Sports Therapy Courses

sports therapy coursesSports therapists assist athletes (and those of us not so athletic) in preparing physically and mentally for competitions and personal physical activities. They are experts in how to avoid injury, as well as rehabilitation and appropriate treatments, if and when their client is injured.

There are a range of courses on offer – ranging from non-graduate, undergraduate and graduate level entry. These courses can be accessed from a number of institutions and colleges around the country – including The Institute of Massage and Sports Therapy (IMST), Portobello and Motions Fitness, to name a few.

Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation is concerned with musculoskeletal conditions arising from sports activity. Therefore course content is going to reflect this. Course content will include everything from first aid, anatomy, physiology, massage, sports massage, sports nutrition, kinesiology to physiotherapy theory and physiotherapy practice.

Lets look at some of the courses on offer:

Motion Fitness offers a part-time evening certificate in Sports Massage Therapy. On completion, this course offers an internationally recognised professional qualification and it is an ideal qualification for anyone looking for a change of career. Their course covers all aspects of massage therapy including holistic and relaxation massage as well as specific emphasis on sports massage.

IMST offer a part-time evening Diploma course in Sports Injury Therapy. This is a comprehensive course which covers all aspects of sports injury treatment, prevention, rehabilitation and assessment. Applicants to this course should hold a holistic massage qualification prior to entry. A number of subjects are covered in detail, including: detailed anatomical study of all muscles, origin, insertion and action along with joints, causes and prevention of sports injuries and injury assessment techniques – including differentiation in detection between muscles, tendon, ligament and joint injuries.

The National Training Centre (NTC) holds a part time course called the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. this course qualifies students to offer soft tissue manipulation techniques and therapeutic interventions in the treatment of acute and chronic pain problems. The course is run in Dublin, Cork and Galway, one weekend per month for 15 months. For more details contact the National Training Centre.

sports injury courses and sports therapy courses in Ireland
If you want to enter this career area via CAO – the Institute of Technology in Carlow offer a Bachelors of Science Honours Degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy. This four year degree course is specifically designed to enable graduates to become competent in supporting the medical and para-medical professions in the rehabilitation of the injured individual.

There is a vast array of career options open to you once you qualify as a Sports Therapist. There is always the option of setting up your own practice, work for a sports injuries clinic, work in a gym or with sports teams. If this is an area of therapy that interests you, it is worth keeping in mind the actual duties and activities of a Sports Therapist before you invest time and money in pursuing this career.

A sports therapist may be involved in any or all of the following activities:

1. Conducting an assessment of a players’ or athletes’ readiness and advising on  exercises prior to an event or fixture

2. Testing joints for ease and range of movement

3. Strapping, taping, massaging and preparing players or athletes physically and mentally

4. Providing first aid

5. Examining and assessing injuries and determining whether the athlete can continue playing or taking part

6. Examining and assessing injuries and dealing with traumas, e.g. cuts, bruises and blisters

7. Treating injuries, alleviating pain, mobilising injuries, giving various types of massage

8. Rehabilitating injuries by using manipulative techniques, apparatus and electrotherapy

9. Designing and monitoring rehabilitation programmes appropriate to the injury and the sport

10. Deciding whether athletes or players need extra treatments and coordinating referrals to other practitioners

11. Advising players or athletes on diet and nutrition (when therapists are appropriately trained in this area)

12. Working alone or with coaches, trainers and/or fitness advisers to implement exercise, conditioning, core stability and injury prevention programmes, so that athletes reach and maintain peak performance

13. Liaising with other health professionals in the sports sector and in mainstream medicine

If all of these activities interest you and you think you have both the necessary interest and ability to pursue studies in Sports Therapy – a good starting point to your new career would be to talk to somebody working in the area and research the courses on offer.

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PLC Courses as a Route to Third Level

plc coursesThere was a time, not too long ago, when your Leaving Certificate grades and the points that they translated into determined whether you would become a third level student, go directly into employment or head for distant shores. Thanks to the Further Education system, more options have become available for those leaving secondary education or those wishing to return to education.

Today many view the PLC (Post Leaving Cert) route as their alternative stepping stone into Higher Education Institutes. At the end of your studies it doesn’t really matter the method of entry, but the qualification and experience gained in the process.

Who is the PLC route for? Many argue it is for those who are more practical than academic. Not necessarily so anymore! As year after year, many entrants into the PLC sector of education also have the offer of CAO courses. Some PLC students don’t want to commit to a 3 or 4 year course in a third level institution until they have actually experienced or studied a similar Level 5 or 6 certificate course. PLC courses can assist students in making a more informed decision prior to further commitment.

There are PLC courses that prepare you for specific further study as well. Courses such as Nursing Studies, Art-portfolio preparation and Pre-Engineering courses are some of the examples. Some students attend a PLC college in order to have a second opportunity to score higher points than they got in their leaving cert.

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Whatever the reason for doing a PLC course, you will find over 1400 further education centres registered with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland – Formerly FETAC). The distinctive feature of further education is its diversity and breadth of provision, and its linkages with other services such as employment, training, area partnership, welfare and community and voluntary sector interests. Further education and training programmes typically have a vocational or work focus and reflect national, regional or sectoral economic needs. An element of work experience and job preparation is inbuilt into all programmes, which are essential components for students who wish to enter the employment market. PLC courses are not just aimed at the student leaving school but also at adults retuning to education.

The buzz word these days is ‘progression’. Many PLC/FE courses lead to QQI Level 5 and 6 awards, and in some cases you can progress with this award via The Higher Education Links Scheme or The Pilot Scheme to a third level course in a variety of higher education institutions including universities, institutes of technology and even private colleges. The Higher Education Links Scheme facilitates progression to specific third level programmes whilst the Pilot Scheme allows you to compete for CAO places alongside leaving certificate students. Most Higher Level Institutes now reserve a quota of places for QQI graduates. If you look at the National Framework of Qualifications you can place yourself according to your level of education on the framework (. From your starting point you can go from one level to the next should you wish to do so. One level becomes a ladder to the next.

The National Framework of Qualifications is now the single structure mechanism for recognising all education and training in Ireland. All framework awards have an NFQ Level (1-10) which tells you about the standard of learning and an NFQ Award-Type which tells you about the purpose, volume and progression opportunities associated with a particular award. A key element of the NFQ is to improve access (entry) to education and training, transfer within and between education and training and progression within and between education and training. (see for further information)

National Framework of Qualifications

NFQ Diagram – Fan diagram showing the 10 certification levels and overlaps within the National Framework of Qualifications – see for more details.

In order to progress with your QQI award – it is important to remember that applicants must have obtained a full QQI major award. Many students who complete a level 6 programme have been successful in gaining advanced entry to year 2 of a relevant programme in The Institutes of Technology. Some FE colleges even have individual progression agreements with their local IT, affording students access to a specific number of reserved places. Links with the UK have developed over the years between individual colleges and specific universities in the UK.

Further education courses are open to those with a Leaving Certificate or an equivalent qualification. It is recommended that students check individual course entry requirements. FE courses are also open to mature students subject to Leaving Certificate standard of education or suitable life/work experience. It is important to keep in mind that some of the most popular courses fill up by April each year. Some courses also require that you attend for an interview.

It is worth keeping in mind the fact that there has been a decrease in the numbers of mature students applying to third level colleges and an increase in those accessing further education at QQI Levels 5 and 6. Guidance Counsellors have also noted the increase in students making both PLC/FE and CAO applications each year.

The PLC/FE route may not be part of the third level system but it certainly has as much credibility as an education option and it continues to go from strength to strength.

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New Springboard+ Courses Announced for DCU

DCU Springboard coursesDublin City University is now inviting applications for a new suite of 15 courses under the Government’s Springboard+ initiative 2018.

All courses under Springboard+ are free for those who are unemployed, those previously self-employed and those returning to work. Employed participants on the DCU Springboard+ courses will be subsidised 90% of the course fee.

Among DCU’s qualifications (Levels 8 and 9) on offer as part of Springboard+ 2018 are..

  • Data Analytics
  • Management of Clean Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Internet of Things
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Operations Management
  • Software Systems and Entrepreneurship
  • Computing and IT.

Welcoming the announcement, Prof Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said: “At the heart of the Springboard+ initiative is an emphasis on the importance of lifelong learning and up-skilling. These are attributes long-shared by DCU and we are proud to continue our long-standing association with successful online and distance learning. The qualifications we are providing under the expanded Springboard+ programme for 2018 are reflective of the rapidly-evolving society and workplace environments that we inhabit today. I’m confident that the courses – and culture – at DCU will provide Springboard+ participants with a memorable and meaningful learning experience, equipping them with enhanced skill sets and increasing their employability.”

Candidates wishing to enrol with DCU as part of Springboard+ 2018 can find full details on the approved courses at:

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Choosing a CAO College

choosing a collegeWith 7 Universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, & various Other 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 things to remember when you are making your decision that will help make the process of choosing that bit easier.

It may sound basic, but the first thing to keep in mind when you are choosing a college is the subject that you want to study. Don’t pick a college just because your friends are going or the college facilities look inviting; think of the field that you want to study and the job you would like to have in the future and try to pick a college that offers the best course in that area. There are plenty of colleges that are best for particular fields of study such as IADT in Dublin for art and design, the Colleges of Education for teaching, Institutes of Technology for Enterprise, Engineering, Science. When you have the colleges selected that meet this criteria, then other factors such as location and facilities can be added to refine the selection towards a final choice.

Research has shown that those students who did their homework when choosing a college were less likely to drop out in first year, so browse the college websites and go to the various college open days that will be on during the year. Check out the college facilities such as the library and sports facilities as well as what clubs and societies are available to join.

Take into account the location of the college and the cost of living involved in studying there; will you be able to live at home or will you have to move out? Will you be able to live on campus or will you be looking for accommodation nearby? A college in a big city or near a tourist destination will be mean more expensive accommodation so make sure to go through your budget first and be clear on what you can afford or see if you are entitled to a student grant.

Students can often fall into the trap of picking a course based on its title while failing to look in detail at the course content, only to find that when they start, the course is not suited to them. Find out the answers to practical questions about the course. What are the hours involved? Will there be Erasmus or work placement involved? Is there a tutor/mentor system in place? It can be a good idea to contact a past student or a course co-ordinator to ask any questions you may have.

Think of your future job and look at the links various colleges have with businesses and industries that are relevant to your chosen course and career. DCU has a INTRA Internship Programme where students gain paid, relative work experience as part of their degree courses. A 2014 survey showed that 92.8% of students who graduated with a degree in DCU the previous year were in employment or in an unpaid internship. Tralee IT has close links with businesses in the Shannon Developments Kerry Technology Park as well as hosting research centres for global companies.

Trinity College Dublin currently ranks as the top university in Ireland, followed by University College Dublin in second place and University College Cork in third. CAO rates DCU, Dundalk IT, NUIG and Tralee IT as being colleges that stand out in terms of location, research and campus commitment to the well-being of students.

However, regardless of where a college is ranked in any list, at the end of the day the best college for you will be the one that ticks most of your boxes with regard to everything that you are looking for from your college experience. So why not get researching and improve your chances of college success with a well educated decision!

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ISO Certification and Standards

iso certification coursesISO, the International Organisation for Standardisation, is an independent, non-governmental organisation, with 162 member countries. It is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Over twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare.

Use of the standards aids in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable and of good quality. The standards help businesses increase productivity while minimising errors and waste. By enabling products from different markets to be directly compared, they facilitate companies in entering new markets and assist in the development of global trade on a fair basis. The standards also serve to safeguard consumers and the end-users of products and services, ensuring that certified products conform to the minimum standards set internationally.

The ISO develop International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, but are not involved in their certification, and do not issue certificates. This is performed by external certification bodies.

What is ISO Certification?

The provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.

Why Choose ISO Certification?

Certification can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. For some industries, certification is a legal or contractual requirement.

Popular ISO Certificates

ISO 9000 – Quality management
The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organisations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.

ISO 9001:2015
ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organisation, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organisations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

ISO 14000

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organisations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

The ISO 14000 family of standards are developed by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 and its various subcommittees.

ISO/IEC 27000 family – Information security management systems
The ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards helps organizations keep information assets secure.

Using this family of standards will help an organisation manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties.

ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS).

There are more than a dozen standards in the 27000 family

Other ISO standards can be viewed at

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800 New Special Needs Assistant Allocations

sna assistantsMinister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has announced the provision of 800 additional Special Needs Assistants which will be allocated to schools for the beginning of the next school year, with a further 140 expected to be allocated over the period September to December 2018, an over 7% increase on last year, in order to meet the level of assessed demand.

Following on from today’s allocation, there will be a total of 15,000 Special Needs Assistants working in schools in Ireland. This is a 42% increase on 2011, when the number of SNAs stood at 10,575. The Government now invests €524m in SNAs annually, as part of a total €1.75 billion investment in special educational needs overall. In 2011, 22,284 children had access to SNA support, with the addition, an estimated 36,000 pupils will receive such support.

In September 2016, the National Council for Special Education were requested to lead a comprehensive review of the Special Needs Assistant Scheme to identify and recommend how, in the future, additional care needs of students, over and above those needs that could be reasonable expected to be managed by teaching staff, should be met and to identify and recommend the most appropriate form of support options to provide better outcomes for students with Special Educational Needs who have additional care needs having regard to the significant amount of State investment in this area. The NCSE has submitted that full and final report of the SNA Comprehensive Review to the Department and its contents are currently under consideration.

Speaking from Leugh National School in Thurles, Tipperary Minister Bruton said:

“More children with Special Educational Needs are participating than ever before and we are investing more than ever before to support this. In 2018 the Department of Education will invest in the region of €1.75 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget and 39% increase on 2011.

The NCSE will now proceed to notify schools of their SNA allocations for the coming 2018/19 school year and will publish details of these allocations on their website

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PLC Courses – Benefits and Application Procedures

plc courses early application benefitsWith much of the focus at this time of year being on CAO applications, it is easy to forget that there are other ways to access education after leaving secondary school. PLC (Post Leaving Cert) courses are a fantastic opportunity for those who may have an interest in a certain subject area but are concerned that CAO points may hold them back.

PLC courses are not applied for through the CAO system but instead the student applies directly to the college they wish to attend. It is free to apply and successful applicants are selected  by way of an interview. These interviews are often informal and give the student a chance to talk about their particular interest in the course they are applying for.

Many PLC courses are a great opportunity to sample a course before proceeding onto higher education. Most courses facilitate the student entering the work place on completion of study. The option will often be there for students to gain entry to Institutes of Technology and Universities with courses such as pre-nursing and pre-engineering now widely available.

PLCs are offered by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) & also private colleges. A wide range of subjects are on offer, such as theatre and stage, childcare, electronics engineering and many more. Students are charged €200 (Government Levy) a year to attend a PLC course but there are some exemptions to this such as having a full medical card or being eligible for a student grant.

The qualifications a student receives at the end of their training will be a QQI level 5 or level 6 Certificate on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). Levels 5 and 6 are both usually one year in duration with students normally entering at level 5 and proceeding onto level 6. Many students with a level 5 qualification can take up a position of employment and may also meet the minimum requirements for some higher education courses.

A QQI level 6 course provides the student with more opportunities to continue their studies at third level. This level 6 qualification allows the holder to continue to the next level of the NFQ framework. A level 7 NFQ is an ordinary bachelor degree and allows for progression to a level 8 honours bachelor degree or higher diploma.

More information on NFQ levels is available at

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IADT Summer Courses

summer courses iadtThe Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin are running a range of short term Summer courses starting in June. The courses are from 1 to three weeks in duration, depending on the subject.

Many of the courses are aimed at pre-college students who require a portfolio of work to apply for third level courses in the creative fields. Others are open to anyone interested in art, photography or creative writing.

More details of the courses on offer are outlined below..

iadt portfolio courses

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iadt summer courses

There is a canteen service available for the duration of these short courses which serves a wide selection of hot and cold food and drink.
A materials list will be sent to students on enrolment and students must provide their own materials, except where specified.

MINIMUM AGE to enroll in IADT summer courses is 16 years of age. Participants between 16 and 18 years of age require written parental consent to participate in all courses including Life Drawing classes.  IADT reserves the right to request proof of age documentation.

Fees must be paid in full when booking. Since all places are filled on a first come basis it is not possible to reserve places on any course. However, places can only be allocated on payment of the full course fee.

For more details about Summer courses on offer at IADT, visit the following link –

You can also view a range of courses on offer from IADT on at

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Dealing with Exam Stress

exam stressEveryone 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 performing our best. Stress symptoms include sleeplessness, poor appetite, headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness and increased irritability.

There are many ways to cope with stress:

If you recognise that you are suffering from stress it can really help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. A chat with someone who will understand the pressure you are under, like a parent, sibling or teacher, can help put things into perspective.

Try not to compare study habits with your friends. Everyone revises in a different way and it’s best to simply focus on the way that best suits you and forget about what everyone else is doing.

Making a study timetable can be a great way of making study time more productive. Instead of being faced with an overwhelming amount of work to revise, not knowing where to start, setting out clear and manageable tasks will make studying feel less daunting.

Try to eat healthily. A well fuelled brain and body will help you to study and perform better during exam time. It’s important to eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and to eat three meals a day. Have a healthy breakfast that will set you up for the day. Swap sugary cereal for a bowl of porridge for longer lasting energy.

A good sleep routine is essential when studying. Your brain cannot function at its best when it is sleep deprived. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Don’t bring your revision books to bed, give your brain a chance to switch off and get your eight hours of well deserved rest.

Exercise is a great way of coping with stress. A simple walk in the park or a run around the block will help to clear the mind and boost your energy levels. Relaxing exercises such as yoga will have the added benefit of helping you to unwind and sleep.

Simple breathing techniques can help to relax a stressed mind. Taking time out to sit and breathe in and out through the nose counting to seven each way and holding for 5 after each inhalation and exhalation, can help to calm the nervous system.

When the exam is over, steer clear of any exam ‘post-mortems’. Once an exam is done, it’s best to try and forget about it and move on.

Ultimately it is important to remember not to lose sight of life after the exams. It may feel like the end of the world if an exam doesn’t go well but there are always other routes to get you where you want to go if things don’t go to plan.

Author: Fiona McBennett

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Adult Learner Information Event NUI Galway

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway are hosting their annual Information Evening on Wednesday 20th June from 5 – 7pm.

NUI Galway Evening Courses

  • Find out about the part-time, flexible courses on offer
  • Chat to staff and find a course to suit you
  • Free one-to-one career consultations (provided by the Career Development Centre). Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • New courses information (5:45pm) – Earth & Ocean Sciences (Diploma), Politics & Society (Higher Diploma) and Learning & Development (Diploma)

Register today:

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National Framework of Qualifications NFQ

nfq progressionThe 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 and each level is based on national standards of skill, knowledge and ability ie. what a person is able to understand and do after completing a process of learning, with the higher numbers indicating a higher level of education.

The NFQ system places the Leaving Certificate at level 5 and the Leaving Cert Applied at level 4. From the Leaving Certificate, students are able to apply for courses from level 5 to level 8 (level 9 and 10 are Master’s and PHD courses for which a student needs a level 8 qualification). The NFQ allows students to use the system like a ladder; so whatever step you start on, you can move to a higher level and it can be done in a number of ways.

On entering the system at level 5, Post-Leaving Certificate students may use this qualification to move to higher education, mainly through the Higher Education Links Scheme. This scheme means that students are able to apply for places on CAO courses which includes level 8 courses. Applicants submit an application to the CAO by February 1st but there is no guarantee of a place. However, it does mean that students will have a chance to compete on the basis of their QQI qualification instead of their Leaving Cert results. At the moment, 642 CAO courses accept any QQI level 5 qualification for places. Some courses require the qualification to be in a specific area or that it contains certain subjects.

So students with a level 5 qualification have two ways in which to apply for a course; through the CAO, where their qualification is given a points score, or by applying for  a ‘linked’ course; where a number of places have been set aside for QQI (formerly FETAC) applicants.

Students who enter at level 6 in an IT frequently have the option of staying on in that institution to do a level 7 ‘add on year’ followed by a level 8 ‘add on year’. This means that a student can acquire a level 8 qualification in four years. As most level 8 (or honours degree courses) are four years in length, it is likely to take the student the same amount of time to reach level 8 as a student who enters on level 8. In many cases, a student will be required to achieve a certain grade in order to do the level 7 and 8 ‘add on years’.

Entering the system at level 7 and moving on to level 8 follows the same procedure as level 6 moving to level 7. A lot of the level 7 courses have an optional ’add on’ year to take them to level 8 and students need to enquire with the college or check the CAO handbook. The abbreviation DG in the handbook signifies that it is an Ordinary Degree course while HD signifies that the course has an option to add on a year to make it an Honours Degree. HC+DG+HD means that a course is a Higher Certificate with the option to do an Ordinary Degree and an Honours Degree.

For more information on the NFQ system check out the website or check below for an interactive fan diagram that clearly displays the different levels, award types and the awarding bodies.

nfq diagram

Fiona Mcbennett


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Nursing – The Routes and Requirements

nursing coursesThere are a number of different nursing routes available when becoming a registered nurse. These are: Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated), General Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing, Midwifery, and Psychiatric Nursing. An Bord Altranais (the Nursing Board) is the statutory regulatory body for the nursing/midwifery profession in Ireland and it is this board that is responsible for registration of those who have successfully completed a recognised educational nursing programme.

The World Health Organisation states: The mission of nursing in society is to help individuals, families and groups to determine and achieve physical, mental and social potential. An Bord Altranais considers that the following values should underpin nursing practice: respect towards the uniqueness and dignity of each client regardless of culture and religion, trust, understanding and compassion.

There are 44 nursing/midwifery programmes in total, with over 1500 places available at pre-registration level. A number of places are reserved for mature applications and further education applicants. Each nursing/midwifery programme has two identifying course codes: Standard Code (for applicants applying based on their examination results) and a Mature Code (for applicants who are 23 years of age or over, and who wish to be to be considered for a place on grounds of mature years rather than examination results). Application is made through the CAO for both Codes.

Throughout the nursing programme, the student receives a combination of theoretical and clinical instruction. The first clinical placement occurs early in the programme, usually within three months of commencement. The theoretical component of the honours degree programmes consists of: 67% focuses on the art and science of nursing care, and 33% of the theoretical content, is devoted to the applied biological and social sciences; which are the science subjects that are taught as they apply to and inform nursing care.
nursing places Ireland
Entry Requirements:
There are minimum entry requirements which usually include: C3 in two higher papers and a minimum grade of D3 in four other papers (honours or ordinary). A Laboratory Science subject must be one of these subjects, along with English or Irish and Maths. Individual Higher Education Institutes might have other specific requirements so it is important to consult with them.

Most of the HEIs offering degree programmes in nursing/midwifery consider specific QQI qualifications as an equivalent entry route for standard code applications. In other words, your QQI qualification is converted into points to compete with other examination students. The best 8 modules are considered for scoring purposes.

QQI Level 5 courses considered for entry include:
DCHSN Nursing Studies
DCHSX Community and Health Services
DHSXX Healthcare Support
(Please note that distinctions will be required in certain modules for entry purposes.)
Mature applicants who pass the written assessment (for mature applicants only) are placed on the list for each mature course code for which he/she has applied. The overall score for the written assessment determines their position on the order of merit list for the courses they have applied for. The written assessment has four separate sections: skills/experience questionnaire, a verbal test, numerical test, and a job simulation exercise.

Further Studies: After the completion of a pre-registered programme in nursing/midwifery, graduates might wish to pursue further education in the sector. Many such opportunities are available, and An Bord Altranais has approved a number of specialist programmes. They include: Children’s Nursing, Midwifery, Nurse Tutor, Public Health Nursing, Nurse Prescriber, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Midwife Practitioner.

Sample Courses

Certificate in Nursing Studies from Portobello Institute. This course is designed as a programme of preparatory study to enter a degree programme in Nursing Studies. Students undertaking this course can apply for a training position in General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Children’s Nursing. The course introduces the Student to the caring role of the nurse and emphasises the importance of interpersonal communication. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to care for patients in a safe and hygienic environment. Students learn the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control. They learn the structure and function of the human body and gain an understanding of the interrelationship between the systems of the body. They study the levels of personal development to understand the concepts of mental age and chronological age in order to be able to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs. This course qualifies students to work as a care assistant in the areas such as: Nursing homes and Hospitals.

For Mature Code applicants, the Written Assessment Test for nursing is competitive. Kilroy’s College offer a home study course to learn the skills you need to be successful in the competitive written test.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology offer CAO applicants a General Nursing programme. This degree will help you understand the needs of people who are in the care of nurses. It will also give you a sense of how nursing works, as well as the personal and professional qualities that are associated with effective nursing practice. You will learn why people are nursed in particular ways and how to deliver the nursing care that is required. Your academic learning and practical learning will go hand in hand and you will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences as you progress through the course. First year Modules include: Biological and Related Sciences, Social Sciences, Fundamental Nursing Practice, Personal and Professional Development, Health Promotion & Research Studies, Clinical Practice Placement and Computer Applications.

The B.Sc. Nursing (General) is a full-time four year degree programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick in conjunction with the Health Service Executive West (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary). On successful completion of the programme students will be able to present for registration with An Bord Altranais and practise as a Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.). The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become confident, analytical and reflective practitioners who are able to make maximum use of resources including research in their day to day practice. The overall aim of the programme is to facilitate the development of an individual who is able to practice nursing based on a sound knowledge and understanding of factors affecting the health and wellbeing of those who require care. This knowledge will be acquired through the study of nursing, biological sciences, social sciences and related disciplines.

Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) from UCC is a four and a half year programme. The School of Nursing and Midwifery in Cork promotes personal, professional and academic development through the provision of college and practice-based learning. The aim of the programme is to foster the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values applicable to nursing children and adults. Like all relevant HEI courses, on successful completion, a graduate is eligible to apply for a professional registration in children‚ as well as general nursing (RGN, RCN) with An Bord Altranais along with being awarded an NUI degree (if applicable).

Many of the nursing course literature emphasises the need for future Nurses to be caring individuals, who feel that they can contribute to the well-being of others with intelligence and enthusiasm. Regardless of points, if you don’t have the essential human characteristics required to be a nurse, it is futile to apply. If you do have them, you will do well in nursing.
It is a profession that calls for both intelligence and empathy; the latter being the ability to understand what another person is going through, and the ability to respond appropriately. Being empathetic makes a patient feel cared for and understood; it essentially defines this profession.

Find more health care and nursing courses by searching our Medical and Healthcare Courses section

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Hair and Beauty Courses

hair and beauty courses in Dublin and IrelandHave you wanted to find a new career path, learn new skills or simply need a change? If so hair and beauty courses are a great way to not only teach you how best to take care of yourself but could also lead to supplementing your income, or embarking on a new career. One thing to bear in mind is that a lot of beauty treatments require specialist training, and if you are looking for employment in this area you may need to check that the course offers relevant certification.

The courses on offer range from beginners to advanced. Whether you’re interested in make-up and beauty, beauty therapy, nail technician courses, hair dressing, make-up artistry, massage, facials or waxing, hair and beauty courses are widely varied and you will usually be able to find one to suit your schedule and requirements. More detailed courses will delve into elements of nutrition which impact personal well being and how diet and nutrition affects beauty. You will gain an understanding of cosmetic chemistry so your services can be customized for your clients based on skin type and colouring.

Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School in Blackrock, Dublin 4, provides many beauty, make-up and Advanced courses in Dublin and is recognised throughout the Beauty Industry for superb standards, obtained through the teaching methods used as well as and adherence to standards of excellence.

St. Louis Community School in Kiltimagh, County Mayo offer a range of QQI accredited beauty therapy and hairdressing courses. They also offer part time courses on subjects such as ear piercing, tanning techniques and hair extensions.

Beauty Board College in Churchtown, Co. Dublin, has been at the forefront of innovation and excellence in Irish Professional Beauty training for over 10 years. Beauty Board were the first in Europe to launch Brows Extensions, Brows Stem Cell and Scalp Pigmentation Training. The college provides accessible, engaging training programmes, which lead to nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.

Deane Hair Academy is based in Claregate St. in Kildare. The academy started up in September 2008 and has seen many successful graduates since that time. Students on the Hairdressing Diploma Course learn the many different hair styling, colouring and cutting techniques as well as the practical side of working in a busy hair salon.

Kilroys College offers distance learning courses such as the ‘Beauty Therapy Specialist Diploma course’ and the ‘Nail Technician Specialist Diploma training course’, which would allow you to attain the skills you desire from your own home.

Colour and Image Academy in Cork and Limerick offers more in depth training with courses such as ‘Make-up Artistry Course’ and ‘Make-up Training Techniques’.

For more information on beauty courses in Ireland view where you can view a range of course providers and course information.

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University Access Courses

access or foundation courses for mature studentsAccess Courses are specially designed courses which help adult learners prepare for university. Sometimes called Return to Learning, or Foundation courses, University Access Courses equip mature students with the skills and confidence required to take the next step to selected degree courses.

Trinity College Dublin runs a Foundation Course for Mature Students. This is an access course that prepares mature students, both personally and academically, to go on and study for a degree. The course was set up in 1997 to tackle educational disadvantage. It offers another way to third-level education for mature students whose social, economic and cultural experiences have prevented them from going to college. More information about the Trinity College Foundation Course can be viewed at

University College Dublin (UCD) Access & Lifelong Learning offer Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law and Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture courses to mature students. These are Special Purpose Awards, Level 6, which equip mature students with the skills and confidence required to take the next step to a Third Level course in UCD. The UCD access courses guarantee entry to a number of degree programmes in UCD once course assessment criteria are met. More information available at

NUI Galway offers a Diploma in Foundation Studies. This Access Course is a 1 year course that aims to provide mature students with the opportunity to prepare personally and academically, for an undergraduate course of full-time study of at least 3 years duration at NUI Galway. The course is designed to meet the learning needs of the adult student and provide individual attention and assistance where appropriate. Participants who successfully complete the Access Course receive a Diploma in Foundation Studies (Level 6 30 ECTs) from NUI Galway and are eligible to apply for direct entry via the CAO to full-time University degree courses in the Colleges of Arts, Business, Public Policy and Law, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, Science, Engineering and Informatics. In certain instances, interviews with the Department Head or School Head may also be required. More information is available at

Maynooth University runs a Certificate in Return to Learning.
This Certificate level course is designed as a stepping stone for those who wish to return to study but have not studied in any formal way for a number of years. Participants are given an opportunity to sample a number of academic subjects so that they can make a more informed choice when selecting subjects later. More information available at

Other third level colleges also run access programmes so it is worth while contacting a college of interest and enquiring if they run these programmes or other return to learning courses for mature students. A mature student is usually classified as being at least 23 years of age on January 1 of the year of entry to a course.

Access courses are usually offered on a part time basis a couple of evenings a week, and in some cases on Saturday mornings over two semesters. Students must achieve a minimum attendance rate and achieve a certain grade to proceed further. The access guarantee usually refers to the year of completion, though deferrals may be arranged in some circumstances.

Students attending access or foundation courses that are on the Department of Education’s approved list of post-leaving certificate courses may be eligible for funding under the Student Grant Scheme. However, students attending a foundation or access course in any other college or university will not be eligible for funding. An access or foundation course is considered to be a second-level course for the Back to Education Allowance. For more specific details or options regarding access courses, students should contact the university of choice or local Education and Training Board.

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STEM Post Primary Conference at TCD

npcpp stem conferenceEach year NPCpp (National Parents Council post primary) organises a Spring Conference on topics that are of interest amongst parents of Secondary Schools students.

The NPCpp 2018 Spring Conference will take place at Trinity College on 21st April from 10am to 1pm. The conference is free to the public and aims at equipping parents with the knowledge to assist students on choosing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Speakers at the conference are listed below..

Theresa Heffernan, Science Coordinator for the School of Education TCD will address best teaching of science subjects in schools

Karen Murtagh, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit for the Department of Education and Skills

Peter Jackson, Chemistry and Biology Secondary School Teacher, Author will focus on informing parents as to how they can ensure their students achieve success in STEM subjects in LC

Emily Neenan, Seismologist in Education and Outreach for TCD School of Education will discuss how she was inspired on her pathway in becoming a Scientist

Registration for the event is available at the following link –

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