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Applying for Third Level Courses or choosing your Leaving Certificate (LC) subjects?

Check out the following useful resources:-

CAO

Qualifax

Careers Portal

LC Subjects Curricula 

Differential Aptitude Tests (DATS)

For information on the Transition Year DATS please click here:DATS EXPLAINED

Scholarships and Bursaries Available:

Bord na Gaeilge UCD Scholarships ‘Teach na Gaeilge’.

Irish language residence scheme

Applications and information available at http://www.ucd.ie/bnag/en/irishlanguageresidencescheme/

Naughton Scholarships for Engineering, Science and Technology.

Applications available at http://www.thenaughtonfoundation.com/

NUI Galway Sports Scholarships

NUI Galway Sports Performance Points Scholarship

NUI Galway Elite Sports Scholarship

See http://www.sports.nuigalway.ie/scholarships_info.html for more information

Email Kathy.hynes@nuigalway.ie

Irish Tax Institute Scholarship Programme.

Visit www.careerintax.ie for more information.

UCD Ad Astra Academy - UCD scholarship scheme to support students with exceptional talent and ability in areas of academia, sports and performing Arts.

See www.ucd.ie/scholarships for more information

Email adastraacademy@ucd.ie

St. Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union College Bursary of €1,500

See www.sacu.ie

Email info@sacu.ie

Údarás na Gaeltachta  Training Apprenticeships worth more than €2,000 each 

For more information contact:

An Rannóg Oiliúna & Oideachais
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Na Forbacha
Galway
Phone: 091 503139/503121

Email: fff@udaras.ie

See http://www.udaras.ie/en/oiliuint-fostaiocht/tionscnaimh-oiliuna/printiseachtai for list of apprenticeships available and to download application forms

New Courses Available:

New Level 7, B.SC. in Medical Technology (CAO code LC268) running in Limerick Institute of Technology from Sept 2015

For more information see the following course web page: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC268/default.aspx

BIMM Institute Dublin – a third level music college which offers degree and diploma courses in modern music

Three courses on offer: BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music, the COD Diploma in Professional Musicianship and BA (Hons) Music Production

See www.bimm.ie

Contact Aoife or Siobhan on the Admissions Team at  info@bimm.ie or 01 5133666

Course Changes:

BA (Joint Honours) course outline has changed

Students will now study three subjects in first year and pursue two of those subjects to degree level with the option of spending a year abroad as part of a BA (International) degree

See www.nuigalway.ie/arts2014 for more information and graduate testimonials

Information for Senior Cycle students thinking about third level study in the UK:

When applying to UCAS: Steps to take are

  1. Are you interested in any of the following areas of study: Nursing, Psychology, Therapies e.g Physio / Occupational / Speech & Language, Podiatry, Dietetics, Radiography, Primary Teaching, Primary Teaching with Psychology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary.
  2. If the answer is yes. Are you prepared to consider studying in the UK? ( You don’t have to be 100% sure)
  3. Are you prepared to put in some effort into researching the UCAS system?
  4. Discuss the financial aspects of studying in the UK. Scotland – no fees – Wales and N.Irl £3,200 or so, England £9,000 +.   Nursing, Therapies, Radiography, Dietetics are free everywhere in the UK at this moment. ( Exact figures can be obtained by calling universities or by checking out this link http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tuition-fees/
  5. If you are still interested- go to www.ucas.tv and watch a few videos on the applications system
  6. Discuss UCAS with your parents ( They’ll be the ones funding the venture)
  7. If you are interested in anything medical you would be advised to find some kind of work shadowing / experience. The difficulties here are with insurance. It is tricky to overcome this but you will need to work with your school. The school will probably have to contact the insurance providers and work in some way to have the work experience recognised by the school as part of the careers programme. It’s a bit like the TY work experience insurance. You will need to get an understanding of this before the summer holidays.
  8. If you are interested in teaching (primary) why not volunteer to spend a few days helping out in June at a local primary school. If you have a job in a summer camp / sports camp that is really useful too. Because the closing date for applications for the majority of UCAS courses is next January you will still have time to do your work experience / shadowing next term – but remember you’ll be in Leaving Cert.
  9. Arrange to go to the Higher Options Careers Exhibition next September. http://www.irishtimes.com/higher-options The UK colleges that actively recruit Irish students will be there. ( Tickets available at the link – or contact the school Guidance Counsellor to see what the plans are.)
  10. There’s a bit of work to do for UCAS, and it takes time to figure things out but it’s better to apply and decide not to go than not to apply and wonder if you should have done so.