The Guidance and Counselling service at St. Patrick's Comprehensive aims to offer a full range of learning experiences which are designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make transitions based on these choices. These choices may be categorised into three separate but interlinked areas -Personal and Social, Educational and Vocational.
Educational Guidance: The Guidance and Counselling service provides the following service:
- Assisting first years in their transition from primary school to second level education.
- Advising students on subject choice for the Junior Certificate.
- Providing seminars on study skills and examination technique.
- Guiding students on programmes to follow at senior cycle and on subject choice at senior cycle.
- Helping students in transferring to third level and further education.
- Classes to students in third year.
- Provision of aptitude tests.
Vocational Guidance: The Guidance and Counselling service aids students in exploring their future vocational path. Guidance classes are provided to students at junior and senior cycle. The following topics are investigated:
- Choosing a career path and options available after school.
- Explaining third level application procedures.
- Career Investigation
- Organising seminars and guest speakers on career choice.
- Encourage student attendance at career exhibitions and open days
- Individual appointments on future vocational paths.
Personal and Social Guidance:
Alongside the Year Head and Class Tutors the Guidance and Counselling service helps students to develop both personally and socially. This is achieved through both classroom and individual contact.
The Guidance Counsellor may:
- Help you to explore your own feelings about your present life situation.
- Explore with you the choices open to you and explore the consequences of each choice.
- Refer you to qualified helpers outside the school system should this be necessary.
During the school year the School Guidance Counsellor may wish to see your son/daughter for individual educational, vocational, personal and social guidance.
Parents are always welcome to contact the Guidance Counsellor.
Please contact Mrs Schous our Guidance Counsellor for further details.August 2018
Leaving Cert Helpline
Best of Luck to all the LC Students on Wednesday morning. The NPCpp Leaving Cert Helpline will be taking place on the following dates and times.
Wednesday 15th August 10am-7pm
Thursday 16th August 10am-7pm
Friday 17th August 10am-1pm
Monday 20th August 8am-7pm
Tuesday 21st August 8am-7pm
Wednesday 22nd August 10am-1pm
The Helpline number is 1800 265 165. We will also have a live online blog this year at www.independent.ie/caolive which will take place on results day Wednesday 15th August from 9am-4pm and CAO offers day Monday 20th August 8am-4pm.
Mrs Schous will also be available on Wednesday morning in school should you need her assistance.
Changes for the 2018 CAO offers season
There are some changes for the 2018 offers season.
- Changes to the Offer and Acceptance Schedule from 2018
Round 1 Offers will be issued on Monday, 20 August at 6am. The new CAO Offers and Acceptances Schedule for Round 1 has been shortened, with applicants having until 5:15pm on Friday, 24 August to accept their offer.
Round 2 Offers will be available online on Wednesday, 29 August at 10am. The acceptance date for Round 2 Offers is Friday, 31 August at 5:15pm.
The changes to the schedule were requested by the higher education institutions in order to allow applicants the opportunity to obtain and accept a Round 2 offer in advance of HEI registration, which will commence in the first week of September for many institutions.
Available Places will be open and accepting applications from the 21 August, however no offers will be processed based on Available Places applications until Round 3.
- Round 2 points data will be available on the afternoon of 29 August.
- No postal offer notice in Round 2
Due to the changes to the processing timetable there will be no postal offer notice sent to applicants for Round 2. Applicants can view their Round 2 offer online at www.cao.ie from 10am on the 29 August. If they wish to accept their Round 2 offer they must do so online before 5:15pm on the 31 August.
- No postal acknowledgement of acceptance
When applicants accept an offer online they will receive an email from CAO. There will be no postal acknowledgement of acceptance from 2018.
- Changes to the Statistical Categories used to present application data
As notified previously, the CAO has introduced a new course classification (The International Standard Classification of Education for Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F)). All CAO courses have been assigned one ISCED-F code. In addition, in order to reflect previous subject categories and particular groups, the CAO has implemented a new specialist group classification. This specialist group classification is completely separate to the ISCED-F classification and not all courses will be in a specialist group, however, it is possible for a course to be in two specialist groups.
Exam season is nearly here and as it begins The Irish Times
has a number of upcoming supplements and resources which may be of interest to you or your students.
First up is the Change of Mind supplement, published in The Irish Times this Tuesday, May 15th. It will include information on how to engage effectively with the CAO process and key dates. There will be special focus on making the call on engineering and tech and choosing the most appropriate STEM, teaching, legal or medical course. There is also information on the Further Education sector and a look at the routes a PLC course can open up. Also on this day, Dr. John Sharry looks at helping teens through exam stress in his Health + Family parenting column.
During the exams Examwatch at The Irish Times is up and running. Daily updates on papers, advice from Brian Mooney and dispatches from our Leaving Cert Exam diarists will help to keep exam sitters and their supporters sane and informed. Check in daily online or on Facebook or follow on Twitter @Examwatch.
Some of our senior students and past pupils might be interested in this September event from the Irish Aviation Students Association. It will feature 50 of the top aviation companies and educational institutions in Ireland. Tickets are free for a limited time. Check it out below.
CAO Change of Mind facility open
CAO applicants wishing to make changes to their course choices can do so from noon today (4 May) using the Change of Mind facility.
The CAO Change of Mind facility can be accessed via the ‘My Application’ section at www.cao.ie up to 1 July at 5:15pm. This facility is free of charge and can be used as many times as is required.
Mature applicants, and applicants considering introducing a restricted course to their application, should take note of the restrictions before using the Change of Mind facility.
Speaking about the Change of Mind process CAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, suggested applicants should think carefully about any changes that they make.
“The Change of Mind facility is available up to 1 July at 5:15pm, and applicants should use this time to thoroughly research courses, taking special care to check the minimum entry requirements and course content.
“Applicants need to be careful not to make last minute changes to an application based on assumptions about what the points will be, or how well they feel that they have done in their exams. The best advice that we can give applicants is to place their course choices in genuine order of preference.
“CAO applicants should take care when entering their course codes and make sure to check that courses are listed in the correct order by logging in using the ‘My Application’ facility before the ‘Change of Mind’ deadline” she added.
When logging in to make changes, applicants will see their existing Level 8 or Level 7/6 list and a ‘New courses’ list. If an applicant chooses to add, remove or change the order of their courses on either list they must insert all course codes in the correct order on the new list.
For more information about the ‘Change of Mind’ process, and the restrictions that apply, visit the CAO website or view the CAO Handbook.
Leaving Cert Students
Would you like to receive €20,000 towards your college fees over the next 4 years?
The Naughton Foundation Scholarship scheme is now open for 2018. Each Naughton Scholarship is valued at €20,000 i.e. €5,000 for each year of the student’s third-level course.
The closing date for receipt of application forms for The Naughton Foundation Scholarship is 5:30pm on Friday, 18th May 2018 and students from all 26 counties are eligible to apply.
For more information and to apply click below:
SUSI announces opening of 2018/2019 Student Grant Application System
SUSI, the national student grant awarding body, has announced that its online application system for the 2018/19 academic year is now open (today 5th April).
Start Your Career In Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
The 2018 Atlantic Aviation Group Apprenticeship is now open. Click here to complete your application. Apply now
Closing date for applications is May 8th at 4:00 p.m. Sign up to our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitterpages so you don’t miss out on any announcements for our 2018 programme.
Completion of this Apprenticeship leads to obtaining an Aircraft Maintenance License and the opportunity to work in an exciting growth industry. This programme has produced award winning Apprentices at National and World levels.
SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland
Susi will open for applications for the 2018/2019 academic year during the first week of APRIL 2018
Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship
Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship Information
What is the course all about?
- Learn how aircraft and their systems work.
- Get hands-on avionic electrical and mechanical engineering experience.
- Work in a diverse, disciplined and highly regulated environment
- Earn a level 6 QQI advanced Certificate and an EASA part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers License.
What do I need to apply?
You need to have at least a “C” at Ordinary Level or “D” at Higher Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the required subjects.
Grade O6/D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:
- Science Subject *
- Any other 2 subjects
- Over 18 years of age upon commencement of the apprenticeship.
- Permitted to live in Ireland without restriction
- Full security and background check
- Colour vision and medical assessment.
For more information about the apprenticeship and requirements click here
Applications now open!
Closing Date: 4th of May 2018 Apply Here
Open Day 24th March- see www.nuigalway.ie/opendays for more details
IT Tralee Spring Open Day
The IT Tralee Spring Open Day will take place on Saturday 21st April, 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm at the IT Tralee North Campus.
2018 AIR CORPS APPRENTICE AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN
The Irish Air Corps are now accepting applications for their 2018 Apprentice Aircraft Technician Programme.
If you like a challenge and a job with a difference that is not your usual 9 to 5 follow then click the link below:
The Bus Éireann Heavy Vehicle Mechanics Apprenticeship Programme for 2018 is now open.
Bus Éireann apprentices are trained to the highest possible technical standards and acquire, amongst many other skills, the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles.
Earn while you learn!
During the on the job training phase of your apprenticeship, you will be paid by Bus Éireann.
➡ Year 1: €200.32p/week
➡ Year 2: €300.48 p/week
➡ Year 3: €434.03 p/week
➡ Year 4: €534.19 p/week
For more information and to apply click below ⤵
2018 HEI Alert Lists
An Alert List is used to provide applicants and Guidance Counsellors with updates of new courses offered, changes to course entry requirements and other relevant changes to admissions related information.
The content and submission of Alert Lists is a matter for the Admissions Office in each HEI. CAO will update Alert Lists as they are submitted. The HEIs are not obliged to submit Alert Lists.
Click here for details of the changes that institutions have made to the courses they will offer in 2018.
New Application System for Apprenticeship in the Construction Industry
Are you interested in an Apprenticeship in the Construction Industry ?
The Construction Industry Federation have just launched a new website promoting opportunities in the construction industry for apprenticeships – www.apprentices.ie.
The website gives information about what an apprenticeship in the industry involves but also uniquely it allows young people who are interested in seeking an apprenticeship ,to create a personal profile that can be viewed by employers seeking to employ an apprentice.
Also, for the first time, vacancies will be advertised on the site and there are presently a number of well established companies offering positions leading to successful careers in the sector.
Saturday 20th January 2018 is the designated clinic date for application and advice clinics around the country. Our local one is Limerick: University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School. Intending applicants are invited to drop by anytime between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm and talk to DARE and HEAR advisors about your application.
Apply online by the 20th of January to avail of the discount application fee of €30
NUI EXEMPTION FROM IRISH AND THIRD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Any 5th Year student who is eligible for an exemption from either Irish or a third language, or both, who wishes to apply to one of the colleges of NUI, must download an exemption form from www.nui.ie, complete it and return it. Failure to do this may result in a student not receiving their preferred offer on CAO.
LCFE application process for September 2018 entry is now open. Apply online at www.lcfe.ie. Their open day will take place on Wednesday 25th January 2018
UCAS Last day for UCAS applications is Monday the 15th Jnauary any student who has not completed their applcation please contact Mrs Schous immediately
2018 ESB Apprenticeships
The ESB is expected to open applications for apprentices again in earlyFebruary 2018. Once open, candidates will be able to apply through the ESB website.
5th Year students should be aware that colleges are publishing changes to their courses for 2018. These may indicate new courses to be introduced for next year or courses that will be cancelled. There may be changes to course titles. All students should note changes to entry requirements that will be notified for entry in 2018. This is especially important for students in 3rd Year and TY's who will be selecting subjects for their Leaving Certificate shortly. These are available on www.cao.ie under Alert Lists.
All 6th year students are reminded to research the criteria for any scholarships that may be interested in applying for. As each institution offers a variety of scholarships, with individual eligibility criteria, application process and dates, early and thorough research is essential.
Any student wishing to make a DARE application please contact Mrs Schous ASAP
HPAT - Ireland 2018 Registrations are now open.
CAO online application facility is now open since 6th November. Applications are made online at www.cao.ie
New Courses in LIT
LC220 – Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business with Digital Marketing -(Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC269 – B.Sc. (Hons) in Operating Department Practice – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC371 – B.Sc. (Hons) in Creative Broadcast & Film Production – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC372 – B.Sc. (Hons) in Music Technology & Production – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC374 – B.Eng. (Hons) in Renewable & Electrical Energy Engineering – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC375 – B.Eng. (Hons) in Industrial Automation & Robotic Systems – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC376 – B.Sc. (Hons) in Electronic Engineering – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC288 – B.Eng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering – (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC434 – B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Management in Agriculture (Level 8) – (Thurles Campus)
LC230 – Bachelor of Business in Business with Computing – (Level 7) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC276 – B.Sc. in Creative Broadcast & Film Production – (Level 7) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC283 – B.Eng. in Precision Engineering (Level 7) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC290 – B.A. in Community Sports Development (Level 7) – (Moylish Park Campus)
LC515 – B.Sc. in Digital Animation Production (Level 7) – (Clonmel Campus)
LC516 – B.Sc. in Game Art & Design (Level 7) – (Clonmel Campus)
LC603 – B.A. in Early Childhood Care & Education (Level 7) – (Ennis Campus)
The following NEW programme is NOT listed on the 2018 CAO Handbook. This is now available on CAO for entry in September 2018:
LC330 – Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business with Computing (Level 8) – (Moylish Park Campus)
UCD Graduate Entry to Medicine Open Evening
The UCD Graduate Entry to Medicine Open Evening will take place on 30 November 2017 at 05:15 in the Health Science Building, UCD Belfield.
The UCD Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) Open Evening provides prospective graduate entrants with the opportunity to gain a unique perspective into the UCD GEM programme. Meet with GEM staff and students, gain insights into life as a GEM student in UCD and discover the many career paths for UCD Medicine Graduates.
The GEM Open evening is suitable for anyone interested in pursuing a career in Medicine, in particular final-year undergraduate students, graduates and careers and guidance counsellors. Admission to the GEM Open evening is free but pre-booking is essential. To book your place on the programme and for more information click here…
NCAD staff will host Information Sessions for applicants preparing a Portfolio for entry to Year 1 in September 2018. Prospective students can view successful portfolios from previous applications and visit the studio areas. This is also an opportunity to address any questions around portfolio preparation and presentation to NCAD staff.
Saturday 4th November: 12pm – 2pm – All Programmes
Tuesday 7th November: 6pm – 8pm – All Programmes**
Wednesday 8th November: 6pm- 8pm – All Programmes
**FOCUS ON DESIGN – If you are interested in Product Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design or Illustration there will be individual sessions to focus on each of these areas on Tues 7th November. When booking please select the specific area you are interested in.
THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED AND YOU ARE ADVISED TO BOOK
New Courses in GMIT
New Courses in GMIT for 2018
GA382 Culinary and Gastronomic Science
GA383 Food Innovation and Enterprise
GA384 Event Management with Public Relations
GA385 Retail Management
GA580 Software and Electronic Engineering
GA682 Biomedical Engineering (new in CAO handbook, had Sept intake)
GA683 Agricultural Engineering (as above)
GA684 Engineering (Common entry)
GA372 Food Innovation and Enterprise (Change of name, previously Culinary Arts) – information to follow
GA378 Culinary and Gastronomic Science
GA570 Software & Electronic Engineering (Change of name, previously Computer & Electronic Engineering) – information to follow
GA674 Biomedical Engineering (new in CAO handbook, had Sept intake)
GA675 Agricultural Engineering (as above)
GA676 Engineering (Common Entry)
This is a one year programme that gives you an entry route into the following five different Engineering degree course
GA677 Manufacturing Engineering Design
Changes to Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching
The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has announced new minimum entry requirements for primary teacher training programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year.
In addition to the points required for entry to programmes of primary initial teacher education (ITE), the Department of Education and Skills specifies minimum entry requirements in the core subjects: Maths, English and Irish. This is to ensure that primary teachers have the capacity to lead learning in these vital areas.
Changes announced have set higher minimum entry standards to programmes of primary initial teacher education for Leaving Certificate Maths and English at Ordinary Level and Irish at Higher Level.
The changes are as follows:
||Entry 2019 & 2020
In line with the new policy to encourage wider participation in the more challenging Higher Level papers, a H7 (which is equivalent for points to an O3) will now meet the minimum entry requirement (for Maths and English only).
In determining the entry requirements care was taken not to disadvantage those students who have already commenced the senior cycle and who intend sitting the Leaving Certificate examinations in 2018. [More]
For students applying for entry in 2018:
The Bachelor of Education (MI005/MI006) and the B.Ed. in Education and Psychology (MI008) at Mary Immaculate Limerick;
The Bachelor of Education programmes at DCU (includes St. Patrick's College Drumcondra and the Church of Ireland Centre) DC002 / DC003 / DC004;
The Bachelor of Education at Marino Institute of Education CM001 CM002
The Bachelor of Education at Maynooth University MH001 MH002
The new entry requirements will be as follows:
Gaeilge – Grade H5
English – Grade O5 or H7
Mathematics – Grade O6 or H7
For students applying for college in 2019 & 2020
Gailege - Grade H4
English - Grade O4 or H7
Mathematics - Grade O4 or H7
Aer Lingus is recruiting for Cabin Crew
Aer Lingus has opened a new recruitment campaign for Cabin Crew. The closing date for applications is 16th October 2017.
How to apply
Application is made online via the Aer Lingus website here.
UPCOMING OPEN DAYS
- Athlone IT - AIT named Institute of Technology of the Year 2018; Open Days; CAO Information Evening.
- CIT- Open Days; Entrance Test Dates.
- College of Amenity Horticulture Botanic Gardens - Open Day.
- DCU - Open Days, Irish Oral Supports; Maths Support Sessions for 2nd Level Students.
- DIT -Guidance Counsellor Information Clinic; Open Day; Portfolio Information Day; Where can a degree from DIT take you; The world is your oyster with DIT scholarship opportunities.
- DKIT - Open Days; CAO Course Information Morning.
- GMIT - Open Day; New Enginering Programmes for CAO.
- GMIT Letterfrack - Open Days; GMIT Student to Represent Ireland in WorldSkills 2017.
- IT Blanchardstown - Seminar for Guidance Counsellors; Open Days.
- IT Carlow - School Visits; Open Day.
- IT Tallaght - Open Day; New Digital Marketing Courses; BA in Creative Digital Media.
- IT Tralee - Open Day.
- IT Sligo - Open Days; Book a Campus Tour; Download the IT Sligo CampusConnect App.
Bord na Móna Apprenticeships
The Defence Forces are now accepting applications for General Service Recruits in the Army and Naval Service .
They are looking for men and women from all backgrounds that possess a strong sense of duty and enjoy working as part of a team.
Applicants for the Army must be at least 18 years of age and under 25 years of age on the closing date of applications 27th October 2017
Applicants for the Naval Service must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years of age on the closeing date of applications 27th October 2017.
To find out more about careers in the Defence Forces click on the link below : http://www.military.ie/en/careers/
TO START YOUR APPLICATION CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
Better Options 2017 - College Fair for Students with Disabilities
Many major colleges will be represented in the Exhibition hall and useful seminars will run concurrently.
When: 10:00-13:00, Nov 22nd 2017
Where: Auditorium, Block A, DCU St Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Cost: Free - registration is not required, just show up!
New courses at UL
UL’s new Bachelor of Arts programme will create a greater range of subject choice and give students the opportunity to work, travel or study abroad. Ranked as the highest general entry arts course in the country with 360 points, one of the programme’s strengths is its range of 19 subjects with 176 possible combinations to degree level. As part of this new degree programme, €1000 will be awarded to the three students who achieve the highest CAO points for the year of their application. A further €1000 will be awarded to the three students with the highest QCA at the end of Year 1. This course is in conjunction with Mary Immaculate College.
Paramedic Studies is another new course to the UL curriculum increasing the number to a total of 44 undergraduate programmes which are offered by the University.
The first of its kind to be incorporated into a Level 8 degree, it is required that students have both a driver’s license as well as a van license in order to begin study.
Students will be given the opportunity to partake in work placement in order to deal with a full spectrum of emergencies.
If you wish to learn more about the full range of courses offered at UL as well as their 2018 CAO entry points go to; ul.ie/courses
NEW COMMON POINTS SCALE
Information on the New Common Points Scale is currently available on in the Student Resources and Information for Schools sections on the CAO website. Additional resources, including a Points Calculator and Converter, will be made available when the 2018 website goes live on the 4th November, 2017.
All 4th and 5th Year students are advised to sign up to the Careers News website. You will receive daily emails with relevant links to up-to-date careers news. Simply log on to www.careersnews.ie, click on the sign up to newsletter tab at the top of the page and complete the necessary information. You can also follow ‘Careers and Education news’ on Facebook and on Twitter
All LC students are being scheduled for their individual Guidance appoinment with Mrs Schous. Please ensure that you have made your appointment and that if you cannot attended please swap with another student.
Students from 4th, 5th Year are encouraged to attend Open Days of Universities and Colleges that they are interested in on Saturdays where possible. A full list of dates for these events is available on www.qualifax.ie, each institution’s website and on www.cao.ie.
CAO Applications may be made online from 4th November at 12 noon. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible in order to be familiar with the system. The courses that you select now can be amended up to 31st January for no extra charge and students who apply online before 5.15pm on 20th January 2018 may avail of the discounted application fee of €25. Students are reminded that you may download for free the CAO APP which is a very helpful resource. This is available for free on Apple and Android devices.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM (SIF) – DISABILITY OR SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTY
Applicants with a disability or specific learning difficulty will be able to complete their own section of the SIF when they apply online. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme must complete this form and indicate on the form that they wish to be considered for DARE. They will then print the sections to be completed by the school and by a consultant and return these to CAO. Please see the CAO handbook for details. A guide and instructions will be available on the CAO website in November.