courses in Ireland

erasmus plusErasmus Plus Programme

The Erasmus Programme, set up in 1987 by the European Union, is the most successful student exchange programme in the world and operates in 37 countries. Another Erasmus Programme was established in 2007 and ran until the end of 2013. … 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 downright refusal. … 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

The CAO is the dominant method of gaining entry to college in Ireland and it is based on a points system (Click here to view online points calculator). Each CAO course is assigned a number of points as the entry … Continue reading

cao change of mindCAO Change of Mind

The July 1st deadline to change CAO course choices is approaching and offers the opportunity to re-examine the options available to students for the years ahead. Now is the time to really identify the courses of interest & do some … 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

summer options and coursesSummer Options for Third Level Students

With the approach of Summer most students are facing changes ahead. The end of year exams usually take place and the light at the end of the tunnel approaches in the form of three months away from college books and … Continue reading

study tipsEffective Study Habits

With Summer exams fast approaching (& the weather gremlins having fun tormenting students), it’s good to make the most of the time put aside for study with effective study habits. Effective study habits are essential for achieving satisfactory exam results. … Continue reading

SUSI third level grantsSUSI Grant Process 2017-18

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). is now open for applications for the 2017-18 academic year. Students are being encouraged to get their application in as early as possible and to be sure to have all correct information and documentation attached. … 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

cao 2017CAO Timetable 2017

With the CAO deadline on February 1st as the closing date for applications, now might be a good time to review the other important dates on the CAO calender for 2017. The table below outlines the timeframe for amending course … Continue reading

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

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