Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Defence Forces

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Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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CAO Code Course Title College Points NFQ Level
AD101  First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)  

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD102  Illustration and Graphic Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD103  Textiles, Jewellery & Objects 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD202  Design or Fine Art and Education 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD204  Fine Art 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD211  Fashion Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD212  Product Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD222  Interaction Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AL601  Electronics and Computer Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

228 
AL602  Mechanical Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

212 
AL604  Civil Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

AL630  Pharmacy Technician 

Athlone IT - AIT 

290 
AL631  Dental Nursing 

Athlone IT - AIT 

273 
AL632  Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) 

Athlone IT - AIT 

190 
AL650  Business 

Athlone IT - AIT 

200 
AL651  Music and Instrument Technology 

Athlone IT - AIT 

 
AL652  Business in Equine 

Athlone IT - AIT 

AL660  Culinary Arts 

Athlone IT - AIT 

183 
AL661  Bar Supervision 

Athlone IT - AIT 

 
AL663  Business (Sport and Recreation) 

Athlone IT - AIT 

185 
AL701  ICT Engineering - Electronics & Wireless / Network Mgt / Computer Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

218 
AL704  Computer Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

206 
AL705  Software Development (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices) 

Athlone IT - AIT 

204 
AL710  Mechanical Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

206 
AL711  Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy 

Athlone IT - AIT 

206 
AL712  Mechatronics 

Athlone IT - AIT 

252 
AL713  Engineering (Common Entry) 

Athlone IT - AIT 

244 
AL721  Civil Engineering 

Athlone IT - AIT 

225 
AL730  Biotechnology 

Athlone IT - AIT 

206 
AL731  Veterinary Nursing 

Athlone IT - AIT 

400 
AL733  Forensic Toxicology 

Athlone IT - AIT 

209 
AL734  Pharmaceutical Science (Drug Design and Development) 

Athlone IT - AIT 

218 
AL751  Digital Marketing 

Athlone IT - AIT 

207 
AL761  Hotel and Leisure Management 

Athlone IT - AIT 

206 
AL763  Graphic Design 

Athlone IT - AIT 

750 
AL764  Early Years Care and Education 

Athlone IT - AIT 

268 
AL765  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Athlone IT - AIT 

280 
AL855  Hospitality Management (with International Placement) 

Athlone IT - AIT 

 
AL862  Design Technology & Innovation 

Athlone IT - AIT 

 
BN001  Electronics and Computer Engineering 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

182 
BN002  Computing (Information Technology) 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

195 
BN003  Business 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

188 
BN009  Mechatronic Engineering 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN010  Business and Information Technology 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN011  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

271 
BN012  Computer Engineering 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

194 
BN013  Computing (Information Technology) 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN014  Business 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN015  Engineering - Common Entry 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN016  Business - Common Entry 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN017  International Business 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN020  Sports Management and Coaching 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

252 
BN021  Creative Digital Media 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

195 
BN022  Horticulture 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN025  Community and Youth Development 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN030  Early Childhood Care and Education 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

230 
BN034  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN040  Digital Marketing 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN101  Business 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

253 
BN103  Business and Information Technology 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

252 
BN104  Computing (Information Technology) 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

270 
BN107  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

300 
BN108  Engineering (Common Entry) 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

291 
BN109  Business (Common Entry) 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

261 
BN110  International Business 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

255 
BN111  Sports Management and Coaching 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN112  Creative Digital Media 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN113  Horticulture 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

 
BN114  Accounting and Finance 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

274 
BN115  Community and Youth Development 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

251 
BN117  Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

293 
BN118  Early Childhood Care and Education 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN119  Digital Marketing 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

270 
BN120  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

272 
BN121  Mechatronic Engineering 

IT Blanchardstown - ITB 

291 
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