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Senior Cycle Options
Leaving Cert Subjects and Grades 
FAQ's Subject Choice  
Senior Cycle Subjects - An Overview 
Subjects and Aptitude Tests 
Senior Cycle Subject Choice - LCVP 
Senior Cycle Subject Choice - Language & Science 
Easiest Leaving Cert subjects?  
LC Subjects-The Irish Times 
Options' Night Presentations  
Careers News
Home Economics will be a five year course from 2015  
Crisis shortage of Civil Engineering graduates in Ireland 
New Leaving Cert Points Scale 
Careers Articles
10 Essential CV Writing Verbs 
CAO Summary and Checklist  
CAO - Change of Mind Tips 
Careers Articles
Information for Parents 
Alternative Study Routes 
Useful Websites and Apps 
STEM Education in Ireland 
Careers Using the Irish Language 
Job Hunting and Interviews  
Third Level Grants
How to apply for a SUSI grant? 
College Supports
Students with Disabilities  
Third Level Scolarships 
Third Level
Going to College... 
College Accomodation 
Incoming 1st Year Students
First Year Options 2017 
Detailed Information on Junior Cert Subjects 
10 tips for parents of children starting secondary school 
Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School 
Waterford Support Services
Support Services in Waterford 
Study & Exams
Stress Fact Sheet  
Study Tips 
Avoid Exam Stress 
Relax Body & Mind 
Study Abroad
Why Study Abroad? 
Study in the UK 

Alternative Study Routes

Jockey training courses are available

AOIFE WALSH – PUBLISHED 02 APRIL 2014 02:30 AM, Irish Independent

Much careers discussion during the Leaving Certificate year is centred on CAO and PLC opportunities, and indeed the majority of students follow these traditional study routes. There are, however, some very interesting options available to students in other areas.


RACE is the Racing Academy and Centre of Education. It offers courses in a variety of areas in relation to equine careers, which are internationally recognised. Courses include jockey training, yard managers, and trainers. RACE accepts school leavers but a Leaving Certificate is not necessarily a requirement.

RACE is located in Co Kildare and its trainee jockey programme, which was established in 1977, is free to all EU residents.

RACE will hold a number of open days over the coming weeks, including April 15, 22 and 29. For more information, see


Teagasc offers a variety of courses in the area of horticulture and agri-food. It has campuses all over the country, including the Botanic Gardens, and works closely with a number of institutes of technology and universities.

Courses are available in areas such as farm administration, dairy herd management, crop and machinery management, horticulture, equine breeding, forestry and agri-business, to name a few.

Teagasc also provides distance learning courses and courses for adults returning to education as well as food industry training. Further information can be found by downloading the 2014 course prospectus from Educational incentive schemes are available for many courses as are means-tested grants.

In general, applications are made directly to the colleges for most of the further education courses while higher education courses are accessed through the CAO. However, any interested candidate should read the prospectus carefully and check all requirements and procedures. Opportunities range from Level 5 to Level 8 and include progression to higher levels. Courses are made up of both theory and practice.

Many agricultural colleges are advertising their open days. See the list of events below.

Retail management degree with DBS and Lidl

An innovative Level 7 degree offers candidates the opportunity to split their time equally between academic learning with Dublin Business School (DBS) in Dublin city and working in Lidl stores in the Dublin area.

The programme is completed over a two-and-a-half-year period, so it is slightly shorter than a traditional Level 7. During this time, students receive a salary and their college fees are covered. Students will be required to have 250 points or a FETAC level 5. Interested candidates should complete the application form, which is available online at

Interested applicants can also contact DBS for further information. DBS will hold its next Open Evening on Tuesday, May 13, from 5pm until 7pm. Applications are now open.



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