Certificate in Theatre Performance. Widely available in varying forms around the country, this course works on the student’s acting abilities and theatrical knowledge, while also providing valuable practical skills such as stage management and event production. Please remember that the majority of courses that contain an element of performance will require applicants to pass an audition or music test – contact the college in question for further details.

The Work Careers in music, dance and acting can be roughly divided into performance (professional dancer or musician), and the many associated roles (management, production/ engineering, education, academia, journalism). Most of the

courses mentioned above are holistic in their approach, and produce graduates that can work in either area.

Did you know? It is bad luck to say to ‘good luck’ to an actor

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A useful guide to making your CAO decision is the varying degree to which these programmes specialise in actor training/ performance skills, as opposed to the theoretical study of theatre, which can lead to related careers in drama teaching, theatre criticism or academia for instance.

.Further Resources • Music Network – set up by the Arts Council to support and develop the music profession in Ireland: www.musicnetwork.ie • Irish Equity – representing Irish actors, theatre director, stage managers and set designers: www.irishequity.ie • Dance Ireland – representing professional dance in Ireland: www.danceireland.ie

Dance Career Profile Lisa McLoughlin, professional contemporary dancer All those years ago when I approached my career guidance teacher about becoming a professional dancer, she smiled at me. She told me it was a nice hobby but an unrealistic job prospect. I had other ideas and pulled out all the prospectuses of the dance schools in London. After this she began to realise I was serious. The one I really wanted was The Rambert School. Besides having one of the best reputations, Rambert was also free to EU students under 18, a huge relief financially for my parents. I was lucky enough to be accepted and so began my three years full time training. It was a long day! We would start at nine in the morning and finishing most evenings at 7pm after all our choreography projects were done. We received a broad training in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, tap and drama with the main focus on the first two. The training was gruelling but I loved it and felt blessed to be able to do what I loved day in day out.

On graduation I returned to Dublin with my heart set on auditioning in Europe. In the end however, I was offered my first full time job with Daghdha Dance Company. From there I joined a very exciting emerging company, Rex Levitates (which is now well established), and have also been a regular dancer with Coisceim Dance Company. I have worked as a freelance dancer with many companies and have had the opportunity to tour the world. I’ve danced in China with the National Ballet of China, toured Australia and Europe, and have seen a great deal more of the world than I would have with an office job. As I am a freelance dancer, contracts are usually around 3-4 months, sometimes back to back, but often with gaps in the year. Each dancer will do their best to fill all the gaps but most supplement their income. Some do this through teaching dance or in my case, I teach Pilates. Our days are long and usually 6 days a week. However, doing what you love is its own reward. We start the day with morning class, which consists of an hour or more of contemporary dance, ballet and core strength

work. The rest of the day will consist of creating new dance or detailed rehearsing of existing dance sequences. We usually work from 10am-6pm, unless we are performing when our days will start a little later and end around 11pm. Many dance students traditionally have chosen to train in the UK and Europe as the schools there can offer a very high standard of training. However, with degree courses now on offer in Ireland, students will not have to leave the country to fulfil their dreams of becoming professional dancers. My advice for those thinking of a career in dance would be work, work and more work! I used to train in ballet four days a week after school and all day Saturday. It is a profession that requires dedication and single mindedness. There will always be better dancers out there but the only dancer to be in competition with is the dancer you have the potential to be. Dance Ireland is the representative body for dance in Ireland and provides daily classes. They also provide workshops, information and a variety of other services from their studios on Foley Street in Dublin.

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Arts & Humanities

Economics Readers may have been expecting Economics to appear in the Business section. Although it is closely related to areas such as Finance, Business Management and Accountancy, the key difference is that these courses are fundamentally about providing a business service, while Economics is an objective social science that tries to measure and explain the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Economists are therefore in a position to provide guidance on how a society might better manage its resources. Aside from the small number of professional economists, economics prepares students for any number of careers in the private and public spheres. Graduates are able to deal with complex information, and have a solid grounding in both business and social science. Economics courses are a great opportunity to understand the forces that brought wealth (and inequality, some might add) during the heady days of the Celtic Tiger and financial depression in more recent times, and how we might get ourselves out of this mess.

Education Most business courses, whether a degree or plc programme, include an economics module. But it is only available to study as a dedicated course at higher level. All university Arts programmes include Economics as an

option, and it is also available to study in tandem with a range of other subjects as part of joint degrees. For example: with Finance (DIT, UCD, NUI Maynooth), Sociology (UL), Financial Mathematics (NUI Galway), or Politics & Law (DCU). Those with an aversion to maths should think carefully about taking this subject. There are plenty of statistics involved, and an emphasis on developing analytical abilities to a high level. Another common denominator of all economics programmes is the distinction between Micro- and Macroeconomics. The former involves the analysis of individual actors in the economy – consumers, entrepreneurs, etc – and how they influenced by issues such as supply & demand and pricing. The latter deals with the economic interaction of larger bodies: international conglomerates, social groups, national economies, etc; and economic concepts such as GDP (Gross Domestic Product), unemployment, and inflation. Specialisations in economics degrees are available in topics such as policy – examining government intervention in the economy; Europe – looking at the economic challenges faced by the EU; development – issues surrounding the development of 3rd world economies; and history – getting to grips with the works of influential theorists like Adam Smith and Karl Marx.

The Work Economics graduates are well respected by employers for their understanding of the business and financial worlds, and ability to analyse complex data. The subject is an excellent stepping-stone to a postgraduate specialism, which can lead to careers in accountancy, management, marketing, teaching, social policy, law and the financial services. Professional economists find work as media commentators, in government and EU departments, as lecturers and researchers, and as economic consultants for public bodies such as the ESRI and large private corporations.

Did you know? Global military spending in 2010 amounted to $1.6 trillion.

Further Resources • The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI): www.esri.ie • David McWillians – one of Ireland’s best known economists: www.davidmcwilliams.ie • Economist.com - online version of the renowned magazine: www.economist.com

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While we all enjoy a good read, studying English at college is really for those who want to explore and research the best of modern and classic literature; not to mention those who hope to eventually publish their own work. English students have to analyse and criticise (constructively) the texts they read, and also write their own thoughtful and perceptive essays on literature – its development, authors, influence on society, etc. A thumbs up/down won’t do the job… English courses are not just for those who have a realistic ambition of success in a creative sphere such as poetry, novel writing or drama. They also give students valuable skills that are highly prized in virtually any workplace: the ability to organise ideas, materials and people, to think creatively and present persuasive arguments. The study of literature and language also disciplines the mind and teaches valuable skills in data collection, critical thinking and communication.

education There are a number of different options available for people interested in studying English at higher level. Course titles include English, English Literature (TCD), English & Film/Drama (UCD), and English & History (Carlow College, UL). A common approach is to take English along with another Arts subject such as Irish, Sociology or History. Students enrolling in an English degree should gird their loins for some heavy reading, as they will be expected to analyse a wide array

Geography The term ‘geography’ was conceived in Ancient Greece; a rough translation would be ‘to describe the earth’. This provides a hint as to the huge scale of the discipline, encompassing far more than the recital of the capitals of Europe and drawing pictures of oxbow lakes. Geography can be divided into two major areas: the human, incorporating aspects of sociology, economics, history and politics in the study of people’s interaction with the built environment and the spatial distribution of societies; and the physical, which involves the study of physical, chemical and biological processes in the earth’s environment.

education There are a number of options for students hoping to study Geography at third-level. You can study Geography with other related subjects such as Planning & Environmental Policy (UCD), Outdoor Education & Leisure (GMIT), or Political Science (TCD); or as an optional subject as part of a general Arts degree. As part of an Arts degree, students are

of texts from Chaucer and Shakespeare, to Roddy Doyle and Seamus Heaney. Most English courses are also concerned with the history and practice of writing in English from Anglo Saxon times to the present day. Students learn how texts are constructed and how they operate, and study the cultural and historical contexts within which they were written. English programmes aim to develop a critical consciousness and to foster an awareness of critical and cultural theory. Many English courses at higher level allow for specialisation and students can write essays and theses on subjects ranging from the influence of fairies in 17th century English to feminism in 20th century America. A relatively high proportion of English students go on to postgraduate study and research. An interesting option is All Hallows College’s degree in Theology & English Literature. Participants tackle the fascinating topic of theology and a selection of English modules, including the American Short Story, Gothic Literature, Anglo-Irish Poetry and Modern Drama. Students determined to study English at university level, but who lack the CAO points to gain admission, might consider enrolling in a Liberal Arts PLC course. These one-year courses offer graduates the opportunity to progress to an Arts degree in a university.

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introduced to both physical and human geography. Physical geography subjects include Climatology – the study of weather patterns over prolonged periods (decades, centuries, millennia, etc); Atmospheric Science – studying our planet’s atmosphere and its processes; Biogeography – the distribution and changing patterns of life on Earth; Meteorology – short term (in comparison with Climatology) weather processes and forecasting; and Geomorphology – understanding landscapes and how they take shape. An interest in science is therefore helpful in pursuing physical geography. Typical first-year subjects in human geography include the history of urbanisation (from the first settlements to today’s megalopolises), population studies (migration, settlement, distribution of wealth, etc), and the implications of globalisation (e.g. how global forces impact on a local area). An important part of any geography degree is learning how to research and analyse geographical data, and a key instrument in this process is GIS (Geographic Information System). GIS software enables geographers to efficiently capture, store, analyse,

postgraduate or professional qualifications in areas such as business and law. Many writers of fiction and non-fiction also work as scholars and lecturers in academia in between bouts of research and writing. Technical writers use carefully constructed clear and simple language to compile instructional manuals for products, ranging from software to washing machines, and educational textbooks. In general however, English is useful for practically any career you can think of. Graduates put into practice a combination of the concise writing, creative thinking, problem solving and investigative research skills they learned during their courses – whether working as a journalist, solicitor, teacher, marketing professional, proof-reader or poet.

Did you know? Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story in 1838, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, in which three shipwreck survivors in a drifting dinghy kill and eat a fourth survivor named Richard Parker. In 1884, a real life case saw three shipwreck survivors in an open boat kill and eat the fourth, whose name was Richard Parker - spooky!

Further resources • National Library of Ireland: www.nli.ie • Irish Writers’ Centre: www.writerscentre.ie • Poetry Ireland: www.poetryireland.ie

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, WHAt s my CAreer? manage and present spatial information, e.g. the distribution of two-car owners in a particular district. Students are also introduced to the environmental crises that have emerged from mankind’s interface with the environment and threaten society’s future. Issues such as unsustainable development, pollution of natural resources and climate change. Practical classes form a large part of any geography course. Laboratory work, projects and fieldwork all help you develop skills in collecting information and analysing results.

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History Students interested in history can take general history courses that give a rounded knowledge of past events, figures and processes, or there are the more specialised subjects of Anthropology, Archaeology and Art History.

education Third level history programmes are available in a variety of formats. It can be studied as a dedicated degree at Trinity, UCD, or NUI Maynooth. History is also available as part of a joint degree, e.g. with English (UL, Carlow College) or Law (UCD). Finally, it is also possible to take History as an option in most (but not all) Arts degrees. History students generally take introductory subjects in the first year of their degree, before specialising in later years. The first year should give you a good general knowledge of Irish, European and World History, as well as research methods and political theory classes. You then decide which time periods and specialist areas particularly interest you and take subjects that prepare you for your final research project or thesis. This is usually on a topic agreed with your supervisor, and could concentrate on anything from early Asian civilisations to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Art History is available to study in UCD and TCD (along with architecture). It is the academic study of visual art (painting, sculpture, architecture, etc) in terms of its historical context. Questions arise such as what was the artist trying to achieve? How did their work relate to personal background and the pervading culture? What influence did their work have on art and the wider society? A good eye for art is useful, as students are expected to arrive at their own conclusions rather than relying solely on the findings of textbooks.

Even though not many people describe themselves as geographers, geography is a very useful subject that offers many career options. Geographers can be involved in tasks as diverse as drawing maps, planning aid budgets for third world countries, carrying out national surveys, monitoring levels of pollution and conserving our national heritage sites. Geography can be attractive to students who enjoy a mixture of arts and science subjects. Students need a head for statistical data, good communication skills and the ability to work well as a member of a team. A large degree of technical and IT skills are often required for geographical work.

from science labs to county council offices and field research sites, both close to home and abroad. Tools range from a bucket and spade to the latest laboratory technologies.

Did you know? Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and is located in Siberia, Russia. It is 5,369 ft (1,637 m) deep - more than one mile straight down.

Further resources Central Statistics Office: www.cso.ie Ordnance Survey Ireland: www.osi.ie

Geography graduates can find themselves working in a variety of different environments

Geological Survey of Ireland: www.gsi.ie

Anthropology is only available in NUI Maynooth and is the study of human societies and cultures across time. The aim is to arrive at a greater understanding of cultural, racial, ethnic and sexual differences. Anthropological subjects include Popular Culture, EthnoPsychology, Family Patterns, Folklore, Popular Culture, and Paleoanthropology. Archaeology is the study of the past through the recovery and analysis of physical remains and environmental data, and it is available to study in TCD, UCD and IT Sligo. Courses you will encounter on an Archaeology degree include The Prehistoric World, Ireland & Europe in the Iron Age, Religion & Ritual in Celtic Europe, Environmental Archaeology, and Early Agriculture in Ireland. Fieldwork is particularly important parts of all anthropology and archaeology courses. Heritage Studies tend to focus on national and local history, incorporating elements of natural and human history, archaeology, folklore and genealogy. Careers in the heritage industry include tourism, archaeology, education, environmental consultancy and public administration. A degree in Heritage Studies is available from Galway-Mayo IT, while Level 5 Certificates are provided by a number of local colleges around the country.

the Work Graduates in historical fields can move into a wide number of areas. Some go on to postgraduate study or work in their chosen specialist subject, working as historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, academics, researchers, curators, teachers and archivists. Others use the more general knowledge, research and writing skills they have acquired at college to enter careers in other areas such as business, law, industry, the media and the civil service. Archaeologists organise ‘digs’ to excavate artefacts and materials that they later analyse in a laboratory to determine use and worth. Tasks can range from preparatory surveying and the choosing of sites, to getting your hands dirty in the soil, as well as using

computers and high-tech analysis, writing reports and papers and presenting findings. Anthropologists collect documents, data and physical evidence of civilisations and humanity, making cross-cultural comparisons and focusing on human behaviour.

Did you know? The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ originates not from Alice in Wonderland, but from an occupational illness of the 18th and 19th centuries when mercury was used in hat production. Factory workers were exposed daily to the poison, and many went insane over time.

Further resources • National Archives of Ireland: www.nationalarchives.ie • National Monuments Service: www.archaeology.ie • The Heritage Council: www.heritagecouncil.ie


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Philosophy & theology Philosophy seeks to unearth universal truths by utilising reason and logic in tackling concepts such as existence, morality, nature, and knowledge. Theology also uses reason, along with history and religious knowledge, in the criticism, defence, and comparison of religious beliefs. It should be noted that no religious beliefs of any kind are required to study Theology. These two disciplines may seem incompatible, but they are bound together in numerous ways; for example, the works of Ancient Greece’s philosophers greatly influenced western Christian theology.

education Students interested in theology and religious studies have a number of options. Degree courses include Theology with Psychology, Philosophy, or English Literature (All Hallows College); with World Religions (Trinity College); or as part of an Arts degree in a number of colleges. Typical topics in theology or religious studies include Biblical Studies, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Atheism, Ecumenism, World Religions and Ethics. Several teacher training colleges also provide the necessary qualification for becoming a second level religion teacher. There are plenty of options for students interested in taking philosophy at degree level. You can choose to take a degree solely in Philosophy, or study your chosen subject in conjunction with other subjects such as Law (UCD) or Political Science (Trinity College). Philosophy is also an optional subject on most general arts programmes. The subjects you may ponder on a Philosophy course include Ancient Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Postmodernism and the Philosophy of Being. You will also encounter all the big names including Plato, Locke, Kant, Nietzsche and (Homer Simpson’s favourite thinker) Wittgenstein.

the Work Studying Philosophy or Theology at third level is often undertaken in an effort to expand knowledge rather than as a career move. However, the honing of research skills and intellectual capacity will prove extremely useful in a variety of careers. A high proportion of theology graduates go on to become teachers of religion at secondary school level. Some religious studies courses qualify students to teach religion directly (such as Mater Dei’s Bachelor of Religious Education). Graduates of other courses take a yearlong Higher Diploma in Education to gain the necessary teaching skills. Professional philosophers are a lot less common than their amateur or barstool equivalents. Those who do make their living from philosophy are generally published authors and attached to a university where they must also teach and write as well as think for a living. Philosophy graduates also

have plenty of other options; the lateral thinking, logic and reasoning skills you will learn should prove useful in most careers.

Did you know? Liberation theology originated in the Latin American Catholic Church of the 1960s and is concerned with relieving social, economic and political injustice.

Further resources • Philosophy Pages – free online resource: www.philosophypages.com • Theology.ie – website of the Irish Theological Association: www.theology.ie • AskPhilosophers – put your questions to a panel of experts: www.askphilosophers.com

Pontifical University

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth Undergraduate Degree Programmes • BA in Theology & Arts • BA in Theology • The above programmes qualify under the Free Fees initiative and the Higher Education Grants Scheme • Mature students are welcome to apply • Our Open Days are held on the last Friday and Saturday in November annually

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Theology is a fascinating subject and makes for an excellent discipline, combining research, critical analysis, independent learning and self-development. While a number of theology graduates use their qualification for a career in teaching, the skills acquired on these programmes have a diverse applicability. Graduates of theology have entered into careers such as teaching, communications, administration, publishing, chaplaincy, finance, marketing, journalism, and social services.

Information on all courses may be obtained from the Admissions Office: T: +353 1 708 4772 F: +353 1 708 3441 E: admissions@spcm.ie W: www.maynoothcollege.ie


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Politics, international relations & european studies With the financial crisis forcing nation states and the EU to question the very way in which they function, there’s more than enough fascinating material for students of politics and international studies to get their teeth into. Students in these fields look at the social, economic and political structure of contemporary societies, examine their historical development and consider ways in which their political and social organisation can be improved. Like most Arts subjects, Politics, International Relations and European Studies are not vocational courses – you won’t graduate as a fully-fledged politician or diplomat. However, they do provide a broad understanding of the way the world works, and graduates can go on to successful careers in a varied range of sectors.

education Third-level students usually study Politics alongside another subject such as Economics, Law, History or Philosophy – or as a component of their Arts degree. International Relations is available to study as a subject in its own right at DCU, or alongside Politics at UCD or UL. Political Science students study different forms of government and look at the development of political ideas such as democracy, freedom and equality. Other

subjects encountered on a third-level politics course include Introduction to the Irish Political System, EU Policy and Politics & Globalisation, as well as Economics, History and Sociology classes.

TD prepare for a complicated debate in the Dáil. Researchers also write speeches and articles, conduct and analyse opinion polls and deal with requests for information from the public and the media.

Students choosing International Relations take subjects in Language, Culture & International Communication, Ideology, Politics & Culture in Europe, Public International Law and International Governance, as well as studying a foreign language such as French or German.

Graduates may find work for a national or international organisation, charity or lobby group (e.g., Greenpeace, Oxfam, Goal). These highly desirable positions can require extra experience gained from volunteering and travelling, as well as a third-level qualification. Administrators working for NGOs typically have wide-ranging responsibilities, including the lobbying of governments, alerting the media to issues, fundraising and delivering aid to crisis-hit areas.

European Studies is a broad topic that examines our continent through a number of lenses, including history, economy, politics, law and society. Students learn a language, which is reinforced by a study abroad period at a partner university. Degree programmes are available from IT Tallaght, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College and UL.

the Work The flexibility of mind, astute analytical skills and excellent general knowledge provided by these courses are sought after in many career areas, including public administration (both national and international), business, political research, media, NGOs, charities and education. Political researchers provide politicians and political parties with information on a variety of political, economic and social issues. They might study research reports, press and journal articles and legal documents to help a

Did you know? Founded in 1951, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was a supranational organisation that paved the way for the modern day European Union. The founder members of the ECSC were Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany.

Further resources • The All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution: www.constitution.ie • Official website of the EU: http://europa.eu/ • United Nations: www.un.org/en/


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Year on year, Arts is by far the most popular CAO option for Irish school leavers. In this article we’ll explore the idea behind the Humanities, and why they represent a excellent choice for those with an open mind with regard to their future career. Many of the traditional disciplines of Arts & Humanities – such as classics, philosophy and theology – have been at the heart of Western civilisation for centuries. In ancient times the Romans regarded these subjects as the ‘Liberal Arts’, a system of intellectually liberating skills that differed from the jobspecific skills taught to slaves. While not in any way comparing those studying vocational courses such as law or medicine with slaves (although the poor souls undergoing exams in those disciplines may beg to differ!), what was true of the Arts in Ancient Rome is largely true today. Studying these disciplines provides excellent mental preparation for making your way in wider society, not just in terms of work, but also personally and culturally.

It is these ‘good habits’ that employers are seeking to harness when they take on an Arts graduate. No two jobs are exactly the same, and initial training will not provide employees with the complete answers to every single problem they will encounter; after all, life has a habit of throwing problems at us that don’t fit neatly into pre-defined areas! In these situations, the skills of critical interpretation, information management, problem-solving and communication that you gained in your studies of the Arts & Humanities, will assist you. The fact that the core skills gleaned through an Arts programme are useful across many careers is reflected by the many and

varied jobs graduates take – management, journalism, accountancy, tax consultancy, town planning, librarianship, civil service, local government, banking, teaching – the list is endless.

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topic and come to reasonable, evidential conclusions. It will also enable you to defend your proposals through highly-developed skills of communication, and the ability to clearly and reasonably defend your position. The subject material of most Arts & Humanities courses is undoubtedly fascinating stuff, and may well be of use in your later educational or professional career, but a common aim is to instill in students the habits of critically evaluate, manage and utilise information.

Arts programmes in Ireland are available in various combinations. In general programmes, students pursue two, three or four subjects, before dropping to two or sometimes one subject for the final year of the degree. In the case of specific Arts programmes, students are committed to one or two subjects from start to finish. The reason for taking this route is to guarantee a place on the topic at an early stage; but be aware that theses subjects are sometimes also available to those taking the general route. General programmes therefore, are a better choice for most CAO applicants, as they offer much greater flexibility. Some subjects such as History in Trinity, UCD, or NUI Maynooth, and Classics in Trinity, can be studied as a single-honours subject. A recent development has been the growing number of Arts courses offered in conjunction with nontraditional subjects, e.g. Law in NUI Maynooth and Human Rights in NUI Galway.

Many courses are available for study in Arts & Humanities and at first glance, the school leaver may fail to see the slightest connection between them. However, there are interchangeable skills involved in the various disciplines, not least the highly valuable ability to critically interpret. In every subject of the Arts, students are required to do more than simply learn the facts and figures in the course material – they need to analyse and critically interpret. For example, a given article, book, poem, play, study or historical account will be read and studied with the following questions in mind: who wrote it? For what reason? Is there a bias element to the work? What is the author’s background and in what context was the piece written? Most of these questions will not have a single, definitively correct answer, as the ‘real meaning’ of something is often open to interpretation. The Arts & Humanities will teach you the skills to thoroughly research a

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Business, finance & law

Accounting The sheer range of career options available to qualified accountants is brought into stark relief when you consider that every type of organisation – trade unions, religious bodies, schools, charities, sports clubs, private individuals, and of course, businesses – has the need for someone who can balance the books. In addition, this demand for their services is largely unaffected by the economic situation. Indeed, careful accounting is even more important when times are tough. Aside from the basic number crunching duties, accountants play a key role in such vital activities as business development, corporate strategy and financial management.

Education Most wannabe accountants begin by taking a third-level course in Accounting. Irish colleges offer a wide range of accounting courses, with qualifications ranging from higher certificates to honours degrees. Typical modules include Economics, Statistics, Corporate Finance, Banking, Business Law, Computer Applications in Accounting, Taxation, and Auditing. Accounting at third level is also available to study as part of a joint degree. For example: with Law in University of Limerick or Athlone IT, Human Resource Management in the National College of Ireland, and with Finance in several colleges. A graduate with an Accounting degree cannot automatically start work as a professional accountant. Candidates must apply to join one of the professional bodies (e.g. ICAI – see Further Resources). To become a member, you must pass a series of professional examinations, although partial exemptions

from these are granted on graduation from approved undergraduate and postgraduate accounting programmes. It typically takes between three-and-a-half and four years to gain all the qualifications required. Many graduates are able to work for accounting firms while taking their professional exams. The firms should allow trainees time off to study, and also cover the course and exam fees. Those who are interested in the accounting area as a career, but are not yet ready to commit to the several years of education and training required to become a professional, might enrol in an Accounting Technician plc programme. Normally two years in length, typical modules include Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Law and Ethics, Taxation, and Integrated Accounting Systems (IAS).

The Work There is no set career path for accountants – they have increasingly diverse responsibilities in areas such as financial analysis, risk management, auditing and financial advising. After gaining some experience, many qualified accountants move into other areas of work, heading for such high-profile positions as chief financial officer or financial director. According to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI), nine out of the top ten Irish Stock Exchange (ISEQ) companies have a chartered accountant as their financial director.

employee. Their work is taken up with everyday tasks such as payroll, managing inward/outward payments, and preparing financial reports. Accounting technicians are not qualified for high-powered tasks such as conducting audits or make strategic financial decisions. A high proportion of qualified accountants work in business or industry. Many others take up positions in the Irish financial services sector, while the traditional career path into private practice is still popular. Qualified accountants are also highly sought after in the civil service. If you were handy with your times tables in school then chances are you possess at least one of the desirable attributes for accounting. An analytical mind is also useful, as is a keen interest in the world of business.

Did you know? Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger studied to be an accountant at the prestigious London School of Economics.

Further Resources • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI): www.icai.ie • Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants in Ireland (IIPA): www.iipa.ie • Accounting Technicians Ireland: www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie

Most accounting technicians work under the direction of professional accountants or in smaller firms as the sole accounting

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The world of banking and financial services is vast. It encompasses banks, building societies and credit unions on your local main street; investment banks that provide a range of investment services and advice to individuals and organisations; and public institutions such as the Central Bank, Financial Regulator and the European Central Bank. A heavy toll has been taken by the recession, and the ire directed toward many of the financial institutions in Ireland for their perceived feckless behaviour during the boom years is plentiful, but despite it all financial services remains a major employer in Ireland and the source of great career prospects for graduates. Just don’t make the same mistakes they did!

Education There are several finance related options in higher education. Finance can be studied on its own in UCC, or as part of a joint degree with subjects such as Economics and Accounting in numerous other colleges. Students of finance acquire a dual knowledge of financial economics - asset valuation, stock markets, etc - and issues of corporate finance - capital investment, strategic decision making, maximising company value, and so on. Courses in Financial Services are available from Dublin Business School (with Business), IT Sligo, and IT Tallaght. A degree provides a good footing for careers in fund management, stock market analysis and corporate lending. Graduates will have excellent analytical skills, a deep understanding of products, participants and functions of the financial

markets, and an ability to communicate expert financial advice to non-expert clients.

requests and leading and motivating bank personnel.

Actuarial and Financial Mathematics degrees (available from UCD, DCU, UL, and NUI Galway) are suitable for students who enjoy solving mathematical problems and are interested in well-paid careers in the finance sector. Graduates learn how to utilise complex quantitative analysis in measuring financial risk, statistical probabilities, etc. Potential career areas include actuary, economic analysis, insurance and consultancy.

Corporate banking is also broken down according to specialisation. Corporate financial advisors help companies with business matters such as mergers, acquisitions, hedge funds and risk management. Actuarial analysts and researchers study the economic climate and stock market to find trends and developments. Fund managers build their client investment portfolios through successful equities, investment and asset management.

Further education options provide students with a sound understanding of the basic principles in all the above areas. Available courses include Business & Finance, Financial Services, Accounting & Finance, and Insurance & Banking Studies.

The Work Banks and stockbroking firms traditionally acquire new staff through graduate recruitment programmes. A lot banking and financial work is now done over the phone and online, with many commercial banks providing telephone and internet banking. In the bank itself there are a number of differing roles to fill such as customer service staff that deal with basic transactions and account enquiries, and also advise customers on services such as mortgages, loans, investment opportunities and pensions. Bank management staff is responsible for attracting new business, providing financial services to businesses and to private customers, evaluating customer

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Stockbrokers buy and sell bonds, stocks and shares to make profits for their clients. Clients can be either financial institutions or private customers. Most stockbrokers work for firms who are members of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISEQ). There is also the option of opening an independent consultancy advising private clients.

Did you know? The richest person in the world is Mexican telecommunications magnate and philanthropist Carlos Slim – his fortune is estimated at $74 billion.

Further Resources • Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland: www.centralbank.ie • Irish Stock Exchange: www.ise.ie • Financial Regulator: www.financialregulator.ie

Business Studies & Commerce As with Arts, Business Studies and Commerce courses are a mainstay of higher education and always popular with school leavers. They are perfect for students who are interested in a career in business, but are not sure what particular area they would like to work in. We can’t all learn about business selling Bill Cullen’s legendary penny apples, thankfully the courses in Ireland’s universities, ITs and colleges are kept constantly in line with the latest trends and demands of the modern economy.

Education Courses are readily available nationwide from Level 5 Certificates to Level 8 Honours Degrees. A general business or commerce qualification introduces students to all forms of business activity: management, human resources, accounting, finance, marketing, and

information systems, etc. Understanding the relationship between these various activities is an excellent preparation for managerial roles. Students are also taught the soft skills – communication, negotiation, teamwork, etc that are essential in every business. Typically, degree students have a choice of subjects to specialise in during the second half of the course. This may be traditional business subjects like marketing, or interesting alternatives such as Globalisation – An Economic Perspective (Business Studies in UL), Sports Marketing (Waterford IT) or Food Management and Marketing (Commerce in UCC). There are large differences between business programmes. Do your research and do not assume they are all the same. Unique attributes may include the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, a work placement, or exemptions from the examinations of professional bodies (e.g. accountancy). Many

business and commerce programmes are strong on enterprise and innovation – particularly valuable for students who have an ambition to set up their own business. Besides pure Business and Commerce courses, there is a multitude of programmes that specialise in a particular area, e.g. Management, Human Resources, Accounting; and yet more that offer the opportunity to study business in tandem with (and in the context of) other subjects such as Law, Tourism, or Psychology. In other words, there’s something for everyone. A dizzying array of Business Studies courses is also available in further education; with Level 5 Certificates and more advanced diplomas. These offer a great introduction to the workplace as well as affording progression to a higher level course. Among the many specialised programmes are Secretarial, IT, Administration, Languages, Legal Studies and Start Your Own Business courses.


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Working in any business role requires a few key attributes such as the ability to communicate well with others (especially customers) and a willingness to work as part of a team. Your characteristics and personal preference will help determine which particular role is for you. A head for figures and a good level of concentration are useful for accountancy. An outgoing and warm personality is very useful for sales work, as personal relationships are vital when it comes to dealing with clients. While an ability to listen and an enjoyment in helping others is a good indication of a

predisposition for HR, which involves dealing with staff problems and helping employees to improve their performance. Managers need to have a grasp of all these tasks and more, which is why a general business course is so useful for career prospects. Entrepreneurs have a tough task in that they usually must take responsibility for every aspect of their business until it has grown sufficiently for extra staff to come on board. They need to be driven by a desire for their enterprise to succeed, and often must work at unsocial hours in the early days at least.

Did you know? According to research by Visa Europe, Irish people spent nearly €3 billion online in 2010: a rise of 39% on 2009 figures.

Further Resources • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: www.eoy.tv • The Sunday Business Post: www.sbpost.ie • Enterprise Ireland: www.enterpriseireland.ie

Entrepreneurship - why go it alone? Not every graduate is cut out to work for somebody else; there are maverick souls who will succeed or fail on their own terms, and who will never feel completely comfortable working for ‘the Man’. New small businesses have a very high failure rate – over 50 percent – but that will never (and nor should it) dissuade those imbued with the entrepreneurial spirit from trying. Nevertheless, it is a big step, both personally and financially, and requires serious consideration. You will be in good company however. It’s not a well-recognised fact but entrepreneurship is very healthy in Ireland. According to the 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report, established entrepreneurs make up 8.6% of the adult population: on a par with Australia (8.5%) and slightly ahead of the US (7.7%).

Why do people start their own business? Most entrepreneurs gain experience working for others, amassing knowledge and skills in their area of expertise, before striking out on their own. Often, they will have noticed a gap in the market during their employment, and will seek to capitalise on the commercial opportunity by developing an innovative idea or solution. Constraining issues motivate other small business starters; they may find that responsibilities keeping them at home leave a home-based business as the only viable option for paid work, or similarly, people who live a long distance from employment centres. Another common type of entrepreneur is the person who is pursuing his/her passion by making it into a business. These creative individuals set up businesses in art, crafts, web design, and a huge variety of other ventures.

A final group is increasingly prevalent these days – those who set up their own business because they can’t find work.

The pros and cons of starting a business Guides to starting a business often refer to the freedom available to entrepreneurs as a major benefit of this option – the freedom to decide when to work, the type of work to do, and so on. In reality, however – especially in the early stages and despite the best preparations – many small businesses require a gruelling amount of labour in order to get off the ground. The freedom mentioned usually arrives with success and an increased workforce. Other disadvantages include the lack of employment benefits such as paid holidays, sick pay and pension scheme. Small businesses are notoriously vulnerable – one look at how quickly the shop-fronts change on Irish main streets will tell you that – and profits can be quite low during the initial period, because you must invest to succeed. The major benefit of having your own business is the tremendous motivation and job satisfaction that comes from being independent and making your own way in life. An immense pride can be gleaned from the knowledge that you have built a thriving enterprise ‘with your own hands’. The money gained from your success is not to be sniffed at either!

What you need to succeed Entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed if they have certain personal qualities: drive and determination, good organisational skills, selfdiscipline, self-motivation, sound business sense and an in-depth knowledge of their chosen industry. Thankfully, you need not be born with all these qualities; they can be

gained during your educational and professional careers. Equally as important is a good business idea. Shell LiveWIRE is a UK organisation that helps young people to start businesses. BRIGHT is the snappy acronym it uses to capture the key ingredients to a successful business idea: • Business-Orientated – the whole point of the exercise • Realistic – a necessity for success • Innovative – customers are always interested in new things • Genuine – your business must meet an existing, real need • Honest – to yourself and your planned customers • Timely – will someone else get in ahead of you? Not all new businesses require strong innovation; franchises are a very popular option for young entrepreneurs. They have the benefit of supplying a well-worked and proven business plan, while also maintaining a sense of independence. Once you have a viable business plan, there are numerous organisations in Ireland that provide guidance and funding to new businesses. Here is a small sample: • Startups.ie – www.startups.ie • Enterprise Ireland – www.enterprise-ireland.com • County & City Enterprise Boards – www.enterpriseboards.ie • First Step – www.first-step.ie • Running Your Business – www. runningyourbusiness.ie


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Whatever your business idea, you are never too young to start formulating a plan. A 2006 report by the University of Limerick’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies found that 39% of entrepreneurs were aged 20-30 at the initial start-up (rising to 67% for females). Your third level education will more than likely be of a

big help. The same report revealed that over 70% of entrepreneurs found their formal education to be either very relevant or relevant to their current position. Some third level courses, such as the following, make entrepreneurship a core theme of the programme: Enterprise Computing (DCU), Business in Enterprise

(Dun Laoghaire Institute IADT), Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness (GMIT), Culinary Entrepreneurship (DIT), and Product Design Innovation (IT Carlow); while many others feature modules dedicated to business start-up. Any business programme at higher or further level however, will instill the key skills required to strike out successfully on your own.

International Business & Commerce Shouting and gesticulating wildly in the faces of bewildered foreigners is not the best or politest way to either seek or provide directions. And it is certainly a big ‘no-no’ when it comes to sealing multi-million euro deals with international business partners. A little cultural knowledge, an ability to speak the language, and an understanding of the workings of other national economies goes a long way in the age of globalisation. The ever-increasing importance of the EU and European markets to Ireland’s economy, the rise of the Asian economic giants such as China and India, and the prevalence of nonnational firms in Ireland are just a few of the reasons why job opportunities for business graduates with international knowledge and language skills are always good. Not to mention the exciting opportunity to work abroad.

Education Business degrees with an international flavour are widely available from third level institutions across Ireland. Course titles include International Business, International Commerce or Business with French/German/ Italian/etc. Typically, first-years are introduced to core business topics such as Economics, Management, Accounting, Marketing, HR and Business IT. A foreign language is usually mandatory. An impressive number of languages are available, and besides the ‘old

reliables’ of French, German, Spanish and Italian, other options include Russian, Chinese and Japanese. Students have the opportunity to study or complete a workplace internship abroad, where they have the chance to immerse themselves in the language and culture. There is a particular focus on students learning how to conduct business in their chosen language. International Business students examine issues such as the challenges faced by companies seeking to operate internationally, the worlds of international trade and investment, global monetary systems, and the strategic management skills required to trade successfully on an international level. There is little in the way of PLC international business courses. Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education run a one-year, Level 5 Certificate in International Business Trade Practice. Students gain skills and knowledge in all the practical aspects of importing and exporting products for international markets. Graduates are suitable for careers in shipping and export companies.

The Work Graduates of these programmes find work in a wide range of business careers: accountancy, financial services, marketing, human resource management, sales, etc; and in other sectors such as IT, journalism, the non-profit sector and teaching.

The beauty of an international business or commerce degree however, is that in addition to all the opportunities that are available to ‘normal’ business degree holders, graduates are equipped with the required language and international business skills to work in multinational corporations, international trade and investment companies, and in nonEnglish speaking countries. They can also find work as sales managers in the export department of Irish companies. Responsibilities of this role might include using international market research and cultural knowledge to decide on the right products for a foreign target market, utilising language ability to maintain good relationships with customers, and overseeing the product distribution system.

Did you know? About 90% of world trade is carried by sea. Over a million sailors man over 50,000 merchant ships.

Further Resources International Finance Services Centre (IFSC): www.ifsc.ie Shannon Free Zone – International Business Park: www.shannonireland.com Irish Exporters Association: www.irishexporters.ie

International Business Career Profile Colman Lydon, Managing Director/ Owner of Fonepool Inc in New York and subsidiary companies in Ecuador and Colombia When I submitted my CAO selection and did my Leaving Certificate in 1993, I could not have imagined that ten years later I would be starting a new company and moving from

Ireland to New York. The advice I received at the time was to make my selection based on subjects and potential career paths that I would continue to find engaging throughout my undergraduate career and beyond graduation. This remains sound advice. I attended Belvedere College in Dublin’s North City Centre, where I was taught how to learn. This may sound obvious, however we can only advance in life if we know how to learn throughout our academic and professional careers. Considering the rapid advances in

technology and largely unpredictable global economic forces, the current college curriculum cannot possibly predict the future, however it can certainly prepare you for the future. Make your course choices based on your ability to change and develop in your career. The areas of business where I have made a living for most of the past decade, including internet retail and mobile phones, essentially did not exist when I entered University College Dublin in 1993.

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, WhaT s my CaReeR? After the CAO offered me courses both high and low on my preferred list, I settled on the Bachelor of Arts at UCD. This was lower on my list than other courses I was offered, however my early campus experience, along with the flexibility and array of subjects available to study, was sufficient to sway me in favour of the UCD Arts’ experience. I selected Psychology, Italian and Archaeology, as my three first year subjects. The prospect of the Erasmus programme in Italy during my third year made my final degree selection of Italian and Archaeology an easy one. While these may seem unlikely subjects for someone who would go on to a career in international business, I often draw on the knowledge and experience I gained during my undergraduate career in my professional life today. My college experience taught me to want to learn.

Irrespective of your eventual career path, it is important to gain international experience early in your career. As Ireland will always be an island, the best career opportunities will often involve an international component. I participated in the Erasmus exchange programme, studying in Rome. I took advantage of the opportunity to work abroad in Europe and the United States during summer breaks from college. Every Irish campus has international students; socialise and study with your fellow international students to learn more about their languages, countries and cultures.

clients. In 2003, I started a company that provides local mobile phone service to people moving away from home for extended periods of time. Many of my customers over the years have been young Irish people going to live and work in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; many more have been from an array of other countries around the world.

Upon graduating from UCD I went on to work for USIT, Ireland’s leading student and youth travel company, for five years. This provided invaluable experience in working with a successful Irish company, while interacting regularly with international business and

Colman is currently Chairman of the Board of the New York Chapter of the Irish International Business Network – Connecting Entrepreneurs Globally.

Law

advice and services to the public, organisations, and businesses. Common tasks and responsibilities include drawing up documents to oversee land and property sales, helping individuals in legal disputes with others (e.g., unlawful dismissal, accidents), drawing up wills and other legal agreements, dealing with business and corporate law (e.g., mergers, copyright issues), advising people in trouble with the Gardaí and briefing barristers for court cases.

Recent years have witnessed a drop in points and popularity for Law courses, a sector that was badly hit by the collapse in the property market. However, solicitor and barrister remain prestigious careers that are both eventful and financially rewarding. It’s not going to be easy for would-be legal eagles though! Legal careers have a well-earned reputation for a long and arduous academic and training process.

Some of the bigger firms of solicitors specialise in a particular area, such as environmental or media law.

However, a law degree also opens many doors in careers such as business, politics, journalism, lecturing, banking, stock-broking, teaching, and property management; and there are also opportunities in the public service, insurance and taxation sectors; so you need not worry about over-committing yourself to becoming a solicitor or barrister.

education There are dozens of law degree options available at Irish third level institutions. Besides dedicated Law degrees, many courses combine Law with another discipline such as Business, Economics, Accounting, French, German, Irish, Politics, Philosophy and History. Law with German or French includes modules on the civil and constitutional law in the country in question. Other law degrees specialise in a particular legal area, e.g. Clinical Law in UCC or Corporate Law in NUI Galway. A degree in law covers many aspects of Irish and International law (such as tort, contract, criminal, land, constitutional), as well as subjects such as Irish Legal History and Legal Research and Writing. Elective subject options in the latter years of a degree include specialised areas such as Human Rights Law, Family Law and Environmental Law. Students on some courses will also have core or optional subjects in areas such as languages, business and the arts.

The best advice I received about going to college is to enjoy the social aspects and embrace the academic challenge. Your college experience will establish the framework for a bright future.

Those who do not achieve the points’ requirement for a law degree need not give up hope. Graduates of one-year, Level 5 Legal Studies courses can gain entry to undergraduate Law courses, as well as providing adequate training for careers in legal firms and a variety of other businesses.

The Work A law degree in itself does not establish a successful career in law. Further training is needed. The Law Society oversees the professional training and certification of solicitors, while the Honourable Society of King’s Inns oversees the education of barristers in Ireland. Newly qualified solicitors usually start as a junior in an established private practice, while new barristers spend a period devilling with an experienced barrister before branching out on their own.

The main role of the barrister is to plead cases before the district, circuit, high and supreme courts. They can work for the prosecution or the defence. Barristers don’t usually deal with individual members of the public; they receive instructions and briefs from a solicitor. Solicitors often consult barristers for their advice and opinions on specific legal points, even if a court case is not pending. Barristers also represent clients at tribunals and public enquires, and draft legal documents. Some barristers specialise in certain areas, such as criminal, family or labour law.

Did you know? Strange American law no 555,103: In Washington State, you can’t carry a concealed weapon that is over 6 feet in length.

Further Resources • Law Society of Ireland: www.lawsociety.ie • King’s Inns: www.kingsinns.ie • The Law Library: www.lawlibrary.ie

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marketing Marketing acknowledges the huge importance of company and product image. It aims to continually improve the public perception of an organisation, product or service by creating and promoting products that will appeal to customers. Marketing executives seek to increase ‘brand awareness’, a hugely effective marketing tool whereby the public develops a relationship with a product, and continues to purchase it out of ‘brand loyalty’.

education Marketing courses are designed to provide students with the practical knowledge and skills to enable them to design, implement and manage marketing plans in a variety of companies and organisations. Third-level marketing courses are available at levels six, seven and eight, including both certificates and degrees. Marketing is also often a core subject on general business courses. A degree or certificate in Marketing features subjects such as Marketing Theories & Strategies, Consumer Psychology, Organisational Behaviour, Research Methods, Accounting, Communication Studies and Marketing Management. Group and project work forms a major part of any marketing course. Getting the message across to a target market effectively and efficiently is a key goal of marketing, and so these programmes produces graduates who are therefore strong and assured communicators.

Information Technology also plays a key role in marketing. Students are introduced to the latest e-business techniques, such as utilising online social media (e.g. blogs, internet forums, YouTube, etc) for marketing purposes. DCU’s Marketing, Innovation & Technology is particularly strong on this increasingly important area of the industry. Industryspecific marketing courses are available in Retail Management (DIT), Food (UCC) and Tourism (DIT/Waterford IT). Marketing is also widely available as a PLC course subject. Students receive a good understanding of the basic principles of this key business activity. Typical subjects in a one-year, Level 5 Certificate include Behavioural Studies, Statistics, Customer Service and Marketing Practice. A two-year Business & Marketing Diploma provided by Rathmines College of Further Education includes the opportunity to record radio advertisements as part of its Advertising & Promotion module.

The Work Every company or organisation has an interest in publicising its activities, products or services, so marketing graduates can find work in a huge variety of business sectors. Many big companies have dedicated marketing departments, and there are also a number of dedicated marketing agencies in Ireland. Other organisations – from charities to government agencies and to sporting bodies – also employ marketing staff.

Some large companies employ marketing graduates and provide on-the-job guidance through graduate training programmes. Other areas where marketing skills are required include advertising, market research and business development. As careers progress, marketing experts may have the opportunity to move into senior management positions within companies and organisations. Research plays a key role in marketing. Different products or ideas are tested using focus groups and surveys. The data collected is then analysed before a decision is made to launch, for example, a new washing powder that gets whites even whiter than whiter than white. Marketing executives might then organise the product launch and work on its advertising and promotional campaign. An outgoing personality is a valuable asset as conducting effective presentations and communicating with the public are fundamental parts of the job; social and communication skills are vital in marketing careers.

Did you know? Advertising is usually viewed as a modern phenomenon, but posters and wall paintings were used all across the ancient world, including Greece, Egypt and Rome.

Further Resources • Marketing Institute (MII): www.mii.ie

It can be difficult to move into a marketing executive job straight from college, so many graduates work in related areas such as telemarketing, sales or public relations, before moving to a dedicated marketing position.

• Marketing Magazine: www.marketing.ie • Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI): www.asai.ie


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compUters & it

information technology In terms of image, the IT sector could probably do without a hit TV show like The IT Crowd with its stereotyped, but admittedly amusing portrayal of two sociopaths in a basement. However, enough good work has been done in this area, particularly in attracting more women into the industry, that IT is now generally and rightfully regarded as an exciting career that offers great flexibility, career prospects and remuneration. IT is a quite general term; it can encompass everything from designing PC hardware units, to fixing Internet connections, to writing complex programmes using specialist IT languages. It is possible to specialise in a specific area or work as an all-rounder (e.g. as a company’s in-house IT officer). IT is increasingly referred to as ICT

(Information and Communications Technology), which demonstrates the big impression made on the IT sector by developments in Internet and communications technologies. As it is such a broad area, IT can suit people with very different skills and personalities and anyone with an interest in computers, communications and technology can find a qualification in an IT subject well worth considering. It is also worth remembering that an IT degree is an excellent starting point for many careers outside the technology sector. For example, Business Information Systems prepares students for a wide rage of business management positions.

education There is a vast array of IT options in the CAO and FETAC system. Courses can include very diverse subjects and lead down markedly different career paths, so students should study the options carefully before making their choices. Course titles include Business Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Networking, Computer Science, Computer Systems, Computing, Information Systems, and Information Technology. There are undergraduate and further education course options available, and the CAO points required for each course vary considerably. For example, a good standard of Leaving Cert Maths is required for some courses. Most courses feature similar basic IT subjects such as Computer Systems, Mathematics,


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The Work IT workers typically specialise in a particular area or skill, some of which are outlined below. If you love troubleshooting and problem solving, then you’re a perfect candidate for systems administration. The main goal of this job is to keep a company’s or organisation’s IT system running; this can involve everything from creating email accounts and troubleshooting problems with printers to eradicating a computer virus or installing a

whole new system. Network engineers enable employees to access information within a company, as well as from vast databases worldwide. They install and manage the company network along with setting up new users, maintaining network security, planning future developments and providing technical support for users. Computer hardware designers and engineers are the professionals actively involved in the design, development and manufacture of computer hardware. This hardware includes computer chips, robotics, disk intake storage drives, video and sound cards, circuit boards and peripherals such as keyboards, printers, modems and other ICT devices. This role suits people with a mix of interests in computers and engineering. Systems analysts help organisations realise the maximum benefit from their investment in equipment, personnel, and business processes. They work with managers and employees to assess an organisation’s current computer system, identify areas for

improvement, design IT solutions to meet their needs and, ultimately, implement new IT systems and processes. A common trait of practically all IT roles is the need to continually update your skills in line with the incredibly rapid progress of computer technology. Many, if not most, employers are usually happy to assist IT employees in upgrading their certification – another attraction of working in this industry.

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Programming, Internet Development, Software Development, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Digital Communications, and Statistics in the first year of the course. You then have the option to specialise in your own particular area of interest. Possible specialist subjects include E-Commerce, Artificial Intelligence, IT Security, Database Technology, Network Management, and many more. It is a good idea to check the relevant web sites and prospectuses carefully be fore you make your decision.

Did you know? The first computer mouse was invented by American Doug Engelbart in the 1960s and was made of wood.

Further Resources • Irish Computer Society (ICS): www.ics.ie • Wired Magazine: www.wired.com • Silicon Republic: www.siliconrepublic.com

Career Profile Gerard Matthews, System Administrator in an Irish hospital I work as a system administrator in a small hospital ICT department. I’m responsible for keeping the network secure and running with as little disruption to service as is possible. This means looking after all the servers, PCs, printers and phones and any software that runs on them. Basically anything with a plug hanging out of it. I’ve been in this job for almost four years now. In that time I have worked on and overseen several major projects as well as my usual duties of the day to day running of the network. When I started out the entire hospital infrastructure (email, database, file and print, etc.) was running on a single Windows Small Business Server that was well past it’s sell by date and creaking under the workload. Over time we have upgraded and now have most of our workload virtualised on a number of

virtual machines running on VMWare ESX Server. We also replaced our old analogue phone system with a modern VoIP system and we are in the process of migrating to a new nursing system that will, when finished, enable us to have a fully electronic patient record, eliminating the need for paper notes and charts completely. I started off my career in ICT working first line phone based support for Dell, and then after a few years moved on to a contract position doing deskside support. These two jobs provided me with different kinds of experience that I have been able to use in my career since then. At Dell I learned a lot about how to deal with people and then as a contractor I got a lot more hands on knowledge with a much wider variety of hardware and software. I’ve now had the experience of working for a major multinational, a small contract company and now a public sector position: three

different environments each with their own unique challenges. As with most disciplines in ICT, to work as a system administrator it is essential that you have an inquisitive mind and good problem solving skills. Most of the time, any problem that crops up will be one you’ve seen before and know an easy solution to. But every now and then a seemingly baffling problem will crop up that will require you to use all your critical thinking skills to troubleshoot the issue and find the cause and solution. New technologies are always emerging and existing ones are updated so a system administrator constantly has to update their skills. Or quickly become proficient in any new systems you may have to support. When we replaced our old analogue phones I had to very rapidly learn the nuts and bolts of a Voice over IP system, a technology that at the time I had no experience of.

Multimedia and Web Design In this interactive era of blogs, websites and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the internet has become a crowded space where people are using evermore creative techniques and technologies to capture attention. Multimedia and web design involves turning this inventiveness into something that will incur financial benefits: a job. Media technology is evolving at a breathtaking rate; web sites have become

more sophisticated and computer games are now hyper-realistic, while developments in home entertainment, e-business and e-learning technologies are also coming thick and fast. All this advancement means there are plenty of exciting opportunities for people with multimedia qualifications. The word ‘multimedia’ means different things to different people, and the subjects offered on each course can vary. Some courses

concentrate more on web design, some offer social science and media subjects, and others teach elements of computer programming and software design. The multimedia and web design sectors are certain to continue to grow for the foreseeable future making it an excellent career prospect for those who would like to combine visual design and IT.


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A large number of new multimedia courses have been introduced in recent years. Options include higher certificate and degree courses in Multimedia, Communications & Multimedia, Multimedia Computing, Multimedia & Computer Games Design, Interactive Multimedia and Multimedia Applications Development. There are also a number of specific web design courses available at further education colleges listed in the Guide. Subject options across the various multimedia courses include Visual Design, Media Studies, Web Authoring, E-Learning, Computer Programming, Social & Economic Studies and Games Modelling Design. You may also learn how to use software programmes used in multimedia and web site design (e.g. Flash, Director, Photoshop) as well as sound and video editing software (such as Final Cut and Pro Tools). Multimedia graduates have a wide range of career options including the web design, media, e-learning, computer games, education and e-commerce industries. There are also opportunities for roles in business, tourism, arts, journalism, the civil service and other sectors, as the vast majority of organisations realise the importance of maintaining an attractive, informative and smooth-functioning website.

the work There are a multitude of avenues that a multimedia graduate could choose from. A typical professional produces interactive web sites, DVDs and programmes featuring an imaginative combination of image, sound and text. The content can be anything from an

e-learning language programme to the DVD menu on a new film release. Multimedia designers usually work with a client or manager who gives them a brief containing the content to include. The designer then suggests a number of ideas or structures. When one is chosen, the designer must then create and design each of the elements (animations, menus, images) and fit them all together, before testing the finished product and fixing any problems. As the name suggests, web designers generally concentrate on designing web sites. With broadband access becoming more widespread, web sites are gaining more interactivity: incorporating video, audio, shopping and other content. Making a website memorable is vital, so innovation is a must. A web designer is given a brief just like a regular designer, and is required to use imagination and skill to create the finished product – a unique site that showcases the subject, product or content as required. Sites can be for the Internet (public) or the intranet (accessible only within a company). The job can include design work on the ‘front end’ of the site that the user sees, as well as programming and technical work on the ‘back end’ – the details visible only to the webmaster. Many designers specialise in a particular software programme or language (such as php, xml or Flash). Other responsibilities that multimedia or web design professionals may have include writing content for web sites and manuals, editing video and audio files and preparing them to be viewed or heard online, designing and implementing database or e-commerce solutions and regularly updating and managing clients’ web sites.

Multimedia is especially well suited to students with a combination of interests in the media, humanities and computing areas. Creativity, IT skills, teamwork and an enthusiasm for new technologies are all important qualities.

Did you know? There are over 200 million websites and more than 100 million blogs.

Further resources • Irish Internet Association: www.iia.ie • Golden Spider Awards – Eircom’s website awards: www.goldenspiders.ie • The Eircom Junior Spiders – www.juniorspiders.ie

software & game Development Software is one of those unassuming little words that encapsulate a lot of very big constituent parts. Think of the pervasiveness of video games and websites in your social and recreational life; of the need for computer networks in every modern university, school and workplace; and of the programming that is essential for carrying out any kind of a task on your pc, from compiling a document to sending an email. And that’s just for starters! Ireland is one of the world’s largest exporters of software. Needless to say, courses in software and/or game development are noteworthy for producing graduates with excellent career prospects both in Ireland and abroad.

education Several third level degrees are available in Software Development, Games Development, and combinations of the two

closely related disciplines. Software Development Degrees are available from several institutes of technology, the Tipperary Institute, and NUI Maynooth (Computer Science & Software Engineering). Students are introduced to computer programming, effectively the ‘language’ used to create all software, and mathematics for computing, before moving on to more complex areas as the degree progresses, such as software testing, computer system/ software design, and artificial intelligence. Some degrees enable students to focus on a particular area of software. For instance: Athlone IT’s Software Design – Web Development (AL034) is the perfect preparation for a career as a web designer; while Software Development & Computer Networking in Cork IT targets the telecommunications and computer networking industries.

Games Development Degrees cover the same programming and software design areas, as well as specific modules on subjects such as game design, audio technology, 3D modelling, and computer animation. Further education provides several avenues into software development and computer game design. Software-related FETAC Level 5 Certificates are available from a large number of PLC colleges around the country. Some focus on a particular area of software development, such as in Plunket College, which concentrates on e-business; while Whitehall College’s programme (Media Software Development) involves the use of software in multimedia – electronically manipulating text, video, sound and imagery. PLC programmes that introduce school leavers to the computer game design and development industry are available from Ballyfermot College of Further Education,


, ? ers reon cati my op t es my wha Wthaar testing new software and compiling user manuals.

Search the further education course listings in the Guide and contact your local college to see what they offer.

The computer gaming sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. For the gaming enthusiasts among you, there is little to be said about working as a games designer other than the words ‘dream’ and ‘job’!

The Work Software programmers, designers and engineers are at the cutting edge of the information technology sector; their roles frequently involve theoretical and research work. They create new and develop existing computer programmes that enable everything from a network of PCs to robotics in manufacturing to carry out functions. Additional functions include identifying and correcting bugs in software programmes,

Alternative career paths for graduates of software and games development are available in sectors like e-learning, e-business, website development, mobile applications, and interactive TV and DVD technology.

Did you know?

represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (37 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (13 percent).

Further Resources • Irish Software Association (ISA): www.software.ie

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Cavan Institute, O’Fiaich Institute and St John’s Central College.

• Gamedevelopers.ie – information resource for Irish game development community: www.gamedevelopers.ie • Dare to be Digital – computer game development competition: www.daretobedigital.com

According to the Entertainment Software Association 42% of all game players are women. In fact, women over the age of 18

Stellar Opportunities Ahead for the Social Media Generation by Dr Stephen Brennan, Director of Marketing and Strategy with the Digital Hub Development Agency I can’t think of a time in the last 40-something years when one domain stands out so dramatically from all the others in terms of sheer revolutionary potential. Back then, the race into space was something that influenced every aspect of ordinary life – from the cars everyone drove to the movies everyone watched. Today, I would argue, the ‘net’ is having the same effect. Digital connections are transforming the way everything is being done. From air travel to avatars, digital content and technology is shaping what we see, hear and do. For you, the ‘social media generation’, digital is part of your everyday life. You have the keenest advantage when it comes to the careers of the future. Digital changes everything for business: the way products are developed, marketed, sold and supported. It means that jobs that existed 10 years ago are already going out of date. It also means that, for you, the opportunity to embrace digital as part of your career choice opens up not only opportunities in a digital industry like computer games, but also in pretty much any other industry that will use growing amounts of digital technology and content to develop. It’s not just all about technology either. There are massive opportunities for those with creative interests too. In fact – for the Irish digital industry – the design, look and feel of products and services will be the key differentiator. Companies that want to make it in a digital world will need to invest in making

themselves different, unique and connected with their customers. Unlike the bulk of jobs in the past, digital jobs are about doing things differently. With all the technology underpinning digital products and services, brilliant people will ultimately be the difference between one offering and another. Some examples of specific areas within the digital industry that will see real career opportunities in the next five years are: Computer games: once the preserve of the hardcore gaming community, computer games are now found on almost every digital device. They are not only designed for fun and entertainment, but a growing number are being used for learning, training and marketing purposes. The technology has got to the point where building a game and shooting a movie are the same. Connected Health: an obvious place for some transformational thinking. As populations grow older, the role of heath systems becomes as much about keeping us healthy as treating our illnesses. Digital technology is playing an increasing role in training, diagnostics, information management, etc. The future, however, is empowering everybody to take more responsibility for their own health, with applications and devices helping us to keep well. Learning: at one time, this was one of the first areas that experts considered a great place to use digital technology and content. The reality is that you probably used more digital tools in your studies at home than your teachers did, or that were available for you to use in school. This is true in most parts of the world. But changes are now starting to happen. As the demands of industry change, project-based learning, teamwork, creativity and critical decision-making will all be prized skills.

Policymakers, schools and students are turning to digital to help foster these skills. Smart Cities: smart cities are not just nice to have, they are essential if infrastructure is to keep up with the dramatic increase in urban populations. Digital technology has a massive role to play in helping run transport, water and power systems. It is also being used more and more to cater for the social and community needs of an urban-based people. Digital technology and content is the future. Like electricity and water, digital is already an essential component of business. In making your career choices, remember the skills you are already employing as digital natives are rapidly becoming one of the most important skill-sets required by the majority of employers. There are a host of way to further develop your skills. Surveys of companies resident in The Digital Hub over the past number of years continuously show that technical and creative digital skills are in demand. I don’t see this changing any time soon. The Digital Hub (www.thedigitalhub.com) is an Irish government initiative to create an international centre of excellence for knowledge, innovation and creativity, focused on digital content and technology enterprises. The core development of nine acres is located a 10-minute walk from Dublin city centre within the historic Liberties area. Over the next decade, this initiative will create a mixeduse development consisting of enterprise, residential, retail, learning and civic space. The project is managed by a government agency, the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA).


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early childhood & montessori education Early childhood is one of the most rewarding, and important, times to teach children. This is when the individual is forming an identity and interaction with others is hugely influential on later life. A lot of responsibility then, but also a lot of fun! Teaching can take place in a number of environments – at home, in a crèche, preschool, kindergarten, play-school and Montessori school. Different schools and childcare workers or teachers can concentrate on different areas and education styles, but all have to know how to plan and implement programmes that address the educational needs of young children. Montessori is among the most well known of early childhood education options. Italian Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) pioneered a method of education that took into account how children interacted with each other, their psychology, their learning capabilities, and how they moved through specific phases of development, which she hoped would help create well-rounded adults capable of building a better society.

education Degree course options include Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Care and Early Childhood Studies. They teach students about children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Typical subjects include Developmental Psychology, Language Acquisition, Assessment Techniques, Childcare Management and Healthcare & Nutrition, as well as classes in teaching Art, Music, Science, Creativity and Drama. Supervised work placements in a childcare environment are an integral part of most early childhood education courses. Childcare is one the most common and popular courses in further education, with dozens of providers nationwide. Options include one-year Level 5 Certificates in Childcare, Childcare – Special Needs Assistant, and Childcare with Social Studies. Once completed, it is possible to advance to a Level 6 Childcare Supervision/Management programme. Work experience plays an essential role in all childcare plc programmes.

Montessori courses are available from a number of local colleges around the country. Students are taught the Montessori method of education, including subjects focusing on Practical Life Exercises, Environment & Cultural Awareness, Art & Music, Movement Sensorial Education, Language and Mathematics. You will also learn about child development (physical, social and psychological) and experience an extensive period of teaching practice.

the Work Graduates can find work in crèches, preschools, day nurseries and private homes, as well as with special needs services, community services and family centres. They may also decide to move into counselling or other areas of educational, organisational and administrative work in the state, private and voluntary sectors. One of the central tenets of early childhood education is that children learn through play,

allowing them to form concepts and understand complex relationships, while keeping them interested. Typically, early childhood workers will lead their charges through play exercises that touch on key educational areas, such as music, art, science, maths and literacy. Early childhood education professionals also deal with situations ranging from children who miss their parents, to helping children gain confidence in everyday tasks such as pouring a drink and tying their laces, to ensuring the classroom or play area conforms to official health and safety standards. Montessori teachers deal with the above situations in a particular way. The child is encouraged to explore and learn through both his/her own will and though the examples set by the teacher. It goes without saying that someone who works in childcare education should like children and be able to communicate well with them. Young children generally don’t care if you are tired or not in the mood to play. High levels of energy, patience and a sense of humour are useful for a career in this area, while the joy and satisfaction of helping young children learn is tremendously rewarding for many people.

Did you know? • Peek-a-boo is not only good for larfs – it also teaches babies the concept of object permanence, i.e. if something is out of sight, it still exists.

Further resources • IPPA – The Early Childhood Association: www.ippa.ie • St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland: www.snmci.ie • Síolta – The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education: www.siolta.ie


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Primary Teaching

The popularity of primary teaching as a CAO choice has not been diminished by ongoing and well-publicised recruitment embargoes and government cut backs. The highly rewarding nature of the role and its conduciveness to a healthy worklife balance (generous holidays, etc), means that many school leavers remain committed to forging a career in teaching. Two factors that offer hope with regard to career prospects for this generation of school leavers are potential economic recovery and Ireland’s population growth, which will see a natural rise in the recruitment of primary teachers. Many complaints from workers is that they are bored in their job, a worry that will never face primary school teachers as each day promises to be different in its surprises and problems. There is a high level of responsibility involved in being in charge of 30 ‘little angels’ every day, but if you feel challenged rather than terrified by the prospect then perhaps you might have what it takes…

Education, and you will also study all the subjects on the primary school curriculum, including Art, Irish Language, Music, Maths, P.E., Religious Studies and Social & Environmental Studies (Geography, History and Science). Teaching practice is also undertaken, where you begin by observing teachers at work, before doing a certain amount of teaching hours yourself. It is also possible to become a primary teacher once you have completed an approved degree, and complete a postgraduate certificate, namely the Graduate Diploma in Primary Education. So don’t feel like you have to make a decision now!

The Work Teaching graduates can find work as substitutes or temporary teachers relatively easily. However, securing a permanent position can be more difficult, and it can take a few years of covering in different schools around the country before you settle into a long-term role. Bachelor of Education graduates can also work in other fields such as secondary education, as lecturers in third-level institutions or as school inspectors. There are also diverse careers in business, the media and the civil service that could suit some graduates.

Students who wish to become primary school teachers will take a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) at one of Ireland’s teacher training colleges.

You must teach the academic subjects on the national curriculum as well as looking after the personal, social and physical development of the children. Preparing lesson plans, setting homework, marking tests, calling the roll and keeping order in the classroom are all fundamental parts of the job.

Subjects on a BEd course will include the History, Philosophy and Sociology of

Primary teachers can also be called upon to perform extra tasks beyond simply teaching

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the four-times-tables and basic Irish verbs. Depending on the age of your students and the day itself, you may be called upon to apply plasters to grazed knees, organise three-legged races or art competitions, and deal with disruptive students and doting parents. Some people are naturally suited to dealing with rooms full of demanding children. Ask yourself if you possess qualities such as understanding, patience, sympathy and humour: all essential for survival! Primary teachers obviously spend most of their time in the classroom. Some of the most appealing characteristics of teaching as a career are the relatively short days and long holidays. However, teaching balances these perks with the time spent in preparation, afterschool activities, and with the stressful elements of classroom time.

Did you know? The primary school population will jump by at least 10% over the course of the next decade according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Further Resources • Department of Education and Science: www.education.ie • Discover Primary Science – online resource for teachers and pupils: www. primaryscience.ie • Scoilnet – online portal for Irish education: www.scoilnet.ie

Secondary Teaching Anyone approaching their Leaving Cert will be all too aware of the importance of a good teacher to assist you in your studies. An enthusiastic, passionate and talented teacher can make the most boring, difficult areas of study interesting. One of the most popular reasons to become a secondary school teacher is that it gives you the opportunity to concentrate on an area in which you are particularly interested, be it music, art, language or physical education. Inspiring curiosity about your passion in others is extremely satisfying, and you get to talk about something you love all day!

Education The most common path to becoming a secondary school teacher is to complete a primary degree in one or two subjects and then take a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. You will find a list of recognised third level qualifications, and the subjects they

enable graduates to teach, on the website www.teachingcouncil.ie. For example, graduates of Athlone IT’s Bachelor of Business Studies can teach Accounting, Economics and Business. This means gaining a thorough knowledge of a subject such as History, English or French during your degree, and then learning the teaching skills to impart this knowledge as a teacher. Students who wish to become Art, Business, Home Economics, Music, Religion, Wood/ Metal Work and Physical Education teachers can take dedicated degree courses that bypass the need for a postgraduate qualification. Dedicated Science Education degrees have also been recently introduced. Some subjects (Physical Education, Art, Music) require the candidate to demonstrate a certain amount of proficiency in the chosen area. Teaching courses combine academic and practical classes in your chosen specialist subject, as well as pedagogical and education-related subjects such as teaching

skills, administration, assessment and educational philosophy. Teaching practice placements can also form a part of the course where you have to spend a specified amount of time teaching in a secondary school. Graduates with general degrees can move on to the Postgraduate Diploma, while those who have taken a specialist education degree can go straight into the work environment.

The Work The challenges of teaching are indisputable. Subjects, theories and practical skills can be difficult enough for many people to master themselves, without having to pass on this knowledge to others. Day-to-day work will depend on which subject you teach. For example, an English teacher’s day is different to a P.E. teacher’s; a teacher of Religion will have different tasks to a Music or Home Economics teacher. What all


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Teachers can also be involved in devising study plans, teaching ‘grinds’, supervising exams and after-school study sessions, organising sports teams and other extracurricular activities such as drama, art, music or debating, and planning field trips and school tours.

Secondary school teaching is a tremendously rewarding and engaging career, where you have the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, and have a hand in preparing young people for the world beyond school.

Did you know? Traditionally, a high number of TDs come from a teaching background. The trend has declined recently but with over 30 in the current Dáil, teachers still make up the largest professional group.

Further resources • Teaching Council – regulating and promoting the teaching profession: www.teachingcouncil.ie • Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI): www.asti.ie • Scoilnet– portal for Irish Education: www.scoilnet.ie

ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, THURLES St. Patrick’s College is a College of Education, primarily specialising at undergraduate level in the academic and professional development of student teachers to teach in post-primary schools. The College is located in the heart of Thurles and has a rich history of education dating back to 1837. The College currently provides two full-time BA (Honours) in Education degrees, accredited by the University of Limerick, which prepare teachers of Religious Education, Irish, Business and Accounting for employment in the post-primary sector.

Full-time Programmes B.A. (HONOURS) IN EDUCATION, IRISH AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (TH004)* B.A. (HONOURS) IN EDUCATION, BUSINESS STUDIES AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (TH001)* *Graduates of these programmes will be awarded degrees from the University of Limerick

www.stpats.ie Ph: 0504 21201 Email: office@stpats.ie

second Level teacher career profile Richelle Hurley (St Patrick’s College, Thurles: 2005-2009) At St Patrick’s College Thurles I undertook a BA in Education, Business and Religious Studies. Since graduating in 2009, I have been very lucky to secure employment immediately on completion of my studies. I lend this to the knowledge, skills and support I received day in and day out from the college staff and my fellow classmates. In St Pat’s, I found that students are treated as individuals and not just a number! The small class sizes gave me a good opportunity to get to know lecturers, classmates and created a positive learning environment. The course offers plenty of on the job training. Year on year students are guided to gain practical teaching experience in second level schools throughout Ireland. This gave me an opportunity to reflect on my teaching style and taught me to continually re-evaluate my teaching methodologies. My years in St Pat’s, opened up a whole new world. It introduced me to lifelong friends,

prepared me for a meaningful profession and launched me on my way. The combination of enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers combined with a good balance between the theory and the practice made this a really rewarding and enjoyable course to do. Teaching has many highlights and a variety of challenges. Some of the highlights include the sporting success of a school team and a transition year drama performed without a glitch! School masses, seeing the delight on students’ faces as hard work and effort has paid off, and staff collaborating to maintain high levels of success. The list is endless! However, teaching has associated challenges, like: troublesome students, and trying to motivate the unmotivated, strict deadlines, teaching plans which may not go to plan, and listening to excuses! Comforting students who have recently experienced a loss or who have problems within the home environment is also very difficult. Thus teaching is not for the faint hearted! But when your heart is in the job you’re 99.9% there!

For those considering a career in teaching it is important to know that teaching requires hard work, dedication and commitment. To be a teacher you really need to have the ‘want’ to teach. Every day is a challenge and you are continually facing different students with different levels of abilities. Your role as a teacher is to instil confidence in each of your students so they can achieve the highest level possible for themselves. I believe as a teacher it is my primary task to create a student-centred learning environment. As a professional teacher, I have a responsibility to recognise, respect and uphold the dignity of students while assisting them in the formulation of value systems. My role as a teacher is to be an educator who maintains good classroom management while also encouraging students to excel to the best of their ability.

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teachers have in common is the necessity to abide by the curriculum and prepare students for their Junior and Leaving Certificates. The success of new examination practices such as continuous assessment and the growing use of technology in the classroom are also dependent on the teachers’ efforts and skills.


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food

Chef and Culinary Arts Do you enjoy the challenge of cooking for others? Want to make a career and money out of your talent rather than the half-hearted thanks of loved ones? Well professional cookery is one the best catered for professions in Ireland with courses all over the country. The most effective way to improve on your talent is in practice and all courses have work placement as part of the syllabus. Aside from the obvious creative and cooking talents necessary, this career also calls for knowledge of nutrition and its various values and where they are to be found. Communicative and business skills will also be invaluable to those looking to be successful in this highly competitive sector.

Education Students with an interest in becoming a chef or other catering-related careers have a number of options, such as studying Culinary Arts at an Institute of Technology. Culinary Arts courses combine all aspects of practical cookery tuition with academic subjects such as Food Science, Product Development and Entrepreneurial Studies. Three-year ordinary and four-year honours degrees are available, as well as two-year higher certificates, including one in DIT that specialises in healthy food provision and nutrition. Cheffing is also ahem, ‘catered’ for at further education level. One-year Level 5 Certificates

in Hotel & Catering - Professional Cookery are available from the Cavan Institute and Monaghan Institute of Further Education.

senior chefs often have administrative responsibilities such as staff management, training, stock control and accounting.

Hotel & Catering and Hospitality Management courses at higher and further level also include modules on catering management and food preparation.

Chefs work in all kinds of places, mostly restaurants and hotels, but also pubs, cruise liners and schools. In general, kitchens are stressful, hot and noisy places to work and some head chefs run their kitchens like army generals. Long and unsociable hours, an angry working environment and split shifts are all part of the job. One positive aspect is the opportunity to travel and work in other countries.

The Work After qualification, most chefs take a job in a kitchen and work their way up through the ranks. Quick progression demands hard work, but it is possible to succeed. Chefs have a rigid career ladder. There is the trainee chef, the commis chef (assistant), the chef de partie (section leader), the sous chef (deputy head) and the chef de cuisine (head chef). Other career opportunities in the food sector include restaurant management, along with food promotion, writing, styling and product development. Chefs (also known as cooks) oversee the preparation and cooking of food and meals in kitchens. Larger restaurants or other establishments usually have teams of chefs who each have different responsibilities (e.g., desserts, vegetables), with a number of specialist chefs working under a head chef. Junior chefs’ tasks and duties usually include cleaning the kitchen, unloading deliveries, and the preparation of food and vegetables, while

Did you know? Legend has it that stuffed camel is the largest dish known to man. It involves a camel stuffed with a whole lamb, chickens, eggs, rice and nuts.

Further Resources Fáilte Ireland: www.failteireland.ie • Panel of Chefs in Ireland – promoting professional cookery in Ireland: www. chefsireland.com • Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI): www.rai.ie

Cheffing Career Profile Susan Murphy, chef at MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion Co Cavan and assistant to celebrity chef Neven Maguire. Susan is a member of Neven Maguire’s kitchen team at MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan, and travels extensively as Nevin’s assistant during his cookery demonstrations. ‘Working with Neven is exciting, challenging

and each day brings a new experience,’ she says. ‘He is a very down-to-earth guy despite his celebrity status, but of course he is still a perfectionist!’ Susan graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in January 2011 with an Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery. While at college Susan was very successful in competing in culinary competitions. In first year she was a member of the college team which competed at Chef Ireland where she picked up a silver medal competing in the junior cook serve. Susan also represented the college in the Knor Student Chef of the Year competition.

During her second year at WIT Susan was a member of Team Ireland which competed at The AEHT (European Association of Hotel Tourism Schools) student competition in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Susan was successful and achieved Gold. ‘This was perhaps one of the most wonderful feelings I have had so far in my life,’ says Susan. ‘It was very challenging, especially working with fellow cookery students from different countries. The whole experience was great and I got the chance to meet fellow competitors from all over Europe.’


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‘It is an amazing university that gives you the chance to experience and practice some of the most up-to-date skills that America has to offer in culinary arts. The training was very grounded and designed to be versatile for use all over the world. I also got time to visit New

food science Food scientists and technologists ensure that the food we eat is as nutritious, convenient, safe and delicious as possible. It’s these guys who make sure your breakfast cereal is fortified with the right amounts of vitamins, minerals and iron. Food processing and manufacturing are currently big business areas in Ireland as our agricultural sector continues to develop, so there are plenty of opportunities for graduates in food science and technology. Food science or technology courses combine theoretical science subjects with practical work experience, and are well worth considering for school leavers whose interest in food goes further than just wondering what is for dinner.

education There are a number of CAO options to choose from in Food Science, degrees are available from UCC, UCD, UL, DIT, Waterford IT and Letterkenny IT. Food Science students gain a good grounding in general science subjects including Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology, before progressing to specialist food science topics such as Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Food Quality and Safety, Food Quality and Regulation, Nutrition and Food Microbiology. Students also gain a great deal of practical experience during their courses, spending many hours in the laboratory. A work placement in local industry is usually undertaken. Most courses also include additional subjects on the curriculum, such as Communications, Information Technology, Accountancy, Management and Marketing. These ‘nonscientific’ skills greatly enhance the employability of graduates in the food industry. Level 5 Certificates in Food Science are available from several further education providers. These programmes prepare students for work in roles ranging from the laboratory to the cottage food industry, or progression to higher level study.

York and Boston and got to eat in several top class restaurants.’ ‘Neven himself travelled over to New York and we did a cooking demonstration in Grand Central Station, over a whole week in front of thousands of people, promoting Ireland. It was a week to remember!’ Susan’s scholarship was fully funded by Fáilte Ireland. On completion of her course Susan was awarded Humanities Student of the Year: a

the Work There are many career options for food science and technology graduates, particularly in the agriculture industry. Many graduates are employed in dairy and meat factories, while others work with the Department of Agriculture as produce inspectors, or as researchers with Teagasc. Other possibilities include the industries concerned with brewing, cereals, fruit and vegetables, confectionery and soft drinks, as well as jobs in food marketing and retail. The appliance of science to food production is a particularly strong area for postgraduate study and research in Ireland, and there are many opportunities in the biotechnology, food science and agricultural science areas. Food scientists study the physical, microbiological and chemical makeup of all types of food. They use their knowledge to develop more efficient ways of food harvesting, processing, preserving, packaging and storing. Food scientists usually specialise in a particular area as their career progresses. Some may concentrate on basic research, while others may work in areas such as production management, food quality, safety and law, new product development, nutrition, marketing, research and processing technology.

very prestigious award that not only recognises the academic achievements of the individual, but also the overall contribution of the recipient to student life at the institute. Since January 2011 Susan has been a valued member of the Junior International Culinary team with which she has won many individual and team awards. In June of this year Susan won the National Skills Competition. She is currently in fulltime training for the forthcoming World Skills Competition in London this October.

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‘Winning the gold medal opened up several opportunities to me, including being picked for the Irish Junior Culinary Team. I have also been to Johnson & Wales Culinary University in Providence, Rhode Island as part of a student exchange scholarship with Waterford IT.’

Food technologists often work on the factory floor, assuring the day-to-day safety of the food produced. Other jobs that food technologists choose include product development and management; this could mean developing a recipe for massproduction as a microwave dinner. Technical sales are another option – this involves liasing with clients, selling them your particular ingredient or product and explaining ‘the science bit’. To succeed in food science career, you need a certain amount of science and mathematics ability, along with an interest in food. Sharp attention to detail, good teamwork and communication skills are also important.

did you know? The original species of carrot was purple, and many colours are still found around the world today. Orange carrots did not develop naturally, but were the result of human cultivation in 17th century Holland.

further resources • Bord Bia: www.bordbia.ie • Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI): www.fsai.ie • Teagasc: www.teagasc.ie


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Nutrition & dIet

Expertise in diet and nutrition is more in demand on a daily basis as even McDonalds has been forced to re-evaluate its menu to include the odd lettuce leaf. As continual studies reveal that eating well can benefit your health and looks an increasing number of people are becoming interested in the vitamin levels in their concentrated orange juice (they aren’t great by the way).

such as hospitals, schools, prisons and company cafeterias. They develop menus, hire and train food workers and offer expert advice in budgeting and planning healthy meals, safety procedures and sanitation. Nutritionists might also work in the food industry, where they help to develop new products and calculate their nutritional value. They may also work in a marketing or advertising department, helping to run promotional health campaigns, writing advertisements and producing information to promote products.

Nutritionists and dieticians study the components of food and the values they have; they are responsible for educating the population about healthy food, promoting good eating habits and advising people who have specific dietary requirements. Third-level nutrition and dietetics courses are very scientific and cover the latest theories and technologies. For students with an aptitude for science subjects and an interest in human health, a course in nutrition or dietetics is well worth considering.

Communicating skills are hugely important, especially since dieticians are increasingly working on a freelance basis and must be skilled in connecting with and motivating others.

education School leavers interested in diet and nutrition have several degree options to choose from in UCD, DIT, Letterkenny IT, and Cork IT. These courses teach students the connection between food and health on an individual and social level, against a background of scientific knowledge. Core aspects include the study of food chemistry, production processes and safety requirements; and the human body: its biology and physiology, and the metabolic system. Students learn how the practical applications of this knowledge in environments such as public health, health education, clinical nutrition, food production and laboratorial research. The developments of research skills are a key objective of nutrition degrees. Applied Biology – Food, Health & Nutrition, a Level 5 Certificate provided by Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, gives students the technical skills (Microbiology and Food Hygiene, Nutrition, Food Processing, etc) to work in the food or pharmaceutical industries or pursue further study.

the Work Clinical dieticians work in institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes, where they help prevent and treat illnesses by encouraging healthy eating habits. After consulting with doctors, the patient and his or her family, they scientifically evaluate the patient’s eating regime and suggest dietary modifications. This can include suggestions such as less salt for those with high blood pressure or reduced sugar and fat intake for those who are overweight. Consultant dieticians perform nutrition screenings and provide advice on areas such as cholesterol reduction and weight loss. Some have their own practices or work in health centres, while others find employment with sports boards or teams, supermarkets or nutrition-related businesses.

did you know? Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange.

further resources • Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI): www.indi.ie • The Nutrition Society: www.nutritionsociety.org • Little Steps – online guide to healthy eating: www.littlesteps.eu

Management dieticians supervise the planning and preparation of meals in facilities

cao, pLc, Universities and colleges, find it all at

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Dentistry & Dental hygiene There are varying paths to consider within dentistry such as dental surgery, hygiene, technology and nursing. Most dentists are general practitioners, handling a variety of dental needs; others specialise in areas such as orthodontics, which can prove to be extremely lucrative. Continuing advances in technology ensure that dentistry is an innovative and exciting field to work in. Chief responsibilities facing dentists and dental hygienists are safeguarding the health of patients, promoting the welfare of the community and maintaining the honour and integrity of the dental profession. Professionally and financially rewarding, dentistry is a great career to get your teeth into (sorry…).

education Only two universities in the Republic of Ireland offer Dentistry degrees that enable graduate to practice as professional dentists: UCC and TCD. Both courses take five years to complete and provide a very comprehensive theoretical and practical education in the dental arts. Topics include Oral Diagnosis, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontology, Orthodontics, Oral Medicine & Pathology and Oral Surgery. Students spend a lot of time in the laboratory, and by their third year, they are treating real patients in dental hospitals.

Dental Hygiene two-year diplomas are also available at UCC (direct entry – contact the university) and Trinity College (CAO entry). Examples of modules Infection Control & Immunity, Basic Preventive & Periodontal Care, Dental Radiography & Psychology and Social Concepts in Patient Care. Graduates should have the skills required for entry into the Dental Council’s Register of Dental Hygienists. Qualifications in Dental Nursing are available at Level 5 from Cavan Institute and Marino College of Further Education, Level 6 from Athlone IT, Level 7 from Trinity; as well as another direct entry, two-year diploma in UCC. Aside from clinical topics such as Dental Studies and Anatomy, student nurses are taught the practical skills - infection control, business administration, etc - required to run a dental surgery safely and efficiently. Cork College of Commerce and St Louis Community School in Co Mayo provide Level 5 Dental Reception courses. Trinity College also run a unique degree in Dental Technology. A dental technologist designs and creates prosthetic dental devices (e.g. dental alloys, porcelain restorations), and is a key member of the dental team. Potential careers exist in dental hospitals, dental research and dental forensics.

the Work The basic day-to-day work of a dental surgeon involves the filling, straightening, extracting, crowning and cleaning of patients’ teeth. They may also fit dentures and perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones in order to treat disease. Dentists must be proficient in the use of a variety of equipment, including drills and X-ray machines, and instruments such as forceps, scalpels, syringes, mouth mirrors, brushes and probes. In the course of their work, dentists administer anaesthetic, write prescriptions for medication, and advise patients on oral care to prevent future problems. Depending on the job, they may have to perform administrative tasks such as equipment purchasing and bookkeeping. Dental hygienists can work alongside dentists in practices, or within the community dental service. Their duties include cleaning teeth by removing plaque and tartar, polishing teeth, taking X-rays, administering local anaesthetic under supervision of a registered dentist, and applying temporary coatings and sealants. Dental hygienists can also plan, implement and evaluate oral health promotional and educational activities for groups and individuals. Dental nurses assist in all the activities of a dental surgery, from assisting the dentists with clinical procedures (e.g. preparing and sterilising instruments, comforting the patient) to administrative duties like managing patient records, appointments and payments.

Did you know? Before toothbrushes were invented, people used twigs or their fingers to brush their teeth. Twigs from the neem or banyan tree are still used in India today.

Further resources • Dental Council of Ireland: www.dentalcouncil.ie • Irish Dental Association: www.dentist.ie • Dental Health Foundation: www.dentalhealth.ie


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Medicine

Medicine is the Rolls Royce of the CAO and announcing it as your first choice is sure to impress, but it is not a decision to be taken lightly. It takes a great deal of commitment and hard work. Applicants need to accrue high scores in the Leaving Cert and in the HPAT test. This measures a candidate’s logical reasoning and problem solving skills as well as non-verbal reasoning, and ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and intentions of people. HPAT-Ireland will take place on the 25th of February 2011. And all this is rewarded with a further 10 years of intense study and work experience, with long hours and (relatively) low pay. Like we said, you need to be sure medicine is the course for you! It promises to be challenging, interesting and you are directly helping people. The future income is guaranteed to be good and doctors enjoy a great deal of social respect, so it is clear why people want to become doctors, surgeons, specialists and consultants.

Education Degrees in Medicine last for five or six years. The emphasis is on pre-clinical skills for the first part of most courses. In the early years, students take basic medical science subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Psychology and Medical Informatics. In later years, students attend modular courses in clinical subjects including Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Psychiatry. This involves periods of residency in general and specialist hospitals, attachment to a general practice, and systematic instruction in the various medical specialities. Students spend lots of time in hospitals, shadowing

doctors, learning in small group sessions, or at patients’ bedsides. Newly qualified/junior doctors must enter a specialised training scheme – all branches of medicine (Surgery, General Practitioner, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Psychiatrics and Radiology) require further postgraduate training for between three and seven years. Medicine is now available as a postgraduate conversion course. This changes the education situation considerably, and means people who have already taken a different healthcare or science undergraduate course, or even Film Studies or Accountancy (as long as you achieved at least a 2.1 grade), can apply to study medicine at a later stage. Graduate Entry Medicine programmes are provided by UCD, UCC, UL and the Royal College of Surgeons.

The Work The first task a doctor faces is to diagnose the problem of the patient, which isn’t always obvious. Doctors observe and talk to the patient, and perform tests to make their diagnosis. The role of General Practitioner (GP) is in itself a specialisation. GPs asse ss and treat a wide range of conditions, ailments and injuries – anything from sinus infections to chronic pain, to broken wrists. When patients’ specific health needs require further treatment, GPs refer them to a specialist physician. Hospital doctors diagnose and treat illness, disease and infection in patients admitted to hospital or outpatient clinics. They examine patients who fall within their particular specialisation and carry out the necessary treatment. Hospital doctors may be involved in teaching and performing research. Doctors may also have other administrative and management tasks within the hospital. Surgeons perform complex operations,

some of which may be life saving, and which are carried out under local or full (‘general’) anaesthetic. Senior doctors can become consultants, who may concentrate on a particular area and become experts in their fields. They can then work for a number of public or private hospitals. Doctors should be in possession of a good memory and be instinctive in problem approaching and solving. They also need to be good communicators and capable of making tough decisions. A bedside manner is of benefit and conversely a certain amount of emotional detachment is sometimes necessary. Hospital doctors’ working hours can be long and irregular, and can include working shifts, weekends and public holidays. GPs typically work from their clinics or surgeries and are usually available for around 50 hours a week. Medicine graduates aren’t short of other options – there are opportunities to work as medical scientists in hospitals, or employment with pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies or medical device manufacturers.

Did you know? 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of just six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.

Further Resources • The Medical Council: www.medicalcouncil.ie • Irishhealth.com: www.irishhealth.com • Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP): www.icgp.ie

Medicine Career Profile Dr Mark Murphy, GP Trainee based in Sligo Medicine: if I could go back and do it all over again, would I? Emphatically, definitely and for so many different reasons, the answer is ‘yes’. Twelve years have flown by since I opened that fateful envelope in August 1999 and realised my Leaving Certificate results should just about get me into UCD Medical School. Believe me all that hard work was worth it. As a degree, Medicine at times challenged me, but always inspired, consistently fascinated and was simply great fun. It offered my friends and I the complete college experience.

I won’t lie, the curriculum seemed vast, even frightening; but compared to the Leaving Certificate it was a walk in the park. Whether we were cutting cadavers in Anatomy, growing streptococci on agar plates or examining patients in our clinical years, Med School never provided a dull moment. It was simply a privilege to learn such an incredible diversity of knowledge. However, your medical degree will provide so much more than this absorbing syllabus. We enjoyed amazing summers, working in clinics around the world and the daily buzz of hospital life was a thrill. As a Med Student you will work hard, but you will learn to play even harder; many years in college will equate to many student nights out! The friendships you will make will last forever. Indeed the

collegiality, craic and personal friendships remain the highlight of my university life. Medical School flies by and before you know it you will be a doctor. It’s not always easy, you’ve probably heard about the long hours and difficulties with our current health service. However the rewards of being a doctor outstrip any difficulties we have. Most of my colleagues entered Medicine with an ideological ambition to help disadvantaged people and sick patients. Well don’t let the cynics put you off, if you are like us, Medicine is for you. I am now a qualified doctor six years and training to be a General Practitioner in Sligo. I have worked all over Ireland and abroad in New Zealand. The worldwide shortage of doctors will ensure you can travel anywhere


, ? ers reON catI my Op t es my Wha Wthaar It is greatly important to improve our working conditions for future doctors, and as such I am currently the Chair of the NCHD (Junior Doctor) Committee with the Irish Medical Organisation. As a doctor you can make a difference in many ways.

From genetics to pathology, cardiology to cardiac surgery, General Practice to Sports Medicine, a fascinating career will await you. Sure the hours can be long, the commitment to study constant, but would I have done anything else? Absolutely not. Do it. Enjoy it. And never look back.

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and work; what other career can promise you that? It is often said that Medicine is a vocation, perhaps that is true, but you can maintain all your hobbies and interests, yet still work hard. I surf, keep fit, enjoy music and travel. I am a hardworking doctor, but I am also happy.

Nursing Nurses are an intrinsic part of the health care system and provide services without which society would be at a massive loss. They have a fundamental role in the lives of others; present at birth and at death and all illnesses in between. Ongoing recruitment bans due to current economic conditions but as with all other careers, prospects might well have improved in four years’ time. Irish nurses have an excellent reputation abroad so employment abroad is an exciting and viable option. In addition, busy private hospitals at home are continuing to recruit. To become a registered nurse in Ireland you must undertake a nursing degree from one of the many teaching hospitals around the country, all of which are affiliated with higher education institutions. Nursing is a traditionally popular CAO choice among young women, and these days increasing numbers of men are also choosing this respected profession. If you think you have the required combination of scientific skill, patience and empathy, you could be suited to a nursing course.

education Students interested in a nursing career must choose one of the nursing disciplines – General, Children’s & General, Midwifery, Intellectual Disability, and Mental Health/ Psychiatric. Level eight honours degree courses are available in each specialisation.

fourth year, during which students receive payment. A popular alternative route to nursing is through further education with the one-year Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies. Students who achieve a minimum of five distinctions are entitled to apply for places reserved for FETAC graduates on several third level nursing degree courses. Competition is tough when taking this route, but a viable alternative is travelling to enrol in a degree programme in the UK, or working as a care assistant until entry into a third level college is secured.

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The General Nursing degree equips students with the skills to care for adults and children suffering from medical and surgical ailments, through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Subjects you will take include Pharmacology & Health, Chemistry, Anatomy, Psychology and Social Policy. Midwifery students take many of the same theoretical subjects as their general nursing colleagues, plus subjects like Contemporary Midwifery.

The primary objective of nurses is care and rehabilitation. The appropriate care needed will vary depending on the condition of the patient, but it will generally involve administering medicine, performing tests and monitoring the patient’s health status and vital signs. It is the duty of a nurse to serve the best interests of the patient. Nurses also liaise with other members of the hospital team and help doctors and other healthcare professionals with procedures.

Clinical placements are a major part of all nursing courses. Students gain hands-on experience of home care, surgical nursing, operating theatre techniques, maternity nursing and accident & emergency procedures. Students taking the psychiatric nursing option focus on areas such as addiction services, acute assessment, admissions and community care. An extended period of work experience is undertaken in

Nurses who work with people suffering from mental disabilities encourage independence and improve their quality of life. A nurse can be involved in all the client’s daily tasks, from assisting with washing or eating, to taking part in activities such as art or swimming. Some people with profound disabilities may require intensive physical nursing, while others might require only supportive guidance.

Psychiatric nurses help people who have with emotional or psychological illnesses, or who are recovering from particularly traumatic experiences. Psychiatric nurses build relationships with individuals and their families and help their patients to live full lives. Midwives work with women during pregnancy, help to deliver babies and provide care to mothers and babies during the early postnatal period. Tasks can involve monitoring the mother and baby using ultrasound scanners, advising the mother on diet and nutrition, and teaching both parents how to look after their newborn child. A caring personality is needed and a desire to help others. A certain amount of scientific ability is useful as is a resourceful character. Organisational skills are important, as is a propensity to deal well with pressure situations. Nurses’ weekly workload is divided up into different shifts, with evening and weekend work a common occurrence.

Did you ? Close to one in ten Irish nurses are male, with most working in psychiatric nursing.

Further resources • Nursing Careers Centre: www.nursingcareers.ie • Irish Nurses Organisation (INO): www.ino.ie • An Bord Altranais: www.nursingboard.ie


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Occupational, Speech and Language Therapy

Occupational therapists help people overcome their physical, mental or social problems. They teach people additional skills and guide them towards living independent and satisfying lives. It encompasses a very wide variety of activities concerned with overcoming physical, psychological and social difficulties. Speech and language therapists identify, assess and assist those suffering from communication disorders; a large number of clients would be children although adults could also seek assistance for problems caused by illness, psychological trauma or for any number of reasons. Modern improvements in the world of science and communications have made great differences to both of these professions; therapists have a chance to make a huge impact in the lives of those who need it most.

Education NUI Galway, Trinity College and UCC provide degrees in Occupational, and Speech & Language Therapy. Occupational Therapy students take a variety of academic medical and social science subjects including Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Neurophysiology, Group Work & Professional Skills and Enabling Occupation. Speech & Language Therapy students take a similar combination of subjects, along with others such as Audiology, Linguistics, Social Policy and Psychology. Both courses typically involve practical work placements in professional, clinical settings,

which form an important part of the students’ training.

The Work Occupational therapists concentrate on the particular troubles or issues that an individual is facing and designs an individual programme to assist and encourage their development. The overall aim is to teach skills that will lead to increased levels of independence and confidence. For example, occupational therapists might work with stroke victims or people badly injured in traffic accidents, and help them take up a hobby or learn a new skill (such as painting or carpentry). This allows them to ‘relearn’ the use of their hands and bodies, giving them a renewed sense of self-belief and facilitating their rehabilitation. Speech & language therapists enable people with communication disorders to achieve their maximum potential to communicate. Therapists assess an individual’s situation and needs, come up with a diagnosis, and implement a therapeutic programme. Developmental speech problems include aphasia, motor-speech disorders, cognitive impairment and swallowing disorders. Some people may develop these problems after an accident or stressful event, while others may have a disorder from birth. Speech & language therapists can assist with disorders where the patient’s understanding of the spoken word may be impaired. They can also help with disorders of articulation and fluency, when the intelligibility and

continuity of speech is affected. They may also work with adults and children with learning disabilities to help them meet their communicative potential. Therapists also play a significant role in the management of clients with swallowing disorders. Both occupational and speech & language therapists can be involved in the planning and implementation of health promotion and education programmes. Patience, understanding and resourcefulness are all required to be a successful therapist. Excellent communication skills and an enquiring mind will assist in this line of work; an aptitude for science subjects would also be useful.

Did you know? Aspects of occupational therapy can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome, but the First World War saw it established as a modern profession. Occupational therapists helped tens of thousands of injured soldiers to recover.

Further Resources • Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI): www.aoti.ie • Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists: www.iaslt.com • National Rehabilitation Hospital: www.nrh.ie

Physiotherapy Physiotherapy is a health profession that seeks to restore mobility and reduce pain that results from injuries, aging or illness – less well known is that physiotherapy also works in the prevention of such problems. Different techniques and programmes are used depending on the nature of the problem and the physio’s area of expertise. For example, a sports physio creates unique exercise and rehabilitation programmes to match the sport and role (e.g. goalkeeper) in question. So read on if you’re a ‘hands-on’ type person who would enjoy maximizing the physical performance and mobility of others.

Education Degrees in Physiotherapy are available from Royal College of Surgeons, Trinity College,

UCD and UL. Only graduates of these courses can apply to become recognised members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). Physiotherapy students take a wide range of medical science subjects, including Human Anatomy, Biomechanics & Movement, Physiology, Electrotherapy and Neurology, as well as academic subjects such as Physiotherapy Theory & Context, Research Methods (with an eye toward a final year research project) and Health, Illness & Society. Students spend over one thousand hours on clinical placements in a professional physiotherapy environment. This usually takes place in a hospital and sees students gaining experience of a variety of applications, e.g. paediatrics, disability, musculoskeletal conditions, and respiratory cases.

Closely related and highly interesting degrees are DCU’s BSc in Athletic Therapy and Training and IT Carlow’s Degree in Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy. These courses prepare students for a career in the world of sports injuries and performance, specialising in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries across all ages, standards of sporting ability and population type. They differ from physiotherapists in that they specialise in musculoskeletal injuries arising from physical activity. A discipline that is closely related to physiotherapy, but does not require a degree to practice, is that of sports therapy. Students of Level 5 Certificates in Sports Therapy learn how to massage, create exercise and fitness


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the Work People with physiotherapy qualifications can find employment in public and private hospitals, within private practice, sporting organisations, education, industry, and within the Health Service Executive. ISCP membership is recognised worldwide, so graduates have the chance to work abroad if they wish. Physiotherapists are concerned with assisting those whose movement is restricted for any number of reasons. Physiotherapists often diagnose the problem and then decide upon treatment accordingly. The recovery process might involve exercise, movement, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy or manipulation. Examples of patients treated by

psychology A popular misconception that is losing its hold is that psychology is mainly emotive and involves a lot of psychobabble and self-help jargon: this is an extremely misleading view. Psychologists use scientific methods and empirical research to study human behaviour, how it is shaped by environmental and cultural factors, and using this knowledge to help people overcome their problems. Psychology is not just used to cure improve the lives of individuals however; it can also improve the effectiveness of organisations such as businesses, schools and hospitals.

physiotherapists include amputees, children with disabilities, stroke victims and people injured in car crashes or playing sports. Neurological physiotherapists treat patients whose movement difficulties stem from neurological conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries or other forms of paralysis. Sports physiotherapists work with people who are returning from sports injuries. They devise programmes that help professional and amateur athletes, footballers and other sporty types to get back into peak condition. They can also work with sports coaches to devise training programmes that can help athletes avoid injury. Other specialisations include respiratory physiotherapy, where patients with diseases of the lungs such as asthma and bronchitis are helped to clear their airways and breathe efficiently. All physiotherapists work closely with other health professionals such as

education Psychology is widely available in the CAO system (Level 8) and can be studied in a number of formats: as a dedicated degree; as part of an Arts degree; or in conjunction with other topics such as Sociology, Business, Theology, and Education. An attractive aspect of Psychology is that it encompasses elements of the Humanities (philosophy, sociology, and history) and Science (biology, physiology, and statistics). Introductory subjects on a psychology course could include Developmental Psychology, Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, History of Psychology, Cognition, Research Methods and Statistics.

doctors, nurses, radiographers and other therapists.

Did you know? Cheerleading accounted for 66.7% of major sports injuries to US college students from 1982 to 2007.

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programmes, provide diet and nutritional advice, apply first aid, and more. Potential careers include physiotherapy assistants, physical educators, sport injury therapists and roles in the leisure industry.

Further resources • Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP): www.iscp.ie • Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) – physiotherapy is a key service provided the CRC to the physically disabled: www.crc.ie • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK): www.csp.org.uk

In the latter years of a degree, students can specialise in subjects such as Psychology and Crime, Neuropsychology, Personality Psychology and Technology, Social Innovation, and Gender Psychology. Courses also include a large amount of practical work and students can undertake projects that involve conducting psychological experiments, interviews and surveys, often working on group projects and presenting findings to the class. Psychology courses are also available in further education. Applied Psychology explains how core theories and techniques can be adopted into a particular industry or


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Completion of an approved honours degree in Psychology or its related subjects entitles you to become a graduate member of The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Psychologists use different scientific methods – including psychological tests, questionnaires, face-to-face interviews and observation – to determine how people react in different situations, as individuals and within groups. They do this to help people or groups to avoid, overcome or control their problems and to maximise their potential. All psychologists are likely to attend meetings and case conferences, keep records and write up reports. There are a number of specialist areas within psychology (usually requiring postgraduate study) including Clinical, Occupational, Child, Counselling, Health, Forensic, Educational and Sports. Whichever area you specialise in will determine what your working day is like. Clinical psychologists work with people who have emotional problems or a mental illness, while health psychologists help ill people adjust to the emotional and social demands of their medical treatment, or help with medical

problems that are related to psychological factors. Child psychologists assist children and families with behavioural or other problems. Educational psychologists work with schools and children, testing IQ, aptitude and achievement, while occupational psychologists help businesses and organisations with human resources and recruitment issues. Some forensic psychologists assist in the solving of crimes, while others help to rehabilitate criminals after their trials. Sports psychologists prepare athletes to help them make full use of their sporting abilities. An ability to empathise with the patients while remaining detached is imperative, as is a talent for listening. Communication skills are key, and good psychologists needs to inspire trust in their patients.

Did you know? A 1979 study showed how a simple intervention could dramatically change behaviour. On Halloween, research assistants answered the doors of local houses and told

the kids they could take one sweet. Then they left the room. 34% of children took more than one sweet. But when a mirror was present — forcing the children to see their own reflection — that number dropped to 12%. Hmm…

Further resources • Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI): www.psihq.ie • Encyclopaedia of Psychology – online information resource: www.psychology.org • Aware – voluntary group providing support to sufferers of depression: www.aware.ie

psychology career profile Michael Byrne, a Principal Psychology Manager with HSE West Having wanted from an early age to work as an engineer, I enjoyed working as a design engineer exclusively through Japanese. However, my prolonged immersion in the vibrant but different culture of Tokyo made me realise that working with people was both more challenging and interesting than designing future technologies. Along with summer work, taking a year out before the final year of my undergraduate degree in Psychology (BA) allowed me to work in various clinical settings in North America and to sample what it might be like to work as a qualified psychologist. As the academic content of my BA was not exactly engaging, this working experience was significantly reinforcing in that it exposed me to the theory-practice links that are needed to work effectively with a variety of clinical populations. It also taught me that psychologists were both highly employable and remunerated. Having since completed both my Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I first worked with children and adolescents with mental health presentations. Again, while

rewarding in that early intervention can be particularly effective, the team I worked on did not work as well as it could have. That many service users lived in families with multiple problems also highlighted the need for multidisciplinary input over and above what I could offer them. Working since predominantly with adults with mental health presentations may on any given day involve seeing a caseload of individuals one-to-one of or in a group format for therapeutic work. This work can be challenging in that by the time they attend, service users’ problems may be fairly entrenched (e.g. chronic depression, eating disorders). However, I have found that all challenges represent a learning opportunity. Recognising the need to work both more effectively and efficiently, our Department’s research programme publishes many papers on a variety of related issues (e.g. prevalence of psychological distress in GP attendees, team working). While reminiscent of my work in Japan, our research work is progressively helping us to answer the question: ‘what is the clinical need out there and in what way can we best service this need?’ Related aspects of my job include training psychologists and other heath care

professionals, and contributing to national policy development. The more I work in our health system, with only about 650 psychologists in our health service, the more I realise just how peripheral psychological services are. Yet, with more jobs than there are qualified psychologists, there are many opportunities to work with a variety of clinical populations, not to mention the option of private practice. So, psychologists have a good deal of choice regarding career pathways. Overall, my decision to become a psychologist continues to be highly rewarding. If you are interested in a career in psychology and lifelong learning, look up the Psychological Society of Ireland’s website (www.psihq.ie). Better still, talk to any psychologists you might know. But as with everything else, chunk it down by taking it one step at a time. Get a good Leaving Certificate, get a good BA, and then pause to consider the many career opportunities open to you, be they within psychology (e.g. clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, research, sport) or otherwise. And, at all stages, remember to enjoy your career journey.


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Journalism The newspaper is only ever hours away from the recycling bin so your typical article only gets one chance to capture the reader’s interest. Although online articles with their longer periods of publication has lessened this pressure somewhat, all journalistic writing requires a particular type of immediacy and topicality that differentiates it from other forms of written expression. Journalists gather, assess and chronicle the news. Recent phone-hacking scandals in the UK have revealed how bad things can get when ethics and objectivity are abandoned. Such underhand techniques are the easy way out, and only emphasise how much work and skill is required to produce a revealing article by honorable means.

Education Journalism courses teach a wide range of vocational skills, including how to research and write a story and develop your writing style. Several options exist at third level. Journalism degrees are provided by DCU, DIT, Griffith College (Dublin and Cork), UL, Dublin Business School and Independent Colleges. Typical subjects on a journalism course include News Writing, Feature Writing, Law, Media Studies, Investigative Reporting & Research, Photography, Shorthand Writing, TV & Radio Reporting and Ethics of Journalism. Students also learn the role journalism plays in the context of society, politics and the economy, both historically and in terms of the present day and new media technologies.

opportunity in a different context or with another subject. These include journalism through Irish in DCU, with Irish or French in DIT, and with Visual Media such as photography and video in Griffith College Dublin. Many courses include work placements with newspapers, TV or radio stations. It is a good idea for student journalists to get involved with their college newspaper or radio station and build up a portfolio of articles to impress potential employers. Journalism is also well catered for in further education. One-year certificates are provided in Print Journalism, and in conjunction with other disciplines such as Public Relations, Photography, Desktop Publishing and Radio Broadcasting.

The Work Many graduates start as reporters for freesheets, Internet sites, trade magazines or the local press, where they hone their skills on local issues or specific subjects (e.g., court reporting, entertainment listings) and gain experience conducting interviews, writing stories, reporting news, web publishing, subediting copy and page layout. This can allow younger journalists to build up a portfolio of stories with which to impress more prestigious national or specialist outlets. The telephone is probably the most important tool of the professional journalist. More time is spent chasing stories, making contacts, researching information and conducting interviews than actually writing the articles. Journalists can become experts in their particular areas (such as politics, sport, celebrity marriages) and many must explain complex issues in a language that everyone can understand.

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Often, journalists aim to move from reporting to features or opinion writing. This means they concentrate less on breaking news, and analyse the issues and contexts behind the stories. Related careers to journalism include subediting and editing newspapers or magazines, and researching or producing for TV and radio news programmes. Sub-editors check and rearrange the text submitted to fit with the paper’s point of view. Radio and TV researchers and producers source information, organise interviewees and plan schedules for news programmes. A clear writing style will aid success in journalism; and while a distinct voice is an asset that will make your articles more memorable and enjoyable, you must also be able to switch style in order to match the tone of whatever publication you are reporting for at the time. The ability to respond well to pressure and work under severe time constraints is also a hugely important attribute.

Did you know? The German-language Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien, printed from 1605 onwards by Johann Carolus in Strasbourg, is often recognized as the first newspaper. Catchy title.

Further Resources • National Union of Journalists (NUJ): www. nuj.ie • Pulitzer Prizes – a world famous award for US-published journalists: www.pulitzer.org • The Irish Times School Mag Competition: www.irishtimesschoolmag.ie

Journalism - still alive and kicking by Barry McCall, Vice President, National Union of Journalists The imminent demise of journalism and various media channels has been predicted almost since the invention of the printing press which enabled its birth in first place. No other trade is more susceptible nor has proven itself more adaptable to technological change than this one.

Various technological revolutions including wireless telegraphy, radio, TV, photocomposition, desktop publishing, and the internet have all been hailed as harbingers of oncoming doom for journalists and their craft. Yet there are more journalists working today than at any time in history and their number is likely to continue to grow as the amount of outlets and channels for their toils expands.

The challenge is not merely being a journalist; it lies in making a living from journalism. And that’s a test which has faced almost every generation of journalist. For example, when the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) was founded in 1907 newspaper reporters were expected to be turned out in neat, clean morning dress provided at their own expense and to meet from their own pockets the cost


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, What s my career? of incidentals such as travel, notebooks, pens and so on. It is little wonder they felt the need to form a trade union. Freelancers, who make up more than 20% of journalists today, face not dissimilar problems and the NUJ is constantly engaged in battles to ensure they not only are adequately rewarded for their work but also appropriately compensated for the expenses they incur in the provision of computers, camera equipment, transport and other essentials of the trade. But it’s not all a struggle. Journalism can offer a hugely interesting and rewarding career for those with the interest, perseverance and no small amount of luck required to break into it. For those considering a career in journalism the first step is to choose the right third level course. Very few journalists enter the trade today without a relevant qualification. This doesn’t necessarily mean a journalism diploma or degree. While there are many excellent journalism courses available to students in Ireland there are other routes to the job. Anyone qualifying in economics at the moment may find fertile ground for their knowledge and skills for example. Similarly, history and politics and business studies have provided us with many of our better known broadcasters and newspaper reporters over the years. Qualifications such as these are helpful but they are not in themselves an entree to

journalism. The would-be journalist needs to possess a few characteristics and acquire a few skills before they can set out on the career path. A given is that they must be able to write clearly and in a form which is easily understood by almost any reader or listener. Another given is the ability to type and use the various pieces of technology to be found on the average office desk. The other skill which is not so easily acquired but for which a college education is definitely helpful is research. The ability to research a subject which you have never encountered before is the core skill of almost every journalist. A reporter working on a website, a regional newspaper or radio station, or a national newspaper can be asked to cover a huge range of topics from day to day and when asked what they know about any of them the usual answer should be: ‘I don’t know but I know how to find out’. Sharp research skills leavened with a strong measure of lateral thinking are essential. And then there is the character trait which is possibly more important than any skill or qualification; the ability to talk to strangers and ask them questions. The most gifted writer or photographer will never get beyond the metaphoric starting blocks if they aren’t able to phone or approach a complete stranger and ask them sometimes very searching and personal questions.

seeming ‘Catch 22’ situation of job advertisements requiring candidates to have prior experience. The journalism courses are highly effective at organising summer placements for students in a variety of media organisations and these are very useful for gaining on the job training if not for actual experience. Students should never allow themselves be used as a source of cheap or free labour. This undermines staff members and freelancers who are trying to earn a living from journalism and devalues the work of everyone including the student. Early experience is best gained by using those research and other skills to gather stories from your local area or other field of expertise and offering them for sale at appropriate freelance rates to a publication, broadcaster or online service which may be interested in it. And there is almost sure to be some outlet for just about every story. Ireland has a thriving trade media sector with magazines covering a vast range of specialist topics from weddings to wind energy and pubs to paintings while local and regional media base their market appeal on the broad spectrum of their coverage. For the journalist starting out it’s a question of using that ability to speak to strangers to approach the editor or news editor and pitch their work. Oh, and one last thing; make sure to join the NUJ as soon as you can.

For those that find themselves in possession of these skills and qualifications the next step is to break into the trade and overcome the

Film, TV & Radio Having a job in working in film, TV or radio makes people sound interesting. If you do pursue a career in this area you are sure to be proudly announced at parties as ‘here’s John, he works in film’… Immediately images of glamour and riches are summoned and if you smile mysteriously and avoid all follow-up questions you may be able to convince everyone that the reality is really that romantic.

Laoghaire IADT (Film & Television Production), Galway-Mayo IT (Film & Television), Dublin Business School (Film & Media), DIT (Film & Broadcasting with a Language), IT Carlow (TV & Media Production), IT Tralee (TV, Radio & New Media Broadcasting) and Limerick IT (Technology – Video & Sound), are more ‘hands-on’. Students acquire technical skills such as Camera & Lighting, Editing, Script Production and Radio Broadcasting.

Hard work and long hours are more likely than a trailer beside Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt but the attraction to the variety of careers in these sectors continues to rise. There is little job security, yet those wishing to avoid the nine to five lifestyle might relish this environment.

There is plenty of overlap however, with applied learning modules (e.g. filmmaking, scriptwriting) in the former, and film theory and history modules in the latter courses. Both approaches produce graduates with a rounded knowledge of the film and broadcast media industries and a variety of potential career paths.

Education Degrees in Film can be divided into two distinct areas. Film Studies, which is preoccupied with the academic study of film, including theory, criticism and history, is available from colleges such as Trinity, NUI Galway and Dublin Business School. Production-focused programmes, such as provided by Dundalk IT (Video & Film), Dun

Besides higher education options such as these, there are many TV & Film production courses accredited by FETAC offered around the country.

The Work Graduates of production/broadcasting courses can look for work in local or national

radio, independent production companies, as well as the national TV stations. The competition for jobs in all media is extreme, but career prospects are helped slightly by the ability to move from one medium to another (from radio to TV or vice versa). Entry-level positions in TV and radio are often on a work experience or intern level. Even graduates with degrees start off making tea and labelling tapes in a production company or post-production house. You have to show initiative and talent to move up to more senior positions. Researchers and production assistants on a TV or radio show have a wide variety of different responsibilities, including booking crew for shoots (cameramen, key grips, and so on), researching guests’ backgrounds, calculating budgets, making transport and accommodation arrangements, and suggesting creative ideas. Broadcasting and sound engineers are responsible for the technical efficiency of a studio or outside recording scenario. Editors are involved in post-production, distilling the finished programme from hours of footage and adding music or a voice-over to a programme.


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The director is responsible for the finished content that appears on-screen. Directors plan visuals with the camera operators, deal with guests, interviewees or actors to help them perform in front of the camera, write scripts for voice-overs or montages and sit with the editor to put the finished project together. Producers, researchers, directors and other media professionals can either work full-time for TV, a radio station or a production house, or they can work freelance on a contract basis. Freelance workers can often have very busy periods interspersed with quiet times.

Languages The study of language is much more than learning tenses or how to ask for ice tea in Germany, it also involves expanding your knowledge and experience to include other cultures and ways of life. Fluency in any language leaves you better equipped for employment in an array of sectors, from business to education, health to tourism. It also makes travel a more rewarding and interesting experience. Undeniably, many view Irish as a dead language, but the career opportunities that await those who know their Aimsir Chaite from their Aimsir Fháistineach disprove this myopic attitude. Irish students face a wide variety of career paths from translating for EU bodies to working with TG4. It is becoming increasingly common for students to study a language alongside another subject. Many third-level courses now include a language as an optional subject, making it possible to gain fluency in a language without taking a dedicated course, thereby greatly improving the look of your CV.

education The most popular language choices at thirdlevel are still French, German and Spanish. But courses in a wide range of other languages such as Chinese, Russian and Welsh are also on offer as options with Arts and Business degrees. Language courses typically have two components – the development of language and communication skills, and the study of the culture and history surrounding the language. They cover areas such as grammar, comprehension, composition, textual analysis and linguistics; as well as the literature, culture, politics, history and society of the country or countries where the languages developed.

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The producer is the head of the production team. Producers have an idea and put together a proposal for the programme, hire the crew and talent, receive a commission from a TV station or secure funding from other backers, and ensure the project comes in onbudget and on time.

Working hours can be long, and shoots can be stressful.

did you know? Founded in Co Wicklow in 1958, Ardmore Studios is Ireland’s oldest film studio. Famous productions made there include My Left Foot, The Commitments, In the Name of the Father, Braveheart and The Tudors.

Further resources • Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI): www.bci.ie • Irish Film and Television Network (IFTN): www.iftn.com • Radio Teilifís Éireann: www.rte.ie

Interpreting and translation skills are taught in later years of the course, when students are (hopefully) approaching fluency. Language students usually take an Erasmus or other kind of trip abroad, to spend at least one term immersing themselves in their chosen language and the world it has developed in.

statements) from one language to another, often in real time, as a person is speaking.

Besides learning Irish as a subject in an Arts degree, students can also enrol in a Gaeilge degree with a particular focus, e.g. translation in NUI Galway, and Journalism or Business in DCU.

Translators can translate books of every kind, articles, technical instructions and law documents. Translators often need specialist knowledge of the subject with which they are dealing; some translators have a formal education in their subject such as history or engineering, while others gain experience as their career progresses.

Level 5 Certificates in Language & European Studies (course code: ELESX) are available at plc level from Dunboyne College of Further Education, Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Pearse College of Further Education, Limerick College of Further Education, Cork College of Commerce, and Greenhills College.

the Work The most obvious career routes for pure languages graduates are teaching (at secondlevel and third-level, or in private colleges), interpreting and translating. As a basic rule, interpreters interpret speech, while translators translate the written word. However, many employers in areas such as business, education, marketing, IT, tourism, industry, the EU institutions and the Irish civil service value language skills and offer a wealth of employment possibilities. Competition for interpreting and translating jobs is high; so many graduates seek postgraduate qualifications to improve their career prospects. You require complete fluency in more than one language to find work as an interpreter. You also have to understand the nuances and context of what the speaker or author is trying to communicate, as often a word-for-word translation will omit the true meaning of what was said or written. Interpreters convert the spoken word (e.g., speeches, conversation, questions and

Interpreters can find work with international agencies, such as the United Nations, and also work as freelancers at conferences or in the courts.

Many IT and manufacturing companies now employ translators for the localisation of software packages or programmes – the translation of software for different markets. Translators often work as freelancers, finding work through contacts or through a translating agency. A real love of the language is a must. You must capable of concentrating for long spells and able to work well under pressure, especially for interpreting in front of crowds or in difficult situations. Good writing skills are required for translation work.

did you know? 742 different languages and dialects are spoken by around 300 different ethnic groups in Indonesia.

Further resources • Irish Translators & Interpreters Association (ITIA): www.translatorsassociation.ie • Foras na Gaeilge – promoters of the Irish language: www.gaeilge.ie • Erasmus Student Network (ESN): www.esn.org


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Public & Civil Services

Defence Forces The Army, the Naval Service, the Air Corps and the Reserve Defence Force all fall under the umbrella of The Irish Defence Forces (Óglaigh na hÉireann). The Irish government delegated certain duties and responsibilities to the Defence Force which are to defend the state against armed aggression, to assist the Gardaí, to participate in peace support and humanitarian relief missions with the UN and to carry out other duties such as search and rescue, air ambulance and ministerial air transport. There is a wide range of career opportunities available including army, naval service and air corps recruits, apprenticeships and cadetships. There is a big difference between the career paths of people who enlist as a recruit or apprentice and those who apply for cadetships; read on to learn more about this important distinction.

Recruits Recruits are accepted into the Defence Forces as required, and opportunities are advertised in the national press. Candidates must be over 17 and under 25 years of age on the date of enlistment. Both male and female candidates should be over 5’2” and pass a stringent medical examination and tough physical fitness test. Applications are only accepted online through the Defence Forces website www.military.ie, when specific competitions are being run.

Army/ Air Corps Army and Air Corps Recruits are required to complete the same basic training. Recruits in the Permanent Defence Force undergo an initial training period lasting 16 weeks. This training includes arms drill, foot drill, first aid, fieldcraft, rifle marksmanship, and tactical and physical training. When the training period is completed, the recruit becomes a two star private. After a further eight-week course, the recruit becomes a three star private and is assigned to a unit within the Army or Air Corps. For more information www.military.ie/ careers/army/recruit or www.military.ie/ careers/air-corp-recruits.

Naval Service Recruits in the Naval Service, like army recruits, begin with 19 weeks of training. This training covers basic military training and naval subjects such as boat handling, rope work, seamanship and communications. After basic training, the seaman will be assigned for further training and subsequent employment onboard a ship in one of the following specialisations: seaman gunner, communications operator, mechanics and catering or supply. For more information: www.military.ie/careers/naval-service/recruits.

Cadetships Cadetships are like management or officer training for the Defence Forces. The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and to instil a sense of duty and responsibility. Candidates for cadetships need to be over 17 and under 28 years of age and must have already obtained a third-level degree, or else gained at least three Grade C3 marks at higher level and three Grade D3 marks at

ordinary level subjects in the Leaving Certificate. They must also be in excellent physical and mental condition, with good teeth, eyesight and hearing. The selection process includes a preliminary interview, physical fitness test, psychometric tests and group assessment. This is followed by a final interview where candidates must demonstrate their communication, teamwork, leadership and decision-making skills, as well as their personal motivation to become an army/navy or air corps cadet. Candidates who already have a third-level degree are at an advantage.

Army cadet training This takes place in the Curragh Camp and takes 15 months to complete. The cadet is instructed in weapons handling, arms and foot drill, tactics, military engineering, military law, human resources management, communications skills, IT systems and academic subjects including psychology, history and politics. Cadets are required to take an active interest in sport. Army equitation cadets undergo the same training as other cadets, also receiving horsemanship instruction. Air corps cadets first undergo basic training with other cadets, and then move to Casement Aerodrome for flying training. Navy cadets are divided into Operations Branch and Engineering Branch. Navy training takes place in Haulbowline in County Cork, and includes seamanship, navigation, gunnery and weapons control systems. A cadet who satisfactorily completes the prescribed course of military training and who passes all examinations and tests is eligible for appointment as a commissioned officer (CO). Cadets may decide to pursue third-level education after completion of initial training,

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and the Defence Forces generally pay for fees and accommodation while the cadets are gaining their degrees. For more information: www.military.ie/careers/army/cadetships

Navy cadet training Candidates for Navy Cadetships must be aged over 17 and less than 28 years of age on the date of enlistment. There are two separate cadetships available for applications: Operations Branch Cadet and Engineering Branch Cadet. The Operations Branch Cadet is involved in the efficient running of a ship and is responsible for the officers, the communication system and any weapons on board. Another element of this branch is bridge watch keeping which is fundamental for the safe navigation of a ship. Captains can only be derived out of this group. The Engineering Branch involves training with a view to fulfilling the role of Marine Engineering Officer who concentrates on everything involved in keeping the boat afloat and moving. Both cadetships last two years. The first three months of the first year is spent in the Curragh, and the following nine months of first year focus on Naval Training both at sea and at the Naval Base in Cork. The second year involves cadets taking part in the first leg of a degree programme in the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy Co. Cork. The Operations Branch study Nautical Science and the Engineering Branch undertake Marine Engineering. For more information www.military.ie/careers/ naval-service/cadetships

air corps Candidates for Air Corps Cadetships must be aged over 17 and less than 28 years of age on the date of enlistment. An air corps cadet completes a 21-month course – 7 months at The Cadet School in the Curragh, followed by 14 months at the Basic Flying Training Wing in Baldonnel Aerodrome, Dublin. Upon successful completion of training, cadets join the commissioned ranks as an air corps officer/pilot. New Pilots are assigned to 104 Squadron, Army Co-op Squadron for a period of twelve months. Following this they may then apply to continue as a fixed wing Pilot or to train as a helicopter Pilot. For more information: www.military.ie/careers/air-corp/cadetships.

army and air corps apprenticeships Apprentices in the Defence Forces receive training for their chosen trade, as well as military training. Apprenticeships are available in the trades of Aircraft Mechanic, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Fitter Armourer and Aircraft Mechanic. Defence Forces apprenticeships run in association with FÁS.

Apprentice candidates should be over 17 and under 20 years of age on the date of enlistment and have received Grade C (Ordinary) or Grade D (Higher) in at least three subjects in their Junior Cert. They must also pass a rigorous physical test. Selection is by interview. Apprenticeships combine classroom instruction and practical instruction in a workplace situation. Apprentices also undergo military training and physical training similar to that of recruits. The entire training lasts four years and apprentices live together in barracks. On completion of training, apprentices are assigned to units and can expect to progress upwards through the non-commissioned ranks. For more information: www.military.ie/ careers/army/apprentices or www.military.ie/ careers/air-corp/apprentices

the Work Whether you enter the Defence Forces as a recruit or a cadet, and whether you join the army, navy or air corps, your basic duties and responsibilities are the same. The roles of the Defence Forces are Defend the State against armed aggression; this being a contingency, preparations for its implementation will depend on an ongoing Government assessment of the security and defence environment

and under UN mandate, including regional security missions authorised by the UN Provide a fishery protection service in accordance with the State’s obligations as a member of the EU Carry out such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time, e.g., search and rescue, air ambulance service, Ministerial air transport service, assistance on the occasion of natural or other disasters, assistance in connection with the maintenance of essential services, assistance in combating oil pollution at sea Source: The Irish Defence Forces, www.military.ie/info-centre Candidates for the Defence Forces need to be strong – both mentally and physically. Communication and teamwork skills are required, as is a taste for physical exertion. Cadets need to have good leadership skills, and the capability to cope with the academic parts of the course.

Did you know? The Defence Forces’ first overseas peacekeeping mission took place in the Congo from 1960 to 1964.

Further resources

Aid the civil power (meaning in practice to assist, when requested, the Garda Síochána, who have primary responsibility for law and order, including the protection of the internal security of the State)

• Defence Forces Careers: www.military.ie/careers

Participate in multinational peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations in support of the United Nations

• National Maritime College of Ireland: www.nmci.ie

• Defence Forces Overseas Missions: www.military.ie/overseas


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garda Síochána

The Garda Síochána, or the ‘Guardians of Peace’ in English, is the national police service and exercises all police functions in the country. It provides the State security services and all criminal and traffic law enforcement functions are performed by it. Their duties and responsibilities can vary widely but the recurring theme is serving the community. They aim to protect the state by solving crimes and also aid everyday life by keeping the peace and ensuring an efficient traffic flow.

education Becoming a registered member of www. publicjobs.ie ensures you will receive notification of forthcoming recruitment drives. The basic requirements for candidates are a pass Leaving Cert (or equivalent) and a good standard of physical fitness; and good news for those of you with a more ‘compact’ physique is that the height requirement was recently phased out! Candidates go through a three-stage process. Stage one is three written tests – Verbal Evaluation, Analytical Reasoning and Job Simulation Exercise. Stage two includes a written communication exercise and

interview. Stage three comprises a medical examination and physical ability test. Once accepted, recruits undergo two-year training that is divided into 5 phases and lasts 2 years (please note however, that the training program is currently under review). Initially, students spend 22 weeks at the Garda College in Templemore followed by a period of 24 weeks spent at selected stations under the direct supervision of tutorial staff. After further training at the College, students become members of the Service and are attached to stations. Subjects undertaken in the Garda College include Law, Social Science, Theory of Policing, Communications, Irish and Physical Training. Station-based tutelage is provided by a training sergeant and allows trainees to experience the practical application of the theories and skills they have learned.

the Work Newly qualified Gardaí undergo a two-year probation period before becoming permanent Gardaí with full responsibilities. They usually spend at least three years on general policing duties. After that, they can apply to join one of

the special units – the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Garda National Drugs Unit, Juvenile Liaison Section and Emergency Response Unit are just some of the options available. The Garda Síochána is responsible for maintaining law and order, protecting life and property and ensuring the security of the state. The most obvious day-to-day task of the Gardaí is solving and preventing crimes. This can mean patrolling on the streets, taking statements from victims of crimes, interviewing witnesses and suspects, providing information to the public and the media, giving evidence in court and manning road checkpoints. The Gardaí also have less crime solution-related responsibilities, including the provision of assistance at sports events and concerts, monitoring entry points into the state, searching for missing persons, giving directions to tourists, encouraging the community to protect their persons and property, helping to develop ethnic and religious equality, and visiting schools to teach children sensible and responsible behaviour. The qualities potential guards should possess include diligence and dedication. A police officer should be a good communicator and have an ability to remain calm under pressure.

Did you know? The Scott Medal for Valour is awarded annually for the most exceptional bravery and heroism involving the risk of life in the execution of duty.

Further resources • An Garda Síochána: www.garda.ie • Dept of Justice and Law Reform: www.justice.ie • Interpol: www.interpol.int

Social & community Work These are extremely challenging times for Irish society. The economic difficulties afflicting the country come at a great human cost, and the growing number of people who are vulnerable means that social assistance and communal initiatives are more important than ever. The shortage of child-protection workers is just one, well-publicised example of this need. A course in social or community work provides the opportunity to make a real difference.

education Applied courses such as Social Care, Social Work and Community Studies are the recommended route for students seeking a hands-on careers in social work, community care and community development. Social Care degrees are available in most institutes of technology and Carlow College. Theses courses include modules such as

Child Development Psychology, Addiction Studies, Legal Studies, Social Policy and Creative Studies (i.e. Art/Drama Therapy). Students undertake work experience, which will require Garda clearance. Government agencies and NGOs are the principle employers of graduates. Thanks to accreditation by the National Social Work Qualifications Board (NSWQB), graduates of Social Studies (Social Work) in TCD and Social Work in UCC (mature


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A wide selection of PLC courses in Social and Community Studies are available in local colleges throughout Ireland. Typical subjects include Applied Psychology, Child Development, Care Provision, and Legal Studies. Regular work experience is also common. Graduates can apply to degree courses, or find work in the private, public and voluntary care sectors as special needs assistants, youth workers, child carers, etc. Volunteering is an excellent way for students to acquire valuable experience of working with the disadvantaged. Sociology and Social Policy are good options for students interested in becoming involved in the academic and policy-formatting aspects of social care provision. Sociology involves the study of social groups and the social phenomena that affect them such as social mobility, bureaucracy, crime, globalisation, etc. Study is not confined to the present, but also encompasses trends and theories from the past. Important theorists in the history of Sociology include August Comte, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Émile Durkheim. Sociology is available to study as an Arts option or in tandem with subjects such as Economics, Politics, History and Philosophy. Social Policy enables students to critically analyse contemporary social issues (e.g. poverty, crime) and help create the policies

that are formulated to combat them. Social Policy prepares students for careers in research bodies, state agencies, local government and NGOs (non-governmental organisations). Courses that enable students to pursue a combination of Social Policy and Sociology studies to degree level include: Social Science in UCD, Dublin Business School, NUI Maynooth and UCC; and Sociology and Social Policy in Trinity College. Sociology is available to select as an Arts subject in most universities, while Arts students in NUI Galway can choose Public & Social Policy as an option.

The Work Social care practitioners work with, and advocate on behalf of, children and adolescents in residential care, people with intellectual disabilities, alcohol and drug dependents, refugees and asylum seekers, families in the community, and many other social groups. Professional social workers differ in that their role includes managerial duties; arranging residential care, coordinating patient review meetings, and so on. Social researchers use statistics (quantitative) and interviews and focus groups (qualitative research) in to analyse issues such as equality of access to employment or social services in a particular area or socio-economic class.

people to improve their lives and solve problems in the community. They work in communities that experience disadvantage: enabling people to identify their needs and rights, and assisting them in working toward these goals.

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students only) need not enrol in a postgrad in order to become a professional social worker.

The Irish Government defines poverty as follows: people are living in poverty if their income and resources (material, cultural and social) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living which is regarded as acceptable by Irish society generally. As a result of inadequate income and other resources people may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities which are considered the norm for other people in society.

Further Resources • Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW): www.iasw.ie • Social Inclusion Division: www.socialinclusion.ie • National Youth Council of Ireland: www.youth.ie

Community workers work with groups of

Social Work Career Profile Kerry Cuskelly, Community Development Social Worker I always knew that I wanted to be a social worker. My main motivation for pursuing social work was to challenge the many injustices I saw around me locally, nationally and globally. To me, social work is about empowering people to have the ability to engage with the society they live in, in an equitable and fair way. It’s not about doing things for people, or giving people ‘handouts’, or feeling sorry for people. Simply put, it’s about ‘helping people help themselves’. I took a longer route than is usual in becoming a social worker. First, I did a two year higher diploma in Applied Social Studies in Social Care in Ballyfermot College of Education when I finished my Leaving Certificate. Next, I worked as a social care worker in a homeless shelter and then in the area of intellectual disability. Then, after two years of working and saving and one year of travelling, I went back to college as a mature student and did my honours degree in Social Science in UCD. Finally, I did my Masters in Social Work in

Trinity College. In my opinion it is imperative that you: work in the area of social care/ youth work etc; have a substantial amount of volunteer experience; or are an extremely mature person before you take on studying social work. In my opinion, self reflection and selfawareness are core competencies in becoming a good social worker. These competencies are only touched upon in college so it is up to each person to work on these areas. My work placements in Ballyfermot (320 hours in total) and Trinity (1,000 hours), my volunteer experience (over one year of regular volunteering), and my time as a social care worker really assisted me in this process. Self-motivation is also essential in this profession. As a social worker you are an advocate for those who are struggling as well as being an advocate for your own profession. To that end, I am an active member of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW). Upon graduating in 2010 two other new graduates and I took it upon ourselves to start a special interest group through the IASW for new social workers. We focus on empowering students and new graduates through peer support, exchange of professional opinions and encouragement of research. Being a

social worker can be hard at times; you may feel you are constantly challenging the status quo. Having the support of other like-minded people is an invaluable resource. Currently I am a community development social worker. I can say without hesitation that I enjoy getting out of bed every single morning to go to this job. Community development social work is, for me, very much about fostering positive, trusting relationships between statutory services, community groups and the general community in order to improve the lives and wellbeing of those living in the community in the long-term. In practical terms I work ‘behind the scenes’ with various community and voluntary groups. This might entail co-ordinating a group on mental health issues, such as a suicide prevention network, or facilitating different community groups on an issue such as promoting positive health. I focus on community-level issues, but I also understand and value the individual-level work of other social workers in the community, such as the child protection social workers. In my mind, a child protection social worker carrying out an individual intervention with a family in crisis ties in very clearly with my work of trying to strengthen communities on a wider level. You can’t have one without the other.


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science & engineering

Bioscience The author freely admits to using the term bioscience instead of biology because it sounds cooler, but the terms essentially mean the same thing – the study of living organisms. For people of an inquisitive nature, who possess a fascination with the living world around them, a college course in bioscience is the natural choice.

education Students interested in taking a course in biology are spoilt for choice. Readers without a specialised topic of study in mind might enrol in an Applied Biology or Bioscience course, which introduce students to core areas of the discipline, such as Animal & Plant Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology. A high percentage of these programme are spent in the laboratory. Specific fields of bioscience catered for by degree programmes include Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Wildlife/ Marine Biology.

Generally speaking there are two avenues of study and careers for the first three categories. The industrial path involves using the subcellular components of living organisms to produce useful product, and it’s been around for longer than you might think; e.g. using yeast to make beer and bread. It provides an important contribution to areas such as food and drug production, energy and agriculture. The second path involves applying biotechnological techniques and technologies in a purely medical environment; e.g. using tissue samples to diagnose disease or monitor treatment. Graduates often work in hospitals in cooperation with doctors, or in a research environment in the pharmaceutical industry. Readers with an interest in animal life may enrol in one of the following. Research each course option carefully to see whether you receive training for one sector (e.g. industrial), or both. IT Tralee’s degree in Wildlife Biology fully utilises the nearby resources such as the Education Centre in Killarney National Park, and enables students to learn about wildlife and environmental issues in contemporary Ireland. Modules include Botany, Zoology and Environmental Protection. Galway-Mayo IT’s degree in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology and NUI Galway’s Marine Science deal with Ireland’s most precious resource – water. Students examine key issues such as Biodiversity, Pollution, Aquaculture (i.e. fish farming), and securing safe and sustainable supplies for Ireland’s growing population. Zoology is available to study through omnibus entry science degrees in UCC, UCD, Trinity College and NUI Galway. Studies encompass all areas of animal life, form amoebas to antelopes, and apply a variety of key disciplines: Anatomy and Physiology, Embryology, Taxonomy, Behaviour, Ecology, Genetics, Evolution, and Biogeography (distribution of species). NUI Galway, Trinity College and UCD provide degrees in Botany through the same omnibus entry system. It is also available to study as part of IT Tralee’s Higher Certificate in Biological & Environmental Studies. The science of plants, students of botany examine issues such as structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, development, diseases, chemical properties, and

evolutionary relationships between the different groups.

the work Due to the diverse range of biological applications in modern society, graduates are employed in a diverse range of industries. Professional bioscientists can be involved in developing and testing new products (from drugs to food products). Research scientists in biology study fields such as disease, drugs, water quality, and microorganisms. Their findings contribute to the existing body of scientific knowledge and can help develop new products, policies and opinions. Entry-level jobs in bioscience areas are often lab technician positions. Lab techs assist scientists by setting up equipment, carrying out experiments and reporting on their findings. In a medical laboratory, for example, they could be involved in the examination of body fluids, tissues and cells, analysing the chemical content of fluids or matching blood for transfusions. Bioscientists work in a team with other scientists and technicians. They design and conduct experiments, make observations, and write up the work in reports and scientific papers. They will often supervise the work of support staff and carry out administrative work. Bioscientists working in universities or teaching hospitals are usually also involved in teaching and supervising students. Most bioscientists spend a majority of their working life in a laboratory or office environment, but fieldwork is also often required – particularly among wildlife and marine biologists.

Did you know? The Common Lizard, or lacerta vivipara, is our only native species of reptile, and an important part of the country’s biodiversity.

Further resources • Irish Wildlife Trust – www.iwt.ie • Biotechnology Ireland – online resource for the Irish biotech industry: www. biotechnologyireland.com • Biology.ie – collecting environmental data from the Irish public: www.biology.ie


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Nikita Burke, Neuroscience Researcher at the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway

had investigated in my undergraduate project, which was recently published in an international peer-reviewed journal. I applied for a postgraduate scholarship which was kindly granted by the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway.

I was always fascinated with the human body. In school, biology was my favourite subject and I studied it with passion. This was by far the most significant subject choice for my career. I chose Science at NUI Galway for my undergraduate degree, studying physiology in second year. I immediately loved it, and studied it with fervour.

In my job as a postgraduate researcher there is rarely a typical day. Work can involve running experiments, data analysis, reading, writing, compiling reports, demonstrating practical labs, preparing presentations – sometimes all of these in one day! Frequently, there are deadlines to adhere to, so organising and prioritising tasks are critical.

In my final year I had the opportunity to work with my current supervisor, Dr Roche, in a research project into depression and pain comorbidity. This provided a taste for neuroscience research, and my interest in undertaking a PhD was sparked. I was motivated by her passion for and research in the field of neuroscience, particularly in pain and depression. In addition, Dr David Finn, co-supervisor of my project, has an excellent track record in the area of pain research and is co-director of Ireland’s Centre for Pain Research. Both lectured me at undergraduate level and inspired my quest for knowledge. So I expressed my interest in pursuing a PhD to Dr Roche. We discussed a research proposal which expanded on the question I

The main tasks are carrying out the experiments and compiling results, and keeping up to date with current research in your field. The most challenging aspect is overcoming problems and difficulties such as experiments that aren’t working out, and getting all the work done in time can be challenging and slightly stressful. I love working in a lab though, and I feel so lucky to have this opportunity. It’s very important to enjoy your PhD research. Getting interesting results is what keeps me going. I love reading and the continuous learning. It’s great fun to interact and work with undergraduate students. What skills are required in biological research? A passion for biology for starters. In addition, having a good base in English is crucial due

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to the importance of writing and communication in science. Maths is a bonus for statistics, logic and problem-solving skills. I would recommend that students consider taking a foreign language, as many travel opportunities exist in research and this can confer an advantage to pursue a career in an international laboratory. Dr Roche and Dr Finn have collaborated with an internationally renowned lab, providing me the opportunity to carry out invaluable research in Madrid. Dedication, a good work ethic and selfmotivation are also fundamental. I also recommend a summer placement in a lab. It provides great experience for would be researchers. A limited amount of internships and bursaries exist, but even a week’s work shadowing in a department can provide invaluable insight into daily life in research. Overall, my job allows me a lifestyle that I am happy with. Work-life balance can be difficult at times, but I love what I am doing and am dedicated to working hard. In the current economic climate, jobs in Ireland may be harder to come by when I finish, but I look forward to working in international laboratories and further developing my career. Ultimately, I would like to work in research and academia, furthering knowledge and inspiring young students. My dream job is to be a leading academic research scientist in a vibrant, exciting lab in Ireland.

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science This area of science examines the basic composition and properties (atoms, molecules, and so on) of matter, how they change through chemical reactions, and the myriad ways they can be utilised in modern industry and medicine. Chemistry, as the legends of alchemy suggest, is a particularly creative science. It is a key function in a variety of industrial processes including pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical and chemical products account for over 50% of Irish exports. The sector employs over 25,300 directly and as many again indirectly. Twenty-five percent of all PhD researchers in the Irish industry are employed in the pharmachemical sector.

Education Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science are available to study as independent, dedicated degrees; or in degrees that combine both disciplines with a lesser degree of specialisation. Chemistry courses introduce students to the core strands of organic/inorganic and physical/analytical. Organic Chemistry is

when carbon, a feature of all living things, is involved. Analytical Chemistry involves the study of the chemical composition of natural and artificial materials, while Physical Chemistry is concerned with the physical relationships and reactions between molecules and compounds (e.g. in terms of an object’s strength or elasticity). Students also gain valuable experience of laboratory practice and computer/ mathematical applications in chemistry. Applied courses examine how chemistry is utilised in areas such as pharmaceutical, environmental and material science. Pharmaceutical Science is a combination of biological and chemical disciplines. Graduates find challenging and financially rewarding work in an industry that develops new drugs and therapies to treat every kind of illness – from infectious diseases to cancer. Besides the scientific and laboratory-based modules, students also tackle industry-related modules such as Manufacturing Technology, Regulation & Compliance, Quality Management and Pollution Control. Forensic science also includes both chemistry and biology. It involves the retrieval and

analysis of scientific evidence for legal purposes. This might be a crime scene, a drug test on an athlete, or instances of environmental pollution. Some Chemical and Pharmaceutical degrees include a module on this fascinating area, while dedicated degrees are provided by a number of institutes of technology. Athlone IT’s unique and fascinating degree in Toxicology studies the negative effects of chemicals on living organisms.

The Work The career options for chemistry and pharmaceutical science graduates are many and varied and include opportunities in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agriculture, horticulture, environmental protection, manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, food, cosmetics and textiles sectors. Employment can also be found in sales and business positions and in public sector laboratories, research institutes and secondand third-level teaching institutions. People generally start their chemist or lab scientist career as laboratory technicians or operatives. The tasks might include setting up


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Analytical chemists examine the contents of foodstuffs, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and water to find out what chemicals they contain. In manufacturing plants, they ensure that standards of safety and quality are adhered to. Industrial chemists create, develop and test chemical processes and products. They are experts in the chemical make-up and behaviour of substances and they use this knowledge to create useful new products – coffee whitener, for example, is a result of their work. Biochemists are concerned with chemical processes in living things. The research the effect of various drugs, foods, hormones on humans, animals and plants, work to determine the cause of disease and develop and test new drugs. People with an inquisitive and analytical mind usually suit chemistry. An affinity with

technology and of course, an interest in maths and science would also be helpful traits.

Did you know? The burning sensation we get from chilli peppers is caused by a chemical called Capsaicin.

Further resources The Forensic Science Laboratory: www.forensicscience.ie Pharmachemical Ireland: www.pharmachemicalireland.ie American Chemical Society (ACS): www.acs.org

a Life in research by Dr Graham Love, Director of Policy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland When one imagines what a typical scientific researcher might look like or do, images of men in long white coats locked away in some laboratory shrouded in secrecy usually spring to mind. But the reality of research is very different. Becoming a researcher is not akin to running away to join a ‘scientific’ circus. The door to this world is permanently open. Everyone is welcome to participate, to share in its benefits and to suggest new ways of doing things. Albert Einstein once said that ‘If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?’ Research is not necessarily about discovering the ‘holy grail’ of physics, biology or any other discipline. The old adage that ‘success is a journey, not a destination’ is one which we should remind ourselves of. There is trial and there is error. We need only look at the persistence of Thomas Edison, one of the most outstanding inventors in history, to be inspired to continue our quest to progress. Edison is believed to have conducted more than 9,000 experiments before finally creating the world’s first light bulb. The daily routine of a researcher is often intriguing: collaboration, travel opportunities, liaising with colleagues around the world, channelling your curiosity into productive processes and pushing the boundaries of your particular field. From your PlayStation, iPod, laptop and iPhone to the medicines you take or the energy sources used to power our homes, factories and office blocks, everything around you is rooted in science and innovation. Imagine being part of research that developed a new way of communicating or of delivering healthcare, or of heating our universities and hospitals?

Once upon a time, Ireland followed other countries when it came to innovation. We were always playing catch-up! Times have changed, and we are beginning to earn a reputation internationally as a scientific research hub. There has arguably never been a more exciting and opportune time to be a scientific researcher in Ireland, either established or just embarking on one’s journey of discovery. The quality of research being conducted by Irish-based researchers today is recognised globally as being higher than ever before, as evidenced by international ranking: Ireland is now in the world’s top 20 countries for research quality. The popularity of initiatives such as Ireland’s Science Gallery and the Dublin Web Summit continue to grow, while recent years have seen a steady stream of multinational corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, AOL, PayPal and Yahoo choosing Ireland as their European headquarters. Furthermore, Ireland’s scientific research community is currently preparing for Dublin becoming ‘European City of Science’ in 2012, a prestigious honour in recognition of our rapidly developing research landscape. CAO statistics from July of this year (2011) showed a large increase (6,876) since February in applications for science courses through the ‘change of mind form’ mechanism. This clearly shows a shift towards science, which is very welcome. The Irish Government has invested strategically and substantially in science for over a decade, and it is hoped that this will continue. But just as science in Ireland needs financial investment, it also needs a healthy supply of young, talented minds who will bring fresh thinking and vitality to research activities. There are currently over 500 companies working with Science Foundation Ireland-

funded researchers. Over the past two years, the number of industry-academic collaborations reported by SFI-supported researchers has more than doubled. At an international level, SFI-funded researchers are working on over 1,700 collaborations with researchers across 58 countries. Recent Irish breakthroughs in the world of medical and technological research include the treatment of thyroid disorders, diabetes, asthma and the superbug C difficile; while the development of the world’s first junctionless transistor was developed by a research team at Tyndall National Institute in Cork. Researchers at UCD-based CLARITY research group are working closely on new sports television broadcasting capabilities in partnership with the research division of the world-renowned Walt Disney Company. Exciting times! The most outstanding achievements by our up-and-coming researches are recognised at the highest level by Science Foundation Ireland. The President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA) is Science Foundation Ireland’s most prestigious award to recruit young researchers currently based around the world to carry out their research in third level institutions in Ireland. The award recognises outstanding engineers and scientists who, early in their careers, have already demonstrated or shown exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. Whether your strengths are in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, agricultural science, engineering, geography or technology, there is a clear path of research in front of you here in Ireland, and opportunities to establish a successful career on Irish soil. If you have any questions about scientific research supported by SFI, please see www.sfi.ie.


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nterested in building bridges (real ones – not flimsy metaphors)? Designing and creating prosthetic limbs? Manufacturing chewing gum? Powering a city? If any of these, or practically any endeavour that requires the building, design or manufacture of an object is of interest, then engineering is for you. Engineering is a great career for a number of reasons. The prospects are good despite the downturn. In April of 2011 Engineers Ireland estimated there are 1,200 job vacancies in the sector. The career offers great options, to work as an employee or self-employed, at home or abroad - where opportunities are also plentiful. The work itself is challenging, creative and endlessly rewarding as practitioners move from one project to another.

Education Readers have two basic options when it comes to choosing a course: to select a general engineering programme that provides an overview before allowing students to specialise, or a specialised programme if you know exactly what branch of engineering is for you. General introductory engineering degrees are available from NUI Galway, Trinity College, University of Limerick, DCU, DIT, Cork IT, UCD and IT Blanchardstown. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles of engineering (chemistry, physics, applied maths, etc) in year one, before specialising from year two onwards. Different colleges provide different specialist options (e.g. Civil, Mechanical, Electronic, Computer and a joint Electronic/Computer programme in Trinity; Computer Engineering or

Engineering Career Profile Justine Butler, chemical engineer From a young age, I enjoyed understanding how things worked and had an interest in problem solving. Even if it was just fixing the TV without using the instructions and logically solving complex teenage problems, I found it very satisfying. I studied chemical engineering in UCD and graduated in May 2006. For my 3rd year summer experience and my first job after graduating, I worked for Arch Chemicals in Swords. Arch Chemicals is a Biocides Manufacturing Company which manufactures two products used in shampoo and paint. I was involved in monitoring batch data and co-ordinating shut down projects, such as installing new equipment. I have been working for DPS Engineering since November 2006. DPS Engineering is an engineering consultancy that operates in areas such as pharmaceuticals, oil and gas,

Mechatronics in Blanchardstown), so a little research is required. A wealth of specialist engineering programmes also appears in the CAO Handbook. A non-exhaustive list includes Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. Awards are available from Level 6 to Level 8. Although the subjects are hugely diverse, there are common themes such as the development of scientific understanding, mathematical ability and problem-solving skills.

The Work Civil engineers are involved in every element of the construction process, from the planning stage, right through to the cutting of the ribbon on the finished building, road, facility or pipeline. General civil engineers work closely with builders, surveyors and specialised civil engineers to oversee all elements of a project, dealing with the site, people and materials involved. Electronic engineers work in many industries. In telecommunications they design, install, and maintain transmitters, satellite equipment, and the ever-expanding range of IT devices. The installation, upkeep and improvement of manufacturing equipment and systems also require the services of an electronic engineer. Electronic engineers also play a key role in the design of new products – everything from mobile phones to aeroplanes. They use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to produce models of the product. This is then tested to ensure it works properly, and to allow the engineer to smooth out any problems in the

microelectronics, adhesives and beverage production, with offices in Ireland, Holland, Singapore and the United States. I am a Process Engineer working on multiple projects, from the designing of process equipment through to site activities which involves commissioning, and qualifying pharmaceutical equipment. Basically I design pharmaceutical facilities which meet international regulations and adhere to the client’s requirements. I then test the equipment on site to ensure the design works. My clients include Ipsen Biopharm, Schering Plough, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Pfizer and Bristol Myers Squibb. I have enjoyed every project that I’ve worked on in different ways. I don’t get bored of my job as there are always new projects, new clients and new technologies to be learned. It can be a challenge being a consultant as you are seen as the expert and therefore need to be ‘on the ball’ at all times with your client. There is great satisfaction in my job and all areas of engineering as you design equipment and then see your design implemented. I feel a sense of achievement knowing that I’m helping people build facilities that make medicine. In my 5 years’ experience I have been fortunate to work on

design. The final step can then be to oversee the production of the new product on a large scale.

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Mechanical engineers design, build and install new products or machinery, or improve existing models or products. Whether you end up working on jet engines, prosthetic limbs or software programmes, the principles are basically the same. Research and development involves lots of time spent in the laboratory, carrying out tests and feasibility studies; using complex machinery and computers to work out which material is ideal, how the device should work, which components are required, and so on. When a product is ready to be built, a prototype is designed (this could be a miniature model, life-size replica or computer simulation) and subjected to rigorous testing both in the laboratory or factory and in the real world.

Did you know? The German-made Enercon E-126 is the largest wind turbine in the world. It can generate up to 7 Megawatts of power and the highest point is 198 m (650 ft) above the ground. The total weight of the turbine tower is about 6,000 tonnes.

Further Resources • STEPS Programme – information about engineering courses and careers: www.steps.ie • Engineers Ireland: www.engineersireland.ie • The Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world: www.burjkhalifa.ae

very interesting projects and had the opportunity to travel to Milan, Florence, Amsterdam and many places in the United Kingdom. I lived in the UK for 18 months and gained a huge amount of experience. There is always something new to learn so there is never a dull moment being an engineer. The best way to determine what career will suit you is to look at your current subjects. What is your favourite subject? What subject do you do for homework first? For me, this was maths and chemistry. These subjects were my favourite but they still required time and effort and this showed in my results. Don’t be put off by spending time on understanding these subjects as once you get it, you won’t forget it. Science and maths are not only used in school, they are prevalent in our everyday lives so an understanding of them is beneficial. The opportunities in engineering are vast, with jobs available in Ireland and abroad. Other than the known areas of civil and structural, you can work in a number of areas such as pharmaceuticals, biomedical, renewable energy, oil and gas, food production, computing and electronic.


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mathematics & physics

Physics encompasses a wide spectrum of interesting areas, from the study of planets to the workings of microwaves. In general physicists focus on matter and energy, and the sometimes tempestuous relationship between them. A various number of industries employ physicists to aid development and the manufacturing process. They can assist all kinds of businesses with any number of problems; the only certainty is that the prospects are substantial. It wouldn’t take Einstein to figure out why this is a good career choice, and he had no experience of career guidance anyway… Mathematics, like Physics, suffers from an image problem. But a third level education really brings it to life. You will see how the language of maths brings computers to life; can calculate the statistical probability of anyone ever defeating Barcelona; and the role it plays in disciplines such as Theoretical Astrophysics, which exist at the very edge of human knowledge. Indeed, theoretical Mathematics has often been compared with poetry and painting due to its aesthetic value and its reliance on creative inspiration. Still sound dull? Both these topics are fairly demanding at third level, so it is important for potential students to have a strong interest and capability in the area. These qualities will ensure good financial rewards, multiplied by serious job satisfaction, to the power of many career options.

education Physics degrees are dedicated to either theoretical or applied branches, or they involve a combination of both. Theoretical physicists ask awkward and important questions. How did the universe begin? What is it made of? What is the nature of time? Why can’t I stop asking questions? They seek to develop a rigorous understanding of the laws of the physical world and generally work for research institutions or universities, or conduct highlevel research for organisations. Applied Physics seeks to find practical applications and solutions to real world problems. For example, applied physics knowledge and experiments can assist with the development of advanced industrial and engineering materials, new energy sources, medical equipment, microelectronics and laser optical devices. Astronomy is a highly popular pastime among amateur enthusiasts but Physics with Astronomy (or Astrophysics) takes it a step further: studying the latest knowledge in space science and technology, black holes, star formation and cosmology. In addition, students often have the exciting opportunity to work with the latest date recorded by telescopes and observatories around the world.

Physics and Instrumentation courses examine the latest technologies used to measure and control variables such as temperature, light and pressure. Graduates work in inventing and developing devices, ranging from electric guitars to ultrasound machines. Various types of Mathematics degrees are provided at third level. It can be studied as part of most Arts Degrees; and in conjunction with Physics in UL and NUI Maynooth. Mathematics (or Mathematical Science) degrees introduce students to core topics such as Analysis, Geometry, Algebra, Computing, and Statistics. Studies are usually divided into Pure - examining theories such as Quantum Mechanics and solving mathematical problems for their own sake; and Applied – which applies Mathematics to real world problems in technology, economics, etc. As the degree progresses, students become adept at solving ever more complex problems, and should be able to generate and critically analyse their own mathematical hypotheses. By third year, students are usually free to specialise in this areas that particularly appeal to them. The business world relies strongly upon those with mathematical ability. Degrees in Financial Mathematics, Mathematics with Economics and Actuarial Mathematics produce the skilled graduates they seek. Students learn how quantitative information can help in making important commercial decisions, e.g. the market research conducted before a product is released. Mathematics is also widely applied in the financial world in the solving of problems such as pricing financial products, and the modelling and analysis of financial markets. In economics, statistical analysis is used in economic forecasting. Econometrics is the testing and analysis of economic principles and theories using statistical methods.

the work There are a huge number of career paths open to physics graduates in areas as diverse as astronomy, financial risk analysis, weather forecasting, computer game development, medical device manufacturing and telecommunications. Physics is arguably the most theoretical of the traditional science disciplines. Physicists try to understand how things work by developing simulations and models, designing and carrying out experiments, using mathematical equations, and writing up their observations and findings in reports and scientific papers. Most physicists divide their time between the laboratory and the computer. Physicists use super-fast computers to develop a model or theory and test it, with the computer performing many of the difficult and timeconsuming calculations and raising any

problems or errors. Then it’s off to the lab, where machines such as electron microscopes, particle accelerators, radioactive tracers and spectrometers are used to test whether the theories work in practice. Depending on your interests and the subject options chosen during your degree, Mathematics graduates could end up working in finance, accountancy, computing, industry, investment, meteorology, IT, engineering, software design, economics, healthcare, energy, education, research, the government or the environmental sector, to name but a few. Theoretical mathematicians are involved in the advance of mathematical knowledge, developing new principles and recognising previously unknown relationships between existing mathematic principles. Many theoretical mathematicians are employed as university lecturers and divide their time between teaching and conducting research. Applied mathematicians use theories and techniques such as computational methods, to formulate and solve practical problems in business, government, and engineering; and in the physical, life, and social sciences. For example, they could analyse the most efficient way to schedule airline routes between cities, or examine the safety and side effects of new drugs across a section of the population.

Did you know? According to the laws of physics ordinary, visible matter like stars and planets only account for 4.6% of the universe’s mass. Dark matter and dark energy make up the rest, or at least they should in theory. The problem is no one has been able to prove their existence.

Further resources • Maths Week: www.mathsweek.ie • Institute of Physics in Ireland: www.iopireland.org • Astronomy Ireland: www.astronomy.ie


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Aviation The aviation industry has encountered a good deal of turbulence in recent times. In all likelihood however this will do little to lessen the competition for posts in aviation, as the travel and perceived glamour make it a very popular career choice. There are varying roles to consider: pilots, cabin crew, air traffic controllers and maintenance engineers are the most typical roles in the aviation industry, and different skills and qualifications are necessary for each.

Education DCU’s 4-year BSc in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies is the only course in the CAO Handbook that offers pilot training. The programme includes a work placement in third year and a choice in fourth year allows students to specialise in commercial piloting or aviation management.

There are a number of private organisations and schools that are licensed by the Irish Aviation Authority to provide pilot training (these course providers are listed on the IAA website below). Courses mix theory and practical elements, and you will have to complete a set amount of flying time to gain your professional pilot’s licence, which allows you to apply for jobs with airlines. A dedicated Aeronautical Engineering degree course is provided by the University of Limerick. Students tackle the fundamentals of engineering in first year (enabling a switch to UL’s other engineering programmes if you so wish), before specialising in the aviation business and aeronautical engineering topics such as Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Design, Aircraft Stability and Control, Aircraft Propulsion, and Aircraft Structures in the following years. Graduates can pursue careers in aviation engineering, maintenance, design and management.

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DIT’s three-year Degree (Ordinary Level) in Aviation Technology prepares students for a wide range of technical and operational roles. Another route to ‘hands-on’, mechanical roles is through the apprenticeship in Aircraft Mechanics with FÁS, which involves a mixture of classroom education and on-the-job experience. Please be aware however, that FÁS was set to undergo re-structuring and renaming at the time of writing. Shannon Aerospace also runs traineeships for wouldbe Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Aircraft Spray Painters. The Irish Aviation Authority trains student air traffic controllers at its training centre in Shannon. The course lasts two years and the entrance requirements are a Leaving Certificate with five passes (including English and Maths) with a Grade C in at least two higher-level papers. You must be 19 years old to apply. You study theory classes such as Air

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, What s my career? Law, Navigation, Theory of Flight and Meteorology as well as Radar and Aerodrome skills, plus on-the-job training at an airport. Cabin crew don’t usually need a third level qualification, and you apply directly to the company or airline. An outgoing personality and good customer service skills are required, while a second European language, physical fitness and sales skills are also useful. Employers will provide a preliminary training course that covers areas such as customer service, first aid, flight and communications theory and safety procedures.

The Work Most aviation graduates work in the passenger industry. There are also opportunities in freight, defence (air force), instruction and management roles. It can be difficult to break into the aviation sector, as it is traditionally a popular choice for jobseekers. Before take-off, the captain/pilot meets with other flight crew staff and checks the serviceability of the aircraft and its systems. The pilot then studies the procedures to be used for take-off and ‘climb’, the route itself

and descent and landing, as well as checking the weather forecast and amount of fuel needed. Take-off and landing are generally the most active times of the flight – once airborne, most aircraft can be put on autopilot and the pilot sets the controls and monitors that it flies correctly. During the flight, pilots must also maintain contact with air traffic control and perform checks on all the aircraft systems. Air traffic controllers plot the routes that air traffic takes through the air to make sure planes land and take off safely and on schedule. Each might have responsibility of their own section of airspace and communicate directly to the pilot to give information, instructions and advice on exactly where and when to land. Maintenance engineers’ responsibilities include performing checks on the plane’s engines and fuselage before each flight, and investigating glitches and faults as they arise. Engineers can also be involved in replacing old or damaged structural parts of the plane, as well as refurbishing the cabin interiors. Cabin crew are responsible for the care and safety of passengers during flights. They ensure the aircraft cabin area is safe, clean

and tidy, serve food and beverages, deal with troublesome passengers and make safety announcements. Some cabin crew may have to write flight reports after each flight, while others will have supervisory and management responsibilities. Cabin crew also have to be prepared for emergency situations, when they may have to use safety equipment and first aid.

Did you know? Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose flying boat still holds the record for the largest wingspan at 97.5m. It made only one test flight in 1947 and was made of wood due to a wartime shortage of materials.

Further Resources • Crewlink – one of Europe’s largest cabin crew recruitment agencies: www.crewlink.ie • Irish Aviation Authority (IAA): www.iaa.ie • Shannon Aerospace: www.shannonaerospace.com

Event Management If you think you could organise a glamorous party in a graveyard, in two hours, during a snowstorm, in a particularly under populated area of rural Ireland – then event management could be your calling. Meeting the needs and wants of individuals is the foundation of the industry. Most companies provide their services on a general basis, i.e. they could be hired to organise the launch of the new Ross O’Carroll Kelly book or the annual meeting of a sheep-farmers confederation. No event is too small or obscure. To really flourish in this sector you must have a combination of business acumen and social skills in abundance. Specific knowledge of a particular area can also be vital at times, for example, knowledge of current music would aid the organising of a charity concert.

Education Event Management degree courses are available from Dundalk IT, Limerick IT (with Business), DIT, Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo (with Tourism) and Dublin Business School (with Marketing). The courses are taught in the context of a business and marketing outlook. Subjects covered include market research, fund raising and sponsorship, using IT and database software in event management, current legal requirements, and financial accounting. Students will be taught how the latest event management practises are being applied across various sectors – tourism, sporting, conferences, charity, etc. Students of the Institutes of Technology courses take part in a work placement.

Event Management is also increasingly provided for in further education. As well as dedicated courses, programmes are available in conjunction with TV Studies (Limerick College of Further Education), Tourism Studies (Sligo College of Further Education and Bray Institute of Further Education) and Advertising Studies & PR (Cork College of Commerce).

Work Graduates of event management can work in a variety of organisations and career areas: corporate conference and exhibition organisers, tourism organisations, hotels, public relations, venue management, sports tourism, community development and the arts and music sectors. Once the client has supplied the task or assignment, it is then the responsibility of the event manager to carry out intensive research (usually there are time constraints) and compile detailed proposals for the planning of the event. A clear breakdown of venue suggestions, budgetary proposals and timetables should be outlined. A publicity campaign often accompanies larger events; the event manager needs to promote the event by contacting media such as TV, radio, Internet and newspapers. Public relations work also involves writing press releases and helping to design ads that convey the precise feeling of the event to the targeted audience. Venue management is an integral part of a successful event; this involves tasks such as organising caterers

and ensuring the required equipment (e.g. IT facilities for a conference, stands for a trade exhibition) is present and correct on the day. Strict legal regulations exist regarding events with large audiences, an event manager must ensure all insurance, security, and health & safety requirements are met. A sociable and affable persona can greatly assist potential event managers. Communication skills are also a prerequisite as connecting with the client is imperative. A skill for multi-tasking is of huge benefit to those in this field, and a certain amount of artistry and innovation is also necessary. Time management and delegation techniques can save money and simplify a process. These qualities can spell sensation or ruin depending on the manner they are used.

Did you know? More than 5 million people attend the Oktoberfest in Germany each year, consuming over 7 million litres of beer in the process.

Further Resources • NEO (Network for Event Organisers) Ireland: www.neoireland.com • Association of Irish Festival Events (AOIFE): www.aoifeonline.com • National events directory: www.discoverireland.ie/whats-on/


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A satisfied customer; we should have him stuffed, joked the best-loved hotel manager of all time Basil Fawlty. The humour of this statement is born from its truth: running a hotel can involve crises as well as calm and disgruntled customers along with satisfied clients. It is a role that involves a great deal of hard work, late nights and early mornings; a good hotel manager is always available. The industry is in a tough situation considering the recent slump in the industry and the previous boom when hotels were constantly expanding, with establishments providing an ever-increasing array of services, from golf to exercise and spa facilities, catering for every demand. The need for hands-on, managers to effectively oversee all these facilities and make them profitable has never been more necessary. The global fall in spend on services means that hospitality managers – from bars and restaurants to nightclubs and hotel divisions (e.g. food and beverage, accommodation) – have to work harder and exhibit greater expertise in order to attract customers. If a slapdash approach sugar-coated in Irish charm ever worked in the past, it certainly won’t do anymore.

education Due to the practical skills needed to success in the industry work experience plays a big part of hotel management courses. Students generally take work placements (often abroad) for a minimum of six months to get hands-on experience and training. Hotel Management degrees are available from IT Tralee, Galway-Mayo IT, Athlone IT and Shannon College of Hotel Management.

Courses include a combination of vocational and theoretical training. Academic subjects include Strategic Management, Finance, Marketing, IT and Hospitality Law. You will also learn technical, supervisory and problemsolving skills. The courses also provide a thorough grounding in practical tasks such as front office and reception techniques, accommodation management, and food and beverage services. Field trips and in-house work practice utilising college catering and bar facilities also play an important role in the education of hotel managers. Hospitality Honours Degrees, Ordinary Degrees and Higher Certificates are available from Galway-Mayo, Tralee, Limerick, Dundalk, Cork, Dublin, Tallaght, Letterkenny, and Waterford Institutes of Technology - and Griffith College Dublin. These courses seek to produce rounded graduates with the full skillset (people skills, business acumen, and technical abilities: catering, bar management, etc) required for hospitality management. Students are introduced to the core skills required for management in all areas of the vast hospitality sector: HR Management, Accounting, Marketing, Food & Beverage Operations, Accommodation Management, and Tourism Studies. The International option in DIT, IT Tallaght, Griffith College and Letterkenny IT also include foreign language modules. Work placements and practical experience are a key element of all Hospitality Management degree courses. Front Office Management (encompassing customer service and reception) is a particularly important function for any business in the hospitality industry. It’s where most contact with that all-important person, the customer, occurs. IT Tralee, Limerick IT and Letterkenny IT provide front office courses. Typical modules include IT Applications for Front Office, Communications and Customer Care, and a Language. At plc level, St Tiernan’s Community School in Dublin and Waterford College of Further Education also provide courses. Bar Management courses are available from Athlone, Cork, Galway-Mayo and Tralee Institutes of Technology, producing entrepreneurial and flexible graduates. They are equipped to succeed in an increasingly challenging market, where the client base is increasingly discerning (e.g. in terms of food provision). Typical modules include Wine Studies, Introduction to Management, Accounting and Bar Service. Several Hotel & Catering plc programmes offer a non-management entry route to careers in hospitality, or alternatively progression to a higher education award in hospitality management. These courses also provide valuable experience with a work placement.

The Work Hotels usually prefer their executives to have experience of the nitty-gritty side of running a hotel, so graduates often gain experience in each element of the hospitality business (e.g. catering, accommodation) before becoming senior managers.

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Day-to-day tasks for hotel managers can include co-ordinating a team of other managers and senior staff, planning the hotel budget, deciding on menus, dealing with important or troublesome guests, interviewing and training new staff, planning advertising campaigns, overseeing facilities, improvements and repairs and liasing with other tourism professionals such as travel agents, tour reps and local tourist authorities. As well as managerial positions, the expansion of the hotel industry means that there are also a variety of executive positions open to graduates who, for example, may gain very responsible positions working for a large international hotel chain. Whether working in a hotel, nightclub or hostel, hospitality managers need to combine an ability to communicate in a warm and convivial style with customers, whilst applying business knowledge of budgets, accounts and the bottom line. An ability to motivate what are often (and unfortunately) low paid workers to giving their best, and making them feel like valued members of the business, is also an important attribute for hospitality and hotel managers. Reception/front office staff is vital in a well-run hotel. They receive guests, handle reservations, and often have accounting and budgeting responsibilities. An ability to speak a foreign language will greatly increase the chance of finding work in one of the more prestigious hotels.

Did you know? The Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Turkey is surely one of the world’s oddest, where guests stay in caves that served as a retreat for Byzantine monks a thousand years ago. Very comfortable apparently.

Further resources • Online directory of Irish hotels: www.irelandhotels.com • Luxury Hotel Awards: www.luxuryhotelawards.com • Barkeeper – online resource for hospitality businesses: www.barkeeper.ie


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Hotel Management Career Profile Dara Cruise, General Manager of The Ice House Ballina

Having earned his stripes in a successful family pub business, Dara decided to embark on a career in the hospitality industry and completed the Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management which has seen him rise to general management level by the tender age of 28. Dara joined the Burlington Hotel in 1997 as a trainee manager working in a number of back of house roles such as room service and kitchen, before moving to front of house. In 1999, he joined the Fitzwilliam Group at their flagship property in Dublin, gaining valuable experience in procurement and front office before being promoted to assistant bar manager where he helped develop and

position the bar as the leading cocktail venue in the nation’s capital city. In 2001 with the opening of Ireland’s first fivestar luxury hotel group in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Dara joined the Four Seasons Hotel group in the role as head bartender. A keen eye for detail, a passion for the business coupled with a strong work ethic saw Dara progress quickly up the ranks of the world’s leading luxury hotel provider, culminating in becoming the manager for the group’s first style bar venture. A regular haunt of the rich and famous, Dara developed ‘Ice’ into a multi-million euro turnover operation, establishing the bar as an internationally recognised market leader in Ireland. This success was achieved through impeccable service, an original cocktail list and the largest selection of vodkas available in Ireland.

In 2007, Dara embraced his biggest challenge to date and opened the Ice House, a unique boutique hotel in the West of Ireland where he is currently responsible for the daily operation of the hotel, including its 50 strong staff, sales, marketing and finance. The hotel has since won numerous coveted awards including best newcomer and best hotel restaurant amongst many others. Dara identifies that to be successful in the industry is to be determined, stay focused and work hard. The hours are long however success is only around the corner and can be achieved at a young age with the right attitude. Some words of advice? ‘Gain international experience and work at the top level to learn all the tricks of the trade before setting out on your own. The opportunities are endless and if you enjoy working with people and diversity in you daily life, you will love the hospitality industry,’ he says.

Sports & Leisure Sport is now a professional sector of the Irish economy with recent years witnessing an increase in gym membership, and a growing appreciation for a scientific approach to exercise and performance. This steady growth has led to the creation of large numbers of jobs in the industry and has made it a viable career path for those with an interest in this area. Management, education and coaching are just some of the roles involved, so experience with fitness techniques is not enough. A third level course is a valuable asset in this profession as it explores business and management aspects, as well as physical performance.

Education Readers who are particularly interested in sport and exercise performance, how the body works and how that extra burst of speed or ounce of strength can be achieved, will enjoy a degree in Sports Science. Available from UCD (Science – Health & Performance), DCU, IT Tallaght, IT Carlow, UL and Athlone IT, these courses examine all the scientific aspects of sport: Sport and Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition, Sport

Psychology, Sports Injury and Treatment, Coaching, and Pharmacology. Many other Sport & Leisure CAO courses provide modules on coaching and physical performance, while also focusing on the managerial and business aspects of sports. Providers include institutes of technology (Athlone, Blanchardstown, Letterkenny, Limerick, Waterford), UCD (Sport & Exercise Management) and the Tipperary Institute. Administrative and sports development modules include Marketing, Sport/Leisure Facility Management, Accounting, IT and Sport Law & Regulation. Interesting alternatives include code-specific Sport & Exercise degrees in football, rugby or GAA available from IT Carlow; Community Sports Leadership in Dundalk IT, which explores the positive influence of sports and physical activity in local communities and youth groups; the BEd in Sports Studies & Physical Education in UCC, which facilitates a career as a PE teacher or team manager in a second level school. Readers with a passion for the great outdoors will be tempted by degrees in Adventure Tourism Management and Outdoor Education & Leisure provided by IT Tralee and Galway-

Mayo IT respectively. The courses make full use of local landscapes in producing graduates ready for careers in activity tourism, expedition management and adventure activities. At plc level, the widely available Level 5 Certificate in Sport & Recreation is an excellent introduction to the above disciplines. Modules in this one-year programme include Anatomy & Physiology, Leisure Facility Administration, Sport Coaching (various codes), Health & Fitness, First Aid and a Work Placement.

The Work Graduates in the sports and leisure area work in sports development, sports marketing and sponsorship, sports club management and leisure centre management, along with many other sectors of the entertainment and leisure industries. Sports and leisure managers are responsible for the administration of sports centres and leisure facilities. They may also be in charge of the organisation and development of sporting activities. Administration tasks of sports or leisure managers can include


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Sports Science graduates can work in coaching or sport and health promotion and development. They are also in a position to pursue a sport research career in academic or corporate organisations.

Did you know? A US study revealed that 62% of sports related injuries occur during training rather than games.

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budgeting and financial management, hiring and training staff, advertising and marketing activities, purchasing materials and equipment and organising competitions and events. Ensuring the adherence to health, safety and legal requirements is an important part of the job.

sports equipment such as weights, pools and pitches, planning nutrition, training and fitness programmes, and coaching teams for competitions. People often start off as coaches or instructors and are then promoted to management roles when they have sufficient experience.

On the sporting side of things, leisure centre employees can be involved in maintaining

Sports Development Officers help people of all ages and levels of ability take part in sport

• GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association): www.gaa.ie

institutes of technology provide all third level tourism programmes.

tourism officers work in specific areas, such as heritage tourism or genealogy tourism.

Students taking a third-level course in Tourism will encounter a mixture of tourism-specific subjects such as Heritage, Culture & Tourism, International Tourism and Eco-Tourism, as well as general business modules like Financial Accounting, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Courses generally feature a language option (French, Spanish, German or Italian), while IT and Tourism Law courses are also included. There may be opportunities to spend a semester abroad, or to take a work experience placement as part of the course.

Tourism Reps are usually employed by a tour operator or hotel and tend to work in popular holiday destinations and resorts. The basic brief is look after, and possibly travel with, a group of tourists; greeting them at the airport, showing them the sights, organising activities, selling longer day trips, and also dealing with problems that arise such as lost luggage or faulty showers.

Tourism After a prolonged downward trajectory, recently launched figures (August 2011) reveal that foreign visitor numbers are on the up again, with an increase of over 15% on the same period in 2010. Good news for anyone considering a course in this sector, although tourism is always a major employer in Ireland – during good times and bad. A career in tourism can be extremely broad, from carting a group of Irish-Americans via the Ring of Kerry to organising a Patrick Kavanagh pub-crawl around Dublin: the possibilities are both endless and diverse. The industry calls for its employees to have a high level of specialisation and training, and foreign language capabilities are also very beneficial to your prospects. Despite our island status Irish people are well above the European average for taking holidays abroad, so for people with the right combination of business and marketing skills, a course in the holiday provision could also be an excellent opportunity.

education School leavers interested in tourism have a number of CAO options to choose from at ordinary degree and honours degree level. Courses titles to look out for include Tourism, Tourism Marketing, Travel & Tourism, Business and Tourism, and Tourism Management. The

There are also a large number of further education courses available in Tourism. The most widely available course is Tourism & Travel, which is good preparation for the travel agency and tour operator industries. Typical modules in a plc tourism course include Travel Agency, Retail and Service Skills, Customer Relations, Information Technology, Marketing and Tourism Analysis.

The Work A tourism officer essentially promotes a particular area – local, regional or national. The work involves devising and co-ordinating marketing campaigns, producing tourist information and organising festivals, events and exhibitions. It can also mean travelling to other countries to generate interest in your area, and working with local tourism businesses to help them improve their facilities and attract more customers. Some

• Irish Sports Council: www.irishsportscouncil.ie • FAI (Football Association of Ireland): www.fai.ie

Travel agency staff helps customers to decide on their holiday and travel plans. This involves checking the availability of tour packages, flights, hotels, car hire and coach operators, and making bookings on behalf of their clients. They also advise on issues such as vaccinations, visas, passports, insurance, weather conditions, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Did you know? According to the latest figures (2009), the top three destinations for overseas visitors are Dublin, the South West and Northern Ireland.

Further resources • Tourism Ireland: www.tourismireland.com • Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA): www.itaa.ie • Picktourism.ie: www.picktourism.ie

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and develop their skills. They can work in schools or youth groups. Some will be involved in improving community sports facilities, while others might deal with administration tasks for a national sporting body such as the FAI or GAA. Responsibilities can also include working on policy at national or local level, and trying to increase levels of participation across all sectors of society.


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where will i study? Dublin City University (DCU)

universities

National University of Ireland (NUIM)

University College Cork (UCC)

Dublin 9 Phone: 01 7005338 Email: registry@dcu.ie Web: www.dcu.ie

Address: Maynooth, County Kildare Phone: 01 7086000 Web: www.nuim.ie Email: admissions@nuim.ie

College Road, Cork Tel: 021 4903000 Web: www.ucc.ie Email: m&c@ucc.ie

DCU is located on an extensive 85-acre campus just three miles north of Dublin City centre. It is one of Ireland’s youngest universities, opening its doors in 1980 with an aspiration to modernise higher education with more innovative ideas. Its introduction of work placements (INTRA) as part of degree programmes is one example of how it has achieved this. There are over 80 programmes to choose from, split almost equally between degrees and postgraduates, with over 10,000 students in attendance.

After two centuries as a centre of learning, NUIM was finally recognised as a university in 1997. Around 8,400 students are enrolled in three different faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Science and Engineering; and Social Sciences. There were five new degree programmes introduced in 2008: Law & Arts, Business & Law, Science Education, History, and English.

Founded in 1845, University College Cork is one of Ireland’s leading universities. The University is vibrant and outward-looking with over 19,000 full-time students across all disciplines, including over 2,000 international students from 100 counties around the world.

Academic importance is combined with an emphasis on sports and recreation with the presence of the University Sports Hall, which is composed of a 25m swimming pool, a sauna, steam room, gym, sports halls, a five aside Soccer Centre and squash courts. There are over 40 sporting clubs to get involved with. ‘The Hub’ is home to great activity; the students’ union and recreational areas make it a lively social centre for all students. Information about accommodation (around 1,100 state-of-the-art rooms are available on campus) and the numerous student societies (upwards of 60) can be found here.

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) University Road, Galway Phone: 091 524411 Web: www.nuigalway.ie Email: info@nuigalway.ie NUI Galway provides an extensive choice of programmes across five Colleges and also offers a range of part-time and distance learning programmes. The University focuses hugely on continually developing and enhancing available options for potential applicants. World leading research drives teaching forward at NUI Galway; the learning environment is enhanced as students are taught by academics working at the forefront of their subject area and who bring the latest ideas and discoveries into the lecture theatre. However, NUI Galway places great emphasis on student life as well as on education. The ALIVE volunteering programme is one of the many opportunities provided for students to develop life skills outside the classroom. A €400 million investment programme was undertaken in recent years, the single largest capital development plan ever undertaken by the University. This included an impressive new Sports Centre and Swimming Pool, a Cultural Centre and a stunning new Engineering Building to bring the Engineering Departments together under one roof. The University’s location in the heart of Galway City means NUI students will benefit from all the facilities that a modern city has to offer. Galway has always had a reputation as a young and student-friendly city, with students accounting for 20 per cent of the population.

A €100-million building programme has recently been completed, resulting in up-to-date academic facilities and student accommodation. The campus also boasts the John Hume building - an impressive research facility. NUIM has an Entrance Scholarship Scheme for students who achieve 500 points or more in their Leaving Certificate examinations. Successful students are awarded €1,000. Sports are important at NUIM. Sports teams range from GAA and athletics to ultimate Frisbee and fencing, and there is an excellent sports and fitness centre that includes a floodlit pitch available for students to use. There are many societies that organise events for people with a variety of interests, and a very active Students’ Union. There are three on-campus accommodation centres at NUIM. Maynooth is 25 kilometres west of Dublin and is linked by buses and trains to the city centre.

Trinity College Dublin Address: College Green, Dublin 2 Phone: 01 8961000 Web: www.tcd.ie Email: admissions@tcd.ie Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest university (founded in 1592) and in 2010 was ranked as the 52nd best university in the world (THE-QS World University Rankings). The college is situated in Dublin’s city centre, and its campus combines beautiful old buildings with modern laboratories and lecture theatres. Trinity’s main library enjoys the privilege of receiving a copy of every book published in Ireland and the UK, a right it has held since 1801. There are 50 sports clubs at Trinity and approximately 100 student societies. There are many facilities such as bars, restaurants and a Students’ Union on the campus. Recent developments include the new Sports Centre, which is home to a 25-metre swimming pool. As the TCD campus is in the city centre, Trinity students don’t have to go far to find something to do off-campus. Introduced this year was www.tcdlife.ie - a website that seeks to provide information for students about societies and services. The TCD student residences are located on campus and at Trinity Hall at Dartry, near Rathmines. Oncampus apartments are usually reserved for final-year students and are located at different locations around the Trinity campus.

UCC was ranked 184 in the world’s top 200 universities by the QS World Rankings (2010), placing it in the top 2% of universities world wide. UCC is one of the leading research institutions and has been ranked second in the world for its research in the probiotics area. The University comprises four Colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science; and Medicine and Health. Students have access to all sorts of experience both inside and outside the lecture theatre. Involvement in sport and recreation is high with almost 150 clubs and societies to choose from. Almost all tastes and interests are catered for. The University campus is set in mature parklands through which the beautiful River Lee meanders, making UCC an oasis of learning and calm in the midst of a bustling city. UCC plays a vital role in the community life of the city and the region and is a proud partner in its development and success.

University College Dublin (UCD) Address: Belfield, Dublin 4. Phone: 01 7161555 Web: www.ucd.ie Email: studentdesk@ucd.ie UCD is a sprawling and leafy campus located four kilometres south of Dublin city centre. It was founded over 150 years ago and today upwards of 22,000 students attend the college in Belfield. There are over 70 degree courses to choose from and are all available through the following faculties: AgriFood, Nutrition & Environmental Science; Architecture & Landscape Architecture; Arts; Business; Engineering; Law; Medicine & Health Sciences; Nursing & Mid-Wifery; Science; Social Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine. Courses aside, UCD offers an impressive range of other amenities. Facilities on the campus include a sports centre, which consists of a number of sports halls, a gym, a sauna and a squash court. Sports clubs, of which there are around 60, benefit greatly from the vast amount of rugby, soccer and GAA pitches on campus. For the less sporty and more social there are a huge number of societies on offer; everything from comedy to chess is catered for. The Students’ Union is the mother ship for all student needs and information. Going hungry won’t be a problem here - there are currently 11 cafes and 4 restaurants on the sizable UCD campus. On-campus accommodation is provided in Belfield and Blackrock for approximately 2,500 students.


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University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland Tel: 061 202724 Web: www.csis.ul.ie Email: annette.mcelligott@ul.ie The CSIS Department offers some of the most dynamic, relevant and progressive undergraduate degree courses in the field. Fantastic facilities and dedicated teaching staff, provide school leavers with every opportunity to gain valuable qualifications while enjoying the exceptional educational environment at UL. Undergraduate courses are on offer in five areas namely, Health Informatics (www.csis.ul.ie/LM023); Computer Systems (www.csis.ul.ie/LM051); Computer Games Development (www.csis.ul.ie/ LM110); Digital Media Design (www.csis.ul.ie/LM113); and Music, Media and Performance Technology (www.csis.ul.ie/LM114). Facilities for undergraduate students include access to five computer laboratories, a recording studio that comprises a live room and two control rooms, a video editing suite and an electronics workshop. The nucleus of the CSIS Department is located in the Computer Science Building, which is also home to the ICT Learning Centre (www.ul.ie/ictlc/) and the Aroma Café. The Department is committed to cutting edge research. Apart from Lero (www.lero.ie) and the Digital Media & Arts Research Centre (www.dmarc.ie), other centres of research excellence are the Interaction Design Centre (www.idc.ul.ie), the Localisation Research Centre (www.localisation.ie), and the Biocomputing and Developmental Systems Group (http://bds.ul.ie).

Athlone Institute of Technology

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)

Address: Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Phone: 090 646 8000 Web: www.ait.ie Email: admissions@ait.ie

Address: Bishopstown, Cork Phone: 021 4326100 Web: www.cit.ie Email: info@cit.ie

Athlone Institute of Technology is a thriving, vibrant college located in the heart of Ireland. Home to over 6,000 students, AIT has four schools of business, humanities, engineering and science. Courses range from two-year higher certificates through to Master’s degrees and PhDs. AIT has partnership agreements with 230 universities and colleges worldwide and it is possible to study overseas at one of them as part of your degree. Many courses feature work placement opportunities, where students get to apply what they are learning in lectures to the real world. This is of enormous benefit when it comes to looking for work in today’s competitive jobs market. In fact, a mere 13% of the Class of 2010 were looking for work six months after they completed their studies. Students can also avail of world-class sporting facilities that will include a new indoor sporting arena, as well as an IAAF-approved athletics track, a FIFA 2-star astro-turf pitch, as well as GAA and rugby grounds, indoor sports arena and gym. An attractive sports scholarship scheme worth €4,800 over four years is also available. Finally, with so much focus on money-saving measures at present, it’s good to know that Athlone has some of the most competitively priced student accommodation in the country.

Cork IT’ programmes are provided by two constituent Faculties and three constituent Colleges. The constituent Faculties are Engineering and Science; and Business and Humanities. The constituent Colleges are the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, the CIT Cork School of Music and the National Maritime College of Ireland. The college encompasses four campuses, of which Bishopstown is the largest. It concentrates on business and science and is also home to the CIT Student Centre, which harbours a variety of services from the Students’ Union to a supermarket. Another of the CIT campuses is the recently redeveloped Cork Music School, and as the name suggests, it is the centre of music studies. It includes a library, over 50 studios, an auditorium, a theatre, a recording studio, and an electronic music studio. The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is located in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour, and boasts training facilities that are on par with international standards. Specialist areas include survival techniques, fire fighting, and jetty and lifeboat facilities. Between all separate campuses there are 42 student societies. Sports facilities, situated at Bishopstown, include a sports hall, gym, playing pitches, and tennis courts.

University of Limerick

Institute of Technology, Carlow

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

Address: Limerick Phone: 061 202015 Web: www.ul.ie Email: admissions@ul.ie

Address: Kilkenny Road, Carlow Phone: 059 9175000 Web: www.itcarlow.ie Email: info@itcarlow.ie

UL was established in 1972 and is situated just three miles from Limerick city. There are currently over 10,000 students attending. It offers programmes like Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Informatics & Electronics and Science. A recent addition was Journalism and New Media; the first undergraduate journalism degree offered outside Dublin. Two postgraduate courses in journalism have also been initiated.

Carlow is an expanding town with rapidly developing business and industrial sectors; the continued popularity of Carlow IT is unsurprising in light of this. 4,000 students form the college’s population and are involved in a diverse number of courses available.

Address: Admissions Office, 143 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 Phone: 01 4023445 Web: www.dit.ie E-mail: admissions@dit.ie

Courses include cooperative education and each year 2,000 students engage in paid, semi-professional work placements with over 1,600 employer organisations in Ireland and internationally. Ireland’s first graduate medical school enrolled its first students in September of 2007, enabling students to gain access to a course in medicine outside the CAO system. UL boasts over 57 societies catering to a wide variety of interests. There are three bars on campus and Limerick city is just a short bus journey away. The University Arena encompasses the largest indoor sports hall in the country, a health and fitness clinic, and a 50-metre swimming pool. UL is also home to centres of art including the University Concert Hall, which seats over 1,000 people and is a major cultural facility of the region. UL have five student villages on campus, providing 2,400 rooms for its students.

Courses in Business & Management, Engineering & Science, Computing, Humanities, Languages and Industrial Design are supplied at the Carlow campus, while at the Wexford site more courses in Business, Humanities and Architectural Technologies are provided. Links with companies like Braun Ltd and Lapple prove valuable for Carlow IT graduates each year. The Barrow Centre attends to the college’s on campus sporting needs; further afield the college has negotiated special rates for many of Carlow’s activity centres such as the Graiguecullen Swimming Pool, the Carlow Tennis/Squash Club and the Carlow Golf Club. There is an abundance of societies with a choice of everything from DJ-ing to astronomy. Anyone with an original (and good!) idea of a new theme for a society is provided with practical support and in successful scenarios, with financial assistance. There is purpose built accommodation within minutes of the campus, and an added bonus is that rent in Carlow is often much cheaper than that of other urban centres.

The DIT Act of 1992 formed DIT, bringing together six colleges of higher education to create the largest third level institution in Ireland today. DIT is composed of several venues scattered around Dublin city centre at the locations of Mountjoy Square, Bolton Street, Cathal Brugha Street, Aungier Street, Kevin Street, Adelaide Road, Rathmines, Portland Row, Temple Bar, Chatham Row, Grangegorman and Pembroke Street. It’d be difficult for someone not to find a course of interest to them considering the vast number of options available at each of these colleges. Six main areas of education are provided for: Applied Arts, Built Environment, Business, Engineering, Science and Tourism & Food. These are all divisible into more specific subjects. DIT is home to very impressive sporting facilities. DIT Bolton Street plays host to a fully furbished gym and sports hall while DIT Kevin Street is the site of a 18m swimming pool and a gym. There are over 40 sports clubs in existence in DIT; catering for all interests and capabilities in activities ranging from yoga to dodgeball. The Students’ Union (DITSU) is the largest in the country and encompasses over 150 societies ranging in theme from the political to the performing arts.

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where will i study? Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Dhún Dealgan Address: Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth Phone: 0 42 9370 200 Web: www.dkit.ie Email: schoolliaison@dkit.ie Dundalk Institute of Technology campus is positioned in Dundalk, Co Louth halfway between Belfast and Dublin. The campus is one kilometre from the main Belfast-Dublin- M1 motorway. Dundalk is served by the Belfast-Dublin Train corridor and there is daily bus links to Dundalk. DkIT offers students the opportunity to build their qualifications over time, from Higher Certificate through to Degree, Masters and Doctorate level. It seeks to provide a learning experience that is unique, and is committed to ensuring that students are afforded the opportunity to develop their full potential in a professional and supportive environment. There are over 4,000 full-time students and 1,000 part-time students. DkIT has four Schools, and each School has several Departments offering a wide range of courses. At present over 40 courses are available through CAO. Student supports on campus include an extensive Library and Information Resource Centre, Restaurants, Sports Facilities, shop, Access Office and Health Centre. The Institute has a fully equipped Nursing and Health Studies Building with hospital wards, an interactive A&E unit, and a sensory garden. The School of Informatics and Creative Arts has recently moved into the recently redevelopment PJ Carroll building which is fully resourced with extensive IT, video & film, music technology and creative media facilities.

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Address: Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Phone: 01 2394000 Web: www.iadt.ie Email: info@iadt.ie IADT offers innovative programmes focusing on visual and media arts, digital media and technology, and business and cultural sectors. It consists of three schools: Business and Humanities, Creative Arts, and Creative Technologies. IADT also hosts the National Film School. There is a wide range of specialist and exciting courses (Level 7 and Level 8 Awards) in Business/ Entrepreneurship, Arts Management, English, Applied Psychology, Audio Visual Media Technology, Computing/Multimedia, Visual Arts, Animation, Visual Communications, Modelmaking, Film and Television Production, Design for Stage and Screen, and Photography.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Address: Dublin Road, Galway Phone: 091 742305 Web: www.gmit.ie Email: info@gmit.ie GMIT, on the West coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is proud of its identity and role as a leading multi campus Institute of Technology in Ireland. As a student of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) you will have the opportunity to learn at one of the major centres of higher and further education in Ireland and gain a qualification that is recognised throughout the world. Galway has a population of 76,000 and is a student friendly and safe city. It has a vibrant cultural centre and is home to a host of dynamic international IT and medical technology companies.  The main campus is situated 2.5 Km. from the city centre and is surrounded by 3 student villages. Student services include full-time health, counselling and chaplaincy advisors, while the very active Students’ Union organises a plethora of activities and events. Support and individual help is provided for students who have special needs or disabilities. There is also a wealth of clubs and societies: aerobics, archery, badminton, diving, hockey, horse riding, art, drama and traditional music are just a sample of what is available. A great emphasis is placed on sports like hurling, soccer and Gaelic football.

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) Address: Blanchardstown Road North, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Phone: 01 8851000 Web: www.itb.ie Email: info@itb.ie The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown is the newest IT and is already home to 2,000 students. It is split into two academic schools: Business & Humanities, which deals with all areas of Business & Languages, Digital Media, Applied Social Care and Early Childhood Care; and Informatics & Engineering, which plays host to programmes like Computer Science, Engineering, Trades and Horticulture. Awards are made at Higher Certificate, Ordinary Bachelor Degree, Honours Bachelor Degree, and Postgraduate Degree levels.

IADT also offers a range of extra-mural courses in its summer and autumn schools, such as portfolio preparation courses.

The latest technologies are used at ITB: lecture theatres are equipped with full audio-visual suites, computer laboratories supplied with highspecification Internet-linked PCs, MAC labs, and computerised language labs. Specialised IT equipment is provided for both schools and the library, and potential students can take a virtual campus tour on the ITB website to get an idea of the college.

Students attending IADT enjoy excellent library, computing, studio, and other specialist facilities. Student services offered include a health centre, counsellor, access officer, careers officer, and writing and research tutors. A number of clubs and societies cater for all interests from rugby and martial arts, to music and acting

Sporty students are catered for with the ITB Fitness Suite, which supplies free membership to all ITB students. Some of the sports clubs in full swing include GAA, soccer, athletics, basketball, swimming, canoeing, judo, kickboxing, rugby, badminton, golf, boxing, and karting; so all interests are considered.

There is no on-campus accommodation at IADT, however college and Students’ Union officials provide assistance to students seeking accommodation in the locality.

ITB does not have on campus accommodation but information on housing in the area is supplied by the Admissions Office.

Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin (ITT Dublin) Address: Tallaght, Dublin 24 Phone: 01 4042000 Web: www.it-tallaght.ie Email: info@ittdublin.ie ITT Dublin began as an educational institution in 1992 and is currently providing programmes for upwards of 2,500 students. Awards given include higher certificates, ordinary degrees and honours degrees in each of the Institute’s three schools: Business & Humanities, Engineering and Science & Computing. The Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts might be of interest to the budding Jamie Olivers out there; this two-year course includes a 10-month paid work placement and gives great insight and experience of the chaotic world of gastronomy. ITT Dublin is in possession of the most ultra modern computing facilities. Students can freely access industry standard hardware: personal computers, printers, scanners, etc. Other beneficial services include the Disability and Access Office, in addition to the health, chaplaincy and library facilities provided. A huge range of societies and clubs are available, catering for everything from adventure clubs to volleyball, and provision is also made for the more mainstream sports such as swimming and soccer. There is no on campus accommodation in place for the students; however, a register is in place that lists all of the different housing available in the vicinity. This is provided by the Accommodation Service in the college.

Institute of Technology, Sligo Address: Ash Lane, Sligo Phone: 071 9155222 Web: www.itsligo.ie Email: info@itsligo.ie Some 5,000 full time and part time students attend this IT in the North-West of Ireland. The Institute offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across its three schools: Business & Humanities, Engineering, and Science. These schools offer many different courses in subjects as diverse as Tourism, Mechatronics, Environmental Protection, Performing Arts, Archaeology, Construction, and Physiology. The IT facilities in the college are first-rate. Internet access is available throughout the campus, in student accommodation and the Business Innovation Centre. Wi-Fi hotspots are scattered in various places and an online virtual learning environment is encouraged. Students at IT Sligo enjoy a diverse number of sports and recreational facilities, offering floodlit playing fields and training pitches, an all-weather athletics track and a large indoor sports hall. Students can get involved in a wide range of societies, everyone from a snooker enthusiast to a wildlife appreciator are catered for. Support in the college is regarded as fundamental: careers advice, counseling and health services are just a few of the basic ones available. Student accommodation can be found at four locations: Ard Nua, Yeats Village, Clarion Village and Gateway Rentals. Information and contact details are provided by the accommodation office.


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Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT)

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)

Address: Tralee, Co. Kerry Phone: 066 7145600 Web: www.ittralee.ie Email: info@staff.ittralee.ie

Address: Moylish Park, Limerick Phone: 061 208208 Web: www.lit.e Email: information@lit.ie

ITT is at the forefront of educational providers in the southwest, possessing a student population of over 3,500 students. It’s based on two campuses, both of which offer easy access to the town of Tralee.

Over 4,000 full-time students attend the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in one of its four schools: Art & Design, Engineering & IT, Business & Humanities, and the Built Environment.

There are three schools in ITT. The School of Business & Social Studies is divided into the Business Informatics Department; the Business Studies & Humanities Department; and the Hotel, Catering & Tourism Department.

LIT is an evolving institution of education with a €9.5 million refurbishment of the Limerick Arts & Design and a further development of €12.9 million for a new Learning and Information Resource Centre. The Millennium Theatre facilitates over 350 people for events such as recitals and other live entertainment.

The School of Engineering & Construction consists of the Agricultural and Manufacturing Engineering Department; the Civil Engineering and Construction Studies Department; the Apprentice Section; and the Accelerated Technician Section. The School of Science & Computing is made up of the Computing and Mathematics Department; the Chemical and Life Sciences Department; the Health and Leisure Studies Department; and the Nursing and Health Care Studies Department. College facilities include an aerobics studio and a fully equipped gym, and a sport and leisure Complex adjacent to the campus features a swimming pool and other amenities. The success of the GAA football team reflects the importance of sport: they won the Sigerson Cup three years in a row.

Insofar as sports and recreation are concerned, LIT doesn’t hold back. It encourages activities such as hurling, camogie, golf and Tae Kwon Do. The Institute also prides itself on its clubs with GAA, soccer and rugby being just a handful of examples. Interests in sport are catered for with the existence of three full size pitches and one all weather pitch. On the more social side, activities like taking part in the running of the student radio station are popular. The Student Union building at the Moylish Park campus is also a centre of activity, as are the two restaurant facilities. An accommodation service is also available to students.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

Address: Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Phone: 074 9186000 Web: www.lyit.ie Email: reception@lyit.ie

Address: Cork Road, Waterford Phone: 051 302000 Web: www.wit.ie Email: info@wit.ie

The Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is home to over 2,000 full-time students. The college offers courses in the areas of Business, Engineering, Science, Nursing, Computing and Design. In 2007 the Tourism College of Killybegs (TCK) became a school of LYIT, combining the food and hospitality sectors with those of technology and science. Demand for new courses in the area is such that eight new programmes were added: including Creative Digital Media, Architectural Technology, Early Childhood Care, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Security and Digital Forensics, International Tourism, and International Culinary Expertise. LYIT is continually expanding. Sports and recreation facilities are provided for in a new, multi-purpose centre, which houses the Students’ Union and the offices of the Institute’s clubs and societies, including those for diving, hill walking, canoeing, basketball and law. In addition, the nearby town of Letterkenny provides plenty of opportunities for socialising. A free health service is available to all students, and other facilities include a two-floor library with seating for 377 and 93 networked PCs. The Institute is central and so there are lots of accommodation types within a 20-minute walk of the campus. The Students’ Union compiles and updates a list of available accommodation each year.

Nearly 10,000 people are enrolled in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on a part-time and fulltime basis, making it the leading educational provider in the Southeast and the largest Institute of Technology outside of Dublin. Programmes are developed in the areas of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Science. WIT is based in four locations across the city. There are over 30 sports clubs flourishing at WIT, popular examples include the kayaking, judo and sailing clubs. All students enjoy access to the Waterford Crystal Sports Centre, as well as free entry to the Waterford Regional Sports Centre. With regard to the all-important social aspect of the college, there are a vast number of choices with 25 societies providing ample opportunity for participation. Some of the more active societies such as the Business and Social Care groups organise balls throughout the year. There are three accommodation options in the guise of College Fields, Manor Village and Balcea & Calder, and students are also in close proximity to the lively Waterford city, the fifth largest city in Ireland.

Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) Address: 96 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 Phone: 01 4970033 Web: www.cice.ie Email: info@cice.ie

The Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) concentrates on accommodating the training of primary school teachers for Church of Ireland and other Protestant denominational schools. It is one of the few Irish colleges that can provide a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree; the qualification that is necessary to teach in Irish primary schools. The primary focus of CICE is to provide a proficient supply of teachers to these schools; the B.Ed programme is taught jointly with the Department of Teaching Education in Trinity College (TCD). The ordinary degree runs over three years, with a further option of applying for an honours degree that would be achieved upon completion of a fourth year of study within TCD. The subjects developed over the three-year programme include childhood education, drama and music, religious and social education, and personal and health education (SPHE). CICE is located in Rathmines, a popular student area. The campus boasts a library, resource centre and sports facilities for a number of interests. Accommodation is also provided on-campus. The college’s affiliation with TCD means that CICE students are permitted to take advantage of the amenities on offer, including participation in TCD’s 50 sports clubs and 80 student societies.

Colaiste Mhuire / Marino Institute of Education Address: Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 Phone: 01 8057700 Email: info@mie.ie Web: www.mie.ie The Marino Institute of Education is a Catholic college that seeks to encourage and support the teaching and learning community of Ireland. It is a primary teaching training college with Catholic affiliations and is run by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The Christian values of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian and Presentation Brothers, are used as focus points and guidelines in the everyday running of the college. There are approximately 400 students enrolled in the college studying under the B.Ed degree course or the postgraduate diploma in primary teaching. St. Mary’s (Coláiste Mhuire) is the central building on campus. The latest addition to the MIE campus is Nagle-Rice Hall, which consists of four seminar rooms with computer interactive whiteboard facility, a lecture theatre with tiered seating, an outstanding sports hall and a spacious dining area. A library and restaurant are already components of the campus at Griffith Avenue. The building of the student apartment complex was finished in 2005 and is now open for applications; it consists of 320 rooms, in addition to various common rooms. Various interests are catered for in the extracurricular aspects of life at the Marino Institute, including sports such as Gaelic football, camogie, basketball and soccer.

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where will i study? Froebel College of Education

Mater Dei Institute of Education

St. Patrick’s College of Education

Address: Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin Phone: 01 2888520 Web: www.froebel.ie Email: admissions@froebel.ie

Address: Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Phone: 01 8086500 Web: www.materdei.ie Email: info@materdei.dcu.ie

Phone: 01 8842000 Web: www.spd.dcu.ie Email: admissions.office@spd.dcu.ie

The Froebel College of Education awards the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and Higher Diploma in Education (for primary teaching). Collaboration with NUI Maynooth was recently announced. All Froebel College’s courses and degrees are now accredited by NUI Maynooth. Classes will be taught on the Froebel Blackrock campus until September 2013, when Froebel College moves to NUI Maynooth, making it the only university in Ireland offering the full spectrum of teacher education on campus – from primary and secondary, through to adult and community.

The Mater Dei Institute was founded in 1966 as a third level Catholic college of education and it is an accredited college of DCU. There are over 500 students attending the institution where the fundamental focus is on the training of religious teachers for post-primary schools in Ireland. Professional training programmes for school chaplains is also now provided, in response to the increasing level of demand.

The name of the college transpires from the 19th century German educator and founder of Kindergarten: Friedrich Froebel, who advocated methods like learning through activity, the importance of exploration of environment, and acceptance of the individual. The college intends to teach its students the benefits of creating a progressive child-centred educational environment and an atmosphere in which work and play are treated as complementary rather than as opposites.

a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Studies and Religious Studies, which includes an option of taking either English, History or Music.

The undergraduate B.Ed degree lasts three years and allows graduates to teach in any Republic of Ireland school; applications are made through CAO. Froebel students can avail of the Socrates-Erasmus programme, which involves exchange agreements with 17 teacher education schools across Europe.

Two distinct undergraduate courses are provided: a Bachelor of Religious Education and

There are a wealth of societies and clubs on offer at the Mater Dei Institute: drama, music, dance, hill walking and GAA being just a small number of those existing in the college. Access to the DCU sports centre and 25m swimming pool is also provided under certain conditions. College services include a library, a canteen and a GP available free of charge. No accommodation is provided on campus. Provision is made in the DCU student village for Mater Dei students, although space is limited. However a list of available local accommodation is given to suitable applicants.

St. Patrick’s College of Education was first established in 1875 as a teacher training institution for denominational primary schools, and it retains a Catholic affiliation. Dublin City University (DCU) accredits all courses and so St Patrick’s students can benefit from the university’s facilities while retaining its sense of independence.

There are a number of different centres on the campus: the Drumcondra Education Centre, the Educational Research Centre, the Centre for Early Development & Education, and the Educational Disadvantage Centre. Also available is a new Pilot Project on Induction. This has been undertaken on behalf of a national collaboration with UCD, the Department of Education and Science (DES) and the primary and secondary teacher unions. The main aim of this is to develop a model of the best practices to assist newly qualified teachers in their first year of teaching. The three undergraduate programmes on offer are a Bachelor of Education, a BA in Humanities, and a Certificate in Religious Studies. Facilities on campus include a library, gym, language labs, art room and IT equipment. The Students Union has an abundance of clubs and societies on offer to students, and accommodation information and advice can be obtained at the administration office.

See the NUI Maynooth profile for further information.

Mary Immaculate College Address: South Circular Road, Limerick Phone: 061 204300 Web: www.mic.ul.ie Email: admissions@mic.ul.ie Mary Immaculate College is a university-level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, academically linked with the University of Limerick. The College has a diverse and growing student population of almost 3,500, enrolled in undergraduate programmes for B.Ed. and BA degrees, and in a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and Ph.D level. The College is situated in the southern suburbs of Limerick City and is within ten minute’s walking distance of the city centre, the main rail and bus terminus and a few miles from Shannon International airport. The city has a thriving cultural scene and is famous for its sporting tradition both in rugby and Gaelic games. The campus has undergone much change over the past few years with the recent construction of two new buildings - a state-of-the-art multi-purpose sports complex named Tailteann, which was voted Leisure Building of the Year 2008 by the RIAI, and more recently Teamhair/TARA, which consists of large lecture theatres, dedicated computer and teaching laboratories, and a 500-seat theatre. The College has an active and inclusive Students’ Union and a range of clubs and societies, including an equestrian society, a drama society and a radio society with its own radio station: Wired FM! Both on-campus and off-campus residential accommodation are available.

St. Angela’s College Address: Lough Gill, Sligo Phone: 071 9143580 Web: www.stangelas.com ­­­Email: admin@stangelas.nuigalway.ie St. Angela’s College is a college of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. This partnership is in place to expand the provision of university level education and research in the North-West of Ireland. In 1952, St. Angela’s College was founded as a College of Education for Home Economics Teachers and it is now the sole provider of the Bachelor of Education in Home Economics in the country. In recent years the College has expanded its profile of academic programmes in other areas and now includes the following: Nursing & Health Studies, Education, Special Needs Education, Theology, Food & Consumer Studies, Irish, Science, Economics and Social Studies. St. Angela’s has introduced a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Consumer Studies in order to cater for the increasing demand in Ireland for information relating to food and how it is consumed. The provision of such a broad range of programmes attracts students from all over Ireland and has lead to a dramatic increase of student numbers on campus. There is on-campus accommodation available and other facilities include a convenience store, a cafeteria, a fitness centre and a late night bus service that runs to and from the nearby Sligo town.

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles Address: Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Phone: 0504 21201 Web: www.stpats.ie Email: office@stpats.ie St. Patrick’s College has a rich history of learning dating back to 1837. The College offers a winning combination of state-of-the-art facilities, dedicated staff and a unique and friendly atmosphere. Students benefit from a stimulating and inclusive learning environment in a picturesque setting steeped in history and culture. The College offers two concurrent teacher education programmes, which fully qualify graduates as post-primary teachers. The BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies qualifies graduates to teach Business Studies, Accounting and Religious Education to honours Leaving Certificate level and the BA in Education, Irish and Religious Studies qualifies students as post-primary teachers of Irish and Religious Education. In 2011 the University of Limerick and St. Patrick’s College entered into an academic linkage. St. Patrick’s college programmes are accredited by the University of Limerick, meaning graduates are awarded University of Limerick degrees. Both teacher education programmes are also recognised by the Teaching Council and students are already registered with the Teaching Council on graduating. The College is extremely accessible due to its central location just off the Dublin to Cork motorway (M8) and under a mile from Thurles train station which is also on the main Dublin to Cork route. Programmes at the College are in included in the Government Free Fees initiative.


where will i study?

Address: Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Phone: 01 8373745 Web: www.allhallows.ie Email: info@allhallows.ie

All Hallows College is a college of Dublin City University and all degrees are accredited by DCU. The college specialises at undergraduate level in the teaching of Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, and English Literature. The postgraduate range of programmes focuses on leadership and management in the pastoral arena and the community and voluntary sector. The college also offers research opportunities at Masters and PhD level. All Hallows also offers a wide range of short seminars, courses and workshops as part of its Continuing Education Programme under its recently established School of Adult & Community Learning. The brief for this School is to make education and training accessible to the widest number of people and a new part-time Adult Learning BA started in September 2009, facilitating second chance learners. Other courses provided cover areas such as Spirituality, Human Development, Leadership, Teamwork, The Art of Stillness, pre- Marriage courses, Facilitation Skills, Spirituality and Literature and many more. All Hallows combines a commitment to the achievement of academic excellence with all the advantages of a small campus, and is committed to the individual development of its students.

National College of Art & Design 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8 Phone: 01 6364200 Web: www.ncad.ie Email: fios@ncad.ie The National College of Art and Design has been a recognised college of the National University of Ireland since 1996 and is the foremost provider of art and design degrees in Ireland at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; over 1,500 students are in attendance. The College is comprised of four faculties: Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture. A tutorial system is in operation throughout the college, and many of the courses on offer are project based. A student’s progress is monitored on project completion and at the end of the year with examinations. NCAD has no student residences. However, medical services, a student counsellor, a careers advisory service, a canteen and a Students’ Union are all available to NCAD students. The NCAD Library houses a collection of over 81,000 books and exhibition catalogues, the issues of 300 journals, and also the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) - a major collection of material relating to Irish art and design. NCAD students mount regular exhibitions where they can show the work they have produced during the year. In the past, many of the most successful Irish artists, designers and art teachers have studied or taught at the College.

Pontifical University St Patrick’s College Maynooth Address: Maynooth, Co. Kildare Phone: 01 7084772 Web: www.maynoothcollege.ie Email: admissions@spcm.ie Since opening its doors in 1795, St Patrick’s College Maynooth has established an impressive reputation for scholarship and learning. The Pontifical University has close links with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The two universities share the same campus and co-operate on a number of important academic programmes. Theology makes for an excellent discipline – combining research, critical analysis, independent learning and self-development. While a number of theology graduates currently use their qualification as a foundation for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and a career in teaching, many are now realising that the skills acquired during the three years of study have a diverse applicability. Theology graduates are valued for their academic training, their ability to reason clearly and their capacity to take an overview of the problem or situation confronting them. Like philosophy, theology is a valuable component of general education and the expertise gained in these disciplines is of value in many different career paths. Recent graduates of theology have entered into careers such as teaching, communication, publishing, chaplaincy, finance, business, journalism and social services (including both private and public sectors). Students who choose to study theology in Maynooth will come to share the College’s rich heritage and contribute to its evolving traditions.

Carlow College Address: College Street, Carlow Phone: 059 9153200 Web: www.carlowcollege.ie Email: infocc@carlowcollege.ie Carlow College is situated on a pleasant campus in the centre of Carlow Town. Since its foundation in 1782 the college has educated thousands of students, among whom there were poets, writers, teachers, priests, politicians, lawyers, artists and journalists, people who have made an important contribution to society, at home and abroad. Undergraduate programmes are provided in Citizenship and Community Studies, Humanities, English and History, English and Spanish and Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Humanities programmes include Philosophy, Theology and the Arts. Students come from all over Ireland, attracted by good academic reputation, a mid-town location, a student-friendly atmosphere and the lively student life which Carlow town offers. College facilities include the recently opened, stateof-the-art PJ Brophy Memorial Library; and the new Kathleen Brennan Student Resource Building, which comprises of a union office, a recreation space, counselling, nurse and chaplaincy rooms, and male and female sports facilities. Also on the spacious grounds is the unique National Centre for Contemporary Art and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, which officially opened in 2009. In 2007, Carlow College signed on an agreement with Trinity College, Dublin, which allows for a new strategic collaborative partnership in the Humanities and Social Sciences between the two oldest colleges in Ireland.

National College of Ireland (NCI)

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Address: Mayor Street, Dublin 1 Phone: 1850 221721 Web: www.ncirl.ie Email: info@ncirl.ie

Address: 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Phone: 01 4022100 Web: www.rcsi.ie Email: info@rcsi.ie

The modern campus of the National College of Ireland (NCI) is situated in Dublin’s IFSC, and has 40 other centres located around Ireland. The college was established in 1951 and now consists of three schools: the School of Business, the School of Computing and the School of Community Studies. Over 5,000 students are pursuing full-time and part-time programmes at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate levels. Subject areas include Business, Management, Human Resource Management, Financial Services, Technology, Computing, Informatics, and Humanities. All of the programmes provided are accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). NCI recognises the changing face of education by running distance learning and internet based courses that cater for a more diverse range of demands. The college is also well known for preparing its students for the working environment. NCI’s five-storey campus features lecture theatres, IT laboratories and library facilities, as well as excellent social and recreation amenities including a fully equipped gym and childcare facilities. There is on-campus accommodation in purpose-built student apartments.

For over 200 years the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has played a key role in the provision of Irish surgical and medical education. There are over 60 different countries represented in its student population of over 1,500. The RCSI is now a recognised college of the National University of Ireland and is generally recognised as one of Ireland’s most important medical research centres. There are four faculties: Dentistry, Nursing, Radiology and Sports & Exercise Medicine; and five schools: Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Nursing and Healthcare Management. There is also an open recognition of specialities with subjects like anaesthesia to ophthalmology covered. The RCSI also has a considerable international presence with schools in Malaysia and Bahrain. The campus is situated in the very centre of Dublin City on St Stephen’s Green and features modern facilities, including well-equipped lecture theatres, seminar rooms and laboratories, and an extensive medical library. Close links with Beaumont Hospital were also implemented when its Smurfit Clinical Sciences Building was opened in 2000. Student accommodation is available in either an apartment-style complex or a hall of residence, while various sports facilities are available both on the main campus and at Dardistown in suburban Dublin.

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where will i study? LIT Tipperary

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Address: Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary OR Cashel Court, Clonmel, Co Tipperary Phone: 0504 28000 Web: www.tippinst.ie Email: info@tippinst.ie In 2010 the Tipperary Institute joined forces with the Limerick Institute of Technology to form LIT Tipperary, thereby offering current and future students an expanded range of courses and student services, and an LIT backed qualification on completion of their studies. LIT Tipperary consists of two campuses in Clonmel and Thurles, which both offer courses within the three departments of the college: Business, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Rural Development. Full time and part time programmes are available. Subjects include Business, Rural Development, Software Development, IT Support and Multimedia & Communications; this list is expanded on a regular basis. Work placements are actively encouraged and assisted at LIT Tipperary, recognising the need for practical experience in ensuring future success in employment. Facilities available for students at LIT Tipperary include the Library and Knowledge Resource Centre, and computer facilities including multimedia packages and specialised language laboratories. Student services include careers, childcare, medical and accommodation assistance, along with a Students’ Union. The Thurles campus has two purpose built student villages, while there is a plentiful supply of accommodation available at very reasonable rates in Clonmel. Sporting activity is strong at the Institute with competitive GAA (both male and female) and soccer teams.

Ireland (CCoI)

Dress Designing

Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny Phone: 056 7761804 Web: www.ccoi.ie Email: info@ccoi.ie

Address: 6 Herbert Place, Dublin 2 Phone: 01 6763653 Web: www.graftonacademy.com Email: info@graftonacademy.com

The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) operates two full-time, two-year courses: Jewellery and Goldsmithing Design & Skills Course and the Ceramics Design and Skills Course. These two established programmes were developed to provide an intensive programme of learning to equip graduates with the practical skills required to pursue careers in the jewellery and ceramics industries.

The Grafton Academy of Dress Designing was the first Fashion Design College in Ireland, founded in 1938 by Pauline Clotworthy, a pioneer in the Irish Fashion Industry. It is a private college offering a 3-year full time professional Fashion Design course for the Irish and International Clothing trade. The approach to teaching continues to be a nonacademic, very practical experience with development of Design and Portfolio, Fashion Forecasting, Pattern Making and Garment Assembly. The training equips the graduates with excellent skills and techniques that are essential for working in the clothing trade and associated industries worldwide.

The Jewellery and Goldsmithing Design & Skills course is based in Kilkenny City and provides students with a solid skills foundation in the manner of a traditional apprenticeship. It offers a structured approach to teaching, providing students with the core technical skills for a career in the trade. The Ceramics Design and Skills course is run from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. The course combines the sound technical training required by the modern workshop and industry at large, and student’s creative development according to their talents and abilities. The ceramics skills course equips students for professional practice, e.g. students develop presentations skills to promote their work and to help to build relationships with buyers. Accreditation at time of going to press is certification from CCoI, with national accreditation being finalised for 2012 with National University of Ireland Maynooth.

Through the years, students have won many awards in both national and international competitions. Successful graduates, of whom there are many, continue to make a major contribution to the Irish economy, both in terms of job creation and exports. Many students are from Europe, the USA, Africa and the Far East. Numerous graduates have set up companies, some now operating with off-shore facilities. To maintain the highest of standards, the Grafton Academy has continuous assessments and formal examinations throughout the Diploma course.

CCoI also supports third level craft students and graduates through its award and grants programme ‘Future Makers’ (www.futuremakers.ie).

College of Progressive Education

Dublin Business School

Independent College Dublin

Address: 8-10 Rock Hill, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin Phone: 01 4884300 Web: www.progressivecollege.com Email: info@progressivecollege.com

Address: 13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 Phone: 01 4177500 Web: www.dbs.ie Email: admissions@dbs.ie

Address: 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Phone: 01 6725058 Web: www.independentcolleges.ie Email: info@independentcolleges.ie

Dublin Business School (DBS) has over 36 years’ experience in providing career-focused education in the heart of Dublin city-centre. With over 9,000 students, DBS offers a wide range of full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, executive, skills-based and professional evening diploma programmes in the areas of Arts, Business and Law.

Independent College Dublin offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate diploma and degree programmes alongside professional courses. The college is located in the heart of Dublin city centre, features 22 purpose-built lecture rooms across 28,000 square feet of teaching space, an onsite library, computer laboratories and cafe. The college is part of Independent News and Media PLC.

The College of Progressive Education specialises in the delivery of full time FETAC accredited care training programmes in the areas of Childcare, Special Needs Assistant, Montessori and Healthcare. The College has been a leader in care training since 1986. Programmes give learners the chance to study in a friendly and supportive environment. A full time coordinator looks after the needs of the students and provides guidance throughout the year. In addition, programmes give students the chance to obtain extensive work experience and the opportunity to show off their skills to prospective employers. The College arranges the placements and the student has the opportunity to work in a number of different centres. During the academic year students make many new friends and form lifelong bonds with their peers. Students are given the opportunity to grow in confidence and are actively encouraged to participate in all activities. In the current economic uncertainty where jobs are scarce, it is forecast that the areas of Childcare and Care for the Elderly will provide long term employment opportunities. The courses are designed to meet the needs of employers in these key areas. The College is available to contact through the details provided or by making friends on Facebook.

DBS School of Business provides employer-driven business education in areas such as Business Management, Accounting & Finance, HRM, Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Digital Media, Marketing, and Leisure & Recreation Management. The School of Arts at DBS specialises in the provision of contemporary programmes in the areas of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Social Science, Media and Cultural Studies, Journalism, General Arts, Film Studies and Literature & Drama. Included in the suite of Law programmes offered by DBS School of Law is the LLB (Hons) in Irish Law, which is fully recognised by all of the professional legal bodies in Ireland including the Law Society of Ireland and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

The College focuses on programmes that are relevant to today’s challenging workplace. Faculties include Accountancy, Law, Arts & Psychotherapy, Business and Media & Journalism. Programmes range from short evening courses to postgraduate degrees that train people to the highest standards. Programmes are internationally recognised and are validated by a range of institutions including HETAC, ACCA, the King’s Inns, the University of the West of England, and the Institute of Commercial Management. Students at the College enjoy access to excellent lecturing staff. The College has the largest student body in Ireland for professional accountancy, and regularly produces prize-winners in ACCA professional examinations, including two First in the World. The Professional Law School is the largest and most successful in Ireland for the Law Society of Ireland and Honourable Society of King’s Inns entrance examination preparation, producing 11 individual first place prizes and three Overend Scholar awards for highest marks since 2008.


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All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


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GY 120 GY 201 GY 202 GY 203 GY 204 GY 206 GY 207 GY 250 GY 251 GY 301 GY 303 GY 304 GY 308 GY 309 GY 310 GY 313 GY 314 GY 315 GY 316 GY 317 GY 318 GY 319 GY 350 GY 401 GY 402 GY 405 GY 406 GY 408 GY 409 GY 410 GY 411 GY 412 GY 413 GY 414 GY 501 GY 502 GY 503 GY 504 GY 515 GY 516 GY 517 GY 525 GY 526 GY 527

Arts (Environment and Society/Youth and Family Studies) (at St. Angela’s College, Sligo) Commerce Commerce (International) with French Commerce (International) with German Commerce (International) with Spanish Business Information Systems Commerce (Accounting) Corporate Law Civil Law Science Biomedical Science Biotechnology Environmental Science Financial Mathematics and Economics Marine Science Health and Safety Systems Earth and Ocean Sciences Physics and Applied Physics Physics with Medical Physics Physics with Astrophysics Biopharmaceutical Chemistry Mathematical Science Computer Science and Information Technology Engineering (Undenominated) Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electronic and Computer Engineering Biomedical Engineering Environmental Engineering Project and Construction Management Sports and Exercise Engineering Engineering Innovation - Electronic Energy Systems Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering Medicine Occupational Therapy Speech and Language Therapy Podiatry General Nursing (Galway and Portiuncula) Psychiatric Nursing Midwifery Mature Applicants General Nursing (Galway and Portiuncula) Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing Mature Applicants Midwifery

National University of Ireland Maynooth Co. Kildare

3 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 or 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 1 Year 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4/5 Years 4/5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 5/6 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

2009 Mid Points

2010 Mid Points

340 400 490 415 480 360 485 425 480 395 500 390 390 450 370 325 420 465 455 420 400 - 365 455 460 425 475 470 430 380 465 415 470 - 717 525 520 435 440 445 430 175 173 179

325 400 485 465 410 375 460 415 475 410 505 400 400 490 425 330 400 485 410 420 445 520 380 460 450 465 445 465 390 360 400 560 465 465 - 510 515 460 460 415 440 176 167 172

2011 Final Round Points

300* 360 475 400 380 355 420 385 450 370 515 415 385 430 400 350 365 390 355 390 415 455 390 400 400 435 405 425 470 325 380 490 410 445 729* 505 520 450 455 415 445 228* 224 228*

www.nuim.ie (01)708 3822 admissions@nuim.ie

incorporating Froebel College of Education Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.froebel.ie

MH 001 Education - Primary Teaching (Year 1 at Froebel Blackrock campus and Years 2, 3 and 4 at NUI Maynooth) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 465* MH 002 Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants (Year 1 at Froebel Blackrock campus and Years 2, 3 and 4 at NUI Maynooth) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 425 MH 003 Early Childhood - Teaching and Learning (part-time) - Level 8 (HD) - - - MH 101 Arts 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 410 410 380 MH 102 Music Technology 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 440 450 405 MH 103 Music 3 or 4 Years Level 8 (HD) # - # MH 104 Mathematics 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 535 550 510 MH 106 Psychology 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 520 495 505 MH 107 Social Science 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 420 395 395 MH 108 European Studies 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 430 405 385 MH 109 Media Studies 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 455 470 455 MH 110 Digital Media 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 390 405 365 MH 111 Anthropology 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 405 420 370 MH 112 Politics 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 400 370 350 MH 113 History 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 415 400 MH 114 English 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 470 475 445 MH 115 Law (BCL) and Arts 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 485 470 450 MH 116 Community and Youth Work - Full-time. 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - - # MH 117 Community and Youth Work - Part-time, In-service. 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - # MH 119 Law (LLB) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 460 MH 120 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) - Level 8 (HD) - - - MH 201 Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 390 395 375 MH 202 Biotechnology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 390 380 380 MH 203 Computer Science and Software Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 380 365 355 MH 204 Physics with Astrophysics 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 460 410 MH 206 Theoretical Physics and Mathematics 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 550 570 520 MH 208 Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 440 435 MH 209 Psychology (through Science) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 480 465 465 MH 210 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry. 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 365 405 400 MH 211 Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 370 375 355 MH 212 Science Education 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 485 480 470 MH 213 Mathematics Education - Mathematics, Mathematical Physics (Applied Mathematics) with concurrent Teacher Education. - Level 8 (HD) - - - MH 214 Computational Thinking - (Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy) - Level 8 (HD) - - - MH 301 Electronic Engineering with Computers 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 480 385 350 MH 302 Electronic Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 405 415 350 MH 303 Electronic Engineering with Communications 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 365 535 350 MH 304 Common entry to Computer, Electronic and Communications Engineering (Undenominated Entry) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 495 410 350 MH 305 Product Design 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 355 365 360 MH 401 Finance and Economics 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) 370 370 350 MH 403 Accounting and Finance 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 405 405 380 1

2

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Business and Management Equine Business Law and Business Business and Accounting International Finance and Economics Marketing Entrepreneurship

3/4 Years 3/4 Years 3 Years 3/4 Years 4 Years - -

Trinity College Dublin College Green, Dublin 2 TR 001 TR 002 TR 003 TR 004 TR 005 TR 006 TR 007 TR 008 TR 009 TR 012 TR 015 TR 016 TR 017 TR 018 TR 019 TR 020 TR 021 TR 022 TR 023 TR 024 TR 025 TR 027 TR 028 TR 029 TR 031 TR 032 TR 033 TR 034 TR 035 TR 038 TR 039 TR 051 TR 052 TR 053 TR 054 TR 055 TR 056 TR 071 TR 072 TR 073 TR 074 TR 075 TR 076 TR 077 TR 081 TR 082 TR 083 TR 084 TR 085 TR 086 TR 087 TR 089 TR 090 TR 091 TR 093 TR 095 TR 097 TR 911 TR 913 TR 092 TR 094 TR 096 TR 098 TR 912 TR 914 TR 803 TR 801 TR 802

2010 Mid Points

2011 Final Round Points

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

430 370 455 - - - -

440 385 465 405 410 - -

420 360 450 380 410 - -

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG Level 7 DP Level 7 DP

- **480 475 540 490 560 530 410 **500 535 540 - 570 570 525 570 560 375 515 550 ***525 360 415 460 510 480 430 475 535 420 - #737 580 530 510 530 545 490 570 520 490 490 490 485 505 420 450 465 510 460 435 455 475 425 #410 395 375 485 440 #164 #175 #151 #157 #176 #174 405 430 510

- 510 505 535 490 555 540 390 500 535 535 360 555 585 530 570 500 415 525 555 535 350 430 450 510 475 440 460 560 415 - - 590 540 510 530 525 495 555 540 465 505 460 495 505 420 465 485 525 465 445 420 495 425 405 380 375 500 450 173 179 161 158 188 174 470 415 515

- **420* 475 510* 460 550* 520* 385 **455 525 545 385 555* 550* 495 560 405 350 505* 530 ***455 375 425 475 500 410 385 385 520 390 - #741* 575 740 500* 525 520* 475* 550 535* 455* 510* 475* 470 480* 420 440 470* 525 450* 440 390 475 420 #400* 390* 385* 495 445* #221* #226 #207 #188 #232 #228* 460# 390* 525#

405 395 #440 #485 525 405 #470 #

395 415 430 485 515 425 475 -

345 390 #375 #410 500 400 #400 -

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MH 404 MH 405 MH 406 MH 407 MH 408 MH 410 MH 411

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www.tcd.ie (01)896 4444 admissions@tcd.ie

Two-subject Moderatorship - see page 60 of the CAO handbook for Subject-Option Codes Music 4 Years History 4 Years Law 4 Years Philosophy 4 Years Psychology 4 Years Clinical Speech and Language Studies 4 Years World Religions and Theology 4 Years Music Education 4 Years History and Political Science 4 Years Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology 4 Years Deaf Studies 4 Years Law and Business 4 Years Law and French 4 Years Law and German 4 Years Law and Political Science 4 Years Classics 4 Years Early and Modern Irish 4 Years English Studies 4 Years European Studies 4 Years Drama and Theatre Studies 4 Years Irish Studies 4 Years Ancient and Medieval History and Culture 4 Years Political Science and Geography 4 Years Mathematics 4 Years Engineering 4/5 Years Computer Science 4 Years Management Science and Information Systems Studies 4 Years Theoretical Physics 4 Years Engineering with Management 4 Years Computer Science and Language Medicine 5 Years Dental Science 5 Years Physiotherapy 4 Years Occupational Therapy 4 Years Radiation Therapy 4 Years Human Health and Disease 4 Years Science 4 Years Pharmacy 4 Years Human Genetics 4 Years Chemistry with Molecular Modelling 4 Years Medicinal Chemistry 4 Years Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials 4 Years Earth Sciences 4 Years Business, Economic and Social Studies (BESS) 4 Years Computer Science and Business 4 Years Sociology and Social Policy 4 Years Social Studies (Social Work) 4 Years Business Studies and French 4 Years Business Studies and German 4 Years Business Studies and Russian 4 Years Business Studies and Polish 4 Years Business Studies and Spanish 4 Years General Nursing (Meath and St James’s) 4 Years General Nursing (Adelaide School of Nursing) 4 Years Psychiatric Nursing 4 Years Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Years Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) 4.5 Years Midwifery 4 Years Mature Applicants General Nursing (Meath and St James’s) 4 Years Mature Applicants General Nursing (Adelaide School of Nursing) 4 Years Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing 4 Years Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Years Mature Applicants Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) 4.5 Years Mature Applicants Midwifery 4 Years Dental Technology 3 Years Dental Nursing 2 Years Dental Hygiene 2 Years

University College Cork (NUI) Western Road, Cork www.ucc.ie (021)4903571 admissions@ucc.ie CK 101 CK 102 CK 103 CK 104 CK 106 CK 111 CK 112 CK 114

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Arts Social Science Music Arts with Music Applied Psychology Early Years and Childhood Studies Drama and Theatre Studies Social Science (Youth and Community Work) - Mature Applicants only

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

3 or 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 or 4 Years 3 Years

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


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2010 Mid Points

2011 Final Round Points

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CK 115 Social Work - Mature Applicants only 4 Years Level 8 (HD) # CK 116 Sports Studies and Physical Education 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 490 CK 201 Commerce 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 470 CK 202 Accounting 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 510 CK 203 Business Information Systems 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 420 CK 204 Finance 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 480 CK 205 Commerce (International) with French 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 490 CK 206 Commerce (International) with German 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 CK 207 Commerce (International) with Italian 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 CK 208 Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 445 CK 209 Commerce (International) with Irish 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 505 CK 210 Government 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 390 CK 211 Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 410 CK 301 Law 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 500 CK 302 Law and French 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 535 CK 304 Law and Irish 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 545 CK 305 Law (Clinical) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 525 CK 306 Law (International) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 550 CK 401 Computer Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 350 CK 402 Biological and Chemical Sciences. 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 445 CK 404 Environmental and Earth System Sciences 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 440 CK 405 Genetics 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 460 CK 406 Chemical Sciences 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 CK 407 Mathematical Sciences 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 550 CK 408 Physics and Astrophysics 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 500 - Biomedical Science - Offered jointly by UCC and CIT - Level 8 (HD) - CK 502 Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 CK 504 Nutritional Sciences 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 490 CK 505 Food Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 375 CK 506 International Development and Food Policy 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 405 CK 601 Process and Chemical Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 510 CK 602 Civil and Environmental Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 510 CK 603 Energy Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 550 CK 605 Electrical and Electronic Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 470 CK 606 Architecture - Joint UCC and CIT programme 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 485 CK 701 Medicine - (Undergraduate Entry) 4/5 Years Level 8 (HD) #728 CK 702 Dentistry 5 Years Level 8 (HD) 580 CK 703 Pharmacy 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 565 CK 704 Occupational Therapy 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 525 CK 705 Speech and Language Therapy 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 520 CK 706 Public Health 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 CK 710 General Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 455 CK 712 Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) 4.5 Years Level 8 (HD) 520 CK 714 Nursing (International) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - CK 720 Psychiatric Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 420 CK 730 Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 430 CK 740 Midwifery 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 455 CK 711 Mature Applicants General Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #174 CK 713 Mature Applicants Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) 4.5 Years Level 8 (HD) #174 CK 721 Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #170 CK 731 Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #168 CK 741 Mature Applicants Midwifery 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #180 CK 791 Medicine - Graduate Entry 4/5 Years Level 8 (HD) 60*

- 490 455 505 410 465 475 455 410 425 470 375 435 500 525 525 520 560 360 440 425 465 400 550 505 - 415 490 380 370 500 495 525 460 470 - 580 555 525 525 405 460 520 - 420 415 455 171 179 166 166 173 607

- 480* 425 425 400 430 500 370 350 420 440 335 360 480* 535 500 520* 545 330 400 380 460 360 520 450 - 420 490 365 350 440 405 465 405 420 #734 570* 545* 515 520 375 440* 500* - 415 410* 455 #230 #244 #219 #218* #233* #56

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485 360 410 430 455 410 360 535 430 420 410 430

University College Dublin (NUI) Belfield, Dublin 4 www.ucd.ie (01)716 1555 admissions@ucd.ie DN 100 DN 120 DN 140 DN 150 DN 200 DN 201 DN 210 DN 230 DN 250 DN 251 DN 252 DN 261 1

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Architecture Landscape Architecture Structural Engineering with Architecture Engineering Science Computer Science Archaeology and Geology Actuarial and Financial Studies Agricultural Science Animal Science - Equine Dairy Business Food Science

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

3 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME) Level 8 (HD) 4 Years (BE) or 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME) Level 8 (HD) 3 or 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

- - - - - - - - - - - -

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Human Nutrition Forestry Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management Veterinary Medicine - Undergraduate entry Veterinary Medicine - Graduate Entry Veterinary Nursing Medicine - Undergraduate entry Medicine - Graduate Entry Radiography Physiotherapy Health and Performance Science Sport and Exercise Management Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences General Nursing Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) Midwifery Psychiatric Nursing Mature Applicants General Nursing Mature Applicants Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) Mature Applicants Midwifery Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing BA Degree - joint honours - full time BA Degree - joint honours - part time day BA Degree - joint honours - part time evening Economics English English with Drama English with Film Planning, Geography and Environment History Music Philosophy Psychology International French International German International Spanish International Languages (at least two of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Social Science. Law (BCL) Business and Law BCL Maîtrise Law with French Law (BCL) Law with History Law with Politics Law with Philosophy Law with Economics Commerce Commerce International Economics and Finance

4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 5/6 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4.5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4.5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years - 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 3 Years

University of Limerick Nat. Technological Park, Limerick www.ul.ie (061)202015 LM 020 LM 022 LM 023 LM 029 LM 030 LM 031 LM 032 LM 033 LM 035 LM 036 LM 037 LM 038 LM 039 LM 040 LM 041 LM 043 LM 044 LM 045 LM 046 LM 048 LM 050 LM 051 LM 052 LM 053 LM 055 LM 056 LM 058 LM 060 LM 061 LM 063 LM 064 LM 065 LM 066 LM 067 LM 068 LM 071 LM 073 LM 074 LM 076 LM 077 LM 080

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Law and Accounting Politics and International Relations Health Informatics Law Plus Irish Music and Dance Voice and Dance Arts (Joint Honours) New Media and English English and History Economics and Sociology Economics and Mathematical Sciences Psychology and Sociology Journalism and New Media European Studies Politics and Public Administration International Insurance and European Studies Applied Languages Languages, Literature and Film History, Politics, Sociology and Social Studies Irish and New Media/An Ghaeilge agus na Meáin Úra Business Studies Computer Systems Business Studies with a Modern Language (French) Business Studies with a Modern Language (German) Business Studies with a Modern Language (Japanese) International Business Financial Mathematics Mathematical Sciences Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry Technology Management Industrial Biochemistry Applied Physics Environmental Science Wood Science and Technology Food Science and Health Biomedical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Aided Engineering and Design Product Design and Technology Aeronautical Engineering Electronics

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

2011 Final Round Points

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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

520 360 345 565 # 450 #738 #58* 535 540 465 405 520 415 500* 455 395 #219* #220* #226* #216 355 355 355 440 485 360 415 390 455 #330 415 515 355 335 375 415 395 485 480 560 530 500 500 500 515 445 465 480

500 400 380 480 #405 #365 465 400 385 370 465 485 450 440 350 350 495 435 400 390 420 350 455 455 350 - 390 480 430 355 430 540 410 370 410 515 480 545 390 450 350

495 365 385 470 440 375 465 405 410 360 425 495 460 430 360 355 495 400 405 420 420 345 445 415 370 - 430 460 410 360 460 460 395 365 405 500 490 495 385 450 355

430 360 330 440 #325 #300 450 375 385 330 510 485* 435 375 330 315 460 355 375 400 390 340 390 405 390 - 395 360 370 325 380 385 365 305 360 415 400 410 370 410 320

admissions@ul.ie

4 Years 4 Years 4 years 4 years 4 years 4 years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years AQA # * **

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

2010 Mid Points

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DN 262 DN 271 DN 272 DN 300 DN 301 DN 310 DN 400 DN 401 DN 410 DN 420 DN 425 DN 430 DN 440 DN 450 DN 451 DN 452 DN 453 DN 460 DN 461 DN 462 DN 463 DN 500 DN 501 DN 502 DN 510 DN 511 DN 512 DN 513 DN 514 DN 515 DN 517 DN 518 DN 519 DN 531 DN 532 DN 533 DN 541 DN 550 DN 600 DN 610 DN 615 DN 616 DN 621 DN 622 DN 623 DN 624 DN 650 DN 660 DN 671

2009 Mid Points

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


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Code Course Title Duration Qualification

LM 082 LM 083 LM 085 LM 087 LM 088 LM 089 LM 090 LM 092 LM 093 LM 094 LM 095 LM 096 LM 099 LM 100 LM 101 LM 102 LM 110 LM 113 LM 114 LM 115 LM 116 LM 117 LM 118 LM 119 LM 150 LM 152 LM 154 LM 156 LM 151 LM 153 LM 155 LM 157 - - - - - LM 180

Construction Management and Engineering 4 Years Mobile Communications and Security 4 Years Civil Engineering 4 Years Energy 4 Years Mathematics and Physics 4 Years Sport and Exercise Sciences 4 Years Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education 4 Years Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Biological Sciences with Physics or Chemistry) 4 Years Equine Science 4 Years Materials and Architectural Technology with concurrent Teacher Education 4 Years Materials and Engineering Technology with concurrent Teacher Education 4 Years Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Physics and Chemistry) 4 Years Architecture 5 Years Physiotherapy 4 Years Medicine - Graduate Entry 4 Years Psychology 4 Years Multimedia and Computer Games Development 4 Years Digital Media Design 4 Years Music, Media and Performance Technology 4 Years Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 4 Years Engineering Choice 4 Years Science Choice 4 Years Electronic and Computer Engineering 4 Years Design and Manufacture - General Nursing 4 Years Mental Health Nursing 4 Years Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Years Midwifery 4 Years Mature Applicants General Nursing 4 Years Mature Applicants Mental Health Nursing 4 Years Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing 4 Years Mature Applicants Midwifery 4 Years Liberal Arts - offered at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - Education - Primary Teaching - offered at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants - offered at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - Early Childhood Care and Education - offered at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - Education and Psychology - Primary Teaching - offered at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - Equine Science Cert: 2 Years, Dip: 3 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 6 CT + DP + HD

AL 801 AL 802 AL 803 AL 804 AL 805 AL 830 AL 832 AL 831 AL 833 AL 836 AL 837 AL 838 AL 839 AL 840 AL 850 AL 851 AL 852 AL 853 AL 860 AL 861 AL 862 AL 701 AL 702 AL 703 AL 704 AL 710 AL 711 AL 712 AL 720 AL 721 AL 730 AL 731 AL 732 AL 733 AL 734 AL 750 AL 760 AL 761 AL 762 AL 763 AL 601

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2010 Mid Points

390 380 490 460 - 470 525 490 355 465 435 495 #505 590 57* 520 380 365 410 - - - - - 480 430 410 435 #199 #169 173 #208 - - - - - 330

390 380 465 435 545 455 515 480 365 465 450 470 480 585 585 530 360 360 400 490 475 410 - - 480 415 435 435 183 176 167 184 - - - - - 370

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2011 Final Round Points

360 345 400 400 390 455 495* 465 335 460* 435* 425* #400 565 #54* 515* 330 335 350 400 395 380 405 - 445* 435* 410 445 #238 #220* #215 #230* - - - - - 310

INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY Athlone Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Athlone www.ait.ie(090)6468000nocallaghan@ait.ie

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Software Engineering Software Design (Games Development) Software Design (Web Development) Computer Network Management Construction Technology and Management General Nursing Psychiatric Nursing Mature Applicants General Nursing Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing Health Science and Nutrition Sports Science and Exercise Physiology Biotechnology Human and Animal Toxicology Pharmaceutical Science Business Business and Law Accounting Accounting and Law Social Care Practice Society and Communications Visual Communications Engineering(Undenominated) Electronics and Wireless Communications Computer Network Management Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy 1 Mechatronics Sustainable Construction Civil Engineering Biotechnology Veterinary Nursing Environmental Toxicology Forensic Toxicology Pharmaceutical Science (Drug Development and Analysis) Business Computing Hotel and Spa Management Hotel and Leisure Management Tourism and Guest Services Management Design (Communications) Electronics and Computer Engineering

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

1 Year 4 Years 4 Years - - 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - 4 Years 4 Years 1 Year 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - - 3 Years 3 Years 1 Year - 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 1 Year 1 Year 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

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S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Mechanical Engineering Construction Studies Civil Engineering Pharmacy Technician Dental Nursing Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) Business Music and Instrument Technology Business in Equine Studies Office Management Accounting Technician Culinary Arts Bar Supervision Business (Sport and Recreation) Applied Social Studies Childcare Supervisory Management

2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years

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Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 + HD Level 6 HC Level 6 HC Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG

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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

450 320 400 450 350 315 **950 340 - #865 335 325 - 450 340 325 345 330 340 - 400 315 410 410 455 - 400 345 325 325 - 350 #755 310 - 420 385 450 355 290 335 390 295 460 405 370 295 290 255 420 290 320 300 325 395 275 435 405 385 340 400 415 360 300 - 290 - -

450 340 425 345 420 360 100 335 - 895 355 335 365 505 370 330 365 320 345 355 390 325 400 415 480 - 390 345 320 330 - 345 805 310 - 405 395 410 330 265 345 380 300 455 420 395 335 305 260 375 295 350 370 330 385 250 435 420 365 365 430 425 380 315 - 300 265 195

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AL 602 AL 603 AL 604 AL 630 AL 631 AL 632 AL 650 AL 651 AL 652 AL 653 AL 654 AL 660 AL 661 AL 663 AL 664 AL 665

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Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown, Cork www.cit.ie(021)4326100 admissions@cit.ie CR 105 CR 106 CR 108 CR 109 CR 112 CR 116 CR 121 CR 150 CR 210 CR 220 CR 305 CR 310 CR 312 CR 320 CR 325 CR 330 CR 333 CR 340 CR 360 CR 365 CR 400 CR 420 CR 500 CR 510 CR 520 CR 522 CR 560 CR 565 CR 570 CR 572 CR 580 CR 590 CR 600 CR 660 - CR 001 CR 006 CR 007 CR 010 CR 011 CR 016 CR 021 CR 022 CR 023 CR 031 CR 032 CR 041 CR 042 CR 046 CR 051 CR 052 CR 053 CR 061 CR 062 CR 071 CR 072 CR 075 CR 090 CR 094 CR 095 CR 300 CR 620 CR 640 CR 650 CR 805 CR 888 CR 655 CR 657

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Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering Software Development Mechanical Engineering Structural Engineering Multimedia Software Development and Computer Networking Music at CIT Cork School of Music Business Information Systems Applied Art, Ceramics at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Fine Art at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Science (Common entry) IT Management Web Development Biomedical Science - Joint CIT and UCC programme Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Herbal Science Nutrition and Health Science Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance Instrument Engineering Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology Accounting Marketing Engineering (Common entry) Sustainable Energy Biomedical Engineering Building Energy Systems Architectural Technology Interior Architecture Quantity Surveying Construction Management Electrical Power Systems Electronic Systems Engineering Visual Communications Tourism Architecture - Offered jointly by CIT and UCC Applied Physics and Instrumentation 1 Applied Biosciences 1 Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 Agriculture 1 Horticulture 1 Computing 1 Business Studies 1 Business Administration 1 Accounting 1 Social Care Recreation and Leisure 1 Tourism 1 Hospitality Management 1 Transport Management and Technology 1 Civil Engineering 1 Construction 1 Interior Architecture Electronic Engineering 1 Electrical Engineering 1 Mechanical Engineering 1 Building Services Engineering 1 Biomedical Engineering 1 Architectural Technology Nautical Science at National Maritime College of Ireland Marine and Plant Engineering at National Maritime College of Ireland Science (Common entry) Early Years Education Culinary Arts Bar Management Marine Electrotechnology at National Maritime College of Ireland Information Technology Support Culinary Studies Hospitality Studies

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - 4 Years 4 Years - 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - 3 years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years - 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

395 290 350 380 390 290 **795 315 #650 #700 310 290 300 495 285 250 320 290 320 330 355 315 310 330 370 - 320 300 285 250 310 300 #550 260 - 270 290 300 320 225 290 270 270 330 385 340 240 240 225 225 200 250 220 250 275 250 255 300 345 340 290 390 300 250 280 245 200 AQA


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Code Course Title Duration Qualification

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Dublin Institute of Technology 143 Rathmines Rd, Dublin 6 www.dit.ie(01)402 3445 admissions@dit.ie

DT 001 Product Design 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 410 405 370 DT 021 Electrical and Electronic Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 415 425 434 DT 023 Manufacturing and Design Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 415 405 305 DT 025 Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 415 410 350 DT 028 Transport Operations and Technology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 315 255 DT 081 Computer and Communications Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 395 430 DT 101 Architecture 5 Years Level 8 (HD) #624 605 #525 DT 175 Architectural Technology - Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 106 Planning and Environmental Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 375 340 270 DT 110 Property Economics (Valuation Surveying) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 350 345 305 DT 111 Construction Economics and Management (Quantity Surveying) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 390 375 285 DT 112 Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 335 345 290 DT 117 Construction Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 335 340 270 DT 203 Forensic and Environmental Analysis 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 365 375 335 DT 204 Biomedical Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 410 445 430 DT 205 Mathematical Sciences 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 370 285 1 DT 211 Computing (Students who successfully complete the third year and who do not wish to progress to the fourth year may exit with a BSc (Ord) subject to restrictions) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 310 325 320 DT 220 Industrial Mathematics 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 380 290 DT 222 Physics Technology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 355 340 305 DT 223 Human Nutrition and Dietetics 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 545 550 535 DT 224 Optometry 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 535 535 495 DT 227 Science with Nanotechnology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 355 350 325 DT 228 Computer Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 330 360 350 DT 229 Clinical Measurement Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 385 415 420 DT 235 Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 330 390 320 DT 299 Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 375 335 DT 321 Business and Law - Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 341 Marketing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 390 390 370 DT 343 Retail and Services Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 355 355 325 DT 354 Business Computing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 360 365 350 DT 358 Logistics and Supply Chain Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 310 325 285 DT 365 Business and Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 415 400* DT 366 Accounting and Finance 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 420 385 DT 398 Human Resource Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 335 DT 399 Economics and Finance 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 385 DT 401 International Hospitality Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 315 325 280 DT 407 Culinary Arts 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 385 415 385 DT 412 Tourism Marketing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 330 320 250 DT 413 Event Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 405 410 380 1 DT 416 Culinary Entrepreneurship 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 325 345 315 1 DT 417 Bar Studies (Management and Entrepreneurship) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 330 330 290 DT 420 Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 420 385 355 DT 421 Food Innovation 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 345 270 DT 422 Pharmaceutical Healthcare 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 345 315 DT 491 Environmental Health 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 370 340 DT 501 Music 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #510 495 #343 DT 504 Film and Broadcasting 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 420 DT 505 Film and Broadcasting with a Language 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 380 DT 506 Commerical Modern Music 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - #305 DT 507 Ghaeilge don Saol ProifisiĂşnta (Irish for Professional Purposes) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 518 Languages and International Tourism (French) - Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 519 Languages and International Tourism (German) - Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 520 Languages and International Tourism (Spanish) - Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 529 Drama (Performance) 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - 470 #405 DT 532 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) - Level 8 (HD) - - - DT 533 Visual and Critical Studies 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 310 DT 544 Design - Interior and Furniture 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #650 675 #505 DT 545 Design - Visual Communication 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #770 885 #735 DT 546 Fine Art 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #735 905 #840 DT 553 Journalism with a Language 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 455 440 360 DT 555 International Business and Languages - (French) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 405 425 395 DT 556 International Business and Languages - (German) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 360 325 DT 557 International Business and Languages - (Spanish) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 375 380 370 DT 558 International Business and Languages - (English) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - # DT 559 Photography 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #765 725 #635 DT 564 International Business and Languages - (Italian) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 390 330 DT 565 Chinese and International Business 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 365 365 345 DT 571 Social Care 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 430 400 DT 572 Early Childhood Education 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 430 435 410 DT 582 Journalism 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 425 440 415 DT 596 Print and Digital Media Technology Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 300 260 DT 597 Creative and Cultural Industries 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 365 1, 2 DT 002 Engineering Systems Maintenance 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 205 305 180 1, 2 DT 003 Automation Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 285 335 260 1, 2 DT 004 Civil Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 385 405 220 DT 005 Building Services Engineering 1, 2 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 265 270 180 1, 2 DT 006 Mechanical Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 405 395 230 1, 2 DT 007 Automotive Management and Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 250 315 270 DT 008 Electronics and Communications Engineering 1, 2 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 320 340 180 1, 2 DT 009 Electrical and Control Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 265 360 225 1, 2 DT 010 Electrical Services Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 320 305 180 DT 011 Aviation Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - 300 DT 080 Networking Technologies 1, 2 - Level 7 DG + HD - - - 1, 2 DT 104 Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 315 320 200 1, 2 DT 169 Timber Product Technology - Level 7 DG + HD - - - DT 212 Science - Common 1st Year - Options: Biosciences, Industrial and Environmental Physics,Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 410 435 350 DT 259 Biosciences 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 420 425 350 DT 260 Industrial and Environmental Physics 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 295 380 240 1

2

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences Tourism Management Hospitality Management Leisure Management Baking and Pastry Arts Management 1 2 Visual Merchandising and Display Preliminary Engineering Marketing Business Studies Business Management Retail Management and Marketing Food Science and Management Pharmacy Technician Studies Culinary Arts (Profesional Culinary Practice) Health and Nutrition for Culinary Arts Music Foundation

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 1 Year 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 1 Year

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology www.iadt.ie (01)239 4600 DL 041 DL 042 DL 043 DL 044 DL 045 DL 046 DL 047 DL 048 DL 049 DL 141 DL 143 DL 241 DL 242 DL 245 DL 131 DL 133 DL 231

Animation Photography Visual Communications Visual Arts Practice (Fine Art) Film and Television Production Modelmaking, Design and Digital Effects Design for Stage and Screen (Production Design) Design for Stage and Screen (Costume Design) Design for Stage and Screen (Makeup Design) Applied Psychology Multimedia Systems/Web Engineering English, Media and Cultural Studies Business Studies and Arts Management Business Studies - Entrepreneurship and Management Computing in Multimedia Programming Audio Visual Media Technology Business Studies - Entrepreneurship

4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 FC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 FC + HD

2010 Mid Points

2011 Final Round Points

420 315 330 355 380 - 405 400 410 410 305 355 330 - 335 475+

450 330 340 355 390 - 410 385 395 395 335 340 390 345 335 448

350 220 240 280 220 300# 285 320 330 335 300 230 340 270 210 332+

#915 #849 #880 #760 #999 #939 #960 - - 360 335 380 360 325 345 360 320

835 879 695 715 975 845 999 950 960 430 390 385 365 325 390 370 325

#870 #740 #695 #580 #925 #730 #639 #875 #860 385 325 350 325 290 325 285 265

admissions@iadt.ie Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD

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Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

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DT 261 DT 406 DT 408 DT 411 DT 418 DT 598 DT 020 DT 303 DT 315 DT 324 DT 360 DT 424 DT 425 DT 432 DT 444 DT 527

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Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Dundalk Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Dundalk DK 810 DK 812 DK 815 DK 816 DK 820 DK 821 DK 830 DK 860 DK 861 DK 862 DK 870 DK 872 DK 874 DK 877 DK 871 DK 873 DK 875 DK 878 DK 876 DK 880 DK 710 DK 711 DK 721 DK 740 DK 742 DK 744 DK 745 DK 750 DK 752 DK 762 DK 763 DK 765 DK 766 DK 767 DK 768 DK 781 DK 783 DK 784 DK 650 DK 651 DK 685

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Accounting and Finance Marketing Public Relations Business Studies Computing in Games Development Computing Building Surveying Applied Music Humanities Social Care General Nursing Intellectual Disability Nursing Psychiatric Nursing Midwifery Mature Applicants General Nursing Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing Mature Applicants Midwifery Early Childhood Studies Health and Physical Activity Business Studies - Management and Administration. Business and Information Systems Computing (incorporating 3 award options) Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Engineering - Civil Engineering Construction Technology Business - Hospitality Management Business - Event Management Communications in Creative Multimedia Community Sports Leadership Video and Film Performing Arts Community Youth Work Music and Audio Production Science - Applied Bioscience Science - Pharmaceutical Science Veterinary Nursing Culinary Arts Hospitality Studies Agriculture

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

www.dkit.ie (042)9370200 admissions@dkit.ie 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

355 320 335 - 330 315 320 # - - 395 340 365 390 #170 #160 #158 #188 380 375 295 280 260 300 315 305 265 245 315 380 325 365 645+ - - 330 315 370 - - 265

355 325 335 340 370 320 350 560 335 345 400 360 360 405 174 159 163 168 375 365 280 260 275 310 320 310 265 280 320 365 350 365 - 335 - 330 315 380 235 - 345

300 305 300 300 330 300 300 #440 300 335* 390 360 370 410* #225* #210 #213* #236 350 385 175 190 210 180 150 175 120 200 265* 310 305 325* 285# 340 385 270 270 375 205 190 310*

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

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2011 Final Round Points

www.gmit.ie (091)753161 academic.affairs@gmit.ie at Galway

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Galway

2009 Mid Points

GA 181 Accounting 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 335 285 GA 282 Heritage Studies 3/4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - 235 GA 380 Hotel and Catering Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 315 310 250 GA 480 Construction Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 350 320 210 GA 481 Property Studies 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - GA 780 Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 355 340 GA 781 Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 350 330 GA 782 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 325 310 GA 784 Science (Undenominated) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 345 330 GA 785 Medical Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 420 425 390 GA 786 Forensic Science and Analysis 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 425 380 GA 170 Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 375 370 270 GA 171 Administration and Information Systems 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 280 283 200 GA 172 Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 345 325 300 GA 270 Art and Design 3 years Level 7 DG + HD 737+ 759 432+ GA 271 Film and Television 3 Years Level 7 DG 832+ 780 420+ GA 272 Heritage Studies 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 330 325 205 GA 370 Hotel and Catering Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 275 275 160 GA 372 Culinary Arts 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 300 315 260 GA 373 Bar Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 225 255 160 GA 374 Tourism Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 230 265 175 GA 375 Retail and Customer Service Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 260 265 180 GA 376 Event Management with Public Relations 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 375 370 310 GA 470 Construction Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 330 310 190 GA 471 Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 335 300 160 GA 472 Architectural Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 405 365 230 GA 473 Civil Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 425 360 220 GA 570 Computer and Electronic Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 375 310 255 GA 572 Computer and Energy Systems 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - 325 255 GA 670 Mechanical Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 395 385 330 GA 673 Energy Engineering - Level 7 DG + HD 420 420 330 GA 674 Operations Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - - GA 770 Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 365 405 330 GA 771 Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 395 400 320 GA 772 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 440 425 320 GA 773 Physics and Instrumentation 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 375 350 265 GA 774 Science (Undenominated) 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 410 415 320 GA 775 Computing in Software Development 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 325 315 250 GA 776 Business Computing and Digital Media 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 275 310 255 GA 360 Tourism 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - 250 210 GA 361 Culinary Arts 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - 240 250 GA 362 Hospitality Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - 225 140 GA 363 Bar Supervision 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - 190 140 At Castlebar GA 880 General Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 395 415 400* GA 882 Psychiatric Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 370 400 380 GA 881 Mature Applicants General Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #169 170 #228* GA 883 Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #162 179 #225 GA 870 Outdoor Education and Leisure 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 335 340 265 GA 872 Heritage Studies 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 235 215 140 GA 874 Outdoor Education and Leisure with Geography 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 350 335 265 GA 875 Construction Management in Refurbishment and Maintenance 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 250 225 165 GA 877 Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 275 255 140 GA 878 Accounting and Financial Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 350 300 140 GA 879 Applied Social Studies 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 340 360 300 GA 869 Business in Computer Applications 3 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 215 195 145 At Letterfrack GA 980 Design and Technology Education 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 435 450 445 GA 970 Furniture Design and Manufacture 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 415 400 355 GA 971 Furniture and Wood Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 385 405 395 At Mountbellew GA 777 Agriculture and Environmental Management (common first year with GA172) 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 345 375 350

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Dublin 15 BN 101 BN 103 BN 104 BN 105 BN 106 BN 107 BN 108 BN 109 BN 110 BN 111 BN 112 BN 113 BN 115 BN 118 BN 009 BN 010 BN 011 BN 012 BN 013 BN 014 BN 015 BN 016 BN 017 BN 020 BN 021

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Business Business and Information Technology Computing (Information Technology) Engineering (Mechatronics) Engineering (Computer Engineering) Applied Social Studies in Social Care Engineering Business International Business Sports Management and Coaching Creative Digital Media Horticulture Social and Community Development Early Childhood Care and Education Engineering (Mechatronics) Business and Information Technology Applied Social Studies in Social Care Engineering (Computer Engineering) Computing (Information Technology) Business Engineering Business International Business 1 Sports Management and Coaching 1 Creative Digital Media

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

www.itb.ie (01)885 1000 info@itb.ie 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 5 Years 5 Years 4 Years 5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD

295 315 280 300 265 355 290 320 290 340 350 340 290 - 240 250 385 240 225 275 230 250 320 355 370

300 295 270 290 280 370 315 305 300 365 330 330 335 370 230 255 385 285 260 270 245 260 330 400 375

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

210 238 220 200 205 355 250 235 235 345 320 255 315 350 190 185 355 180 180 180 130 AQA 185 345 315


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BN 022 BN 025 BN 030 BN 039 BN 001 BN 002 BN 003

Horticulture Social and Community Development 1 Early Childhood Care and Education 1 Engineering (Sustainable Electrical Control Technology) 1 Engineering (Electronics and Computer Engineering) Computing (Information Technology) Business

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years

Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

2009 Mid Points

2010 Mid Points

365 310 - 235 245 235 240

315 350 405 255 225 220 250

Institute of Technology, Carlow Kilkenny Road, Carlow www.itcarlow.ie (059)9175172 mary.jordan@itcarlow.ie

2011 Final Round Points

at Carlow CW 108 Biosciences with Bioforensics or Biopharmaceuticals 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 340 CW 168 Environmental Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 360 CW 178 Sport Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 420 CW 188 Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 460 CW 208 Computer Games Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 335 355 CW 238 Software Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 325 320 CW 248 Computer Systems Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 330 CW 438 Construction - Quantity Surveying 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 350 325 CW 448 Construction - Facilities and Energy Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 335 CW 468 Architectural Technology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - CW 548 Mechanical Engineering 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - CW 558 Electronic Systems 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - CW 708 Law 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 335 350 CW 728 Product Design Innovation 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 310 330 CW 748 Early Childhood Education and Care 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 350 CW 758 Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 360 CW 768 Social and Community Studies 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - 340 CW 808 Media and Public Relations 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 345 320 CW 838 Business - Marketing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 305 315 CW 858 Sport Management and Coaching (Options: GAA, Rugby, Soccer) Portfolio - Level 8 (HD) - - CW 908 Business 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 330 330 CW 928 Business - Human Resource Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 295 315 CW 938 Business with Law 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 325 340 CW 948 Accounting 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - - at Wexford CW 018 Business 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 320 CW 028 Early Childhood Education and Care 3 Years Level 8 (HD) 325 325 CW 038 Art Portfolio 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #700 700 CW 058 Sustainable Architectural Technology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 370 330 CW 068 Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 335 CW 088 Visual Communications and Design 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 360 at Carlow CW 107 Analytical and Forensic Science 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 335 385 CW 117 Biosciences 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 315 335 CW 207 Software Development 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 295 310 CW 217 Computer Systems Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 260 315 CW 407 Architectural Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 330 325 CW 417 Construction - Buildings and Services Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 245 285 CW 427 Civil Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 325 295 CW 507 Aircraft Systems 3 Years Level 7 DG 355 360 CW 517 Mechanical Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 320 320 CW 527 Electronic Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 275 260 CW 547 TV and Media Production 3 Years Level 7 DG 355 405 CW 707 Design in Industrial Design 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 275 275 CW 717 Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 345 350 CW 807 Sport and Exercise (GAA) Portfolio 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 700+ 700 CW 817 Sport and Exercise (Rugby) Portfolio 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - CW 827 Sport and Exercise (Soccer) Portfolio 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - CW 917 Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 305 300 CW 106 Physiology and Health Science 2 Years Level 6 HC + HD 460 460 CW 116 Pharmacy Technician Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC 325 340 CW 126 Science - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 345 360 CW 206 Computing 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 270 280 CW 406 Civil Engineering 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 235 240 CW 416 Construction 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 190 230 CW 706 Legal Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC + HD - 330 CW 906 Business Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 255 275 CW 916 Business - Office Management 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 270 270 CW 926 Business with Law 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 325 350 CW 936 Accounting 2 Years Level 6 HC + HD - - at Wexford CW 007 Architectural Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 330 300 CW 017 Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 325 330 CW 037 Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - 270 CW 057 Art Portfolio 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - CW 006 Business Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 260 255 CW 016 Business - Office Management 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 285 -

Institute of Technology, Sligo Ash Lane, Ballinode, Sligo SG 141 SG 146 SG 241 SG 242 SG 243 SG 244 SG 245 SG 246 1

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Business Accounting Performing Arts Early Childhood Education Social Care Practice Fine Art Creative Design Humanities and Social Studies

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

295 320 415 445 325 295 290 250 300 275 315 300 305 305 320 350 325 320 295 - 285 285 320 300 295 285 #700 255 335 300 300 290 240 235 260 245 250 300 250 205 315 250 310 700+ 700+ 700+ 220 410 290 245 220 225 205 280 215 205 260 225 220 300 205 700+ 200 -

www.itsligo.ie (071)9155222 cuffe.padraic@itsligo.ie 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years - - - -

AQA # * **

230 315 350 120 180 180 180

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

330 - 335 365 - - - -

320 345 345 370 - - - -

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

240 200 310 325 235 - - -


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Civil Engineering Quantity Surveying Interior Architecture Environmental Science Occupational Safety and Health Pharmaceutical Science Applied Archaeology Forensic Investigation and Analysis Medical Biotechnology Computing - Games Development Business Recreation and Leisure Business in Tourism Computing - Software Development Computing - Systems and Networking Computing - Database Management Financial Services Fine Art Creative Design and Innovation Humanities and Social Studies Interior Design Sustainable Building Technology Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics Electronic Engineering Civil Engineering Quantity Surveying Pharmaceutical Science Environmental Protection Occupational Safety and Health Business Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals Health Science and Physiology Biomedical Science Forensic Investigation and Analysis Applied Archaeology Energy and Sustainablity Marketing - P.R. with Events Management Marketing with Languages Marketing Web Development and Creative Media Business Business in Office Administration Business in Accounting Science Fisheries

4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years - 3 Years 3/4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years - 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years - 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 18 Months

Institute of Technology, Tralee Co. Kerry

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

- 335 - 325 - 310 320 385 350 295 - 320 260 310 235 215 270 800+ 255 - - - 295 300 220 345 285 310 335 315 - 405 365 400 340 - 280 295 260 - 255 225 300 - -

2010 Mid Points

2011 Final Round Points

- 330 - 325 - 310 315 365 350 350 - 310 240 255 300 300 245 770 320 - - - 285 285 205 325 275 310 300 315 - 415 365 380 355 - 280 315 300 305 225 205 270 260 205

- 235 265 320 310 280 310 340 300 270 - 310 140 255 235 - 165 655+ 230 - 145 145 250 175 140 230 160 255 250 240 - 365 255 315 285 300 160 155 140 225 105 205 AQA 225 -

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SG 342 SG 343 SG 345 SG 441 SG 442 SG 445 SG 446 SG 448 SG 449 SG 131 SG 133 SG 134 SG 135 SG 136 SG 137 SG 138 SG 139 SG 231 SG 232 SG 234 SG 331 SG 332 SG 333 SG 334 SG 337 SG 338 SG 339 SG 431 SG 432 SG 433 SG 434 SG 435 SG 436 SG 437 SG 438 SG 439 SG 531 SG 532 SG 533 SG 538 SG 101 SG 105 SG 108 SG 401 SG 402

2009 Mid Points

www.ittralee.ie (066)7145638 info@ittralee.ie

TL 110 General Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 415 425 410* TL 115 Mental Health Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 385 400 400* TL 111 Mature Applicants General Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #181 173 #231* TL 116 Mature Applicants Mental Health Nursing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) #174 166 #217 TL 160 Early Childhood Care and Education 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 380 395 355 TL 181 Hotel and Resort Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - TL 182 Travel and Tourism Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 310 315 310 TL 183 Adventure Tourism Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 330 310 TL 281 Business Information Systems 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - TL 285 Business Studies 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 350 340 280 TL 290 Interactive Multimedia 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 360 320 290 TL 291 TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 375 380 340 TL 292 Music Technology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 330 340 305 TL 299 Information Systems Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 340 360 330 TL 330 Computing with Games Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 320 320 300 TL 360 Computing with Multimedia 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 360 325 295 TL 364 Information Technology (Education and Training) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - TL 371 Computing with Interactive Web Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - TL 400 Wildlife Biology 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 360 345 325 TL 410 Pharmaceutical Analysis with Forensics 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 350 375 325 TL 412 Phamaceutical Analysis with Environmental Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 335 310 310 TL 413 Pharmaceutical Analysis with Cosmetic Science 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - - TL 165 Early Childhood Care and Education 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 385 365 340 TL 186 Travel and Tourism Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 305 310 215 TL 187 Adventure Tourism Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 275 285 230 TL 188 Hotel and Resort Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - - TL 190 Applied Social Studies 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 370 385 355 TL 195 Youth and Community Work Practice 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 310 315 275 TL 315 Computing with Software Development 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 265 325 240 TL 325 Computing with Games Development 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 305 260 220 TL 354 Information Technology (Education and Training) 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - - TL 355 Computing with Multimedia 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 280 325 230 TL 356 Computing with interactive Web Development 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - - TL 425 Pharmaceutical Analysis with Forensics 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 340 325 235 TL 426 Pharmaceutical Analysis with Environmental Science 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 450 310 240 TL 481 Health and Leisure 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 405 395 355 TL 482 Health and Leisure with Massage 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 355 340 335 TL 600 Quantity Surveying (Step out option at the end of year 2 with the award of Higher Certificate in Engineering in Construction Studies) 3 Years Level 7 DG 285 - - TL 610 Renewable Energy and Energy Management 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 315 330 225 TL 680 Engineering in Environmental Engineering - Level 7 DG + HD - - - TL 690 Engineering (Mechanical and Electronic) 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - 310 200 TL 001 Culinary Arts 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG - 260 160 TL 002 Hospitality Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - 210 AQA

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Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


WHAT WILL I STUDY? Code Course Title Duration Qualification

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Tourism Bar Supervision Front Office Management Advanced Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies (Office Information Systems) Science (Biological and Environmental Studies) Pharmaceutical Analysis with Cosmetics Engineering (Civil) Construction Engineering (Agricultural) Engineering (Mechanical)

2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years - 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years

Institute of Technology, Tallaght Tallaght, Dublin 24 TA 021 TA 022 TA 023 TA 025 TA 026 TA 121 TA 122 TA 123 TA 124 TA 221 TA 222 TA 223 TA 321 TA 322 TA 323 TA 326 TA 327 TA 015 TA 111 TA 113 TA 114 TA 115 TA 213 TA 215 TA 216 TA 311 TA 312 TA 313 TA 314 TA 315 TA 316 TA 006 TA 101 TA 102 TA 103 TA 105 TA 201 TA 202 TA 203 TA 301 TA 302

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AQA # * **

2011 Final Round Points

- - - 455 305 325 375 - 360 195 285 215

- 185 - - 275 275 325 - 235 195 290 225

- - - 395 195 220 265 - AQA - 240 AQA

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

305 335 310 360 - 320 335 290 310 - - - 310 285 280 - - - 325 305 290 - 295 320 345 325 270 270 345 375 375 - 290 270 250 - 175 210 220 345 255

310 375 310 355 300 320 330 290 305 335 335 - 325 320 295 375 - 265 305 300 300 - 295 345 295 - 320 305 375 410 395 280 315 300 290 - 225 200 210 345 290

180 350 235 335 255 260 230 225 255 230 255 305 325 290 225 360 - 210 200 200 200 225 230 250 175 245 255 200 275 360 375 235 200 215 210 330 AQA - 200 255 255

- - 300 415 355 370 190 175 171 - - 300 200 - 330 305 385 235 300 280 265 265 235 235 245 275 240 305 255 270 - 265

270 - 250 400 365 350 #221 #222 #219 315 - 145 165 155 280 140 220 145 - 145 260 200 150 215 - 245 175 140 140 200 150 145

www.lyit.ie (074)9186000 irene.heavey@lyit.ie

Business - Accounting Design - Visual Communication Applied Computing General Nursing Psychiatric Nursing Intellectual Disability Nursing Mature Applicants General Nursing Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing Early Childcare, Health and Education Na Dรกna (Riarachรกn Gnรณ) - Offered jointly by LYIT and NUIG at Gaoth Dobhair,Co. Donegal Business - Management Administrative Management Business - Marketing Sports Development and Coaching Law Languages and International Business International Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise at Killybegs,Co. Donegal International Culinary Enterprise at Killybegs,Co. Donegal Product Design Creative Digital Media Quantity Surveying Building Energy, Services and Design Civil Engineering Construction and Fire Technology Architectural Technology Electronic Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Games Development Computing with Business Applications Computer Security and Digital Forensics

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

2010 Mid Points

www.it-tallaght.ie admissions@it-tallaght.ie

European Studies Creative Digital Media Advertising and Marketing Communications Social Care Practice International Hospitality and Tourism Management Accounting Management Marketing Management Financial Services and Investment Analysis Electronic Engineering Mechanical Engineering Energy Systems Engineering Pharmaceutical Science Computing Information Technology Management DNA and Forensic Science Sports Science and Health International Hospitality and Tourism Management Accounting Management Marketing Financial Services and Investment Analysis Mechanical Engineering Energy and Environmental Engineering Electronic Engineering Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis Computing Information Technology Management Pharmaceutical Science DNA and Forensic Science Sports Science and Health Culinary Arts Accounting Business Administration Marketing Financial Services Electronic Engineering Electro-Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry Computing

Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyPort Road, Letterkenny LY 108 LY 408 LY 708 LY 908 LY 918 LY 928 LY 938 LY 948 LY 958 LY 968 - LY 107 LY 117 LY 127 LY 137 LY 207 LY 217 LY 307 LY 317 LY 417 LY 427 LY 507 LY 517 LY 527 LY 537 LY 547 LY 607 LY 617 LY 627 LY 707 LY 717 LY 737

Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

2009 Mid Points

3 Years - 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years - 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD

- - 315 385 350 350 #188 #171 #167 - - 285 235 - 305 295 330 195 255 260 245 250 240 250 275 275 235 225 205 250 210 275

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

2010 Mid Points

- 285 275 325 370 335 215 - - - - -

230 340 305 325 380 325 - - - 170 200 270

150 235 230 235 365 320 165 130 115 AQA AQA 230

At Limerick LC 110 Art and Design 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 223 Law and Taxation 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 224 Business (Accounting/Finance) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 225 Business (Marketing and Management) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 233 Software Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 234 Multimedia Programming and Design 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 239 Computer Networks and Systems Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 240 Building Surveying 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 241 Construction Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - 370 LC 242 Property Valuation and Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 243 Quantity Surveying 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 252 Civil Engineering Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 265 Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 266 Drug and Medicinal Product Analysis 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 292 Applied Social Studies (Social Care) 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 293 Business with Tourism 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 294 Business with Event Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 295 Business with Sports Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 235 Internet Systems Development 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 237 eOffice Administration Systems 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 244 Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy - Level 7 DG - - LC 251 Civil Enginering 3 Years Level 7 DG - - LC 254 Construction (Health and Safety) 3 Years Level 7 DG - - LC 255 Construction (Site Management) 3 Years Level 7 DG - - LC 260 Applied Biology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 264 Environmental and Chemical Analysis 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 267 Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 270 Music Technology and Production 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 277 Automation and Control Technology 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 278 Renewable and Electrical Energy Systems 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 279 Electronic Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 285 Mechanical Engineering 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 286 Road Transport Technology and Management 3 Years Level 7 DG - - LC 221 Business (Accounting/Finance) 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 345 355 LC 222 Business (Marketing and Management) 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - - LC 232 Business Computing 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - - LC 245 Sustainable Building and Property - Level 6 HC - - LC 250 Civil and Environmental Engineering 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG - - LC 253 Construction 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG - - LC 256 Construction Practice 2 Years Level 6 HC - - LC 261 Applied Chemistry 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - - LC 262 Environmental and Analytical Science 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - - LC 276 Video and Sound Technology 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD - - LC 281 Automobile Technology 2 Years Level 6 HC - - LC 282 Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG - - LC 284 Agricultural Mechanisation at Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG - - LC 296 Front Office Management 2 Years Level 6 HC - - LC 298 Culinary Arts 2 Years Level 6 HC - - LC 299 Hospitality Studies 2 Years Level 6 HC - - At Ennis - - LC 601 Business Computing 2 Years Level 6 HC - 405

- - - - - - - - 330 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 295 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 325

LY 747 LY 817 LY 827 LY 837 LY 847 LY 917 LY 306 LY 316 LY 326 LY 336 LY 346 LY 806

Multimedia and Digital Entertainment Technology Bioscience Analytical and Forensic Science Food Science and Nutrition Veterinary Nursing Health and Social Studies Front Office Management at Killybegs,Co. Donegal Tourism at Killybegs,Co. Donegal Hospitality Studies at Killybegs,Co. Donegal Bar Supervision at Killybegs,Co. Donegal Culinary Arts at Killybegs,Co. Donegal Pharmacy Technician

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years

Limerick Institute of TechnologyMoylish Park, Limerick www.lit.ie (061)208208

Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC Level 6 HC

2011 Final Round Points

admissions@lit.ie

Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary InstituteThurles, Co. Tipperary www.lit.ie (0504)28000

tippadmissions@lit.ie

At Thurles LC 407 Social and Community Studies 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 408 Environmental and Natural Resource Management 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 410 Accounting and Finance 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 412 Education, Mathematics and Geography(second level teaching degree) - Level 8 (HD) - - LC 413 Business 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 415 Computing - Software Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 418 Computing - Games Design and Development 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 420 Computing - Smart Sustainable Energy 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 422 Sports Strength and Conditioning - Level 8 (HD) - - At Clonmel LC 513 Business 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 517 Information Technology - Creative Multimedia 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - LC 518 Digital Animation Production (Portfolio required) - Level 8 (HD) - - LC 521 Marketing 4 Years Level 8 (HD) - - At Thurles LC 401 Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - 265 LC 403 Computing 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 404 Computing - Smart Sustainable Energy 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD - - LC 416 Computing - IT Support 3 Years Level 7 DG - - LC 423 Sports Strength and Conditioning - Level 7 DG + HD - -

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Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

AQA # * **

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2009 Mid Points

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

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LC 406 Computing (IT Support) LC 409 Computing LC 419 Business At Clonmel LC 501 Business LC 504 Information Technology - Creative Multimedia LC 511 Marketing LC 505 Business and Office Management LC 514 Information Technology - Creative Multimedia LC 519 Business

Waterford Institute of Technology Waterford

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2009 Mid Points

2010 Mid Points

2011 Final Round Points

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Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

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Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

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Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG Level 6 HC Level 6 HC Level 6 HC

370 #365 360 350 400 415 395 345 - 320 315 340 355 335 315 355 335 340 470 350 305 350 350 370 385 340 325 410 375 - - 330 425 390 380 178 167 164 400 355 305 - 370 300 - - 315 320 280 320 345 350 - - - 310 280 260 355 260 - - -

345 355 370 350 370 455 380 350 355 305 330 335 355 360 345 385 345 330 420 355 305 360 365 355 395 345 330 430 335 - - 330 420 375 375 181 166 160 345 360 335 - 365 320 - - 345 325 305 340 340 360 - - - 295 310 290 335 245 285 255 250

www.wit.ie(051)302000 schoolsliaison@wit.ie

Construction Management (and Engineering) Music Applied Computing Business Business (with French) Business Studies (with German) Accounting Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Electronic Engineering Hospitality Management Marketing Health Promotion Exercise and Health Studies Retail Management International Business Applied Social Studies in Social Care Design (Visual Communications) Law Architecture Pharmaceutical Science Tourism Marketing Early Childhood Studies Criminal Justice Studies Visual Arts Finance and Investment Computer Forensics & Security Quantity Surveying Psychology Entertainments Systems Sustainable Energy Engineering Business (with Irish) Arts General Nursing Psychiatric Nursing Intellectual Disability Nursing Mature Applicants General Nursing Mature Applicants Psychiatric Nursing Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing Applied Social Studies in Social Care Recreation and Sport Management Forestry Agricultural Science Architectural Technology Horticulture (Waterford - Kildalton) Horticulture (Dublin - National Botanic Gardens) Agriculture Civil Engineering Software Systems Development Multimedia Applications Development Information Technology Business Food Science with Business Pharmaceutical Science Applied Biology Science (Agricultural Science, Applied Biology, Food Science, Pharmaceutical Science) Business Studies Electronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering Legal Studies Building Services Engineering Culinary Arts Hospitality Studies Tourism

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S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA

Church of Ireland College of EducationUpper Rathmines Rd, Dublin 6 www.cice.ie (01)497 0033 CE 001

Education - Primary Teaching

3 Years

Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 CM 001 CM 002 CM 010

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Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

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Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

office@stpats.ie

Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies - second level teaching degree Education, Irish and Religious Studies - second level teaching degree

St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin 9 PD 101 PD 102 PD 103

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie (071)9143580 admin@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Home Economics with Biology - second level teaching Home Economics with Religious Education - second level teaching Home Economics with Irish - second level teaching Home Economics with Economics - second level teaching Arts (Environment and Society/Youth and Family Studies) Food and Business Management Health and Disability Studies General Nursing Intellectual Disability Nursing Mature Applicants General Nursing Mature Applicants Intellectual Disability Nursing

St Patrick’s CollegeThurles, Co. Tipperary www.stpats.ie (0504)21201 TH 001 TH 004

***400

www.materdei.ie (01)808 6500 admissions@materdei.dcu.ie

Education, Religion and English - second level teaching Education, Religion and History - second level teaching Education, Religion and Music - second level teaching Arts - Irish Studies (Irish History, Literature, Culture, Language and Religious Studies)

St Angela’s College Lough Gill, Sligo AS 001 AS 002 AS 003 AS 004 - AS 051 AS 052 AS 110 AS 130 AS 111 AS 131

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www.mic.ul.ie (061)204300 admissions@mic.ul.ie

Liberal Arts Education - Primary Teaching Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants Early Childhood Care and Education Education and Psychology - Primary Teaching

Mater Dei Institute of Education Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 MD 201 MD 301 MD 401 MD 500

***470

www.mie.ie (01)853 5123 mairin.nichonghaile@mie.ie

Education - Primary Teaching Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants Education Studies

Mary Immaculate College Limerick MI 004 MI 005 MI 006 MI 007 MI 008

info@cice.ie

Level 8 (HD)

4 Years 4 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

www.spd.dcu.ie (01)884 2000 admissions.office@spd.dcu.ie

Education - Primary Teaching Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants Arts/Humanities

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

STATE & OTHER COLLEGES All Hallows College Gracepark Road, Dublin 9 www.allhallows.ie (01)837 3745 AH 001 AH 002 AH 003

Theology and Philosophy Theology and Psychology Theology and English Literature

Carlow College College Street, Carlow PC 405 PC 410 PC 411 PC 402 PC 404

1

2

info@allhallows.ie 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

www.carlowcollege.ie (059)9153200 admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie

Citizenship and Community Studies Humanities English and History Humanities Applied Social Studies in Social Care

4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years

National College of Art and Design 100 Thomas St,Dublin 8 AD 012 AD 111

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COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

Industrial Design 1st Year (Core) - Common first year

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

www.ncad.ie (01)636 4200 fios@ncad.ie 4 Years 4 Years

AQA # * **

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


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Code Course Title Duration Qualification

National College of Ireland IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1

NC 001 NC 003 NC 004 NC 005 NC 006 NC 007 NC 009 NC 010 NC 020 NC 021 NC 008 NC 102 NC 103

3 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years - - - 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years

330 315 300 330 345 - 340 - - - 295 260 310

345 305 300 335 370 - 340 - - - 310 255 325

290 270 275 290 340 - 290 - - - 250 200 200

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

340 305

355 330

325 320

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

#718 515 545 64

- 525 535 662

#733* 530* 535* #59*

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

3 Years 3 Years www.rcsi.ie (01)402 2228 admissions@rcsi.ie

Medicine - (Undergraduate Entry) Physiotherapy Pharmacy Medicine - Graduate Entry

5/6 Years 3/4 Years 4 Years 4 Years

Shannon College of Hotel Management Co. Clare www.shannoncollege.com SN 001 SN 002

2011 Final Round Points

www.maynoothcollege.ie (01)708 4772 admissions@spcm.ie

Theology and Arts Theology

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Dublin 2 RC 001 RC 004 RC 005 RC 101

2010 Mid Points

www.ncirl.ie 1850-221721 admissions@ncirl.ie

Accounting and Human Resource Management Computing Business Information Systems Human Resource Management Accounting Financial Services Business Psychology Marketing Economics and Finance Management of Technology in Business Computing in Applications and Support Business

Pontifical University Maynooth, Co. Kildare MU 001 MU 002

2009 Mid Points

Business Studies in International Hotel Management Commerce

(061)712590

4 Years 4 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

joanmarkham@shannoncollege.com #546 #611

556 597

#476 #621

AQA AQA AQA

340 355 -

280 450 -

INDEPENDENT COLLEGES American College Dublin 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.amcd.ie(01)676 8939 degree@amcd.ie AC 120 AC 121 AC 137

International Business Accounting and Finance Liberal Arts

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

The College of Progressive Education 8-10 Rock Hill, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin www.progressivecollege.com (01)4884300 info@progressivecollege.com FTMONTI Advanced Studies in the Montessori Method of Education 1 Academic year FTHCA Healthcare Assistant/Nursing Studies 1 Academic year FTCM Creche Management 1 Academic year FTCHC Childcare - FETAC Level 5 Major Award DCHSC 1 Academic year

Crafts Council of Ireland Castle Yard, Kilkenny www.ccoi.ie 056 7761 804

education@ccoi.ie

CCoI Jewellery Jewellery & Goldsmithing Design & Skills Course 2 Years CCoI Ceramics Ceramics Design & Skills Course 2 Years

Dublin Business School 13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 DB 512 DB 514 DB 515 DB 516 DB 517 DB 518 DB 519 DB 520 DB 521 DB 525 DB 526 DB 531 DB 553 DB 561 DB 562 DB 564 DB 565 DB 566 DB 567 DB 568 DB 569 DB 571 DB 572 1

2

Business Studies Business and Law Business with Human Resource Management Business with Financial Services Marketing with Event Management Marketing with Digital Media Business Management with Leisure and Recreation Business Studies (with work placement) Accounting and Finance Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing Business Information Systems with Cloud Computing Marketing Film, Literature and Drama Arts (General) Psychology Media and Cultural Studies Journalism Social Science Film Studies Law Business with Psychology Business Studies Business in Accounting

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

Certification from CCoI, with national accreditation being finalised for 2012 with NUI Maynooth Certification from CCoI, with national accreditation being finalised for 2012 with NUI Maynooth

www.dbs.ie (01)417 7500 admissions@dbs.ie 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

AQA # * **

8 FETAC Level 6 Component Certificates & Optional Advanced Certificate in Supervision in Childcare FETAC Level 6 DCXXX Certificate in Healthcare Support DHSXX or Certificate in Nursing Studies DCHSN Advanced Certificate in Management FETAC Level 6 BMANX FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Childcare

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD

325 325 310 370 320 - 300 - 360 - - 315 315 325 330 295 300 310 330 340 335 325 340

310 320 315 335 320 - 290 305 335 - - 320 310 315 325 315 310 305 305 320 310 270 290

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio

230 215 300 245 255 - 225 240 235 - - 240 225 240 245 230 240 250 240 265 240 AQA 135


S ON E MY T AR WHA Y? STTIUD ILL IOP TW WHA Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Business in Marketing Business in Information Technology Social Studies Film and Media Journalism and Media Arts (General) Legal Studies Legal and Business Studies Business Business in Accounting Business in Marketing Cultural Studies Legal Studies Legal and Business Studies

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 1 Year 2 Years 2 Years

Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 CT + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

2010 Mid Points

305 220 275 270 - - 270 390 255 340 185 270 210 334

255 205 280 270 335 - 240 360 215 400 240 280 210 195

2011 Final Round Points

110 105 120 AQA AQA - AQA 135 120 120 140 135 100 225

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DB 573 DB 574 DB 575 DB 576 DB 578 DB 579 DB 582 DB 583 DB 513 DB 522 DB 533 DB 563 DB 580 DB 581

2009 Mid Points

Grafton Academy of Dress Designing 6 Herbert Place, Dublin 2 www.graftonacademy.com 01 6763653 / 01 6767940 / 016763868 info@graftonacademy.com Fashion Design Full-time Professional Fashion Design Evenings Pattern Making Sewing Fashion Design Summer Trial & Introductory (Day) Dressmaking Evenings from Commercial Pattern Dressmaking from Commercial Pattern Saturday ams Dressmaking Summer (Day) From Commercial Pattern Dressmaking Summer (Day) From Cmmercial Pattern Fashion Design Intensive Introductory Design Pattern Drafting and Sewing Millinery (Hat Making)

3 Years F/T - Approx 4 Years Half-time ams or pms Diploma Blocks of 18 lessons (ongoing) Sept - June 40 Classes, 30 Classes or 20 Classes. Blocks of 10 Classes 8 Classes 1 Week F/T (10 Classes), 2 Weeks P/T during summer 2 Weeks F/T 1 or 3 Months 6 Weeks Autumn/Spring

Grafton College of Management Sciences 7 Gardiner Row,Dublin 1 www.graftoncollege.ie GF 010 GF 011 GF 001

Business in Management Business in Accounting Business

3 Years 3 Years 2 Years

info@graftoncollege.ie

(01)872 6597

Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG + HD

- - 240

- - 260

135 130 AQA

- - 340 200 235 340 215

- 390 340 260 245 305 265

- - 300 AQA AQA AQA AQA

305 325 325 300 - 315 310 325 #400 245 315 260 - 255 400 225 190

320 325 340 320 280 300 320 315 375 220 305 270 - 270 425 225 200

AQA AQA 300 AQA AQA AQA 240 270 #AQA AQA AQA AQA - AQA AQA# AQA AQA

Griffith College Cork Cove Street, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork www.gcc.ie (021)4507027 admissions@gcc.ie GC 200 GC 201 GC 203 GC 210 GC 211 GC 265 GC 216

Business Studies Accounting and Finance Law Marketing Business Journalism Business

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + DG

Griffith College Dublin South Circular Road, Dublin 8 www.gcd.ie (01)415 0400 admissions@gcd.ie GC 400 GC 401 GC 403 GC 404 GC 405 GC 430 GC 450 GC 489 GC 494 GC 435 GC 465 GC 470 GC 475 GC 490 GC 495 GC 416 GC 440

1

2

Business Studies Accounting and Finance Law Business and Law International Hospitality Management Computing Science Journalism and Visual Media Interior Architecture Fashion Design (Portfolio required) Computing Journalism Photographic Media Photography Interior Design Fashion Design (Portfolio required) Business Computing

Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award. Successful completion level 7/6 programmes may allow entry to a higher level programme.

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 4 Years 3 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 1 Year 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 2 Years

AQA # * **

All qualified applicants accepted Test or Interview Not all on this points score were offered places Matriculated candidates are considered but admission is on the basis of performance in the music test or interview

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DP Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 HC + HD

*** Applicants are ranked as for other courses but the final decision depends on performance in interview + Includes Project/Portfolio


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Code Course Title Duration Qualification

Griffith College Limerick 31 /32 Upper William St., Limerick www.gcl.ie 061)310031

GC 300 GC 301 GC 335 GC 316 GC 320 GC 340

Business Studies Accounting and Finance Computing Business Business Administration Computing

3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 2 Years 1 Year 2 Years

2009 Mid Points

2010 Mid Points

2011 Final Round Points

info@gcl.ie Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 6 HC + HD Level 6 CT Level 6 HC + HD

Independent Colleges Dublin 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 www.independentcolleges.ie (01)672 5058

- - - - - -

- - - - - -

- - AQA AQA AQA -

admissions@independentcolleges.ie

IC 001 Journalism 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - IC 002 Law 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - IC 003 Arts (General) 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - IC 004 Business Studies 3 Years Level 8 (HD) - IC 004 Business Studies 3 Years Level 8 HD - IC 004 Business Studies specialising in Marketing 3 Years Level 8 HD - IC 004 Business Studies specialising in Accounting and Finance 3 Years Level 8 HD - IC 004 Business Studies specialising in Management and HR 3 Years Level 8 HD - - Direct Entry Law 3 Years Level 8 HD - - Psychotherapy 3 Years Level 8 HD - - Counselling and Psychotherapy 1 Year Level 7 DG + HD - - Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Business Studies 1 Year Diploma - - ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business 14 weeks ACCA Diploma - - Advanced Diploma in Event Management 6 months Advanced Diploma - - Professional Legal Studies (ILEX) 1 Year Diploma -

330 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

260 - - 328 - - - - - - - - - - -

Diploma, Degree, Postgraduate & Professional Courses in Accountancy • Arts & Psychotherapy • Business • Law • Media & Journalism

www.independentcolleges.ie IBAT College

Independent College Dublin, 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 635 1184 Email: admissions@independentcolleges.ie

IBAT House,16-19 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 www.ibat.ie(01)807 5055 enquiry@ibat.ie

at City Centre Campus BY 251 Business - Level 7 DG + HD - - BY 201 Business - Level 6 HC + DG + HD - - - at Swords Campus BY 101 Business 4 Years Level 8 (HD) 295 300 220 BY 051 Business 3 Years Level 7 DG + HD 210 205 175 BY 001 Business 2 Years Level 6 HC + DG + HD 165 205 105

ICD Business School84-89 South Great George’s St, Dublin 2 www.icd.ie (01)662 9386 admin@icd.ie ID 001 ID 002

Accounting and Finance Business Studies

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National Counselling and Psychotherapy Institute of Ireland Limerick CI 101 CI 104 CI 001 CI 002 CI 005

Counselling and Psychotherapy Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies Counselling Skills and Youth Studies

4 Years - 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years

Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD)

- -

- -

- -

www.ncpii.ie (061)216288 info@ncpii.ie Level 8 (HD) Level 8 (HD) Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD Level 7 DG + HD

300 - 330 305 280

310 - 280 285 270

250 - 250 250 250

Newpark Music Centre Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.newparkmusic.com (01)288 3740/210 8188 newparkmusic@eircom.net NP01 NP02

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Jazz Performance Berklee Track

4 years 2 years

Level 8 Honours Degree Certificate

CAO, PLC, Universities and Colleges, Find it all at

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what will I study?

Co. Cavan Cavan College of Further Studies Main St, Cavan

Co. Carlow

Cavan College of Further Studies Main St, Cavan Art, Craft and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design and Manufacture FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Architecture FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Applied Languages and Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BALBX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - International Trade FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSIT , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Sports Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration - Computerised Office Skills for Adults 2 FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Credit Management and Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies and Human Resouces FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Start your own Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Accounting FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Buying & Merchandising FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business and Insurance Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Bilingual Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Business and Office Information Systems - Insurance and Banking FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business and Office Information Systems - Legal/Medical FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business and Office Information Systems - Reception FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business and Office Information Systems - Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Languages and Information Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , BITSX , 2 Yrs • Call Centre Operations FETAC Lvl 5 , BCCOX , 1 Yrs • e-Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Floristry FETAC Lvl 5 , CFLOR , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CHXXX , 1 Yrs • Certified Public Accountancy FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Food Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Science and Laboratory Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Forensic Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Sustainable Energy and Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Renewable Energy technology and Control Systems FETAC Lvl 5 , CCTXX , 1 Yrs • Electronic Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Equine Studies and Business Management FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Games Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Software Development (yr1) FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Vehicle Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Rural Enterprise FETAC Lvl 5 , CREXX , 1 Yrs • Veterinary Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Software Development (yr2) FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Animal Management FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 2 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Emergency First Responder/Medical Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Sports Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 2 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Access to Care/Hospital and Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Dental Nursing FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Midwifery Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Hairdressing and Beauty Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Combined FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Hotel and Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Hotel and Catering - Professional Cookery FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Coaching and Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism and Airline Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Health Care Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare (Childcare Supervisor) FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration (Business and Computer Applications) FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Management (Accounting) FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Advanced International Diploma in Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Cultural and Heritage Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Language and European Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Media Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Music Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Music Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Event Management and Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAAX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Multimedia and Web Development FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Music Technology, Sound Engineering and Production FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Community Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ECAXX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Education and Training FETAC Lvl 5 , EETXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia and Web Development (yr2) FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Furniture Making FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Computer and Network Technician (yr1) FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Computer and Network Technician (yr2) FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Youth Work FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Science with Management FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Art Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Operations and Administration (Supervisory) FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Telecommunication Systems (yr2) FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Security Systems Technology and Alarm Installation FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician - Computerised Accounting FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Business and Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs • BTEC Higher National Diploma in Care Practice FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs • CACHE Certificate for Classroom Assistants FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs • Certificate in Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Complimentary Therapies FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration - Computerised Office Skills for Adults 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Ceramics FETAC Lvl 6 , ACCXX , 1 Yrs • Make-up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Music Performance FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Music Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Fashion Marketing & Promotion FETAC Lvl 6 , AFIPX , 1 Yrs • Travel Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Sports Development and Coaching FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs • Environmental Science (Sustainable Development) FETAC Lvl 5 , CAEXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Games Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ECMXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Games Development FETAC Lvl 5 , ECMXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BLSXX , 1 Yrs • Front Office and Hotel Reception Operations FETAC Lvl 6 , DHRXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Insurance Studies FETAC Lvl 6 , BIXXX , 1 Yrs • Renewable Energy Technology & Automation (yr2) FETAC Lvl 6 , CMSTX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown, Co. Carlow

Wood, Metalcraft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • E-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Community School, Tullow Co. Carlow

Business and Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Muinebheag Vocational School Co. Carlow

Creative Craft FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design/Furniture Restoration FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Computers for Beginners FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • ECDL & Return to Work Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Receptionist Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Horsemanship FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare incl Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sports and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DLMXX , 1 Yrs

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what will I study? Courses Offered

Vocational School Carlow, Co. Carlow

Art Craft and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Sewing & Craft skills FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Making & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • School Age Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DSACX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration and Reception Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Technology Retraining FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration with Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Languages and Information Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , BITSX , 2 Yrs • Call Centre Operations FETAC Lvl 5 , BCCOX , 1 Yrs • Teachers Diploma in IT FETAC Lvl 6 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Gardening and Landscape FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Physiology and Sports Injury Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies Health Science FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Hotel and Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel and Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Administration with Payroll FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Make - up Artist and Nail technician FETAC Lvl 5 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Holistic Health Studies FETAC Lvl 6 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 6 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 6 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Media Production and Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Multi Media Production and Digital Movie FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology & Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Science FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Business Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Security Operations and Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Security Operations and Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Travel and Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Sports and Recreation FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BLSXX , 1 Yrs • Multi Media & Web Development FETAC Lvl 6 , EMMWD , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Organic Agriculture FETAC Lvl 5 , COAXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Clare Community School Kilrush, Co. Clare

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Ennis Community College Harmony Row, Ennis

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs

Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Art, Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Cultural & Heritage Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Professional Arts Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , APAPX , 1 Yrs

St. John Bosco’s Community College Cahercon, Kildysart, Co. Clare

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

St. Joseph’s Secondary School Spanish Point

Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Vocational School Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs

City of Cork Coláiste Stiofain Naofa Tramore Road, Cork

Art, Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Access to Education - Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Art,Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design & Construction 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Textiles FETAC Lvl 6 , ATBXX , 1 Yrs • Legal and Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Access to Education - Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Floristry & Interior Landscaping FETAC Lvl 5 , CFLOR , 1 Yrs • Applied Biology, Food, Health & Nutrition FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Amenity & Landscape Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Process Chemistry FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Carpentry FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Mechanical Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Equestrian Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Software Development 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Automobile Engineering Plant & Machinery maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Greenkeeping FETAC Lvl 6 , CGKXX , 2 Yrs • Software Development 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Emergency Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Health Promotion FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Access to Education - Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Sports and Exercise Science FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 2 Yrs • Sports Injuries/ Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 2 Yrs • Coach Education 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Soccer Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Rugby Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Leisure and Recreation 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Emergency Services 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Cultural & Heritage Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Music, Performance & Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 2 Yrs • Music, Management & Sound FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATD , 2 Yrs • Theatre Performance 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Dance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPADX , 2 Yrs • Multimedia 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Radio Broadcasting 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design & Construction 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Computer Maintenance, Repair & Forensics FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 2 Yrs • Business Studies 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Business with Painting FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , ECACT , 1 Yrs • Art Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , AAAXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Ceramics FETAC Lvl 6 , ACCXX , 1 Yrs • Radio Broadcasting 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Coach Education 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Leisure and Recreation 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Soccer Studies 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Rugby Studies 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs

Cork College of Commerce Morrison’s Island, Cork

School Age Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DSACX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in International Trade & eBusiness FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSIT , 1 Yrs • Beauty Salon Reception FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Advertising, Public Relations with Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Occupational Safety & Health FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computers, Business and English for International Students FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Banking & Credit Union Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • International Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Adult Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Reception and Customer Service FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Medical/Dental Receptionist FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Computer Studies and Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing and Sales FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Graduate Diploma in Financial Management FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Training in InformationTechnology FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Advertising & Public Relations with Event Management FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Certificate in Auctioneering & Estate Agency; Diploma in Property Management & Valuation FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 3 Yrs • Certified Public Accounting FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Computer Science FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • ChildCare - Montessori FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • ChildCare - Afternoon FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • ChildCare - Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • International Airline Studies with Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare - Special Needs FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare - Montessori FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Office Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Management Studies FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Complementary Health Therapy Diploma FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Nail Technician and Make-up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Language & European Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Computer Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Police and Security Studies 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Police and Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Make-up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism Yr2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Psychology and Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BLSXX , 1 Yrs • Insurance & Professional Selling FETAC Lvl 6 , BIXXX , 1 Yrs

Deerpark CBS St. Patrick’s Road, Cork

Business & Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Nagle Community College Mahon, Blackrock, Cork

Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Care of the Elderly FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs

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St John’s Central College Sawmill St Cork

Art, Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Musical Instrument Making FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Jewellery & Art Metalcraft 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Making & Restoration Skills 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Cartoon Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Art, Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Draughting & CAD 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design & Illustration FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • New Directions IT Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Computer Training FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computers & ECDL FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Computers & eBusiness 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Environmental Science / Waste Mgt FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Applied Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Sustainable Energy/Building Systems FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Software Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Game Design/ Development FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Web Design 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Cycle & Small Engine Maint FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Maintenance & Light Eng FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care with Veterinary Nursing FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Alarm Installation & Maintenance 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Web Design 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & eTravel 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing Yr 2 FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Photographic Studies 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Film & Video Production 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Draughting & CAD 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Games Design and Development FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Making & Restoration Skills 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Cartoon Animation FETAC Lvl 6 , ACAXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Grooming FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Management FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Veterinary Nursing FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Computers & eBusiness 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Telecommunications Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Alarm Installation & Maintenance 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs • Photographic Studies 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , EPHOT , 1 Yrs • Tourism & eTravel 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Jewellery & Art Metalcraft 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , AAMXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs • Interior Design 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , AINTD , 2 Yrs • Illustration FETAC Lvl 6 , AIXXX , 1 Yrs • Professional Art Practice / Painting FETAC Lvl 6 , APAPX , 1 Yrs • Film & TV Production (Advanced) FETAC Lvl 6 , EBXXX , 1 Yrs • Film & Video Production 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , EFTVP , 1 Yrs

Terence McSwiney Community College Knocknaheeny, Cork

New Directions FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • I.T. Warehousing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business and Secretarial Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • I.T. Retail FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Caring for the Elderly FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare - Classroom Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare - Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Introduction to Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing Yr2 FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs

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Co. Cork Coláiste on Chraóibhin Fermoy, Co. Cork

Art, Craft, Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Computers/Business/Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 2 Yrs • Performing Arts Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Community Arts FETAC Lvl 6 , ECAPX , 1 Yrs • Youthwork FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí Bantry, Co Cork

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Community College Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Childcare/Cúrsaí Cúram Clainne FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs

Community College Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co. Cork

Art Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs

Davis College Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art/Craft/Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design & Production FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design & Illustration FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Property Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • English as a Foreigh Language and Business Communications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computers & Business studies for Adults FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Secretarial & Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Diploma for IT Users FETAC Lvl 5 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Fitness & Health FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Diploma in International Travel FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 2 Yrs • Supervison in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 2 Yrs • Business Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Complementary Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Beauty & Body Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Sound Engineering & Music Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Photographic & Digital Media Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Interactive Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Computer & Network Tecnician FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Small Animal Care (Level 6) FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Art (Fine Art) FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Media Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism Management (Level 6) FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Science FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

Further Education Centre Bandon Rd, Kinsale , Co. Cork

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Portfolio Preparation/Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Skills, Office and Business Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Permaculture/Sustainability FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 2 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Care for the Elderly FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Cullinary Art/ Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Travel FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation / Sustainability FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 2 Yrs • Supervision In Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre and Drama FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Multi Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Art & Business FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 6 , ECACT , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Multimedia & Web Development FETAC Lvl 6 , EMMWD , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Film & TV Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EFTVP , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMXX , 1 Yrs

Kinsale Community School Kinsale, Co. Cork

Computer & Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Mannix College Charleville, Co. Cork

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Intellectual disabilities FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Maria Immaculate Community College Dunmanway, Co Cork

Business Studies - Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs

McEgan College Macroom, Co. Cork

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art, Craft and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs

Rossa College Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Art,Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Cert in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Professional Arts Practicve (Advanced Certificate) FETAC Lvl 6 , APAPX , 1 Yrs

Schull Community College Schull, Co. Cork

Outdoor Sport & Recreation Instructors Course FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs

St. Colman’s Community College Midleton, Co. Cork

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs

St. Fanahan’s College Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial and Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Food Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Childcare (Special Needs) FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Sport & Leisure (Coaching) FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Home Help Course FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Organic Agriculture FETAC Lvl 5 , COAXX , 1 Yrs

St.Brogan’s College Bandon, Co. Cork Further Education Centre

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs


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Courses Offered

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Office Skills for Adults FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Human Resources Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Systems FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • International Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • International Aid & Development Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • English (EFL) & Business Communications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Property Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Auctioneering, Estate Agency and Valuation FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Chinese with Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business and Environmental Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Start Your Own Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Green Economy Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing, Advertising & Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Psychology FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Criminology and Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Health Sector Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • English (EFL) & Media Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Web Authoring & Multimedia FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs

Ballyfermot College of Further Education Ballyfermot Rd, Dublin 10

Art, Design and 3D Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Animation Drawing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art, Design and Mixed Media FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art, Graphics and Printmaking FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Reception Tourism & Business FETAC Lvl 6 , DHRXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Jewellery FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Illustration FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Fibre Art FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Advanced Diploma in Animation FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Reception Tourism and Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Music Management & Production FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Management & Secretarial Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Business FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Training in Computer Games and Interactive Entertainment Dev. FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Music Production FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Forensic Psychology FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Applied Social Studies/Social Care FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 2 Yrs • Preliminary Engineering FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Community and Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pre-Nursing FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Reception Tourism and Business FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Travel and Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Care of the person with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Presentation and Performance FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Computer Games Design FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Digital Media FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Cultural & Heritage Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Music Management & Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Cinematography FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Presentation and Performance Skills for the Media FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • On-Line Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Music Management & Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Traditional Music Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Interactive Digital Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Traditional Music Performance (Ceoltóir) FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Media FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Contempory Music Performance (Rock School) FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Television Operations and Production FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma Media Production (Radio) FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Media FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Comedy FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Film FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Music Management FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Media Production and Management FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 1 Yrs • Leiriuchain Raidio FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • Television and Digital Film FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Bridging the Gap Between Education & Community FETAC Lvl 5 , ECDXX , 1 Yrs • Return to Learning FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Dhulaigh Clonshaugh Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

Architectural Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Foundation in Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Art & Design Portfolio Prep FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Foundation in Arch. Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion & Textiles FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Foundation in Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Foundation in Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DHROX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Animation FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Interior Design (3D & Product.) FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration & IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Marketing, Management & Media Analysis FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Medical Laboratory Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Renewable Energy Practices FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Computer Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Science FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Pre-University Science FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Preliminary Engineering FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Med Lab Science FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Health Science - Pre Nursing Health Science Physiology & Sport FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Business & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Adventure Management FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Social Care Practice FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Pre-University Languages FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • ESOL & European Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Communications & Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Foundation in Theatre Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Mobile Technologies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Studies FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Journalism FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Film Production FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Interactive Media FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Communications & Media Production FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Renewable Energy Practices FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Mobile Technologies FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Systems Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Entrepreneurial Skills FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Fine Art Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Systems Technician FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Nutritional Therapy & Fitness FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Fashion & Textiles FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Ide, College of Further Studies Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas

Portfolio preparation in Art &Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology & CAD FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Portfolio preparation in Fashion & Textiles FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Portfolio in Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Business Practice, Marketing & HR FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Enterprise FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Leisure & Beauty FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial & Computer Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business & Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Food Science and Safety FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Preparatory Science - Natural FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Electronic & Electrical Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Association Football FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Sports and Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 2 Yrs • Travel &Tourism, FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Travel Trade Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Incentive Travel Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology & CAD FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Technician FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Electronic & Electrical Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs • Sports and Leisure Management Coachong FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs • Hotel Reception Operations FETAC Lvl 6 , DHRXX , 1 Yrs

Crumlin College of Further Studies Crumlin Rd,, Dublin 12

Fashion Stylist FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Advertising & Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Essential Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Sales & Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Buying & Merchandising FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting & Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Tax Technician & IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician Yr2 FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • IT with Computer Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Sports Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 2 Yrs • Hairdressing & Cosmetic Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Hotel, Catering & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Travel Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Beauty & Retail Sales FETAC Lvl 5 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Design in Multimedia Computing FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Multimedia & Web Development FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Support Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Technician FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Management & Marketing in Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management & Marketing FETAC Lvl 0 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs • Make-up for Fashion & Media FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs • Commercial Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs

Inchicore College of Further Studies Emmet Road, Dublin 8

Set and Lighting Design for Theatre FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Art & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Costume, Make-up and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Admin & Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Returning to Education FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Returning to Education FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Returning to Education FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Social Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 2 Yrs • Pre-Nursing FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sports Coaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Leisure & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 2 Yrs • Toursim FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 2 Yrs • Healthcare Support Worker FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Certificate FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Writing & Cultural Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Stagecraft, Sound and Lighting FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATD , 2 Yrs • Theatre Studies Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 2 Yrs • Theatre Studies Dance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPADX , 2 Yrs • Drama Performance FETAC Lvl 6 , ECACT , 1 Yrs • Costume, Make-up and Design Yr 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , Pilot , 1 Yrs

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what will I study? Courses Offered

Killester College Collins Ave East, Dublin 5

Art Portfolio Preparation FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies with Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Landscape Gardening & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Foundation Course in Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology and eBusiness FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Veterinary Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Disability Support Worker FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Classroom/Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare & Early Learning FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Montessori Teaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Montessori Teaching 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Commercial Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Data Networking (CISCO) Yr1 FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Data Networking (CISCO) Yr2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Security Systems - Installation and Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs

Kylemore College Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Motor Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Music Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Music Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Music Yr2 FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs

Liberties College Bull Alley St. Liberties, Dublin 8

Portfolio Preparation in Mixed Media FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Portfolio Preparation in 2D/3D Art and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design Diploma FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Return to Work Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Networking Technician - Cisco Certified FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Facilitation and Mediation Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Counselling - Foundation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Addictions - Foundation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services - Foundation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Montessori Diploma (2.5-6yrs) FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Certificate - FETAC Yr 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Certificate with High/Scope FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Montessori and Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 2 Yrs • Childcare Diploma - CACHE/NNEB FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 2 Yrs • Care of the Special Child - Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Classroom Assistant - SNA FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies and Social Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Counselling -Personal Assisting FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Homecare Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Counselling - Professional Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 2 Yrs • Tourism and Travel FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Health Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Montessori Diploma with Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Working and Living in Ireland FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Media Production Certificate FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Media and Digital Audio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Community Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Performance - Drama Foundation FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Community Development Studies (Advanced) FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Access Course for Higher Education FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts Access to University FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Film, Literature and Drama - Foundation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Cisco Networking CCNA FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Youth and Community Work FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 2 Yrs • Performance - Advanced / Professional FETAC Lvl 6 , ECACT , 2 Yrs • Professional Preparation in Acting FETAC Lvl 6 , ECACT , 1 Yrs • Art & Design Advanced FETAC Lvl 6 , AAAXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design - Advanced Certificate FETAC Lvl 6 , AINTD , 1 Yrs

Marino College 14 - 20 Marin Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3

Graphic Design & Illustratuion FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Dental Nurse FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Computer & Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Secretarial Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Medical & Administration Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty & Sales Consultant FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 2 Yrs • Beauty Specialist FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 2 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DSACX , 1 Yrs • Introduction to Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Health Care Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Journalism with Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Film, Television & Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Television & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Youthwork FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Media Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Photography Portfolio Preparation FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Industry Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , AFIPX , 1 Yrs

Pearse College Clogher Rd, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Landscape Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Creative Activity for Everyone CAFÉ FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Sustainable Design & Innovation FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Global Marketing & Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSIT , 1 Yrs • Banking, Insurance, & Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Project Management Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Management & Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Eco-Preneur FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Plants & Flowers FETAC Lvl 5 , CFLOR , 1 Yrs • Nutrition FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Amenity Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Organic Gardening FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture for Aromatherapy FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Pre-University Physiotherapy FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Architectural Draughting with CAD Year I FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Sustainable Construction Technologies FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Computer Work Skills (IT) FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Complementary & Holistic Therapies Year 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Pre-University Occupational Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Soccer Career Development Course FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Computer Work Skills FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Complementary & Holistic Therapies Year II FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Intensive European Language Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • European Studies and Languages FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Media Techniques I FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Media Techniques II FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 1 Yrs • University Access Course FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Draughting with CAD Year II FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Training for the Community Sector FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Soccer Career Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Ecology in Ireland FETAC Lvl 5 , CAEXX , 1 Yrs • Conservation & Sustainability FETAC Lvl 5 , CAEXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management Advanced FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ECMXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Insurance FETAC Lvl 6 , BIXXX , 1 Yrs

Plunkett College Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9

Furniture Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Accounting, Business & Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Business & Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Library Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician Foundation - IATI FETAC Lvl 5 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician Admission - IATI FETAC Lvl 5 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Carpentry & Joinery Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology & Draughting FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Computer Applications & Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Vehicle Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Holistic Health FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Introduction to Counselling &Psychology FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Alternative Health Therapies FETAC Lvl 5 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Third Level Access Course FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs

Rathmines College of Further Education Town Hall, Dublin 6

Certificate in Office Administration - Medical Reception Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Office Administration Legal FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Secretarial Office Administration Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • English and Information Technology for International Students (Computer Applications for Overseas Students) FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Cultural and Corporate Project Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Business and IT- Finance FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Business and IT Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Legal and Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Certified Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Professional Accounting Part 1&2 FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Accounting Technician with IT Applications FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Diploma in Public Relations FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Business - Marketing FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Certificate in Computer Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Office Administration - Legal FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Advance Certificate in Management - Finance & Accounting FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 2 Yrs • Certificate in Journalism and Public Relations FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Higher National Diploma in Journalism FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Certificate in Politics, Psychology and Socialogy FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Liberal Studies Access to Universities and ITs FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs

Ringsend Technical Institute Cambridge Rd, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

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what will I study? Courses Offered

St. Kevin’s College Clogher Rd, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Applied Laboratory Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Pre Apprentice Trades FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Renewable & Electrical Energy Systems FETAC Lvl 5 , CCTXX , 1 Yrs • Electronic Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Mechanical Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Community & Child Development FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community & Child Development FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Media Production Moving Image FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Media Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Photography FETAC Lvl 6 , EPHOT , 1 Yrs • Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs

Whitehall College of Further Education Swords Rd, Dublin 9

Receptionist / Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Insurance & Banking FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business & Finance FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • English Language & Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Staidear Gno FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies with Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Studies - Wine Sales FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • PC Specialist Training FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Media Software Development FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Software Systems year 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 2 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Working in Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Working with Children with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Health Care Support Worker FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Education & Training Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EETXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate - Executive Assistant FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Financial & Legal Services - Advanced FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Social & Community Development FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Ecology FETAC Lvl 5 , CAEXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Dublin College of Further Education Main St. Dundrum, Dublin 14

Crafts, Textile & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Medical Secretary / Receptionist FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounts/VAT/Payroll Administrator FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial/Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business & Internet Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Up-skilling in Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Health Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia / Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Computer Systems & Networks FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Garden Design FETAC Lvl 5 , CGDXX , 1 Yrs

Collinstown Park Community College Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Computer & Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pre-Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing & Beauty FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology Specialising in PC Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 2 Yrs • Youth Work FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yr

Community School Cabinteely, Dublin 18

Future Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Future Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Community School The Donaghies, Streamville Rd, Dublin 13

Business and Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs

Deansrath Community College New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Secretarial / Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • e-Business with Web Design FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Social Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing & Beauty FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs

Grange Community College Grange Rd, Donaghmede, Dublin 13

Art / Craft / Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computerised Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Legal & Medical Secretary FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Specialist FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Beauty & Complementary Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Working in Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Make-Up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs

Greenhills College Limekiln Avenue, Greenhills, Dublin 12

Art / Craft / Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Design with Architectural Drawing FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies with Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Return to Work with ECDL FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Business Through Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Medical Secretary FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Legal Secretary FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Computer Applications and Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Accounts Technician FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Pre-University Science (Applied Science Laboratory Techniques) FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Renewable Energy and Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology with PC Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs Assistant Training FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care with Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Pre-Professional Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sports Coaching with Leisure Facilities Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • PreUniversity Arts (Language & European Studies) FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Cert in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs

Mount Seskin Community College Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs

St Kevin’s Community College Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Information Technology - Internet & Gaming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

St. Aidan’s Community School Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

St. Mark’s Community School Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin 20

Business & Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

St. Tiernan’s Community School Parkvale, Sandyford, Dublin 16

Business Technology with Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Reception, Front Office & Tourism Awareness FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • e-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing & Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs

Stillorgan College of Further Education Old Dublin Rd, Stillorgan

Art Foundation FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • PR & Digital Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • ECDL FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Software Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Travel / Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Airline Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Business & Computers for Jobseekers FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Media Foundation FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Journalism FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Moving Image FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Travel / Tourism Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs

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Courses Offered

Boro of Dun Laoghaire Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education Cumberland St. Co. Dublin

Boat Building FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design & Manufacture FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Carpentary Techniques, Design and Practice FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Computer Skills for Adults FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Executive Secretarial Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • International Business Trade Practice FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Public Relations & Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Legal / Medical Office Administratiion FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Law & Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Skills for Adults FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Sustainable Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Building Conservation Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Micro Electronics & Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Business Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology with Networking FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Sound Engineering / Music Production FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Sound Engineering / Music Production FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Community Health &Welfare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Soccer Skills & Coaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Tennis Coaching & Administration FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Local History & Cultural Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Arts Culture & History FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Sound Engineering / Music Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Audio Visual Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Radio Broadcasting FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • TV & Digital Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology & Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Conservation & Sustainable Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design & Manufacture FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Furniture & Antique Restoration FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Animal Care FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Business Enterprise & Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Security Operations and Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Security Systems Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Microelectronics & Computing FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Security Systems Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Radio Broadcasting FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in TV & Digital Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EFTVP , 1 Yrs

Sallynoggin College of Further Pearse St, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Art & Design Portfolio Preparation FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design yr1 FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 2 Yrs • Fashion Industry Practice FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Executive Assistant (PA) FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Professional Floristry FETAC Lvl 5 , CFLOR , 1 Yrs • Childcare Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Leisure Management & Fitness Instructor FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 2 Yrs • Travel & Tourism Industry Training FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Dance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 2 Yrs • Performing Arts/Theatre Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 2 Yrs • Youthwork FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Industry Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , AFIPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Travel & Tourism Industry Training FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Personal Trainer & Sports Therapist FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design yr2 FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs

Senior College Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Display/ Set Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Landscape Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Garden Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Ecological & Sustainable Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 1 Yrs • Interior Design Higher Diploma FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Nail Technician & Salon Receptionist FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Financial Services FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Property & Facilities Management FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Auctioneering & Estate Agency FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • IT Teacher Training Dip with eLearning FETAC Lvl 6 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • CISCO Networking FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Interactive Media Cert/Dip (Multimedia) FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 2 Yrs • Interactive Media Adv/Grad Diploma (Multimedia) FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Applied Psychology FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Retail Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Fire Brigade & Ambulance FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Holistic Therapies FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Spa Therapies Diplomas FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Theatrical/Media Make-up Artistry FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Health & Safety FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • PC Maintenance & Technical Support FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Retail Management and Marketing FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Digital Marketing and Web Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Donegal Abbey Vocational School Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Community School Carndonagh, Co. Donegal

Business Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs

Errigal College Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Art,Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies/Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pre-Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Magh Ene College Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Applied Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs

St. Catherine’s Vocational School Killybegs, Co. Donegal

eBusiness Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Vocational School Stranorlar, Co. Donegal

Business Studies- Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

City of Galway Community College Moneenageisha, Galway

Cabinet Making & Construction (CAD) FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing, P.R & Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Legal & Medical Secretarial Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial/Office Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business with Software Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Business IT with Web Design FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Motor Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Disability Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Exercise Fitness & Nutrition Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • GAA Coaching Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Music Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs


what will I study? Courses Offered

Galway Technical Institute Fr. Griffin Rd

Art Portfolio Preparation FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Craft FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Making & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Business – Fashion, Retail, Styling & Display FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies – Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies – Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Marketing for e-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology/Heritage & Environmental Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology/Civil Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Electronic Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Complementary Health Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Sport & Leisure Soccer Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Holistic Massage & Reflexology FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Cultural & Heritage Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Media Production (Video & Media Technology) FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Music Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Music Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Arts Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAAX , 1 Yrs • Community Arts Event Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ECAXX , 1 Yrs • Media Production (Radio & Journalism) FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Furniture Making & Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert Security Operations & Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Electronic Technician FETAC Lvl 6 , CETXX , 1 Yrs • Security Systems Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Make-up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Media Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Fashion Industry Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , AFIPX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Sport Development & Soccer Coaching FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Drawing & Visual Inquiry FETAC Lvl 6 , APAPX , 1 Yrs • Film & TV Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EFTVP , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Media FETAC Lvl 5 , ECMXX , 1 Yrs

Mean Scoil Mhuire Newtownsmith, Galway

Business & Insurance Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Travel Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs

Presentation Secondary School Presentation Road, Galway

Business with Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yr

Co. Galway Arch Bishop McHale College Tuam, Co. Galway

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs

Clifden Community School Clifden, Co. Galway

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste an Chreagáin Mountbellew, Co Galway

Cert in Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Supervision on Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Mhuire Ballygar, Co Galway

Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs

Community School Portumna, Co. Galway

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs

Community School Dunmore, Co. Galway

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Glenamaddy Community School Co. Galway

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara Carna, Co. Galway

Curam Leanaí FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

St Cuan’s College Castleblakeney, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Business & Computing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Renewable Energy Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Childcare / Classroom Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs

St. Brigid’s Vocational Loughrea

Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

St. Killian’s Vocational School New Inn, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs

Vocational School Athenry, Co. Galway

Computerised Office Skills/ Medical Secretary FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies and Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Kerry Colaiste na Sceilge Caherciveen, Co. Kerry

Business and Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CHXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Admin and Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs

Community College Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Business & Office Technology Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Community College Listowel, Co. Kerry

Furniture Design & Manufacture FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science Laboratory Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Cultural & Heritage Studies/Creative Writing FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Community Arts FETAC Lvl 6 , ECAPX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs

Killarney Community College Killarney, Co. Kerry

Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare / Calassroom Assistant with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

St Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion, Co Kerry

Pre-Garda Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • E- Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts / Theatre Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATD , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Dance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPADX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

Tralee Community College Clash, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Art, Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • School Age Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DSACX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy & Business 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy & Business 2 FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial Studies - Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial Studies - Medical / Legal FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Retail Sales FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician 1 FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician 2 FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Building Construction FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Engineering / Motor Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Computer Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Carers- Communtity Health Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Disability Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel Agency & Tour Guiding Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Journalism - Print & Radio FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia - Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Youth Work FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

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Courses Offered

Co. Kildare

Confey College Riverforest, Leixlip, Naas, Co. Kildare

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs

Curragh Post Primary School Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Kildare College of Further Education Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Office Administration with ECDL FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Piper’s Hill College Kilashee, Naas, Co. Kildare

Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business & IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration & Equine Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 2 Yrs

St. Brigid’s Post Primary School Carlow Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare

Business & Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

St. Conleth’s Vocational School Station Rd, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Art Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Wider Options FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business & IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs + Montessori Module FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pre Nursing FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs

St. Farnan’s Post Primary School Prosperous, Co. Kildare

e-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Kilkenny Coláiste Cois Súire Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny

Computer Applications & Office Adminstration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Mhuire Johnston, Via Thurles, Co. Kilkenny

Business Studies/Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Engineering/CAD FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs

Community School Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Business with Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Duiske College Graighnamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Art / Craft / Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Grennan College Ladywell St, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Art/Craft/Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Horsemanship FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Professional Arts Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , APAPX , 1 Yrs

Kilkenny City Vocational School New Street, Kilkenny

Fine Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art KCAT FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 2 Yrs • Business Studies - Financial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Advanced Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 6 , CCCCC , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Exercise & Health Fitness FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Media Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance KCAT FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Advanced Fine Art FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs

Scoil Aireagail Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny

Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs

St. Brigid’s College Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Co. Laois Further Education Centre Mountrath Rd, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

Creative Craft FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Art, Craft, Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Early Childhood Care and Education FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Certificate in Art and Business FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMXX , 1 Yrs

Mountmellick Further Education Centre Harbour St., Mountmellick, Co. Laois

Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs

Portlaoise Vocational School & Senior College Architectural & Interior Technology CAD FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business Portlaoise, Co. Laois Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Green Architecture & Sustainable Energy FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Health & Fitness Sports Coaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Health & Fitness Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Supervision on Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy 1 FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy 2 FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Arts, Culture & History FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies & Business FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Leitrim

Carrick on Shannon Community School Co. Leitrim

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Carrigallen Vocational School Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim

Art Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs

Drumshanbo Vocational School Co. Leitrim

Art & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Call Centre Operations FETAC Lvl 5 , BCCOX , 1 Yrs • Organic Food production FETAC Lvl 5 , CHXXX , 1 Yrs • Renewable Energy FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Media Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Traditional Irish Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs

Lough Allen Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Pursuits FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs

Mohill Community College Mohill, Co Leitrim

Business Administration & Computing with Maths FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs


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Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Fine Art/ Craft FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Instrument Making & Repair (String) FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Art / Craft / Design / Fine Art / Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion / Knitwear / Textile Design Styling & Retail FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 2 Yrs • Art / Craft / Design / Fine Art / Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Graphics FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion / Knitwear / Textile Design Styling & Retail FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 2 Yrs • Art / Craft / Design / Fine Art / Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Fashion/Textile Design FETAC Lvl 6 , ATBXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in International Trade FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSIT , 2 Yrs • Business Communication with English FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Human Resource Administration/ Retail Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion / Knitwear / Textile Design Styling & Retail FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Salon Reception FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Admin / Computer Studies / Office Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Banking Insurance & Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Reception / Medical / Dental FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Admin / Computer Studies / Office Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Admin / Computer Studies / Office Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Advertising Public Relations FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Legal Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing / Language / Marketing & Sales Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 2 Yrs • Human Resource Administration/ Retail Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Fashion / Knitwear / Textile Design Styling & Retail FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 2 Yrs • Teleservices FETAC Lvl 6 , BITSX , 2 Yrs • Call Centre Operations FETAC Lvl 5 , BCCOX , 1 Yrs • Financial Services and e-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Applied Science - Laboratory Techniques Environmental Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Equestrian/Equine Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare & Montessori / Special Needs / Teaching Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies (Pre Nursing) FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Emergency Care/ Paramedic Personnel FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing with Cosmetic Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare & After School Provision FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Holistic Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Beauty with Complementary Therapies FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • European Studies and Languages FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Broadcasting / Journalism & Political Studies / Media Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Event Management with TV Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Broadcasting / Journalism & Political Studies / Media Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Music Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Event Management with Media Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAAX , 1 Yrs • Community Arts FETAC Lvl 6 , ECAPX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Community Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ECAXX , 1 Yrs • Radio Broadcasting and Music Management FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production/Film Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Graphic / Web Design / Multimedia Productions FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance Yr 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance Yr 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Cartoon Animation FETAC Lvl 6 , ACAXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 2 Yrs • Advanced Art FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Media Production/Radio FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Photography (Higher Professional Diploma) FETAC Lvl 6 , EPHOT , 1 Yrs • Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Fashion Industry Practices FETAC Lvl 6 , AFIPX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Styling & Retailing FETAC Lvl 6 , AFIPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Fashion/Textile Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Interior Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AINTD , 1 Yrs

Presentation Secondary School Convent of Mercy, Sexton St. Limerick

Legal Office Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Nail Technician / Salon Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science - Laboratory Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Health Care / Fire and Ambluance Access Course FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DLMXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Limerick Colaiste Chiarain Croom, Co. Limerick

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing Computing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Horsemanship FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Montessori FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies Pre Nursing FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation / Rowing FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Iosaef Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Business & Secretarial Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs

Community College Dromcollogher, Rathluirc, Co. Limerick

Organic Growing & Sustainable Living Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Organic Enterprise FETAC Lvl 0 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs

Desmond College Vocational School Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick

Art & Design PLC Portfolio Preparation Course FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

St. Michael’s Community College Cappamore, Co. Limerick

Business Studies/Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare/Classroom Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Co. Longford Ardscoil Phádraig, VLongford Road, Granard, Co. Longford

Computer & Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Childcare (including Special Needs) FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Community College VLanesboro, Co. Longford

Business Studies - Sec FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Horsemanship FETAC Lvl 5 , CHMSX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Art & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Draughting & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Bus. Studies with Financial Services FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Adm. With Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture Landscape Gardening FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy (Yr. 2) FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Beauty Therapy (Yr. 1) FETAC Lvl 5 , RAXXX , 2 Yrs

Vocational School Ballymahon, Co. Longford

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs

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Co. Louth

Drogheda Institute of Further Education The Twenties, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Art Craft & Design (Portfolio Preparation) FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Handcrafted Furniture & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • e Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Computer Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business - Reception / Front Office with Computer Skills (Legal, Medical, General) FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • e Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science Laboratory Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Computer Applications & Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Vehicle Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Technician Dental Nurse FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Technician Dental Nurse FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Community & Health FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisory FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty & Holistic Therapies FETAC Lvl 5 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Travel & Tourism Diploma (C & G, ABTAC) FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Language & European Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Management FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Art Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Systems Installation & Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs • Make- up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development & Coaching FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AFDES , 1 Yrs • Applied Ecology FETAC Lvl 5 , CAEXX , 1 Yrs

O’Fiach College Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Art,Craft and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Office & Administration Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Computers for Work and Life FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • eBusiness FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Engineering Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Holistic Health Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 2 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Applied Psychology & Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport, Health & Fitness Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Travel and Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Health Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Creative Media FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Photographic Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Creative Media FETAC Lvl 6 , EMMWD , 1 Yrs

Co. Mayo Ballyhaunis Community School Knock Road, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo

Art, Craft & Design with Portfolio Preparation FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies incorporating Business Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Community Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs

Castlebar College of Further Studies Newtown, Castlebar

Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Office Technology Training FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism Receptionist FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Medical Secretary Certificate FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology - Computer Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare for PreSchool/Primary School FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Applied Care Provision FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia and Animation FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 6 , EMPRO , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Chomáin Ros Dumach, Béal an Átha

Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Pobail Acla Achill Sound, Westport, Co Mayo

Outdoor Adventure & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs

Moyne College Ballina, Co. Mayo

Business /IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare with Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Pre-Nursing / Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Pre-Nursing / Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Our Lady’s Secondary Schoool Belmullet

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Education & Training FETAC Lvl 5 , EETXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs

Sacred Heart School Westport, Co. Mayo

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Sancta Maria College Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Business / IT Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Scoil Muire & Padraig Swinford, Co. Mayo

Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

St Louis Comm School Kiltimagh, Co Mayo

Business Studies and General Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Medical/Dental/General Reception FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • eBusiness FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Community And Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Childcare/Special Needs/Teaching Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing and Cosmetic Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate In Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs

St. Brendan’s College Belmullet, Co. Mayo

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs

St. Tiernan’s College Crossmolina, Co. Mayo

Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Vocational School Westport, Co. Mayo Carrowbeg College

Art & Design (Portfolio Preparation) FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Computer Studies/Office Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Motor Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing Senior Trade Certificate FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Photography Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , EPHOT , 1 Yrs • Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Organic Agriculture FETAC Lvl 5 , COAXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Meath Beaufort College Trim Road, Navan, Co Meath

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Pc Maintenance and Technical Support FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Boyne Community School Trim, Co. Meath

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

St. Oliver’s Post Primary School Oldcastle, Co. Meath

Business Studies Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs


what will I study? Courses Offered

St. Peter’s College Dunboyne, Co. Meath

ART Portfolio FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert. Applied Languages & Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BALBX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Auctioneering FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Specialist FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Pre University Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Pre Uni. Construction FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Pre Uni. Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Multimedia & Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Veterinary Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sports Management & Coaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Enterprise FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert. in Mangement FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Pre University Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • Pre University Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ELESX , 1 Yrs • Sound Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Pre University Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Sound Engineering FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia & Computers FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Studies & Community Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ECAXX , 1 Yrs • Avanced Cert. in Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Animal Science FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Adv Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Art Advanced Cert FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Avanced Cert. in Arts Admin FETAC Lvl 6 , AAAXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Pre University Law FETAC Lvl 5 , BLSXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert. Multimedia & Web Development FETAC Lvl 6 , EMMWD , 1 Yrs • Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DLMXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Monaghan Monaghan Institute of Further Education & Training Armagh Road

Co. Offaly

Creative Craft FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Art/Craft/Design - Portfolio Preparation FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Design Architectural Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Staidéar Gnó FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Pharmacy Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration & IT FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • e-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Professional Floristry FETAC Lvl 5 , CFLOR , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Laboratory Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology & Renewable Energy Systems FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Maintenance & IT Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Veterinary Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Care Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare & Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing Diploma FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Hotel & Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sport & Leisure Mgt FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Sport Coaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Travel FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced IT & Business Adminisatration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Media Production - Print, TV & Video FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia & Web Design FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 5 , ECDXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Liberal Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , ELAXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Computer Network Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Youthwork FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Advnaced Certificate in Animal Science FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Art & Business FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Travel Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Sport Development FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • Applied Ecology FETAC Lvl 5 , CAEXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMXX , 1 Yrs • Organic Agriculture FETAC Lvl 5 , COAXX , 1 Yrs

Banagher Community College, Colaiste na Sionna Banager, Co. Offaly

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Sport and Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Naomh Cormac Kilcormac, Co. Offaly

Laboratory Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Organic Agriculture FETAC Lvl 5 , COAXX , 1 Yrs • Organic Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , COHOR , 1 Yrs

Oaklands Community College St. Senan Ave Edenderry, Co. Offaly

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Tullamore College Riverside, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Co. Roscommon Abbey Community College Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs

Castlerea Community School Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Vocational School Lisnamult, Roscommon

Business Studies - Bilingual FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

Co. Sligo Ballinode College Ballinode, Sligo

Art,Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Food Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Occupational Health and Safety FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Computer Applications and Programming FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Motor Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CMTXX , 1 Yrs • Veterinary Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare/ Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Tourism Studies and Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 2 Yrs • Childcare level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Contempory Music Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAAX , 1 Yrs • Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • Film and TV Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 5 , ECDXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Architectural Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Youthwork FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Animal Science FETAC Lvl 6 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Make-Up Artistry FETAC Lvl 5 , EMAXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BLSXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Mhuire Ballymote, Co Sligo

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Business and Computing FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs

Corran College Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science - Food FETAC Lvl 5 , CASFX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Jesus & Mary Secondary School Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Art, Craft and Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • e-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Mercy College Sligo

Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare/Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Management Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs

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what will I study? Courses Offered

North Connaught College Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Fashion Retail FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Auctioneering, Estate Agency and Valuation FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Greenkeeping FETAC Lvl 6 , CGKXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , CCCCC , 2 Yrs • Childcare Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Tourism Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Security Operations FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs

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Co. Tipperary (S.R)

Central Technical Institute Clonmel. Co. Tipperary

Art Portfolio FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Craft FETAC Lvl 5 , ACXXX , 1 Yrs • Art Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Art Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Life Skills & Computer Training FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Construction and Electronics Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Construction and Electronics Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Networks & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Tourism FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Technician FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Art Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Art - Jewellery Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AAMXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cashel Rd, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Retail Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services preNursing FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care w Special Needs FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs

Scoil Ruain Killenuale, Co. Tipperary

Computer - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

St. Ailbe’s School Tipperary Town

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Electronic Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Level 6 FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs

City of Waterford St. Paul’s Community College Brown’s Road, Waterford City

Business & Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs

Waterford College of Further Education Parnell Street, Waterford

Art & Design Portfolio FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • School Age Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DSACX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Buying FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies-Selling & Sales Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • E-Business FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician with ECDL FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Pharmaceutical Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Construction Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Electronic Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Network & Software Systems FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 1 Yrs • Play Worker FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Intro to Counselling and Psychology. FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 5 , DHXXX , 2 Yrs • Certificate in Hotel and Catering FETAC Lvl 5 , DHCXX , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Sports Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Fitness & Health FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism and Travel Industry Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Cert in Tourism and Front Office Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • International Travel Industry Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Outdoor Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DOREC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Cache Dip in Childcare & Ed FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Complementary Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Post Grad Complementary Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Sound Eng. & Music Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Journalism & Photography FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 5 , ECDXX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Cert in Community Development. FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Architectural Technology and Design FETAC Lvl 6 , AATDX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia & Web Development FETAC Lvl 6 , EMXXX , 1 Yrs • Computer & Network Maintenance FETAC Lvl 5 , CCNMX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Cert in Computer Network Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , CCNTX , 1 Yrs • Youth Work FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Certificate in Business FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs • Adv Cert in Professional Art Practice FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 6 , CSOAX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Con. & Retail Sales FETAC Lvl 0 , RAXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv. Cert in Photography FETAC Lvl 6 , EPHOT , 1 Yrs • Photography Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EPXXX , 1 Yrs • Adv.Certificate in Travel and Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Waterford Colaiste Chathail Naofa Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Art Portfolio FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art, Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Accountancy FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 2 Yrs • Childcare - Level 5 FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport, Exercise & Coaching FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs

Scoil Na Bráithre Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs

Co. westmeath Castlepollard Community College Co. Westmeath

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Certificate in Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs

Columba College Killucan, Co. Westmeath

Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

Community College Retreat Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Community Care / Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs


what will I study? Courses Offered

Moate Business College Moate, Co. Westmeath

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Computer Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Social Studies (Higher National Diploma in Caring) FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Child Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Leisure FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism 1 FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Information Technology FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Certificate in Administration FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Higher National Diploma in Caring FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAXX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 5 , ECDXX , 1 Yrs • Community Development FETAC Lvl 6 , ECDEV , 1 Yrs • Tourism 2 FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs

Mullingar Community College Millmount Road

Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Retail Studies - Specialising in Pharmacy Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BRSXX , 1 Yrs • Electronic Engineering Technology and Testing FETAC Lvl 5 , CELTX , 1 Yrs • Child Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Multimedia Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Business Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BBMSX , 1 Yrs

St. Joseph’s College Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Wexford Bunclody Vocational College Irish Street, Co. Wexford

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies / Office Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studiess FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs

Colaiste Abbain Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Accounting Technician year 1 FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Accounting Technician year 2 FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs

Enniscorthy Vocational College Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Office Technology New Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies/Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Pre Third Level Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Physiology & Health Science FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • Construction/Architecture FETAC Lvl 5 , CCONT , 1 Yrs • Cert in Engineering Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Childcare/Social Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare / Special Needs Assistant FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Leisure Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Diploma in International Travel Industry Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Healthcare Support FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Chilldcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Hairdressing FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Music FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Theatre Performance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Radio Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs

Gorey Community School Gorey, Co. Wexford

Art FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Business & Computing FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Art FETAC Lvl 6 , AABXX , 1 Yrs

Ramsgrange Community School Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co Wexford

Business/Computer Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business/Secretarial Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 1 Yrs

Vocational College Bridgetown, Co. Wexford

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Processing FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Horticulture FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Child Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Childcare Supervisor FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs

Wexford Vocational School Westgate, Wexford

Art, Craft, Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • Computer Aided Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • Reception & Administration FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Office Technology Retraining FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Computer Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • Marketing & Finance FETAC Lvl 5 , BMXXX , 1 Yrs • Community & Health Services FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Media Production FETAC Lvl 5 , EMPXX , 1 Yrs • Applied Social Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EASXX , 1 Yrs • Legal Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BLSXX , 1 Yrs

Co. Wicklow Arklow Community College Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Legal Studies Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Beauty Therapy FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs

Bray Senior College Novara Ave, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Art Portfolio FETAC Lvl 5 , AAXXX , 1 Yrs • Art Ceramics Craft & Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ADESX , 1 Yrs • Art Ceramics Craft Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AACDX , 1 Yrs • CAD & Advanced CAD FETAC Lvl 5 , ACADX , 1 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFDXX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AFURX , 1 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AGDXX , 1 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 5 , AIDXX , 1 Yrs • School-Age Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DSACX , 1 Yrs • Fine Art Higher Diploma FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Interior Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Architectural Technology with CAD FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Graphic Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Fashion Design FETAC Lvl 0 , AAAAA , 2 Yrs • Computer Workskills Return to Work Course FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Stenography & Court Reporting FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Business & Modern Office Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Luathscríbhneoireacht Cúirte & Fotheidealú Teilifíse FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 2 Yrs • Business & Law FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Marketing Skills & Business Admin FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Business & HR Management FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSAX , 1 Yrs • Secretarial and European Studies with Modern Languages FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSBS , 1 Yrs • Legal Secretary FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Medical Secretary FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Office Management / Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Office Skills FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Business Studies - Secretarial FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BIPXX , 1 Yrs • eCommerce & the Internet FETAC Lvl 5 , BEBXX , 1 Yrs • Teachers’ Diploma in Word Processing / IT FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 1 Yrs • Business Management FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Business & IT FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Accounting Technician FETAC Lvl 0 , BBBBB , 2 Yrs • Garden Design FETAC Lvl 5 , CASHX , 1 Yrs • Applied Science - Laboratory Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , CASLT , 1 Yrs • CAD Engineering & Electronics FETAC Lvl 5 , CENGT , 1 Yrs • Information Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CITXX , 1 Yrs • Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASAC , 1 Yrs • Computer Portfolio FETAC Lvl 6 , CNSSX , 2 Yrs • Holistic Health Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 2 Yrs • Holistic Health Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSX , 1 Yrs • Certificate Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies & Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 1 Yrs • Social Studies & Community Care FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHCC , 2 Yrs • Nursing Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSN , 1 Yrs • Sport & Recreation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DSRXX , 2 Yrs • Tourism, Reception & Reservation Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tour Operator Cert FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Travel Agency Cert FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Business Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Air Fares & Ticketing FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Event Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Hospitality Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Tourism & Business Management FETAC Lvl 5 , DTXXX , 1 Yrs • Health Care Support (Care Assistant) FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 2 Yrs • Health Care Support (Care Assistant) FETAC Lvl 5 , DHSXX , 1 Yrs • Supervision in Childcare FETAC Lvl 6 , DCXXX , 1 Yrs • Office Administration Computer Applications FETAC Lvl 6 , BAXXX , 1 Yrs • Businesss Management FETAC Lvl 6 , BMANX , 1 Yrs • Diploma in Childcare / Pre-school Practice FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 1 Yrs • Beauty Care FETAC Lvl 0 , DDDDD , 2 Yrs • Cultural & Heritage Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , ECHSX , 1 Yrs • DJ Techniques FETAC Lvl 5 , EMEXX , 1 Yrs • Photography & Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 5 , EPJXX , 1 Yrs • Performint Arts - Guitar FETAC Lvl 5 , EPAMX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Theatre FETAC Lvl 5 , EPATP , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Dance FETAC Lvl 5 , EPADX , 1 Yrs • Multimedia & Web Mastering FETAC Lvl 5 , EMMPX , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Dance (Higher Diploma) FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Photography & Print Journalism FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Make-up for Theatre/Fashion/Film (Diploma) FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 1 Yrs • Performing Arts - Theatre (Higher Diploma) FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Animation & Interactive Media FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • TV & Film Moving Image FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • Music Production & Sound Engineering FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 2 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 0 , EEEEE , 1 Yrs • Sound Recording & Music Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , ERPXX , 1 Yrs • TV & Film Production FETAC Lvl 5 , ETFPX , 1 Yrs • Furniture Making & Restoration FETAC Lvl 6 , AFMRX , 1 Yrs • Youth & Community Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , EYXXX , 1 Yrs • Advanced Cert in Animal Care FETAC Lvl 5 , CASXX , 1 Yrs • Security Systems Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSTX , 1 Yrs • Security Studies & Security Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , CSSXX , 1 Yrs • Travel & Tourism FETAC Lvl 6 , DTTXX , 1 Yrs • Sports & Leisure Management FETAC Lvl 6 , DSDCX , 1 Yrs • 3D Game Design FETAC Lvl 5 , ECMXX , 1 Yrs

Coláiste Bhríde Carnew, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs

Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow

Business & Office Technology FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSSX , 1 Yrs

St. Kevin’s Community College Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

Business Studies FETAC Lvl 5 , BBSXX , 1 Yrs • Childcare FETAC Lvl 5 , DCHSC , 1 Yrs •

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A Accounting Accounting and Business (ACCA Diploma in) Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance incorporating Tipperary Institute Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Finance Accounting and Financial Management Accounting and Human Resource Management Accounting and Law Accounting Technician Actuarial and Financial Studies Actuarial Mathematics Actuarial, Financial and Mathematical Sciences Administration and Information Systems Administrative Management Adventure Tourism Management Advertising and Marketing Communications Aeronautical Engineering Agricultural Mechanisation Agricultural Science Agricultural Science Agriculture Agriculture Agriculture Agriculture and Environmental Management Aircraft Systems Analytical and Forensic Science Analytical and Forensic Science Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance Analytical Science Ancient and Medieval History and Culture Animal Science - Equine Animation Technology Anthropology Archaeology (Applied) Archaeology and Geology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architectural Technology Architecture Architecture Architecture Architecture Architecture Architecture Art and Design Art and Design Art Portfolio Art, Ceramics (Applied) Arts Arts Arts Arts Arts

Cork Institute of Technology Independent Colleges Dublin University College Cork (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Tallaght Waterford Institute of Technology National College of Ireland Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Tallaght Dublin City University National University of Ireland Maynooth Dublin Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) American College Dublin Dublin Business School Griffith College Cork Griffith College Dublin Griffith College Limerick ICD Business School Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology National College of Ireland Athlone Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology University College Dublin (NUI) Dublin City University Dublin City University Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Institute of Technology, Tallaght University of Limerick Limerick Institute of Technology University College Dublin (NUI) Waterford Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Carlow Letterkenny Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Dublin City University Trinity College Dublin University College Dublin (NUI) Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and National University of Ireland Maynooth Institute of Technology, Sligo University College Dublin (NUI) Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology University College Cork (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Waterford Institute of Technology University of Limerick Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Cork Institute of Technology National University of Ireland, Galway National University of Ireland Maynooth University College Cork (NUI) University of Limerick Waterford Institute of Technology

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Arts - Irish Studies (Irish History, Literature, Culture, Language and Religious Studies) Mater Dei Institute of Education Arts (Environment and Society/Youth and Family Studies) National University of Ireland, Galway Arts (Environment and Society/Youth and Family Studies) St Angela’s College Arts (General) Dublin Business School Arts (General) Independent Colleges Dublin Arts (General) Dublin Business School Arts (History National University of Ireland, Galway National University of Ireland, Galway Arts (Mathematics and Education) Arts (Psychology) National University of Ireland, Galway Arts (Public and Social Policy) National University of Ireland, Galway Arts with Children’s Studies National University of Ireland, Galway Arts with Creative Writing National University of Ireland, Galway National University of Ireland, Galway Arts with Film Studies Arts with Global Women’s Studies National University of Ireland, Galway Arts with Human Rights National University of Ireland, Galway Arts with Irish Studies National University of Ireland, Galway National University of Ireland, Galway Arts with Latin American Studies University College Cork (NUI) Arts with Music Arts with Theatre and Performance National University of Ireland, Galway Arts/Humanities St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra Athletic Therapy and Training Dublin City University Auctioneering, Valuation and Estate Agency Dublin Institute of Technology Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Audio Visual Media Technology Technology Automation and Control Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Automation Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Automobile Technology Automotive Management and Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Aviation Management / Aviation Management with Pilot Studies Dublin City University Aviation Technology Dublin Institute of Technology

B Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Baking and Pastry Arts Management Bar Management Bar Management Bar Studies (Management and Entrepreneurship) Bar Supervision Bar Supervision Bar Supervision Bar Supervision BCL Maîtrise Berklee Track Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis Biological and Biomedical Sciences Biological and Chemical Sciences. Biology - Freshwater and Marine (Applied) Biology (Applied) Biology (Applied) Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science (Applied) Biology or Applied Chemistry (Applied) Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Biomedical Science Biomedical Science Biomedical Science Biomedical Science Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences Biopharmaceutical Chemistry Bioscience Biosciences Biosciences Biosciences (Applied) Biosciences with Bioforensics or Biopharmaceuticals Biotechnology Biotechnology Biotechnology Biotechnology Building Energy Systems Building Energy, Services and Design Building Services Engineering Building Services Engineering Building Services Engineering Building Surveying Building Surveying Business

Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Letterkenny Institute of Technology University College Dublin (NUI) Newpark Music Centre Institute of Technology, Tallaght National University of Ireland Maynooth University College Cork (NUI) Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tallaght Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway University of Limerick Cork Institute of Technology National University of Ireland, Galway Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology University College Cork (NUI) Institute of Technology, Sligo University College Dublin (NUI) National University of Ireland, Galway Letterkenny Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway National University of Ireland Maynooth Athlone Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology


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Business Business Business Business incorporating Tipperary Institute Business Business Business Business Business Business Business Business incorporating Tipperary Institute Business Business Business Business Business Business Business Business Business - Accounting Business - Event Management Business - Hospitality Management Business - Human Resource Management Business - Management Business - Marketing Business - Marketing Business - Office Management Business (Accounting/Finance) Business (Marketing and Management) Business (Sport and Recreation) Business (with French) Business (with Irish) Business Administration Business Administration Business Administration Business and Accounting Business and Information Systems Business and Information Technology Business and Languages - (English) - International Business and Languages - (French) - International Business and Languages - (German) - International Business and Languages - (Italian) - International Business and Languages - (Spanish) - International Business and Law Business and Law Business and Law Business and Law Business and Law Business and Management Business and Management Business and Office Management incorporating Tipperary Institute Business Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals Business Computing Business Computing Business Computing Business Computing and Digital Media Business in Accounting Business in Accounting Business in Accounting Business in Computer Applications Business in Equine Studies Business in Information Technology Business in Management Business in Marketing Business in Office Administration Business in Tourism Business Information Systems Business Information Systems Business Information Systems Business Information Systems Business Information Systems Business Information Systems with Cloud Computing Business Management Business Management with Leisure and Recreation Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Sligo Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary)

Business Studies Waterford Institute of Technology Business Studies Dublin Business School Business Studies Cork Institute of Technology Business Studies - Entrepreneurship Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Business Studies - Entrepreneurship and Management Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Business Studies - Management and Administration. Dundalk Institute of Technology Business Studies (Advanced) Institute of Technology, Tralee Business Studies (Diploma and Advanced Diploma in) Independent Colleges Dublin Business Studies (Office Information Systems) Institute of Technology, Tralee Business Studies (with German) Waterford Institute of Technology Business Studies (with work placement) Dublin Business School Business Studies and Arts Management Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Business Studies and French Trinity College Dublin Business Studies and German Trinity College Dublin Business Studies and Polish Trinity College Dublin Business Studies and Russian Trinity College Dublin Business Studies and Spanish Trinity College Dublin Business Studies in International Hotel Management Shannon College of Hotel Management Business Studies International Dublin City University Business Studies specialising in Accounting and Finance Independent Colleges Dublin Business Studies specialising in Management and HR Independent Colleges Dublin Business Studies specialising in Marketing Independent Colleges Dublin Business Studies with a Modern Language (French) University of Limerick Business Studies with a Modern Language (German) University of Limerick Business Studies with a Modern Language (Japanese) University of Limerick Business with Event Management Limerick Institute of Technology Business with Financial Services Dublin Business School Business with Human Resource Management Dublin Business School Business with Law Institute of Technology, Carlow Business with Law Institute of Technology, Carlow Business with Psychology Dublin Business School Business with Sports Management Limerick Institute of Technology Business with Tourism Limerick Institute of Technology Business, Economic and Social Studies (BESS) Trinity College Dublin

Waterford Institute of Technology National College of Ireland Athlone Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Sligo Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) Waterford Institute of Technology National College of Ireland Dublin Business School Grafton College of Management Sciences Griffith College Cork Griffith College Dublin Griffith College Limerick IBAT College Letterkenny Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Letterkenny Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Letterkenny Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tallaght Griffith College Limerick Cork Institute of Technology National University of Ireland Maynooth Dundalk Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology University College Dublin (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Business School Griffith College Dublin National University of Ireland Maynooth Dublin Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) Institute of Technology, Sligo Dublin Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Dublin Business School Grafton College of Management Sciences Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Dublin Business School Grafton College of Management Sciences Dublin Business School Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Sligo National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork (NUI) Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee National College of Ireland Dublin Business School Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Business School Dublin City University University of Limerick Dundalk Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Dublin Business School Griffith College Cork Griffith College Dublin Griffith College Limerick Independent Colleges Dublin ICD Business School Dublin Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Tralee

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C Ceramics Design & Skills Course Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Chemical Sciences Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry Chemistry (Applied) Chemistry with Molecular Modelling Childcare Childcare Supervisory Management Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice Chinese and International Business Citizenship and Community Studies Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Management Civil Enginering Civil Law Classics Clinical Measurement Science Clinical Speech and Language Studies Commerce Commerce Commerce Commerce Commerce (Accounting) Commerce (International) with Chinese Studies Commerce (International) with French Commerce (International) with French Commerce (International) with German Commerce (International) with German Commerce (International) with Hispanic Studies Commerce (International) with Irish Commerce (International) with Italian Commerce (International) with Spanish Commerce International

Crafts Council of Ireland University of Limerick Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin City University University College Cork (NUI) Dublin Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Trinity College Dublin The College of Progressive Education Athlone Institute of Technology National Counselling and Psychotherapy Institute of Ireland Dublin Institute of Technology Carlow College University College Cork (NUI) Limerick Institute of Technology National University of Ireland, Galway University of Limerick Athlone Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Athlone Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Sligo Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology National University of Ireland, Galway Trinity College Dublin Dublin Institute of Technology Trinity College Dublin National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Shannon College of Hotel Management National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork (NUI) National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork (NUI) National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork (NUI) University College Cork (NUI) University College Cork (NUI) University College Cork (NUI) National University of Ireland, Galway University College Dublin (NUI)


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Commerical Modern Music Dublin Institute of Technology Communication Studies Dublin City University Communications in Creative Multimedia Dundalk Institute of Technology Community and Youth Work National University of Ireland Maynooth Community Sports Leadership Dundalk Institute of Technology Community Youth Work Dundalk Institute of Technology Composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin City University Computational Thinking National University of Ireland Maynooth Computer Aided Engineering and Design University of Limerick Computer and Communications Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Computer and Electronic Engineering Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Computer and Energy Systems Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Computer Applications Dublin City University Computer Engineering Athlone Institute of Technology Computer Engineering Letterkenny Institute of Technology Computer Forensics & Security Waterford Institute of Technology Computer Games Development Institute of Technology, Carlow Computer Games Development Letterkenny Institute of Technology Computer Network Management Athlone Institute of Technology Computer Networks and Systems Management Limerick Institute of Technology Computer Science Trinity College Dublin Computer Science University College Cork (NUI) Computer Science University College Dublin (NUI) Computer Science Dublin Institute of Technology Computer Science and Business Trinity College Dublin Computer Science and Information Technology National University of Ireland, Galway Computer Science and Language Trinity College Dublin Computer Science and Software Engineering National University of Ireland Maynooth Computer Security and Digital Forensics Letterkenny Institute of Technology Computer Systems University of Limerick Computer Systems Management Institute of Technology, Carlow Computing Dundalk Institute of Technology Computing Institute of Technology, Carlow Computing Institute of Technology, Tallaght Computing National College of Ireland Computing Dublin Institute of Technology Computing Dundalk Institute of Technology Computing Institute of Technology, Tallaght Computing Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Computing Griffith College Dublin Computing Griffith College Limerick Computing Cork Institute of Technology Computing - Database Management Institute of Technology, Sligo Computing - Games Design and Development Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Computing - Games Development Institute of Technology, Sligo Computing - IT Support Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Computing - Smart Sustainable Energy Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Computing - Software Development Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Computing - Software Development Institute of Technology, Sligo Computing - Systems and Networking Institute of Technology, Sligo Computing (Applied) Letterkenny Institute of Technology Computing (Applied) Waterford Institute of Technology Computing (Information Technology) Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Computing (IT Support) Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Computing in Applications and Support National College of Ireland Computing in Games Development Dundalk Institute of Technology Computing in Multimedia Programming Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Computing in Software Development Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Computing Science Griffith College Dublin Computing with Business Applications Letterkenny Institute of Technology Computing with Games Development Institute of Technology, Tralee Computing with interactive Web Development Institute of Technology, Tralee Computing with Multimedia Institute of Technology, Tralee Computing with Software Development Institute of Technology, Tralee Construction Institute of Technology, Carlow Construction Institute of Technology, Tralee Construction Limerick Institute of Technology Construction Cork Institute of Technology Construction - Buildings and Services Management Institute of Technology, Carlow Construction - Facilities and Energy Management Institute of Technology, Carlow Construction - Quantity Surveying Institute of Technology, Carlow Construction (Health and Safety) Limerick Institute of Technology Construction (Site Management) Limerick Institute of Technology Construction and Fire Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Construction Economics and Management (Quantity Surveying) Dublin Institute of Technology Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Construction Management Cork Institute of Technology Construction Management Dublin Institute of Technology Construction Management Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Construction Management Limerick Institute of Technology Construction Management (and Engineering) Waterford Institute of Technology Construction Management and Engineering University of Limerick

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Construction Management in Refurbishment and Maintenance Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Construction Practice Limerick Institute of Technology Construction Studies Athlone Institute of Technology Construction Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Construction Technology and Management Athlone Institute of Technology Corporate Law National University of Ireland, Galway Counselling and Psychotherapy Independent Colleges Dublin Counselling and Psychotherapy National Counselling and Psychotherapy Institute of Ireland Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies National Counselling and Psychotherapy Institute of Ireland Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies National Counselling and Psychotherapy Institute of Ireland Counselling Skills and Youth Studies National Counselling and Psychotherapy Institute of Ireland Creative and Cultural Industries Dublin Institute of Technology Creative Design Institute of Technology, Sligo Creative Design and Innovation Institute of Technology, Sligo Creative Digital Media Institute of Technology, Tallaght Creative Digital Media Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Creative Digital Media Letterkenny Institute of Technology Creche Management The College of Progressive Education Criminal Justice Studies Waterford Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Dublin Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Letterkenny Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Athlone Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Cork Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Dundalk Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Institute of Technology, Tralee Culinary Arts Institute of Technology, Tallaght Culinary Arts Limerick Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Waterford Institute of Technology Culinary Arts (Profesional Culinary Practice) Dublin Institute of Technology Culinary Entrepreneurship Dublin Institute of Technology Culinary Studies Cork Institute of Technology Cultural Studies Dublin Business School Culture and Society (Contemporary) Dublin City University

D Dairy Business University College Dublin (NUI) Deaf Studies Trinity College Dublin Dental Hygiene Trinity College Dublin Dental Nursing Trinity College Dublin Dental Nursing Athlone Institute of Technology Dental Science Trinity College Dublin Dental Technology Trinity College Dublin Dentistry University College Cork (NUI) Design - Interior and Furniture Dublin Institute of Technology Design - Visual Communication Dublin Institute of Technology Design - Visual Communication Letterkenny Institute of Technology Design (Communications) Athlone Institute of Technology Design (Visual Communications) Waterford Institute of Technology Design and Manufacture University of Limerick Design and Technology Education Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Design for Stage and Screen (Costume Design) Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Design for Stage and Screen (Makeup Design) Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Design for Stage and Screen (Production Design) Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Design in Industrial Design Institute of Technology, Carlow Digital Animation Production (Portfolio required) Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Digital Media National University of Ireland Maynooth Digital Media Design University of Limerick Digital Media Engineering Dublin City University DNA and Forensic Science Institute of Technology, Tallaght Drama (Performance) Dublin Institute of Technology Drama and Theatre Studies Trinity College Dublin Drama and Theatre Studies University College Cork (NUI) Dressmaking Evenings from commercial pattern Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Dressmaking from commercial pattern sat ams Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Dressmaking Summer (Day) From commercial pattern Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Dressmaking Summer (Day) From commercial pattern Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Drug and Medicinal Product Analysis Limerick Institute of Technology

E Early and Modern Irish Early Childcare, Health and Education Early Childhood - Teaching and Learning Early Childhood Care and Education Early Childhood Care and Education Early Childhood Care and Education Early Childhood Care and Education

Trinity College Dublin Letterkenny Institute of Technology National University of Ireland Maynooth Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Tralee Mary Immaculate College University of Limerick


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Engineering (Agricultural) Institute of Technology, Tralee Engineering (Civil) Institute of Technology, Tralee Engineering (Computer Engineering) Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Engineering (Electronics and Computer Engineering) Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Engineering (Mechanical and Electronic) Institute of Technology, Tralee Engineering (Mechanical) Institute of Technology, Tralee Engineering (Mechatronics) Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Engineering (Sustainable Electrical Control Technology) Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Engineering (Undenominated) National University of Ireland, Galway Engineering Choice University of Limerick Engineering in Environmental Engineering Institute of Technology, Tralee Engineering Innovation - Electronic National University of Ireland, Galway Engineering Systems Maintenance Dublin Institute of Technology Engineering with Architecture - Structural University College Dublin (NUI) Engineering with Management Trinity College Dublin English National University of Ireland Maynooth English University College Dublin (NUI) English and History University of Limerick English and History Carlow College English Studies Trinity College Dublin English with Drama University College Dublin (NUI) English with Film University College Dublin (NUI) English, Media and Cultural Studies Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Enterprise Computing Dublin City University Entertainments Systems Waterford Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship National University of Ireland Maynooth Environmental and Analytical Science Limerick Institute of Technology Environmental and Chemical Analysis Limerick Institute of Technology Environmental and Earth System Sciences University College Cork (NUI) Environmental and Natural Resource Management Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Environmental Engineering National University of Ireland, Galway Environmental Health Dublin Institute of Technology Environmental Protection Institute of Technology, Sligo Environmental Science National University of Ireland, Galway Environmental Science University of Limerick Environmental Science Institute of Technology, Carlow Environmental Science Institute of Technology, Sligo Environmental Science and Health Dublin City University Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology Cork Institute of Technology Environmental Toxicology Athlone Institute of Technology eOffice Administration Systems Limerick Institute of Technology Equine Business National University of Ireland Maynooth Equine Science University of Limerick Equine Science University of Limerick European Business (French) Dublin City University European Business (German) Dublin City University European Business (Spanish) Dublin City University European Business (Transatlantic Studies) Dublin City University European Studies National University of Ireland Maynooth European Studies Trinity College Dublin European Studies University of Limerick European Studies Institute of Technology, Tallaght Event Management Dublin Institute of Technology Event Management (Advanced Diploma in) Independent Colleges Dublin Event Management with Public Relations Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Exercise and Health Studies Waterford Institute of Technology

F Fashion Design Evenings Pattern Making Sewing Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Fashion Design Full-time Professional Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Fashion Design Intensive Introductory Design Pattern drafting and sewing 1 or 3 months Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Fashion Design Summer Trial & Introductory (Day) Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Fashion Design Griffith College Dublin Dublin Institute of Technology Film and Broadcasting Film and Broadcasting with a Language Dublin Institute of Technology Film and Media Dublin Business School Film and Television Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Film and Television Production Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Film Studies Dublin Business School Film, Literature and Drama Dublin Business School Finance University College Cork (NUI) Finance and Economics National University of Ireland Maynooth Finance and Investment Waterford Institute of Technology Financial Mathematics University of Limerick Financial Mathematics and Economics National University of Ireland, Galway Financial Services National College of Ireland Financial Services Institute of Technology, Sligo Financial Services Institute of Technology, Tallaght Financial Services and Investment Analysis Institute of Technology, Tallaght Fine Art Dublin Institute of Technology Fine Art Institute of Technology, Sligo Fine Art Cork Institute of Technology Fine Art Institute of Technology, Sligo Fisheries Institute of Technology, Sligo Food and Business Management St Angela’s College

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Early Childhood Care and Education Institute of Technology, Tralee Early Childhood Care and Education Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Early Childhood Education Dublin Institute of Technology Early Childhood Education Institute of Technology, Sligo Early Childhood Education and Care Institute of Technology, Carlow Early Childhood Studies Dundalk Institute of Technology Early Childhood Studies Waterford Institute of Technology Early Years and Childhood Studies University College Cork (NUI) Early Years Education Cork Institute of Technology Earth and Ocean Sciences National University of Ireland, Galway Earth Sciences Trinity College Dublin Economics University College Dublin (NUI) Economics and Finance University College Dublin (NUI) Economics and Finance Dublin Institute of Technology Economics and Finance National College of Ireland Economics and Mathematical Sciences University of Limerick Economics and Sociology University of Limerick Economics, Politics and Law Dublin City University Education - Primary Teaching National University of Ireland Maynooth incorporating Froebel College of Education Education - Primary Teaching Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Education - Primary Teaching Mary Immaculate College Education - Primary Teaching St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra Education - Primary Teaching National University of Ireland Maynooth incorporating Froebel College of Education Education - Primary Teaching University of Limerick Education - Primary Teaching Church of Ireland College of Education Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants University of Limerick Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants Mary Immaculate College Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra Education and Psychology - Primary Teaching University of Limerick Mary Immaculate College Education and Psychology - Primary Teaching Education and Training Dublin City University Education Studies Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies - second level teaching degree St Patrick’s College, Thurles Education, Irish and Religious Studies - second level teaching degree St Patrick’s College, Thurles Education, Mathematics and Geography (second level teaching degree) Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute Education, Religion and English - second level teaching Mater Dei Institute of Education Education, Religion and History - second level teaching Mater Dei Institute of Education Education, Religion and Music - second level teaching Mater Dei Institute of Education Electrical and Control Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Electrical and Electronic Engineering National University of Ireland, Galway Electrical and Electronic Engineering University College Cork (NUI) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Electrical Power Systems Cork Institute of Technology Electrical Services Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Electro-Mechanical Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Electronic and Computer Engineering National University of Ireland, Galway Electronic and Computer Engineering University of Limerick Electronic Engineering Dublin City University Electronic Engineering National University of Ireland Maynooth Electronic Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Electronic Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology Electronic Engineering Institute of Technology, Carlow Electronic Engineering Institute of Technology, Sligo Electronic Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Electronic Engineering Letterkenny Institute of Technology Electronic Engineering Limerick Institute of Technology Electronic Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Electronic Engineering with Communications National University of Ireland Maynooth Electronic Engineering with Computers National University of Ireland Maynooth Electronic Systems Institute of Technology, Carlow Electronic Systems Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Electronics University of Limerick Electronics and Communications Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Electronics and Computer Engineering Athlone Institute of Technology Electronics and Wireless Communications Athlone Institute of Technology Electronics Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology Energy University of Limerick Energy and Environmental Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Energy and Sustainablity Institute of Technology, Sligo Energy Engineering University College Cork (NUI) Energy Engineering Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Energy Systems Engineering National University of Ireland, Galway Energy Systems Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Engineering Dublin City University Engineering Trinity College Dublin Engineering University College Dublin (NUI) Engineering Athlone Institute of Technology Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Engineering Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Engineering - Civil Engineering Dundalk Institute of Technology Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Systems Dundalk Institute of Technology Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dundalk Institute of Technology

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Food Innovation Dublin Institute of Technology Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship University College Cork (NUI) Food Science University College Cork (NUI) Food Science University College Dublin (NUI) Food Science and Health University of Limerick Food Science and Management Dublin Institute of Technology Food Science and Nutrition Letterkenny Institute of Technology Food Science with Business Waterford Institute of Technology Forensic and Environmental Analysis Dublin Institute of Technology Forensic Investigation and Analysis Institute of Technology, Sligo Forensic Science and Analysis Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Forensic Toxicology Athlone Institute of Technology Forestry University College Dublin (NUI) Forestry Waterford Institute of Technology French - International University College Dublin (NUI) Front Office Management Institute of Technology, Tralee Front Office Management Letterkenny Institute of Technology Front Office Management Limerick Institute of Technology Furniture and Wood Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Furniture Design and Manufacture Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology G Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht/Irish and Journalism Dublin City University General Nursing Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Genetics University College Cork (NUI) Genetics and Cell Biology Dublin City University Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping) Dublin Institute of Technology German - International University College Dublin (NUI) Ghaeilge don Saol Proifisiúnta (Irish for Professional Purposes) Dublin Institute of Technology Gnó agus Gaeilge Dublin City University Government University College Cork (NUI)

H Health and Disability Studies St Angela’s College Health and Leisure Institute of Technology, Tralee Health and Leisure with Massage Institute of Technology, Tralee Health and Nutrition for Culinary Arts Dublin Institute of Technology Health and Performance Science University College Dublin (NUI) Health and Physical Activity Dundalk Institute of Technology Health and Safety Systems National University of Ireland, Galway Health and Social Studies Letterkenny Institute of Technology Health and Society Dublin City University Health Informatics University of Limerick Health Promotion Waterford Institute of Technology Health Science and Nutrition Athlone Institute of Technology Health Science and Physiology Institute of Technology, Sligo Healthcare Assistant/Nursing Studies The College of Progressive Education Herbal Science Cork Institute of Technology Heritage Studies Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology History National University of Ireland Maynooth History Trinity College Dublin History University College Dublin (NUI) History and Political Science Trinity College Dublin History, Politics, Sociology and Social Studies University of Limerick Home Economics with Biology - second level teaching St Angela’s College Home Economics with Economics - second level teaching St Angela’s College Home Economics with Irish - second level teaching St Angela’s College Home Economics with Religious Education - second level teaching St Angela’s College Horticulture Dublin City University Horticulture Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Horticulture Waterford Institute of Technology Horticulture Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Horticulture Cork Institute of Technology Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management University College Dublin (NUI) Hospitality Management Waterford Institute of Technology Hospitality Management Dublin Institute of Technology Hospitality Management Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Hospitality Studies Hospitality Studies Dundalk Institute of Technology Hospitality Studies Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Hospitality Studies Institute of Technology, Tralee Hospitality Studies Letterkenny Institute of Technology Hospitality Studies Limerick Institute of Technology Hospitality Studies Waterford Institute of Technology Hotel and Catering Management Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Hotel and Leisure Management Institute of Technology, Tralee Hotel and Resort Management Athlone Institute of Technology Hotel and Spa Management Human and Animal Toxicology Athlone Institute of Technology Human Genetics Trinity College Dublin Human Health and Disease Trinity College Dublin Human Nutrition University College Dublin (NUI) Human Nutrition and Dietetics Dublin Institute of Technology Human Resource Management Dublin Institute of Technology Human Resource Management National College of Ireland Dundalk Institute of Technology Humanities

Course Titles

College Name

Humanities Humanities and Social Studies

Carlow College Institute of Technology, Sligo

I Industrial and Environmental Physics Industrial Biochemistry Industrial Design Industrial Mathematics Information and Communications Engineering Information Systems Management Information Technology Information Technology - Creative Multimedia incorporating Tipperary Institute Information Technology (Education and Training) Information Technology Management Information Technology Support Instrument Engineering Interactive Multimedia Interior Architecture Interior Architecture Interior Architecture Interior Design Interior Design International Business International Business International Business International Business International Business International Culinary Enterprise International Development and Food Policy International Finance and Economics International Hospitality and Tourism Management International Hospitality Management International Hospitality Management International Insurance and European Studies International Relations International Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Internet Systems Development Irish and New Media/An Ghaeilge agus na Meáin Úra Irish Music and Dance Irish Studies IT Management

Dublin Institute of Technology University of Limerick National College of Art and Design Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin City University Institute of Technology, Tralee Waterford Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) Institute of Technology, Tralee Institute of Technology, Tallaght Cork Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Griffith College Dublin Institute of Technology, Sligo Griffith College Dublin University of Limerick Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Waterford Institute of Technology American College Dublin Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Letterkenny Institute of Technology University College Cork (NUI) National University of Ireland Maynooth Institute of Technology, Tallaght Dublin Institute of Technology Griffith College Dublin University of Limerick Dublin City University Letterkenny Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology University of Limerick University of Limerick Trinity College Dublin Cork Institute of Technology

J Jazz Performance (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in) Jewellery & Goldsmithing Design & Skills Course Journalism Journalism Journalism Journalism Journalism Journalism Journalism and Media Journalism and New Media Journalism and Visual Media Journalism with a Language

Newpark Music Centre Crafts Council of Ireland Dublin City University Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Business School Independent Colleges Dublin Griffith College Cork Griffith College Dublin Dublin Business School University of Limerick Griffith College Dublin Dublin Institute of Technology

L Landscape Architecture Language and Intercultural Studies (Applied) Languages - Applied Languages - International Languages and International Business Languages and International Tourism (French) Languages and International Tourism (German) Languages and International Tourism (Spanish) Languages for International Communication Languages, Literature and Film Law Law Law Law Law Law Law Law Law Law Law (BCL) Law (BCL) and Arts Law (Clinical) Law (International) Law (LLB)

University College Dublin (NUI) Dublin City University University of Limerick University College Dublin (NUI) Letterkenny Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin City University University of Limerick Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) Institute of Technology, Carlow Waterford Institute of Technology Dublin Business School Griffith College Cork Griffith College Dublin Independent Colleges Dublin Letterkenny Institute of Technology Independent Colleges Dublin University College Dublin (NUI) National University of Ireland Maynooth University College Cork (NUI) University College Cork (NUI) National University of Ireland Maynooth


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Law and Accounting Law and Business Law and Business Law and French Law and French Law and German Law and Irish Law and Political Science Law and Society (BCL) Law and Taxation Law Plus Law with Economics Law with French Law (BCL) Law with History Law with Philosophy Law with Politics Legal and Business Studies Legal Studies Legal Studies Legal Studies Leisure Management Liberal Arts Liberal Arts Liberal Arts Logistics and Supply Chain Management

University of Limerick National University of Ireland Maynooth Trinity College Dublin Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) Trinity College Dublin Dublin City University Limerick Institute of Technology University of Limerick University College Dublin (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Dublin Business School Institute of Technology, Carlow Waterford Institute of Technology Dublin Business School Dublin Institute of Technology University of Limerick Mary Immaculate College American College Dublin Dublin Institute of Technology

Mechatronics Athlone Institute of Technology Mechatronics Institute of Technology, Sligo Media and Cultural Studies Dublin Business School Media and English - New University of Limerick Media and Public Relations Institute of Technology, Carlow Media Studies National University of Ireland Maynooth Medical Biotechnology Institute of Technology, Sligo Medical Science Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Medicinal Chemistry Trinity College Dublin Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dublin Institute of Technology Medicine University College Cork (NUI) Medicine National University of Ireland, Galway Medicine Trinity College Dublin Medicine - (Undergraduate Entry) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medicine - Graduate Entry University of Limerick Medicine - Graduate Entry Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medicine - Graduate Entry University College Cork (NUI) Medicine - Graduate Entry University College Dublin (NUI) Medicine - Undergraduate entry University College Dublin (NUI) Midwifery National University of Ireland, Galway Midwifery Trinity College Dublin Midwifery University College Cork (NUI) Midwifery University College Dublin (NUI) Midwifery University of Limerick Midwifery Dundalk Institute of Technology Midwifery (Mature Applicants) National University of Ireland, Galway Midwifery (Mature Applicants) Trinity College Dublin Midwifery (Mature Applicants) University College Cork (NUI) Midwifery (Mature Applicants) University College Dublin (NUI) Midwifery (Mature Applicants) University of Limerick Midwifery (Mature Applicants) Dundalk Institute of Technology Millinery (Hat Making) Grafton Academy of Dress Designing Mobile Communications and Security University of Limerick Modelmaking, Design and Digital Effects Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Montessori Method of Education (Advanced Studies in the) The College of Progressive Education Multimedia Dublin City University Multimedia Cork Institute of Technology Multimedia and Computer Games Development University of Limerick Multimedia and Digital Entertainment Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Multimedia Applications Development Waterford Institute of Technology Multimedia Programming and Design Limerick Institute of Technology Multimedia Systems/Web Engineering Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development National University of Ireland Maynooth Music National University of Ireland Maynooth Music University College Dublin (NUI) Music Cork Institute of Technology Music Trinity College Dublin Music University College Cork (NUI) Music Dublin Institute of Technology Music Waterford Institute of Technology Music (Applied) Dundalk Institute of Technology Music and Audio Production Dundalk Institute of Technology Music and Instrument Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Music Education Trinity College Dublin Music Foundation Dublin Institute of Technology Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin City University Music Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Music Technology National University of Ireland Maynooth Music Technology and Production Limerick Institute of Technology Music, Media and Performance Technology University of Limerick

M Management Institute of Technology, Tallaght Management of Technology in Business National College of Ireland Management Science and Information Systems Studies Trinity College Dublin Manufacturing and Design Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin City University Manufacturing Engineering with Business Studies Marine and Plant Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Marine Electrotechnology Cork Institute of Technology National University of Ireland, Galway Marine Science Marketing National University of Ireland Maynooth Cork Institute of Technology Marketing Dublin Institute of Technology Marketing Marketing Dundalk Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) Marketing incorporating Tipperary Institute Waterford Institute of Technology Marketing National College of Ireland Marketing Marketing Dublin Business School Marketing Dublin Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Marketing Institute of Technology, Tallaght Marketing Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) Marketing incorporating Tipperary Institute Griffith College Cork Marketing Marketing - P.R. with Events Management Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Tallaght Marketing Management Dublin Business School Marketing with Digital Media Marketing with Digital Media and Cloud Computing Dublin Business School Marketing with Event Management Dublin Business School Marketing with Languages Institute of Technology, Sligo Marketing, Innovation and Technology Dublin City University Materials and Architectural Technology with concurrent Teacher Education University of Limerick Materials and Engineering Technology with concurrent Teacher Education University of Limerick National University of Ireland, Galway Mathematical Science University College Cork (NUI) Mathematical Sciences Mathematical Sciences University of Limerick Mathematical Sciences Dublin Institute of Technology Mathematics National University of Ireland Maynooth Mathematics Trinity College Dublin Mathematics and Physics University of Limerick Mathematics Education National University of Ireland Maynooth Dublin City University Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Limerick Institute of Technology National University of Ireland, Galway Mechanical Engineering University of Limerick Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Institute of Technology, Carlow Mechanical Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Mechanical Engineering Athlone Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Mechanical Engineering Institute of Technology, Sligo Mechanical Engineering Institute of Technology, Tallaght Mechanical Engineering Letterkenny Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Limerick Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Athlone Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy Mechatronic Engineering Dublin City University

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N Na Dána (Cumarsáid) National University of Ireland, Galway Na Dána (Gaeilge agus Léann an Aistriúcháin) National University of Ireland, Galway Na Dána (Riarachán Gnó) National University of Ireland, Galway Na Dána (Riarachán Gnó) Letterkenny Institute of Technology Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials Trinity College Dublin Nautical Science Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Networking Technologies Nursing - Children’s and General University College Dublin (NUI) Nursing - Children’s and General Trinity College Dublin Nursing - Children’s and General University College Cork (NUI) Nursing - Children’s and General (Mature Applicants) Trinity College Dublin Nursing - Children’s and General (Mature Applicants) University College Cork (NUI) Nursing - Children’s and General (Mature Applicants) University College Dublin (NUI) Nursing - General Letterkenny Institute of Technology Nursing - General National University of Ireland, Galway Nursing - General Trinity College Dublin Nursing - General University College Cork (NUI) Nursing - General University College Dublin (NUI) Nursing - General University of Limerick Nursing - General Athlone Institute of Technology Nursing - General Dundalk Institute of Technology Nursing - General Institute of Technology, Tralee Nursing - General Waterford Institute of Technology Nursing - General St Angela’s College

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Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - General (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Intellectual Disability (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Mental Health Nursing - Mental Health Nursing - Mental Health (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Mental Health (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing - Psychiatric (Mature Applicants) Nursing (Children’s and General - Mature Applicants) Nursing (Children’s and General) Nursing (General - Mature Applicants) Nursing (General - Mature Applicants) Nursing (General) Nursing (Intellectual Disability - Mature Applicants) Nursing (Intellectual Disability) Nursing (International) Nursing (Psychiatric - Mature Applicants) Nursing (Psychiatric - Mature Applicants) Nursing (Psychiatric) Nursing -General (Mature Applicants) Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition Nutrition and Health Science Nutritional Sciences

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Course Titles

Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology St Angela’s College Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) University of Limerick Dundalk Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology St Angela’s College Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) University of Limerick Dundalk Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology St Angela’s College University of Limerick Institute of Technology, Tralee University of Limerick Institute of Technology, Tralee National University of Ireland, Galway Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Dublin City University Dublin City University Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway Dublin City University Dublin City University Dublin City University University College Cork (NUI) Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway Dublin City University University of Limerick Dublin Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology University College Cork (NUI)

Pharmaceutical Healthcare Dublin Institute of Technology Pharmaceutical Science Athlone Institute of Technology Pharmaceutical Science Institute of Technology, Sligo Pharmaceutical Science Institute of Technology, Tallaght Pharmaceutical Science Waterford Institute of Technology Pharmaceutical Science (Drug Development and Analysis) Athlone Institute of Technology Pharmacy Trinity College Dublin Pharmacy University College Cork (NUI) Pharmacy Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Pharmacy Technician Athlone Institute of Technology Pharmacy Technician Letterkenny Institute of Technology Pharmacy Technician Studies Dublin Institute of Technology Pharmacy Technician Studies Institute of Technology, Carlow Philosophy Trinity College Dublin Philosophy University College Dublin (NUI) Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology Trinity College Dublin Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) National University of Ireland Maynooth Photographic Media Griffith College Dublin Photography Dublin Institute of Technology Photography Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Photography Griffith College Dublin Physical Education with Biology Dublin City University Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education University of Limerick Physical Education with Mathematics Dublin City University Physics (Applied) Dublin City University Physics (Applied) University of Limerick Physics and Applied Physics National University of Ireland, Galway Physics and Astrophysics University College Cork (NUI) Physics and Instrumentation Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Physics and Instrumentation (Applied) Cork Institute of Technology Physics Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Physics with Astronomy Dublin City University Physics with Astrophysics National University of Ireland, Galway Physics with Astrophysics National University of Ireland Maynooth Physics with Biomedical Sciences Dublin City University Physics with Medical Physics National University of Ireland, Galway Physics with Medical Physics and Bioengineering Dublin Institute of Technology Physiology and Health Science Institute of Technology, Carlow Physiotherapy Trinity College Dublin Physiotherapy University College Dublin (NUI) Physiotherapy University of Limerick Physiotherapy Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Planning and Environmental Management Dublin Institute of Technology Planning, Geography and Environment University College Dublin (NUI) Podiatry National University of Ireland, Galway Political Science and Geography Trinity College Dublin Politics National University of Ireland Maynooth Politics and International Relations University of Limerick Politics and Public Administration University of Limerick Preliminary Engineering Dublin Institute of Technology Print and Digital Media Technology Management Dublin Institute of Technology Process and Chemical Engineering University College Cork (NUI) Product Design National University of Ireland Maynooth Product Design Dublin Institute of Technology Product Design Letterkenny Institute of Technology Product Design and Technology University of Limerick Product Design Innovation Institute of Technology, Carlow Professional Legal Studies (ILEX) Independent Colleges Dublin Project and Construction Management National University of Ireland, Galway Property Economics (Valuation Surveying) Dublin Institute of Technology Property Studies Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Property Valuation and Management Limerick Institute of Technology Psychology Dublin City University Psychology Trinity College Dublin Psychology University College Dublin (NUI) Psychology University of Limerick Psychology Waterford Institute of Technology Psychology National College of Ireland Psychology Dublin Business School Psychology National University of Ireland Maynooth Psychology (Applied) University College Cork (NUI) Psychology (Applied) Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Psychology (through Science) National University of Ireland Maynooth Psychology and Sociology University of Limerick Psychotherapy Independent Colleges Dublin Public Health University College Cork (NUI) Public Relations Dundalk Institute of Technology

O Occupational Safety and Health Occupational Safety and Health Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy Office Management Operations Engineering Optometry Outdoor Education and Leisure Outdoor Education and Leisure with Geography

Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Sligo National University of Ireland, Galway Trinity College Dublin University College Cork (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

P Performing Arts Institute of Technology, Sligo Performing Arts Dundalk Institute of Technology Phamaceutical Analysis with Environmental Science Institute of Technology, Tralee Pharmaceutical Analysis with Cosmetic Science Institute of Technology, Tralee Pharmaceutical Analysis with Cosmetics Institute of Technology, Tralee Pharmaceutical Analysis with Environmental Science Institute of Technology, Tralee Pharmaceutical Analysis with Forensics Institute of Technology, Tralee Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry. National University of Ireland Maynooth Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis Limerick Institute of Technology Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry University of Limerick Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Cork Institute of Technology

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Q Quantity Surveying Quantity Surveying Quantity Surveying Quantity Surveying Quantity Surveying Quantity Surveying

Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Limerick Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Letterkenny Institute of Technology


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Trinity College Dublin University College Dublin (NUI) Institute of Technology, Sligo Cork Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Sport Science Sport Science and Health Sports and Exercise Engineering Sports Development and Coaching Sports Management and Coaching Sports Management and Coaching Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy Sports Science and Exercise Physiology Sports Science and Health Sports Strength and Conditioning incorporating Tipperary Institute Sports Strength and Conditioning incorporating Tipperary Institute Sports Studies and Physical Education Structural Engineering Sustainable Architectural Technology Sustainable Building and Property Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy Sustainable Building Technology Sustainable Construction Sustainable Energy Sustainable Energy Engineering

Institute of Technology, Carlow Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway Letterkenny Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Carlow Athlone Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tallaght Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary)

R Radiation Therapy Radiography Recreation and Leisure Recreation and Leisure Recreation and Sport Management Renewable and Electrical Energy Systems Renewable Energy and Energy Management Retail and Customer Service Management Retail and Services Management Retail Management Retail Management and Marketing Road Transport Technology and Management Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business

S Science National University of Ireland, Galway Science National University of Ireland Maynooth Science Trinity College Dublin University College Dublin (NUI) Science Science Cork Institute of Technology Science Dublin Institute of Technology Science Dublin City University Science Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Science Institute of Technology, Sligo Science Science - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry Institute of Technology, Carlow Science - Applied Bioscience Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Science - Pharmaceutical Science Science (Agricultural Science, Applied Biology, Food Science, Pharmaceutical Science) Waterford Institute of Technology Science (Biological and Environmental Studies) Institute of Technology, Tralee Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) Athlone Institute of Technology University of Limerick Science Choice Science Education Dublin City University Science Education National University of Ireland Maynooth Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Biological Sciences with Physics or Chemistry) University of Limerick Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Physics and Chemistry) University of Limerick Science with Nanotechnology Dublin Institute of Technology Social and Community Development Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Carlow Social and Community Studies Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) Social and Community Studies incorporating Tipperary Institute Dublin Institute of Technology Social Care Social Care Dundalk Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Social Care Social Care Practice Athlone Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Social Care Practice Institute of Technology, Tallaght Social Care Practice National University of Ireland Maynooth Social Science University College Cork (NUI) Social Science Social Science University College Dublin (NUI) Social Science Dublin Business School Social Science (Youth and Community Work) - Mature Applicants only University College Cork (NUI) Social Studies Dublin Business School Social Studies (Applied) Athlone Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Social Studies (Applied) Institute of Technology, Tralee Social Studies (Applied) Institute of Technology, Carlow Social Studies (Professional Social Care) (Applied) Limerick Institute of Technology Social Studies (Social Care)(Applied) Trinity College Dublin Social Studies (Social Work) Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Social Studies in Social Care (Applied) Waterford Institute of Technology Social Studies in Social Care (Applied) Social Studies in Social Care (Applied) Carlow College Social Work - Mature Applicants only University College Cork (NUI) Society and Communications Athlone Institute of Technology Trinity College Dublin Sociology and Social Policy Athlone Institute of Technology Software Design (Games Development) Athlone Institute of Technology Software Design (Web Development) Cork Institute of Technology Software Development Institute of Technology, Carlow Software Development Limerick Institute of Technology Software Development Cork Institute of Technology Software Development and Computer Networking Athlone Institute of Technology Software Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology Software Systems Development Spanish - International University College Dublin (NUI) Speech and Language Therapy National University of Ireland, Galway University College Cork (NUI) Speech and Language Therapy Sport and Exercise (GAA) Portfolio Institute of Technology, Carlow Sport and Exercise (Rugby) Portfolio Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Carlow Sport and Exercise (Soccer) Portfolio University College Dublin (NUI) Sport and Exercise Management Sport and Exercise Sciences University of Limerick Sport Management and Coaching Institute of Technology, Carlow

Limerick Institute of Technology (Tipperary) University College Cork (NUI) Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Athlone Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology

T Technology Management Theology Theology and Arts Theology and English Literature Theology and Philosophy Theology and Psychology Theoretical Physics Theoretical Physics and Mathematics Timber Product Technology Tourism Tourism Tourism Tourism Tourism Tourism Tourism and Guest Services Management Tourism Management Tourism Management Tourism Marketing Tourism Marketing Transport Management and Technology Transport Operations and Technology Travel and Tourism Management TV and Media Production TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting

University of Limerick Pontifical University Pontifical University All Hallows College All Hallows College All Hallows College Trinity College Dublin National University of Ireland Maynooth Dublin Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Letterkenny Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Tralee Institute of Technology, Carlow Institute of Technology, Tralee

V Veterinary Medicine - Graduate Entry Veterinary Medicine - Undergraduate entry Veterinary Nursing Veterinary Nursing Veterinary Nursing Veterinary Nursing Video and Film Video and Sound Technology Visual and Critical Studies Visual Arts Visual Arts Practice (Fine Art) Technology Visual Communications Technology Visual Communications Visual Communications Visual Communications and Design Visual Merchandising and Display Voice and Dance

University College Dublin (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) University College Dublin (NUI) Athlone Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Letterkenny Institute of Technology Dundalk Institute of Technology Limerick Institute of Technology Dublin Institute of Technology Waterford Institute of Technology DĂşn Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and DĂşn Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Athlone Institute of Technology Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Carlow Dublin Institute of Technology University of Limerick

W Web Development Web Development and Creative Media Wildlife Biology Wood Science and Technology World Religions and Theology

Cork Institute of Technology Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Tralee University of Limerick Trinity College Dublin

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Open Days - try before you buy

If you’re unpleasantly surprised to discover that quantum physics involves working with numbers, well then there is nobody to blame but yourself really. Research carried out by DIT for instance, has shown that lack of knowledge about what is actually involved in a course is the main cause of people dropping out. Attending an open day is one of the best ways to get a feel for a college and a specific course. It is best therefore, to arrive well prepared; a complete checklist of every single query you feel is relevant is a handy accompaniment. That way, you can be sure you are making a well-informed choice when CAO time comes around. Be determined to get answers to every one of your queries; the colleges are eager for your application so don’t be hesitant in approaching any members of staff on the day. It is also worth remember that university campuses in particular are very big places, and it is easy to waste a good portion of the day wandering aimlessly when you don’t know what you’re looking for. When you choose a particular college, its campus is going to be your ‘home from home’ for the foreseeable future. A college Open Day enables you to take your time and soak up the atmosphere. Try to imagine yourself as a student there. Would you feel comfortable? Does the place seem welcoming? Is this a modern and challenging learning environment where you want to spend the next three or four years? As well as exploring the location, an Open Day is also a great chance to learn about the courses for which you may apply. There are usually lots of seminars and talks on the

Open Days Open Day 04/10/2011 Clonakilty Agricultural College Open Day 05/10/2011 College of Amenity Horticulture - Botanic Gardens

individual courses available. You should go to as many as possible, even if you are sure of the course you are going to take. You might find a similar course that will suit you better, or even have your interest piqued by something totally different. Both lecturers and students give presentations and answer questions at course seminars. You might sit in a college lecture theatre and find out about different subjects taught, assessment methods used and the career options available for the different courses you are considering. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the lecturers; they are generally very interested in their own subject, and like nothing more than sharing their enthusiasm and passion. Open Day also often features stands representing the various subject areas, manned by student ambassadors. Talking to current students to get their perspective of the college is a very useful part of an Open Day. If you know someone studying at the college already, see if they have time for a quick tour or a chat about their experiences. They can offer invaluable insights and advice to people who haven’t yet made up their mind about the subject they want to study. The social aspect of college life is very important too, so ask what student life is like. Be sure to pay a visit to the social and recreational areas such as restaurants bars and sports facilities, and have a look at the stands representing the various student societies and sports clubs. You should spend plenty of time checking out the different facilities and services on the campus by talking to staff in student services such as the accommodation office, the library and the IT department. This opportunity is

especially important if you will be studying a course or subject that requires specialised facilities and equipment. Open Days should be more or less ‘access all areas’ so you can see how modern the science labs are, or what kind of multimedia or IT equipment is available. Many colleges will have presentations and chances for you to try out the equipment yourself. Don’t be shy about asking for a go on the X-ray machine or to sample the produce from the culinary arts course presentation. Remember, they are trying to sell their college to you and will usually be happy to oblige your requests. Open Days are also very useful for students who have needs and requests that are outside the usual run of things, and to offer a chance to gather information that is perhaps not featured in the prospectus. If you have specific questions about support services, access schemes or scholarship opportunities, an Open Day is an ideal opportunity to discover how the campus can cater for your own particular circumstances. So, if you want to discover the best place to pursue your chosen area of study, attend an Open Day. Don’t rely on the glossy brochures or second-hand rumours. Investigate the place for yourself and get a taste of what third-level life is like, and you’ll be able to make your CAO choices with more confidence. In the unfortunate event that you can’t attend on the Open Day, you should contact the institution in question as many can facilitate tours specifically organised for a class or individual, or they may be able to send a college representative to speak to your class.

Open Days (2) 13/10/2011 Limerick Institute of Technology

Open Day 09/11/2011 Letterkenny Institute of Technology

DkIT Open Day 14/10/2011 Dundalk Institute of Technology

Open Day 09/11/2011 Senior College Dun Laoghaire

Open Days (2) 14/10/2011 Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences

Open Days (2) 11/11/2011 Athlone Institute of Technology

Open Day Mary Immaculate College

14/10/2011

Open Day 06/10/2011 Gurteen Agricultural College

Open Day 14/10/2011 Shannon College of Hotel Management

Open Day 07/10/2011 Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Open Days (2) University of Limerick

Open Day 07/10/2011 Kildalton Agricultural College

Open and Information Morning 15/10/2011 Dundalk Institute of Technology

October Open Day University College Cork

08/10/2011

Open Day 22/10/2011 Church of Ireland College of Education

Open Day 11/10/2011 Mountbellew Agricultural College

NMCI Open Day 25/10/2011 National Maritime College of Ireland Music Open Day 05/11/2011 University College Cork

14 /10/2011

Open Day 11/11/2011 Institute of Technology Carlow Open Day 11/11/2011 Institute of Technology Tralee UCD Open Day University College Dublin

12/11/2011

Open Day 15/11/2011 Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Open Day Galway-Mayo IT - Galway

16/11/2011

Open Day / Evening Griffith College Dublin

16/11/2011

Open Day Carlow College

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TCD Open Days (2) Trinity College Dublin

02/12/2011

Open Day St. John’s Central College

Open Days (2) 18/11/2011 CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

Open Day St. Patricks College Thurles

03/12/2011

Information / Registration Day 29/02/2012 Dunboyne College of Further Education

CIT Open Days 2011 (2) 18/11/2011 Cork Institute of Technology

Open Day 06/12/2011 Waterford College of Further Education

Open Day Galway Technical Institute

Open Days (2) Dublin City University

18/11/2011

Open Day 13/12/2011 Waterford Institute of Technology

Open Day 07/03/2012 Bray Institute of Further Education

Open Day Galway-Mayo IT - Castlebar

18/11/2011

Open Day St. Sheelan’s College

Open Day CIT Cork School of Music

19/11/2011

RCSI Open Day 2012 - Provisional Date 03/01/2012 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Open Day 19/11/2011 Colaiste Mhuire, Marino Inst of Ed. Open Day Froebel College

19/11/2011

Open Day 19/11/2011 Mater Dei Institute of Education Open Day 19/11/2011 St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra ICT Explore Day Tipperary Institute

19/11/2011

Open Day 24/11/2011 Institute of Technology Sligo Open Day / Information Day 24/11/2011 Sligo College of Further Education Open Day St. Angela’s College Sligo

24/11/2011

Open Days (2) 25/11/2011 Dun Laoghaire Inst of Art Design & Technology Open Day 25/11/2011 Galway-Mayo IT - Letterfrack Open Days (2) NUI Maynooth

25/11/2011

Open Days (2) 25/11/2011 Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth Open Day All Hallows College

26/11/2011

ICT Explore Day Tipperary Institute

26/11/2011

Open Evening 29/11/2011 Shannon College of Hotel Management Open Day National College of Ireland

30/11/2011

Open Day 01/12/2011 Institute of Technology Carlow - Wexford Campus Undergraduate Open Day 01/12/2011 National College of Art & Design Open Day 01/12/2011 Pallaskenry Agricultural College Open Days (2) 02/12/2011 Dublin Institute of Technology

Open Day 2.00 - 7.00 pm Dublin Business School

18/01/2012

CAO Open Evening 18/01/2012 Dun Laoghaire Inst of Art Design & Technology Open Day / Evening Griffith College Dublin

18/01/2012

Open Day 18/01/2012 Senior College Dun Laoghaire Open Evening 18/01/2012 Shannon College of Hotel Management Open Evening / Morning Drogheda Institute of FE

19/01/2012

Open Day 20/01/2012 Bray Institute of Further Education

21/02/2012

06/03/2012

07/03/2012

Open Day 11.00 am - 2.00 pm 13/03/2012 Clonakilty Agricultural College Open Evening 15/03/2012 Castlebar College of Further Education Information Day 16/03/2012 Carlow Institute of Further Education Open Day 10.00 am - 3.00 pm 20/03/2012 Mountbellew Agricultural College Open Day 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm 21/03/2012College of Amenity Horticulture - Botanic Gardens Open Day 10.30 am - 2.00 pm 21/03/2012 Gurteen Agricultural College Open Day National College of Ireland

21/03/2012

21/01/2012

Open Day 10.00 am - 3.00 pm 22/03/2012 Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Dublin 12 Open Day 24/01/2012 Crumlin College of Further Education

Admissions Workshop / Open Day for Prospective Students 22/03/2012 Carlow College

Dublin 12 Open Day 24/01/2012 Pearse College of Further Education

Open Day / Evening - Postgraduate 22/03/2012 Griffith College Dublin

Dublin 12 Open Day St. Kevin’s College Crumlin

24/01/2012

Open Day 23/03/2012 Kildalton Agricultural College

Open Day 25/01/2012 Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Information Morning 23/03/2012 Limerick College of Further Education

Open Day 25/01/2012 Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

Information / Registration Day 28/03/2012 Dunboyne College of Further Education

Open Day National College of Ireland

Open Day 25/01/2012 Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education Information / Registration Day 25/01/2012 Dunboyne College of Further Education Open Day 25/01/2012 Marino College of Further Education Open Day National College of Ireland

25/01/2012

Open Day 27/01/2012 Galway-Mayo IT - Letterfrack Open Day 04/02/2012 Killester College of Further Education Open Day 07/02/2012 Limerick College of Further Education

Open Day NUI Galway

28/04/2012

University Day NUI Maynooth

28/04/2012

Open Day / Evening Griffith College Dublin

02/05/2012

Open Day 09/05/2012 Senior College Dun Laoghaire Open Day 19/05/2012 Kinsale College of Further Education Open Day 23/05/2012 Killester College of Further Education Open Day / Evening 24/05/2012 Bray Institute of Further Education University Day NUI Maynooth

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Funding Success Fees

The financial outlook is not bright for those enrolling in college over the coming years. The student registration fee (also known as ‘student contribution’) rose by €500 in 2011 to €2,000. A further hike for the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year cannot be ruled out. Unfortunately a reintroduction of tuition fees is also possible. The third level sector is under-funded, and the Government is urgently seeking further income for colleges. So what does this mean for you? Three things really. First: you must investigate thoroughly all your financial options, e.g. student grant eligibility. Second: your family needs to start considering the implications now – can the existing fee be afforded? What happens if there is another increase in the registration fee or full fees are reintroduced? And third: you must keep up to date with the latest news in this area. The issue of college fees is an ongoing and well-covered story, be sure you are aware when Government decisions are made.

Free Fees Scheme As it stands, students who meet the following requirements are not required to pay tuition fees for approved courses in publicly-funded third level institutions: You must: • Be a citizen of an EEA member state (see above) or Switzerland or • Have official refugee status or • Be a family member of a refugee and have been granted permission to live in the State or

• Be a family member of an EU national and have permission to live in the State, with a 4EUFAM stamp on your residence card or • Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State or • Have been granted permission to remain in the State by the Minister for Justice and Equality, following a determination by the Minister not to make a deportation order under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. You must also fulfil all of the following 3 course requirements: • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 years’ duration (or certain shorter courses in institutes of technology). • You must be a first-time full-time undergraduate. • In general, you must not be repeating the year because of failing your exams or changing course. Full fees are applicable to all private undergraduate colleges. There are no fees for publicly-funded PLC/further education courses, with students only paying a small course charge that varies from college to college.

Living Costs Unfortunately, the damage to your family’s wallet does not stop with the registration fee. There are also the expensive living costs to factor into your budget, which as the following tables illustrate, nearly double in size if you intend on living away from home. Incredibly, and despite the recession, according to this annual report the cost of living has increased since 2010/2011 (e.g. the monthly cost of living outside Dublin has risen from €830 to €855). However, these numbers

are only an estimate, and it is certainly possible to live relatively comfortably for less.

Funding Monthly Cost of Living Away from Home 2011/2012

Accommodation

287 (389 in Dublin*)

Light/heat/power

31

Food

169

Travel (monthly bus/rail commuter ticket)

96

Books and other materials

70

Clothes/medical

42

Social life/miscellaneous Mobile phone Total Total Annual Cost (9 months) Monthly Cost of Living at Home 2011/2012

129 31 855 (957*) 7,691 (8,613*)

Contribution to bills

29

Food

64

Travel

96

Books and materials

52

Clothes/medical

42

Mobile

31

Social life/ miscellaneous

129

Total

443

Total Annual Cost (9 months)

3,987

Information courtesy of DIT Campus Life – Student Cost of Living Guide

CAO, PLC, Universities and Colleges, Find it all at

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Maintenance Grants

Beginning for the 2012/2013 academic year all applications for grants should be made to the City of Dublin VEC, which takes over the role from over 60 local authorities and VECs. It is hoped that a single grant authority will make a system that has struggled with delays in the past to operate more efficiently. Students should note that, in general, anyone who qualifies for a maintenance grant will also qualify for a fee grant that provides full or part payment of the registration fee, the cost of essential field trips, and full or part payment of tuition fees (for those who do not qualify for free fees) – so it is ALWAYS worth applying.

The Student Grant Scheme is the first funding opportunity that most people consider. Unfortunately, not everybody is eligible for support. Eligibility depends on the annual income of students’ parents (or of the Visit www.citizensinformation.ie for further students themselves in the case of mature information. students), whether you already have a further or higher education qualification, how long you have resided in your locality, and your nationality status. The following are the current family income limits that indicate eligibility for a maintenance grant: Even if you do qualify for the maintenance No. of Full Part Part Part Exempt from dependent Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance Registration Fee

Part Time Work

children

(100%)

(75%)

(50%)

(25%)

Less than 4

€41,110

€42,235

€44,720

€47,205

€51,380

4 to 7

€45,165

€46,415

€49,145

€51,880

€56,460

8 or more

€49,045

€50,400

€53,360

€56,320

€61,295

As illustrated above, the actual amount of the grant varies hugely according to the level of financial assistance (ranging from 25% to 100%) that the ‘powers that be’ deem you to be in need of, and whether you live adjacent (45km or less) to the college you are attending. Below are the current maintenance grants rates: Rates

NonAdjacent Rate

Adjacent Rate

Full Maintenance

€3,120

€1,250

Part Maintenance (75%)

€2,340

€940

Part Maintenance (50%)

€1,560

€625

Part Maintenance (25%)

€780

€315

Payment of the grant is made in three annual instalments. PLC students receive their payment on a monthly basis. A special ‘TopUp’ Grant is available to students coming from a disadvantaged background. It is worth €1,195 to adjacent students (bringing the total to €2,445) and €2,980 to non-adjacent students (total: €6,100). The currently enforced closing date is August 31st, so students generally submit their forms before they are sure of their college place. The form is detailed and asks a lot of questions about your parents’ income and assets, so it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to get the information together.

grant, it is unlikely to cover the entire cost of a year at college or university. Many students rely upon parental or other family support, but not everybody is in a position to avail of this assistance. A lot of students take on part-time work during college, but it can be difficult to juggle work and study commitments. Some higher-level courses are very work-intensive, and when students aren’t in lectures or the laboratory, they are supposed to be in the library or studying at home. Other courses are less exhausting, and working part-time doesn’t necessarily mean that you will fail your course, but it could, for example, mean the difference between a First and a 2.1. It is generally recommended that students do not work over 15 hours a week. Many students work hard during the summer to accumulate as much money as they can to keep them going through the year. Working all summer however can cut into your J1 or other travelling plans.

Scholarships Most colleges offer a small number of scholarships or bursaries for students to help cover costs of living. These are generally linked to particular subjects, and go to students with outstanding academic results. Those with sporting or excellence in other subjects, or a disadvantaged background, can also take advantage of special schemes designed to reward high achievers in their particular fields. The All Ireland Scholarships Scheme (www.allirelandscholarships.com) for example, is a government programme that awards scholarships to over 100 top performing Leaving Cert students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read college prospectuses and

web sites closely, and visit www.studentfinance.ie, to find out what you may be able to receive. Every year the government provides a Student Assistance Fund to higher education providers, including all universities, institutes of technology and teacher training colleges, as well a number of other colleges. Full time undergraduate students who are experiencing financial problems can apply for assistance.

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While there are significant costs involved in studying at third level in Ireland, there are also ways in which students can get some money to pay these costs. Most students survive thanks to a pick ‘n’ mix of the maintenance grant, family support, savings, work, and scholarships.

Managing Your Money There are plenty of costs involved in third-level study, and there are also a good few ways of earning some money to cover these costs. It’s good practice to work out some sort of budgetary system to balance the outgoings with the incomes, so that you can concentrate on your studies and enjoy yourself, without worrying too much about money. Most students work to a budget. They might not write everything down in a carefully ruled notebook, but they have a fair idea of how much they can afford to spend each week or month. It is a good idea to keep hold of bank and credit card statements, so you can sit down occasionally and look at exactly how much you are receiving and spending. Then you will know whether you are doing okay, or whether you need to keep a tighter grip on your purse strings. It can be useful to divide your outgoings between necessities and non-necessities. Things like rent, food, medical bills and commuting have to be paid for in full, while socialising, clothes and phone credit costs are easier to adjust depending on how much money you have available each month. This way, you can retain some kind of control over your financial situation. Living on tight finances doesn’t mean that you have to sit in every night darning your classmates’ socks for lunch money. Part of the fun of being a student is releasing your inner Scrooge and taking advantage of all the money-off opportunities available. Do some research into student discounts and use them well. Other handy schemes include leaving your credit or ATM card at home on nights out, buying food and household supplies in bulk from the supermarket rather than from the more expensive convenience store on the corner, taking advantage of subsidised meals in your college, cycling rather than forking out on public transport or petrol for your car, and getting hold of second-hand textbooks. It’s all common sense, really. If you find you are having difficulties financing yourself through college, don’t despair. There are ways to get additional help. Your Students’ Union can provide you with practical advice on how to cope, and most colleges operate a hardship fund that will allow you borrow some extra money if you are in need. Identifying and utilising all sources of funding, and good budgetary habits should get you through college without incurring too much debt.


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student accommodation

Securing affordable and comfortable accommodation is a vital aspect of preparing for college life. If the location of your intended college makes living at home impossible, then you should start your research regarding the various accommodation options (to share or live alone, what you can afford, etc) as soon as your CAO choice is made. Demand for student accommodation is often high, and you don’t want to be forced into last-minute decisions when most of the prime affordable locations are no longer available. Living in cramped or unsuitable conditions can greatly reduce the enjoyment of your time in college, and it certainly does not help toward achieving good results. Most higher education and many further education providers have an accommodation office. They are your first and most useful port of call, providing information on campus accommodation (if available) and also on local landlords, rental properties and host families. Other useful sources of information include the Students’ Union in the college in question, local newspapers, and websites such as Daft. ie, Studentlettings.ie, and Collegecribs.ie. For those whose college is within commuting distance, then living in the family home is usually the best option. Not only are thousands of euro saved, but a recent survey by the Higher Education Authority revealed that far more of those living at home than those living in other accommodation are ‘very satisfied’ with their living arrangements. The underdeveloped culinary skills of many young school leavers no doubt playing a big part in these findings. There are lots of top quality accommodation choices available to the modern student. These can be divided into three broad areas: Student Housing, Lodging/Digs, and Private Renting.

student housing Student dedicated accommodation, or student villages, comprise of apartments or housing available to students only. These residences can be on- or off-campus and are run by the college or a private management company. Student housing in Ireland is of a high quality, with clean and modern facilities, and easy access to your college. The term ‘student village’ is apt as there are usually many services provided that help foster a communal environment; facilities often include wireless internet connection, laundry services, shops, cafes, and common rooms and halls. This communal spirit is why most higher education providers recommend that newcomers choose student housing for their first year in college. The student village encourages first years to make friends, grow in confidence and overcome homesickness, all of which prepares them for private rented accommodation in later years. Most colleges therefore ensure a large proportion of their

student accommodation is available to first years only. The application times for student housing can vary greatly. Some colleges (e.g. NUI Galway) allow and recommend provisional booking as soon as your CAO choice is made, while others (such as Trinity College Dublin) do not accept applications until August, when you have received a course offer from the CAO. Please check what application policy your intended college applies. Accommodation costs also vary a good deal. The price for a standard 38-week academic year can be anything from €3,000 to €5,000, and is influenced by factors such as whether you are willing to share a room and the overall standard of accommodation. A security and/ or booking deposit is usually required in advance, and the rent is normally paid in two instalments during the year.

lodging/digs This form of accommodation encompasses a number of different living arrangements. These include a self-catering arrangement with a rented room in the landlord’s house, or living ‘in digs’ with a host family, which may or may not include meals in the price. Living with a host family is another recommended option for first years, as is it represents the easiest transition from home life. Not only is it very affordable, with costs ranging from €70 to €150 a week (depending on meals and whether the student is staying for five or seven days a week), but the majority of these families will also have long

experience of making students feel at home. It is highly recommended that you pay the host family/landlord a visit before agreeing to anything, just to cast an eye over the facilities and get a feeling for the place. Finding a landlord with whom you can strike up a good rapport is a valuable bonus, as nobody likes watching TV in an awkward silence, and sitting alone, sorting your sock collection in your box room is nobody’s idea of a fun evening. Tenants’ legislation does not cover students living in digs, so it is very important to set out in writing all agreements on bills, meals, deposits and notice to quit from the very beginning. You should also make sure to ask the householder about having visitors over, staying out late, access to facilities such as the TV, etc.


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Renting private accommodation can be the most risky of the accommodation options, as well as the most attractive to students craving independence and responsibility. Students looking at possible flats and houses should keep their wits about them, and make their decision carefully. It is always easier to find somewhere suitable if you are moving in with friends. Three or four people getting a house or flat together is more convenient than moving in with strangers. That said, you won’t be strangers for long, and many people become lifelong friends after living together at college. It is generally best to find a house in an area heavily populated with students, where you will have better relations with neighbours, local student discount shopping opportunities, the cheapest rent prices, and shouldn’t be too far from your college. Some student housing can be towards the lower quality end of the rental market, so it is important to find a trustworthy landlord. The landlord should never enter the house without your permission. It is also his or her responsibility to ensure that all appliances are working, that there are solid locks on all doors and that the heating and hot water systems are up to scratch. Inspect the house thoroughly before handing over any money, and bring someone along (such as a parent or friend) who recognises the warning signs of damp and structural problems. You should insist on a rent book and a properly written lease, and it is generally best, though not always possible, to pay rent by direct debit. Renters usually pay a month’s deposit when they move in and pay each month’s rent in advance. Visit www. citizensinformation.ie, and check out ‘Tenants

rights and obligations’ in the Housing section for further information in this vital area. The accompanying checklist includes some of the most important things to bear in mind when inspecting a potential home. One small upside of the ongoing recession is the growing number of rental properties available to students, and the fall in rental rates. Research carried out by Daft.ie shows that rents have decreased by 25% since 2007, although there are signs that a levelling out is occurring in 2011. Compared with 2008, students renting a two-bedroom property could expect to save over the course of the academic year €1,500 in many parts of the country and up to €4,000 in some parts of Dublin.. It is important from the outset that you foster a spirit of sharing and cooperation with your fellow tenants lest the situation quickly degenerates to drawing borders with chalk on the floor. You should also make sure that there is agreement on how bills such as gas, insurance, waste collection and connection fees for the phone and NTL will be paid. Try and work out some agreed rules regarding housework and people sleeping over at an early stage also. A good financial tip is to maintain a kitty for food essentials, cleaning products, etc. Most students end up living in rented accommodation at some stage of their college lives, even if they choose on-campus or digs at first. Renting offers the most freedom, but with freedom comes responsibility, and it is up to you to decide the most suitable accommodation option for your financial and personal situation.

The Renting Checklist  Is it convenient? Close to shops, public transport and college?  Is it safe? Is there a fire escape? Is the area safe?  Are there any signs of damp? Check walls and inside of cupboards  What’s there? Make an inventory and check if anything needs repairs before you move in  Who is your landlord? Get a name, address and landline phone number  Is your landlord registered? Most private leases now have to be registered with the PRTB. It’s your landlord’s job to do this – has this happened?  Is there a deposit? How much? Get a receipt!  How much is the rent? What does it include? How is it paid?  Have you signed a lease? If so, for how long?  What are your rights? When can the landlord come to make repairs etc…? NB – Get as much as possible in writing, i.e. terms of occupancy, deposit, repairs, notice, etc. The checklist is reproduced with the kind permission of the Union of Students in Ireland.

Student Accommodation

Blackarch Student Accommodation Archway Court, 39a Mountjoy Street Dublin 1 t: 01 7994566 f: 01 7994501 e: cflynn@blackarch.ie w: www.blackarch.ie

Location: Facilities:

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Location: Facilities:

Located with good access to Trintiy College, Dublin Business School, DIT, UCD, DCU, Griffith 30+ Self catering apartments, fully furnished, laundry, rubbish collection. Free internet access, Secure key card access

Blackarch Student Accommodation 9-13 Blackhall Place Dublin 7 t: 01 7994566 e: cflynn@blackarch.ie

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Our apartment complex is a 15 minute walking distance from Institute of Technology South Campus and within 25 minute walking distance from Institute of Technology North Campus. A bus departs from near our complex to both campuses every hour. It is also of close distance to FAS in Monavalley. Each en-suite apartment consists of one double room and three single rooms with large uncontended wireless internet connection, open plan sitting room, living room, kitchen and satellite TV.

Mature students - what you need to know Who qualifies as a mature student? Anyone who is over 23 on January 1st of the year of entry to their chosen course in a recognised Higher Education Institution (HEI). What are the main reasons behind making the decision to become a mature student? There are different grounds depending on the individual but most people chose to enter the system as a mature student for one of the following: • To complete education and get a degree • To develop an interest or hobby in a certain subject • With a view to improving job prospects • For retraining purposes; either for upskilling or for changing careers • To nurture and advance personal and social skills • For assistance in re-entering the workforce Are there any benefits in being a mature student? Students entering or re-entering the education system as mature students bring with them the considerable advantage of having valuable life experience which will be of great help in academic studies. The higher level of sacrifice and commitment made by these students means that they also typically

possess a greater motivation than their younger classmates. What’s the best way to find out about the courses on offer? Check with the specific HEI; the admissions office will have a list which is updated annually and will outline how many places have been allocated specifically for mature students. How will I know if third level will be right for me? If you are unsure about making a decision it might be worth considering doing a Foundation or Access Course which will ease the transition into college life; contact your nearest HEI for details of these. How do you apply? Some courses will require a CAO application (which must be made by February 1st), but others will call for a direct application. Get in touch with the college in question to find out which applies for your chosen course. The successful applicants will then be called for an interview where proof of your capability with the specific subject may be expected. In general, mature students are required to have a Leaving Certificate but you do not have to meet the usual entry requirements. The college will take into account your educational background,

work history, community involvement and other achievements and interests. This system is known as the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Are there special support channels for mature students? Yes. Most HEIs have Mature Student Officers that are solely committed to providing assistance to mature students in areas such as counselling, careers advice and financial support. Some officers organise Orientation or Induction Programmes for these students which take place before the course starts in order to make the process as simple and enjoyable as possible. What about financial support? As with school leavers, mature students are entitled to avail of the Free Fees Scheme and a Student Grant (see Funding Success). Mature applicants however, will undergo a means test on their income (as well as the income of a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant) and not their parents’, as is the case with standard applications. Unfortunately, the automatic entitlement of mature students to the higher non-adjacent rate of payment for maintenance grants has recently been removed. If you are required to pay tuition fees from


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What is the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)? If you are unemployed, getting a One-Parent Family Payment or have a disability, you may attend a second-or third-level education

course and get the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). In addition to your weekly BTEA payment, you also get an annual Cost of Education Allowance of €500, which is paid at the start of each academic year. If you qualify for the Back to Education Allowance, you can keep your entitlement to any secondary benefits you already have, for

example, Fuel Allowance, Rent Supplement and Mortgage Interest Supplement. BTEA recipients cannot get a maintenance grant, but can have their tuition and registration fees paid, so it is always worth applying for the Student Grant scheme. Visit www. citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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your own income, it is usually possible to apply for tax relief – visit www.revenue.ie for further information.

CAO, PLC, Universities and Colleges, Find it all at

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Students with disabilities Last year there were over 6,000 students with disabilities studying at third level nationwide. Most Irish third level institutions have modern facilities and services in place to enable students with disabilities to play a full role in their education. The Equal Status Act of 2000 prohibits colleges, both public and private from discriminating against students on the basis of disability. If you have a disability, you should first decide which subjects interest you and the higher education courses for which to apply, then investigate the disability support services that individual institutions provide. You apply through the CAO where you can indicate that you have a disability, this will not have a negative effect on your application, it allows colleges time to prepare for any specific support you may need. Students who indicate that they have a disability are directed to a separate online application form called the Supplementary Information Form. This allows students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties to be considered for a supplementary admissions scheme

called DARE - Disability Access Route to Education (www.accesscollege.ie) which operates in a number of Higher Education Institutions. This scheme considers difficulties that a student with a disability or specific learning difficulty may have encountered in secondary school due to the impact of their impairment. Eligibility may be able allow a student to enter their chosen course at slightly below the standard CAO points requirement, but they must still matriculate and have the core subject requirements for their chosen area of study. This scheme is not open to mature students. All third level campuses have Disability or Access Officers with responsibility for supporting students with disabilities. It is advisable to contact the institution that you wish to attend and pay a visit in advance, particularly if you have a mobility impairment, to find out how accessible the campus is and what supports and services they have. Upon registration, students are advised to contact the Disability Support Service or Access Office

Every year an increasing number of students with disabilities are going to college and graduating on to careers of their choice. AHEAD is an organisation with expertise on what works for students with disabilities in higher education, training courses and employment. It provides information on accommodations that work for students with different disabilities in dealing with the day to day aspects of college life including admissions, teaching and learning, study supports, examinations and career information. If you are a student with a disability taking the next step to college and want further information or advice on:

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in college who will carry out a needs assessment to ascertain if you have any education support needs for example assistive technology, paid for through the Fund for Students with Disabilities which is available to both full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. It does not cover other costs such as food, books or study materials. Students attending private colleges are not eligible for the fund. However, private colleges are legally obliged to support students with disabilities, subject to nominal cost. Want more information about going to college? Better Options 2011 College Fair for Students with Disabilities & Specific Learning Difficulties considering their third level options. 30th November 2011 National College of Art & Design Contact: lorraine.gallagher@ahead.ie Tel: 01 7164396

Funding and grants available Disclosure of disability Accommodations and supports Learning supports Assistive technology and equipment Legal entitlements

Contact AHEAD: AHEAD East Hall, UCD, Carysfort Avenue Blackrock, Co. Dublin Phone: 01 7164396 e-mail: ahead@ahead.ie website: www.ahead.ie


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Universities Dublin City University 01 700 5338 registry@dcu.ie National University of Ireland, Galway 091 524411 admissions@nuigalway.ie National University of Ireland Maynooth 01 708 3822 admissions@nuim.ie incorporating Froebel College of Education, Blackrock, Co. Dublin Trinity College Dublin 01 896 4444 admissions@tcd.ie University College Cork (NUI) 021 4903571 admissions@ucc.ie / opendays@ucc.ie University College Dublin (NUI) 01 716 1555 admissions@ucd.ie University of Limerick 061 202015 admissions@ul.ie Department of Computer Science & Information Systems, University of Limerick

www.dcu.ie www.nuigalway.ie www.nuim.ie www.froebel.ie www.tcd.ie www.ucc.ie/study www.facebook.com/uccadmissions www.ucd.ie www.ul.ie www.csis.ul.ie

UK Universities Bangor University 0044 (0) 1248 383561 / 382005 prospectus@bangor.ac.uk Beckett College UK 0044 (0) 845 262 0315 enquiries@beckettcollegelondon.co.uk Scottish Agricultural College

www.bangor.ac.uk www.beckettcollegelondon.co.uk / www.beckettcollege.com www.sac.ac.uk/learning

Institutes of Technology Athlone Institute of Technology 090 6468000 admissions@ait.ie Cork Institute of Technology 021 4326100 admissions@cit.ie Dublin Institute of Technology 01 402 3445 admissions@dit.ie Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology 01 239 4000 info@iadt.ie Dundalk Institute of Technology 042 9370200 info@dkit.ie Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 091 753161 academic.affairs@gmit.ie Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown 01 885 1000 info@itb.ie Institute of Technology, Carlow 059 9175172 mary.jordan@itcarlow.ie Institute of Technology, Sligo 071 9155222 cuffe.padraic@itsligo.ie Institute of Technology, Tallaght 01 4042000 admissions@it-tallaght.ie Institute of Technology, Tralee 066 7145638 info@ittralee.ie Letterkenny Institute of Technology 074 9186000 irene.heavey@lyit.ie Limerick Institute of Technology 061 208208 admissions@lit.ie Limerick Institute of Technology(Tipperary) incorporating Tipperary Institute 0504 28000 tippadmissions@lit.ie Waterford Institute of Technology 051 302000 schoolsliaison@wit.ie

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Colleges of Education Church of Irl. Coll. of Education 01 497 0033 info@cice.ie Coláiste Mhuire, Marino 01 853 5123 mairin.nichonghaile@mie.ie Mary Immaculate College 061 204929 admissions@mic.ul.ie Mater Dei Institute of Education 01 808 6500 admissions@materdei.dcu.ie St Angela’s College 071 9143580 admin@stangelas.nuigalway.ie St Patrick’s College, Thurles 0504 21201 office@stpats.ie St Patrick’s College 01 884 2000 admissions.office@spd.dcu.ie

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State & Other Colleges All Hallows College 01 837 3745 info@allhallows.ie Carlow College 059 9153200 admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie National College of Art and Design 01 636 4200 fios@ncad.ie National College of Ireland 1850 221721 admissions@ncirl.ie Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth 01 708 4772 admissions@spcm.ie Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 01 402 2228 admissions@rcsi.ie Shannon College of Hotel Management 061 712590 joanmarkham@shannoncollege.com

www.allhallows.ie www.carlowcollege.ie www.ncad.ie www.ncirl.ie www.maynoothcollege.ie www.rcsi.ie www.shannoncollege.com

Independent Colleges American College Dublin Crafts Council of Ireland City Colleges Dublin Business School Grafton Academy of Dress Design Grafton College of Management Sciences Griffith College Cork Griffith College Dublin Griffith College Limerick IBAT College ICD Business School Independent Colleges Dublin National Counselling and Psychotherapy Inst of Ireland Newpark Music Centre The College of Progressive Education

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Student Accommodation Blackarch Student Accommodation 01 7994566 cflynn@blackarch.ie www.blackarch.ie Parchment Square 021 4545200 studentenqs@parchmentsquarecork.com www.parchmentsquarecork.com Tralee Town Centre Apartments 066 7123456 info@ttca.ie www.ttca.ie

Repeat Leaving Cert O’ Connell School 01-8748307

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Other Africian Conservation Experience 0044 (0) 1454 269182 info@conservationafrica.net AHEAD 01 7164396 ahead@ahead.ie ETC Consult 01 4972067 etcc@iol.ie FETAC Gaisce - The President's Award 01 6171999 info@gaisce.ie Oxford Aviation Academy Project Trust 0044 (0) 1879 230444 info@projecttrust.org.uk

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PLc COLLEGE contacts Abbey Community College, Boyle, Co. Roscommon 071 9664646 info@abbeycc.ie www.abbeycc.ie Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal 074 972 1105 avsoffice@eircom.net www.abbeyvocschool@donegal.com Archbishop McHale College, Tuam, Co. Galway 093 242 37 Ardscoil Phádraig, Longford Road, Granard, Co. Longford 043 86209 apgran@iol.ie Arklow Community College, Arklow, Co. Wicklow 0402 321 49 ccarklow@eircom.net www.athboycs.ie Ballinode College, Ballinode, Sligo 071 9145480 ballinodecollege@eircom.net www.ballinodecollege.com Ballsbridge College of Further Education, Shelbourne Rd, Dublin 4 01 668 4806 info@ballsbridge.cdvec.ie www.ballsbridgecollege.com Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Ballyfermot Rd, Dublin 10 01 626 9421 info@bcfe.cdvec.ie www.bcfe.ie Ballyhaunis Community School, Knock Road, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo 094 9630235 www.ballyhauniscs.ie Banagher Community College, Colaiste na Sionna, Banager, Co. Offaly 057 915 1323 admin@bccns.ie www.bccns.ie Beaufort College, Trim Road, Navan, Co Meath 046 902 8915 beaufortcollege@eircom.net www.beaufortcollege.ie Boyne Community School, Trim, Co. Meath 046 94 38000 boyneaded@eircom.net www.boyneadulteducation.com Bray Inst of Further Education, Novara Ave, Bray, Co. Wicklow Bunclody Vocational College, Irish Street, Co. Wexford 053 937 7590 bunclodyvc@gmail.com www.bunclodyvc.ie Carrick on Shannon Community School, Co. Leitrim 071 962 0880 info@carrickcs.ie Carrigallen Vocational School, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim 049 4339640 office@carrigallenvs.com www.carrigallenvs.com Castlebar College of Further Studies, Newtown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo 094 902 3134 admin@ccfe.ie www.ccfe.ie Castlepollard Community College, Co. Westmeath 044 966 1163 colaiste@eircom.net Castlerea Community School, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon 094 962 0177 ccs1@eircom.net Causeway Comprehensive School, Causeway, Co. Kerry Cavan College of Further Studies, Main St, Cavan 049 4332633 admin@cavancollege.ie www.cavancollege.ie Central Technical Institute, Clonmel. Co. Tipperary 052 214 50 info@cti-clonmel.ie www.cti-clonmel.ie/ Clifden Community School, Clifden, Co. Galway 095 211 84 clifdencs@eircom.net County Dublin VEC 01 4529636 info@codubvec.ie www.plcdublin.ie Colaiste Abbain, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford 053 924 0564 info@colaisteabbain.ie www.colaisteabbain.ie Coláiste an Chreagáin, Mountbellew, Co Galway Coláiste Bhríde , Carnew, Arklow, Co. Wicklow 053 94 2 6318 cbcarnew@eircom.net www.cbcarnew.ie Colaiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford 058 411 84 ccn@wd-vec.ie www.ccndungarvan.com Colaiste Chiarain, Croom, Co. Limerick 061 397 700 admin@cco.ie www.cco.ie Coláiste Chomáin, Ros Dumach, Béal an Átha, Co. Mayo 097 88940 eolas@gcr.ie www.gcr.ie Coláiste Cois Súire, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny Colaiste Dhulaigh, Clonshaugh Road, Coolock, Dublin 17 01 848 1400 info@cdcfe.cdvec.ie www.colaistedhulaigh.ie Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cashel Rd, Cahir, Co. Tipperary 052 428 28 info@colaisteduniascaigh.ie Colaiste Eanna, Cabra, Dublin 7 Colaiste Eoin, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow 059 647 1198 ceoifig@eircom.net www.colaisteeoin.net Colaiste Ide, College of Further Studies, Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas 01 834 2333 general.enquiries@ide.cdvec.ie www.colaisteide.ie/ Colaiste Iosaef, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick 063 98275 www.colaisteiosaef.ie Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Co. Limerick 061 392 368 colaistemhuire.ias@eircom.net www.colaistemhuireask.ie Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Co Galway 090 662 4740 Coláiste Mhuire, Ballymote, Co Sligo 071 9183086 ballymotecm.ias@eircom.ne Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown, Via Thurles, Co. Kilkenny 056 883 1135 kkmhuire@eircom.net www.colaistemhuirekk.ie Colaiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry info@colaistenasceilge.ie www.colaistenasceilge.ie Coláiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac, Co. Offaly 057 9135048 mail@cnckilcormac.ie www.cnckilcormac.ie Coláiste on Chraóibhin, Fermoy, Co. Cork 025 316 33 colaiste@c-chraoibhin.ie www.c-chraoibhin.ie Coláiste Phobail Roscré, Corville Road, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary Colaiste Pobail Acla, Achill Sound, Westport, Co Mayo Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí, Bantry, Co Cork Coláiste Stiofain Naofa, Tramore Road, Cork 021 496 1020 info@csn.ie www.csn.ie College of Further Education, Main St. Dundrum, Dublin 14 01 298 5412 info@cfedundrum.com www.cfedundrum.com Collinstown Park Community College, Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 01 457 2300 collinstown@edu.codubvec.ie www.collinstownpark.ie Columba College, Killucan, Co. Westmeath 044 9374107 Community School, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny 056 4441447 Community College, Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co. Cork 021 4811325 Community College, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 023-33877 clonccof@eircom.net www.clonakiltycc.ie Community College, Dromcollogher, Rathluirc, Co. Limerick Community College, Killorglin, Co. Kerry 066 9761168 Community College, Lanesboro, Co. Longford 043 21139 lanesborocc.ias@eircom.net

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Community College, Listowel, Co. Kerry 068 21023 Community College, Moneenageisha, Galway 091 755464/758054 gcc@cgvec.ie http://www.galwaycc.ie/ Community College, Retreat Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath 090 6472625 Community School, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 01 2852137 info@cabinteelycs.ie www.cabinteelycs.ie Community School, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal 074 93 74260 ccsoffice@eircom.net http://www.carndonaghcs.ie/ Community School, Dunmore, Co. Galway 093 38203 www.dunmorecs.ie Community School, Kilrush, Co. Clare 065 9051359 kcoms@tinet.ie Community School, Portumna, Co. Galway 090 9741053 info@portumnacs.com www.portumnacs.com Community School, Tullow, Co. Carlow 059 9151473 info@tullowcommunityschool.ie   www.tullowcommunityschool.ie Confey College, Riverforest, Leixlip, Naas, Co. Kildare 01 624 5322 confey@iol.ie Cork College of Commerce, Morrison’s Island, Cork 021 422 2100 apply@ccoc.ie www.corkcollegeofcommerce.ie Corran College, Ballymote, Co. Sligo 071 918 3285 corrancollege1@eircon.net Crumlin College of Further Studies, Crumlin Rd,, Dublin 12 01 454 0662 enrol@ccfe.cdvec.ie www.crumlincollege.ie Curragh Post Primary School, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare 045 441 809 www.curragh.org Davis College, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork 022 21173 admissions@daviscollege.ie www.daviscollege.ie Deansrath Community College, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 01 457 4144 deansrathcc.ias@eircom.net www.deansrathcommunitycollege.ie Deerpark CBS, St. Patrick’s Road, Cork 021 496 2025 deerparkcbs@eircom.net Desmond College, Vocational School, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick 069 62205 info@desmondcollege.ie www.desmondcollege.ie Drogheda Institute of Further Education, The Twenties, Drogheda, Co. Louth 041 983 7105 info@dife.info www.dife.info Drumshanbo Vocational School, Co. Leitrim 071 964 1085 info@dvs.ie www.dvs.ie Duiske College, Graighnamanagh, Co. Kilkenny 059 972 4177 Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, Cumberland St. Co. Dublin 01 280 9676 info@dlcfe.ie www.dlcfe.ie Ennis Community College, Harmony Row, Ennis 065 682 9432 enniscc@clarevec.ie www.enniscommunitycollege.com 053 923 4185 office@evc.ie www.evc.ie Enniscorthy Vocational College, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Errigal College, Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co Donegal 074 9121047 errigalcollege@donegalvec.ie www.errigalcollege.ie Further Education Centre, Bandon Rd, Kinsale , Co. Cork 021 4772275 kinsalefurthered@eircom.net Further Education Centre, Mountrath Rd, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois 057 87 31127 info@abbeyleixfec.ie www.abbeyleixfec.ie Gairm Scoil Mhuire, Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 0504 21734 gairmscoilmt.ias@tinet.net www.gairmscoilmhuirethurles.ie Galway Technical Institute, Fr. Griffin Rd, The Claddagh, Galway 091 581342 info@gti.ie www.gti.ie Glenamaddy Community School, Co. Galway 094 965 9315 glenamaddycs@eircom.net www.glenamaddycs.ie/ Gorey Community School, Gorey, Co. Wexford 053 9421167 info@goreyadulted.ie www.goreyadulted.ie Grange Community College, Grange Rd, Donaghmede, Dublin 13 01 847 1422 grangeadmin@eircom.net www.grangecc.ie Greenhills College, Limekiln Avenue, Greenhills, Dublin 12 01 450 7779 info@greenhills-college.com www.greenhills-college.com Grennan College, Ladywell St, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny 056 772 4112 info@grennancollege.ie www.grennancollege.ie Inchicore College of Further Studies, Emmet Road, Dublin 8 01 453 5358 enquiries@inchicore.cdvec.ie www.inchicorecollege.ie Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo 096 364 96 jmsschoolenniscrone@eircom.net www.jmsschoolenniscrone.ie Kilkenny City Vocational School, New Street, Kilkenny 056 772 2108 kcvsoffice@eircom.net Killarney Community College, Killarney, Co. Kerry 064 321 64 kcccom@iol.ie Killester College, Collins Ave East, Dublin 5 01 833 7686 info@kcfe.cdvec.ie www.killestercollege.ie Kinsale Community School, Kinsale, Co. Cork 021 477 3174 info@kinsalecommunityschool.ie www.kinsalecommunityschool.ie Kylemore College, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 01 626 5901 info@kylemore.cdvec.ie www.kylemorecollege.ie Liberties College, Bull Alley St. Liberties, Dublin 8 01 454 0044 info@liberties.cdvec.ie www.libertiescollege.ie Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave St., Limerick 061 414 344 apply@lcfe.ie www.lcfe.ie Lough Allen, Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim 071 964 8017 info@loughallencollege.ie Magh Ene College, Bundoran, Co. Donegal 071 9841364 Mannix College, Charleville, Co. Cork 063 814 22 mannixcollege@eircom.net Maria Immaculate Community College, Dunmanway, Co Cork 023 8856030 Marino College, 14 - 20 Marin Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3 01 855 7116 marinofe@eircom.net www.marinocollege.ie Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare 065 707 4266 lisdoon@iol.ie www.iol.ie/~lisdoon McEgan College, Macroom, Co. Cork 026 41076 mcegan@iol.ie www.mcegan.ie Mean Scoil Mhuire, Newtownsmith, Galway 091 566595 msm@eircom.net www.mercygalway.ie Mercy College, Chapel Hill, Sligo 071 9142525 mercycollegesligo@eircom.net www.mercycollegesligo.ie/index.html Moate Business College, Moate, Co. Westmeath 090 648 1178 mbcadmin@eircom.net www.moatebusinesscollege.com Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co Leitrim 071 9631122 mcss@eircom.net Monaghan Institute of Further Education & Training, Armagh Road, Co. Monaghan 047 849 00 info@monaghaninstitute.ie www.monaghaninstitute.ie Mount Seskin Community College, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Mountmellick Further Education Centre, Harbour St., Mountmellick, Co. Laois 057 862 4196 yrlaois@eircom.net Moyne College, Ballina, Co. Mayo 096 214 72 info@moynecollege.ie www.moynecollege.ie Muinebheag Vocational School, Co. Carlow 059 972 1335 muinebheagvs@eircom.net www.muinebheagvocationalschool.ie 044 934 0786 info@mullingarcommunitycollege.com www.mullingarcommunitycollege.com Mullingar Community College, Millmount Road, Co. Westmeath 021 435 8633 naglecc@eircom.net Nagle Community College, Mahon, Blackrock, Cork North Connaught College, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo 071 918 5035 nccollege@sligovec.ie www.northconnaughtcollege.net Oaklands Community College, St. Senan Ave Edenderry, Co. Offaly 046 973 1573 oakland.ias@eircom.net O’Fiach College, Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth 042 933 1398 info@ofiaichcollege.ie www.ofi.ie/index.html Our Lady’s Secondary Schoool, Belmullet, Co. Mayo 097 811 57 ourladysbelmullet@eircom.net Pearse College, Clogher Rd, Crumlin, Dublin 12 01 453 6661 information@pearse.cdvec.ie www.pearsecollege.ie Piper’s Hill College, Kilashee, Naas, Co. Kildare Plunkett College, Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 01 837 1689 info@plunket.cdvec.ie www.plunketcollege.ie Portlaoise Vocational School & Senior College, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 0502 21480 Presentation Secondary School, Convent of Mercy, Sexton St. Limerick 061 410 390 Presentation Secondary School, Presentation Road, Galway 091 563 495 info@presgalway www.presgalway.ie Ramsgrange Community School, Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co Wexford 051 389 211 Rathmines College of Further Education, Town Hall, Dublin 6 01 497 5334 www.rathminescollege.ie Ringsend Technical Institute, Cambridge Rd, Ringsend, Dublin 4 01 6684498 info@ringtec.cdvec.ie www.ringtec.ie Rossa College, Skibbereen, Co. Cork 028 216 44 rossacollege@eircom.net www.rossacollege.ie Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co. Mayo 098 262 68 shswport@iol.ie www.shswestport.ie/index.html Sallynoggin College of Further, Pearse St, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 01 285 2997 reception@scfe.ie www.scfe.ie Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, Co. 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