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CAO and UCAS

Tips to help you fill in CAO and UCAS forms.

Deciding what to apply for:

  • Look at lots of college brochures and get an idea of what courses interest you. If your school doesn't have prospectuses ask them to order some or phone the college yourself and ask to be sent one.
  • Make sure to check the basic entry requirements for the courses you're interested in. This info will be in the prospectus. For example, many Irish universities require that you have results in Irish and English as well as the necessary points.
  • Consider what you want to study AND where you'll be happy living. If you want a taste of city life then check out Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Cork Derry and UK universities. If you're more comfortable living somewhere smaller look at what's on offer in places like the University of Ulster at Coleraine or Sligo I.T.
  • Once you have an idea of what you're interested in, call the colleges and ask if there's someone you can talk to about the courses on offer.
  • If possible, visit the universities or colleges you plan to apply for. Most universities have open days, which give you an opportunity to visit the college. There is usually a tour of the facilities and information about everything the university has to offer. Find out more here about open days here.
  • You can usually download the university or college prospectus from the university website.

CAO and UCAS

  • You can get UCAS and CAO forms at schools, colleges and careers offices. Or you can check their websites for forms and loads of useful info on filling in the forms. Get hold of the free handbooks that explain how to fill in the forms also.
  • CAO and UCAS let you apply for tonnes of full time courses including degrees, diplomas and certificates.
  • When filling in CAO and UCAS make sure to put the course you really want to do as first choice. NOT what you think you'll have the results for.
  • Fill out the CAO and UCAS form in plenty of time. Don't forget there is a ‘change of mind’ form that you can use if you decide you want to apply for different courses. It is also possible to put off an offer for a year.
  • Practice filling in the CAO and UCAS forms. Make a photocopy of each one and get a teacher to check that everything is filled in properly before you post them off. Or apply online and get someone to look over the application before you finalise it.
  • Make sure you get the UCAS and CAO forms in on time.
  • The more research you do, the more confident you'll feel when you finally get to that chosen college!
  • Finally, this is important so swallow your pride or shyness and ask the careers teacher to help you. Spend time in the careers office researching the best options and deciding what you really want to do

    Post Leaving Cert courses

    Find out about Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses.

    What is a PLC course?

    • The acronym PLC stands for Post leaving Certificate course.
    • These courses are suitable for anyone that has left secondary school and wants to develop practical, vocational or technological skills. The courses tend to be targeted towards specific jobs.
    • PLC's can be useful if you are looking to start work in a specific field soon after you finish the Leaving Cert.
    • The courses are also suitable for adults who want to update their skills or return to the workforce.
    • About 50% of time on the courses is spent on knowledge and training directly related to employment. 25% is usually spent on work experience.
    • PLC courses are held in community education centres, schools and colleges around Ireland.
    • The courses are usually full time.
    • They last from one to two years.
    • Some PLC courses will qualify you to go on to further education at third level.

     

    Why do a PLC course?

    • The skills that you learn on a PLC course are known as transferrable skills. This means the skills learnt on any PLC course will be useful in any line of work.
    • PLCs offer a chance to get work experience under your belt.
    • PLC awards are nationally recognised and employers think well of them.


    How to apply:

    Find a course that you are interested by browsing this website. Then, apply directly to the school, college or adult education centre offering the course. You may be called for an interview to discuss the course and find out more about it.

 http://www.spunout.ie/health/Education/University-and-college/CAO-and-UCAS

http://www.spunout.ie/health/Education/After-school-options/Post-Leaving-Cert-courses

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