courses in Ireland

exam stressDealing with Exam Stress

Everyone gets stressed around exam time but it’s important not to let it get out of hand. A small amount of stress can be helpful in terms of motivating us to study but too much stress can stop us from … Continue reading

erasmus plusErasmus Learning Area Launched at Botanic Gardens

Under the Erasmus Plus Scheme Ireland currently sends over 3,000 students on study and work abroad schemes each year drawn from 35 higher education institutions. In excess of 7,000 students come to Ireland on similar activities each year. “50,000 students … Continue reading

gap yearTaking a Gap Year

A gap year is a deferred year of study, usually taken between second and third levels of education. However it can also be taken during a college course for reasons such as lack of funding, accommodation issues or other reasons. … Continue reading

cao vacant placesCAO Vacant Places

CAO Vacant places (also called Available Places) is a facility which enables students to apply for CAO places on courses that are not yet filled. After round one offers have been made a continuously updated list of courses with available … Continue reading

cao offers and acceptance processCAO Offers And Acceptance Process – Video Guide

The Central Applications Office (CAO) have a helpful online video tutorial aimed at students who will receive CAO offers this August. The 4 minute video can be seen below and also on the student resources section of the CAO website. … Continue reading

alternatives to the CAOAlternatives to the CAO

Are you worried about your results? Scared that even though you did your best you may not have gained enough points to enter third level education? The CAO is the dominant method of gaining entry to college and it is … Continue reading

cao change of mindCAO Change of Mind

Choosing a third level course is a key decision in any young person’s life. Dedication, focus and commitment is essential to gaining that all important qualification after several years study, so time should be taken to consider all options. This … Continue reading

nfq progressionNational Framework of Qualifications NFQ

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten level system that provides a way to compare qualifications and ensure that they are recognised nationally and abroad. Each of the ten levels are used to describe the Irish qualifications system … Continue reading

study tipsEffective Study Habits

Effective study habits are essential for achieving satisfactory exam results. They also help to store information in long-term memory. Applying the following rules for studying will assist in improving study methods. Study Tips 1. Keep the area around your desk … Continue reading

second round offersCAO Second Round Offers and Other Options

For many students, a college place will await them after the first round of offers from the CAO. For others there may be some disappointment, perhaps the course offered on the first round is cause for uncertainty or cause for … Continue reading

cao change of mindCAO Change of Mind – Are You Sure about your Choices?

Now that the leaving certificate is finished, the dog-eared books full of highlighter marks that have been many student’s constant companions for the past year, will be stuffed away into cupboards to gather dust. Notes will be thrown out and … Continue reading

leaving cert changesLeaving Cert Grading System Changes for 2017

Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has recently announced the most significant reform of Leaving Certificate grades and CAO points in more than two decades. The main changes are: A new grading system for the Leaving Certificate – reducing the number … Continue reading

adapting to college life, a guide for studentsAdapting to College Life

In life and living, there is no avoiding change, and one of the biggest changes in a young person’s life is the transition made from secondary school to third level. It can be both exciting and overwhelming all at once. … Continue reading

CAO Offers and Acceptance Process

CAO offers and Acceptances: Things to know and consider before you say ‘I do’ Shortly after the Leaving Cert results are received, the CAO offer and acceptance stage begins. This stage of the CAO calendar of events is pretty straightforward; … Continue reading

choosing a collegeChoosing a CAO College

With 7 universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, 5 Colleges of Education and various Independent Colleges to choose from; the CAO list of colleges can be overwhelming when you are trying to make a decision. Let’s have a look at some … Continue reading