Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Leaving Cert Helpline

Leaving Cert Helpline

Exam Helpline opens Wednesday 16th August to support more than 60,000 Leaving Certificate students on 1800 265 165

As you are making sense of your Leaving Cert results, the IGC welcomes the launch of The Examination Helpline 2017. Hosted by the National Parents’ Council Post Primary (NPCpp), it will open next Wednesday, 16th August to offer advice, information and support to Leaving Certificate students receiving their exam results.

The 1800 265 165 Freephone Helpline opens from 10 a.m. on results day, Wednesday, 16th August, to take calls from students, parents and teachers seeking advice and information on what choices are available to students, and will continue until Wednesday, 23rd August (see Freephone operating hours below).

The Helpline is sponsored by the Irish Independent and eir and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. It is staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors who are fully qualified experts in their field.  A representative of the grant-awarding body, SUSI, will also be on hand to answer queries.

Every year the NPCpp Helpline deals with thousands of calls and helps students to make informed decisions. Those seeking advice, information or reassurance can contact the Helpline on 1800 265 165 and speak to experienced, professionally-trained guidance counsellors.  All queries on third level courses, such as the points system, rechecks, repeats, CAO procedures, apprenticeships and further training options will be dealt with in a professional and confidential manner.

To complement the Freephone Exam 2017 Helpline, will be running an interactive CAO blog at on Wednesday August 16th from 10am and on Monday August 21st from 8am, Members of the IGC will also be staffing this, answering all queries and concerns around the results and further and higher education and career options. 

Students/Parents will be able to submit their questions to the expert through email, Twitter with the hashtag #IndoCAO, through the live blog itself or through the Irish Independent official Facebook page.

The opening hours of FREEPHONE HELPLINE 2017 are:
Wednesday, 16th August:   10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday,    17th August:   10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday,        18th August:   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday,      21st August:    8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday,      22nd August:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 23rd August:   8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Leaving Cert Results and CAO Offers

Leaving Cert results will be available to candidates this Wednesday 16th August. Round 1 CAO Offers will be offered on Monday 21st at 6am through - you can login to your CAO account to check this. You will have some time to decide to accept your offer(s).

You may get an offer from both Level 7 or Level 8 - you may only accept one offer. If you don't accept the place you have been offered you may end up with no place.  Always accept an offer if you get one - in Round 2 you may be offered something higher up your list of preferences. You can never be offered something lower on your list. You can read page 7 of this guide to help with the process. I will be available via email at for any queries or in the school from Wednesday 23rd for appointments and phone calls. Best of luck to all.

Remember there are  plenty of options if things don't go exactly as expected so please get in touch if there are any queries at all. PLC courses still have places and CAO will offer some Available places after initial round of offers. Keep an eye on this list for these places

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SUSI Grant Dealine

SUSI urges students to submit their student grant applications before the July 13th deadline
The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2017/18 academic year to do so now. The deadline for applications is this Thursday, July 13th. You are also encouraged to login in to you CAO and select the option to share your information with SUSI.
Students are also encouraged to use their own SUSI 'online application trackers', where they can track the progress of their applications and confirm that documentation has been received without having to contact SUSI directly."

Friday, 30 June 2017

CAO Change of Mind July 1st 17.15

Please be aware CAO Change of Mind Facility is open until tomorrow, Saturday, July 1st at17.15. If you need any assistance please email Ms. O'Connor at THIS ARTICLE is worth the read even if you aren't going to make any changes.   

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Maynooth Summer School 5th years

Maynooth University Summer School, June 12-16 2017
Registration is open and places are filling up in some of the slots - see the website for details.

Monday, 15 May 2017

TY UCD Summer School

A limited number of places for the UCD Summer School 7th-9th June have been opened up to applications from TY Students.
The UCD Summer School is aimed at giving students a real insight into student life in UCD and is a great opportunity for student to experience college life.
The following Summer Schools have places still remaining for TY students:
For more information on the participating Summer Schools and to book your place please click on the corresponding links above. 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness

The Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness could be of interest to students interested in sports and fitness.
·         The course is accredited by University of Limerick
·         It takes place in DIT, Kevin St, Dublin 2
·         It is a 2 year course with option to progress to Diploma & Degree
·         No CAO application required
·         Approved for SUSI grant funding
·         Level 6 NFQ, Level 5 EQF
·         Professional industry qualification
They are holding an information evening on Thursday 18 May at 7.30pm in The Fit2Go Centre, DIT, Kevin St, Dublin 2. If you or anybody else interest in the course would like to attend please reply to
Brendan Hackett
Course Director
Motions Health & Fitness
Phone: 087 2445205