The careers department aims to provide students and parents with up to date information on college events, CAO information and student support services for those wishing to enter third level education. The school policy document on Guidance and Counselling is available here.
College Open Events
Each year third level institutes host open events for perspective sixth year students. It is recommended that students attend these events in advance to filling out their CAO applications. Here is a link some of the open event days compiled by the careers department. If your institution is not on the list look at their own website or on the CAO website.
There are several financial assistance schemes available in Ireland to help you progress through further and higher education. Studentfinance.ie offers information on the various grant schemes available, the application process and the closing application dates.
The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. As well as receiving a reduced points place, HEAR Students may also receive a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level.
The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.
All students with a disability, irrespective of whether they come through DARE or not, are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level. Individual institutions will determine the nature and delivery of such supports in accordance with their own policies and practices and subject to the availability of resources.
Useful Careers Websites
QualifaX is Ireland’s National Learners’ Database. It is the "one stop shop" for learners. It provides the most comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses. It has developed services to ensure that you have all the information you need to make informed choices about your education, training and career paths.
Careers Portal offers information on different courses available in Ireland. It also offers options on distance based learning.
STEPS to engineering was established in 2000 to encourage primary and post primary students to explore the world of science and engineering. The value of the programme has been formally recognised by Government and is a key element of the National "Discover Science & Engineering" programme. It is managed by Engineers Ireland and is supported by the Department of Education & Science, Forfás, FÁS and a number of major engineering employers.
UCAS- managing applications to higher education. Uk and Ireland based information on third level institutions and courses.
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