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Guidance and Counselling

St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon

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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.


SUSI usually opens for applications at the beginning of April every year. More information can be found at . Students and parents/ guardians should carry out the “eligibility reckoner” on the SUSI website to ascertain if they think they may be entitled to a grant or not.

The 2018 Application facility will be available from Monday, 5th of November at 12:00.

Register on the CAO system in advance of the closing date to obtain your CAO application number

Go online at and click on ‘Apply’.

Students are encouraged to register as early as possible in order to be familiar with the system. Students who apply online before 5.15pm on 20th January 2019 may avail of the discounted application fee of €30. 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.


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, complete it and return it.  Failure to do this may result in a student not receiving their preferred offer on CAO.

UCAS DEADLINE This is a very important reminder to any 5th Year student who is interested in applying to UCAS to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary or study in Oxford or Cambridge.  The above courses and colleges have a deadline of October 15th 2018 for entry in 2019.   Any student who is interested in applying to another faculty area or college in the UK must speak to Ms Schous ASAP in relation to their application.

If students want to study in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales- they have to apply to UCAS. They will need to write a personal statement which I can give them guidelines on- but they must write their own. Additionally, they will have to get a written reference from their guidance counsellor who asks their teachers for predicted grades. Students need to bear in mind the cost of travelling to the UK- even in the application phase where they may be invited for interview.,

Applying to college in Europe, particularly the Netherlands is becoming a growing attraction for Irish students. Students must register on where an expert called Guy Flouch will guide them in the courses available and application process.



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, 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, each institution’s website and on


CAO Applications

CAO Applications may be made online from 5th 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 2019 may avail of the discounted application fee of €30. 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.



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.


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