Wednesday 14 December 2016

Free HL maths, chemistry and physics LC revision in UCD with Intel

The Intel Academy is offering free revision workshops to 6th year Leaving Certificate students of higher level Chemistry, Physics and Maths.
The workshops take place in UCD and are hosted by qualified secondary school teachers who are experts in these subject areas.
The essential elements of the exam paper are covered and students are also provided with some study notes and tips. There are also opportunities to hear some career and CAO advice on the day.
Chemistry revision day - 14th January 2017
Physics revision day - 21st January 2017
Maths revision day - 28th January 2017
Visit The Intel Academy for full details and registration.

Friday 9 December 2016

UCD Economics Open Evening January 17th 5-7.30pm

UCD would like to invite students to their Economics Open Evening which is taking place ‪on Tuesday 17th January 2017 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm‬.

Current students and recent graduates will be on hand to answer questions and to give their perspective on life as a student. Lecturers and other staff members are available to give all the insight needed on all aspects of being a student – choosing the right course for you, international travel and career prospects.

Professor Karl Whelan, Head of UCD School of Economics will discuss the range of Economics degrees at UCD:

Economics Single Honours DN510
Economics and Finance DN670 ECF

Economics Joint Honours DN500
Law with Economics DN600FL

For more information and to register for the UCD Economics Open Evening please click here.

Wednesday 7 December 2016

DIT Elite Athlete Scholarships

DIT offer Elite Athlete entrance scholarships with up to 45 additional points and financial assistance towards students' studies. Please see this flyer for more info and talk to Ms. O'Connor

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Monday 5 December 2016

UCD Engineering and Architecture, Planning & Environment Open Evening

5th or 6th years interested in any of the courses offered by the UCD College of Engineering and Architecture be aware they are having two open days taking place in January which will provide you and your parents the opportunity to speak with lecturers, students and recent graduates to find out more about studying with UCD.

UCD Engineering: Wednesday 18th January 2017, 6pm - 8.30pm
UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy: Saturday 21st January 2017, 12pm - 2.30pm  
You may also find the following documents very helpful (Engineering / Architecture & Landscape Architecture / Planning, Geography & Environment) as they provide the key information around the undergraduate programmes offered by our college.

Theological studies at Trinity

Please see here for link to theological studies in trinity and info on the open day this Saturday 10th December 

Friday 2 December 2016

CAO advice workbook

WIT have put together this booklet full of advice and worksheets to help you find out what you like, how to research courses, and figure out finances. If you are unsure about what you want to do and need help in making up your mind for the CAO download the PDF How to research your CAO options and print at home to complete the worksheets to help you figure out your interests.

DIT Open Day tomorrow Sat 3rd Dec

DIT are hosting their Open Day tomorrow form 9-2 in Aungier Street. Any 6th year interested should attend.

Thursday 1 December 2016

Free HPAT trial test

Kaplan Test Prep’s free HPAT resources can be used by students considering medical school in Ireland.

They’re offering students the opportunity to access our Free HPAT Trial. Click Here to access the Free HPAT Trial.
The free trial includes:
  • A free practice test
  • Personalised score report
  • Video lesson content

Thursday 24 November 2016

NUI Galway’s TY Taster Days for Arts

NUI Galway’s TY Taster Days for Arts – now taking bookings.NUIG
NUI Galway will host Taster Days for Arts on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April, from 9.30am-3.00pm (registration opens at 9.15am) on the NUI Galway campus.

The free programme includes over 30 interactive taster sessions to give Transition Year students a feel for studying Arts at NUI Galway- students create a personalised timetable by choosing to sample one subject per hour, which will include a range of information sessions on career options with an Arts degree.

The day ends with an optional campus tour. Further information and class bookings can be secured by contacting Niamh Connolly at or calling 091 494 398

Tuesday 22 November 2016

College and career ready students

Across the country, schools and districts define their success, in part, by equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in higher education, on the job and in life. But what does a college and career ready student look like? It’s often what you can’t immediately see that shows a student is prepared for future learning and ready to meet 21st century workforce demands. Here are skills that may define a really ready student.

Thursday 17 November 2016

Trinity Computer Science Shadowing 6th yr

Trinity are offering shadowing opportunity to 6th year students interested in Computer Science. 
Can you please ensure that you forward your name, email address and the name of the course you are interested in shadowing on to 

Trinity run separate days for each of the following courses.  
• Computer Science leads to a BA Moderatorship and a Master in Computer Science (MCS). 
• Computer Science and Language (French, German or Irish) combines the study of Computer Science, linguistics and French, German or Irish and leads to a BA Moderatorship. 
• Management Science and Information Systems Studies (MSISS) is the study of management sciences, statistics and information and communication technology leading to a BA Moderatorship. 
• Computer Science and Business is a joint degree programme combining computer science and business management and leads to a BA Moderatorship.

DCU Open Day Sat 19th Nov

Please see details here for DCU Open Day Saturday 19th Nov

Choices Careers Fair

Choices Careers Fair takes place next Thursday 24th November at 7.30pm in St. Kilian's School, Clonskeagh. CBC 5th and 6th years will join other LC students from local schools in attending this careers fair. All the major colleges and ITs will be in attendance, along with the Armed Forces, the Gardai, many PLCs and lots more. There will also be student representatives from many college courses available to talk to students about what their course is like. Bus kindly organised by CBC Parents' Council will leave CBC at 7pm sharp and return c.9.15pm. 

Tuesday 15 November 2016

UCD Social Science Open Evening

UCD Social Science Open Evening is this evening along with their Chemistry Open Evening
are being hosted this evening Tuesday November 15th. Social Science has a range of subjects from Economics to Geography and more details on the course can be found here

Friday 11 November 2016

NCI Dublin Open Day

 NCI is hosting an Open Day on Wednesday 23rd November 10-3. NCI is a small college based in Dublin City centre in the IFSC and operates under the "free fees" scheme. It has several Level 8 and Level 6/7 courses on offer including Hons degrees in Business, Marketing, Psychology and Computing. Please see this link for further details on Open Day and NCI. 

UCD Science - upcoming Open Evenings

We would like to invite 6th Years, A-Level students, FETAC applicants, mature applicants, parents and teachers to a range of Open Evenings taking place over the coming weeks in UCD Science and Computer Science.  These events which take place in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science provide opportunities to hear from staff, students and alumni.  

Further information and booking are available at the links below:

Date Event
15 November 2016 Chemistry Open Evening
22 November 2016 Computer Science Open Evening
29 November 2016 Mathematics & BAFS Open Evening

A full listing of the undergraduate degrees on offer in the UCD College of Science is available at myUCD.

Wednesday 9 November 2016

RCSI Open Days

In 2017, RCSI will have 3 separate Open Days for the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. All will take place on Wednesday 4th January 2017 - this is during Christmas Holidays please be aware.
Please see the RCSI website for more information and a link to register for our Open Days. Please note that registration is compulsory to attend.

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Open Days

Please see this very helpful link with info from Dr. Catherine O'Connor from Trinity College about getting the best out of College and University Open Days. We are delighted to welcome Dr. O'Connor to CBC Monkstown in late November to talk to our parents and 6th years about Cracking the College Code.

List of upcoming Open Days:
Trinity Open Day
DIT Open Day
NUI Maynooth Open Day
DCU Open Day
NCI Open Day
NCAD Open Day
IADT Open Day
RCSI Open Day
NUI Galway Open Day
University of Limerick Open Day

HPAT test open for registration

Anyone interested in Medicine please note that the HPAT test is now open for registration. You must sit the HPAT test if you are applying to Medicine. Please note the closing date is 5.15pm on January 20th 2017, test date is the 25th February. Please register here

Tuesday 1 November 2016

CAO Open for applications Friday 4th November 12pm

CAO is open for applications from this Friday 4th November at 12pm - remember you don't have to know all your courses to register and apply. You will be able to edit your application as much as you like until February 1st . Register early for €25. Please see this link for useful guide on applying. Please see Ms. O'Connor with any queries after midterm - enjoy the rest of the break :)

Friday 28 October 2016

UCD Open Day

This is a reminder that the UCD Open Day takes place next Saturday, 5th of Novermber, from 10.00am to 4.00pm on the Belfield Campus.

Date & Time: 5th November 2016 -  10.00- 16.00

Please see more info and register here

Trinity Maths Physics Open Days

Trinity Maths Physics Open Day

The Maths and Physics Open Day will take place on Saturday, 12th November 2016. The day features lectures and tours along with a chance to meet staff and students from both the School of Physics and the School of Mathematics. For more details and registration please see HERE

IADT Taster Day Wed 2nd November

IADT Taster Day.

Wednesday, 2 November.

Any interested 6th year students who would like to participate in a Taster Day at IADT on Wednesday 2 November in IADT will be able to explore our campus, talk to staff and experience firsthand our Entrepreneurship degree courses (DL701 and DL823) by taking part in one of our workshops.
Follow this link to find out more and register to attend your choice of workshop(s) -
There will be complimentary tea and coffee for everyone who registers to attend Taster Day.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Trinity Computer Science 6th yr Shadow Experience

Any 6th yr interested in student shadowing experience at the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin be aware that they are hoping to run a shadowing experience in March 2017, dates have to be confirmed.

•  Computer Science leads to a BA Moderatorship and a Master in Computer Science (MCS).
•  Computer Science and Language (French, German or Irish) combines the study of Computer Science, linguistics and French, German or Irish and leads to a BA Moderatorship.
•  Management Science and Information Systems Studies (MSISS) is the study of management sciences, statistics and information and communication technology leading to a BA Moderatorship.
•  Computer Science and Business is a joint degree programme combining computer science and business management and leads to a BA Moderatorship.

If any students interested in participating please see Ms. O'Connor

Monday 24 October 2016

SAP NOW Recruiting for 2017 Co-Op Scholarship in Germany

SAP Ireland has launched its recruitment campaign for 2017. This is aimed at Leaving Certificate Students studying German and interested in a career in the IT sector. Students are paid for the duration of their degree. Students interested in learning more about this programme and SAP in Ireland are welcome to contact SAP at
Click here for full details.

UCD Computer Science Info Event 22nd November

UCD School of Computer Science is hosting an Open Evening for 5th & 6th year secondary school students, parents and teachers on Tuesday 22nd November 2016.
The purpose of the evening is to introduce prospective students to the opportunities available for studying Computer Science at UCD.
Talks by staff and graduates will outline what Computer Science is, the content of the degree programme and what life is like as an undergraduate in UCD. There will be talks on Computer Science careers, internships and post-graduate courses. There will be a chance to meet with CS staff and current students, plus demos from researchers on robotics,virtual reality and drones.
The programme and a map can be found here.
The event is free but booking is essential. To reserve a place, follow the link:
Event: UCD Computer Science Open Evening
Audience: 5th & 6th Years Secondary School Students, Mature Students, Parents & Teachers
Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Moore Auditorium, O’Brien Science Centre (East), University College Dublin, Belfield.
Enquiries: Mollie Murphy, +353 1 716 2483,

Thursday 20 October 2016

Monday 17 October 2016

NCAD Portfolio Information Sessions

NCADNCAD Portfolio Information Sessions – 5/8/9 November 2016

September 2017 applicants to first year studio-based programmes at NCAD are invited to Portfolio Information Session at the college’s Thomas Street campus on one of three dates in November. This is an opportunity to meet with other aspiring NCAD students, view successful portfolio applications from previous year and address queries around your portfolio preparation and presentation to First Year staff.

Product Design will host a separate talk for AD212 applicants during the Tuesday session.

These are free events but booking is required via the NCAD website here …

Friday 14 October 2016

UCD Open Evenings - Business, Science next week

Please be aware of two Open Evening information events in UCD next Monday and Tuesday for Business and Science respectively. Please register here

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Computer science careers event free tickets

Careerosphere are running a seminar on Monday week, October 24th at 7.30pm in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan that would be of interest to students who are considering a career in Computer Science. They have 5 free tickets for students of CBC Monkstown.

The talk will focus on software development and data science. Data science is a fairly new career area and may be of interest to students who are strong at maths. There will be two guest speakers - a software developer and a data scientist.

Please contact to book a spot, not forgetting to tell him you are a student from CBC Monkstown 

Wednesday 5 October 2016

UCD CAO Alert List


New Course Data Science DCU

DCUNew Course in Data Science

The BSc in Data Science, the first of its kind in Ireland, is aimed at students who are interested a career in Big Data, data analytics and related data science roles. ‘Data Science’ is the study of information – where it comes from, what it tells us and how to turn it into a resource for business, government and social strategies.  DCU is uniquely positioned to offer this course with proven strengths in computing, engineering, business and mathematics together with an enterprise-driven focus on innovation, applied problem solving and making a difference in the real-world.
The DCU BSc in Data Science is a unique programme focused on that combination of programming, mathematics and communication that creates valuable insight and professional expertise. The overall aim of the programme is to equip participants with the knowledge and abilities to enable them to apply the full spectrum of computing and analytical science and technology in the pursuit of discovering new information by identifying and validating patterns in data.

Special Entry Requirements:
H2 in Mathematics
BSc in Data Science (DS)
CAO Code: DC123
Duration: 4 years
For more information, please go to

Friday 30 September 2016

UCD Law Info Evening

The UCD Law Open Evening is on Tuesday 11th October.

On the evening there will be a series of short talks explaining the ten degree options on offer, the career opportunities for law graduates and what it is like to study abroad for a year as part of your degree. 
Law graduates who have taken very different career directions will talk about their experience in UCD and why they chose their specific career path. 

There will also be the opportunity to talk directly to academic representatives from the other Schools that partner with law to offer the various degrees. There will be representatives from Business, History, Politics, Philosophy, Social Justice and Economics in attendance and the languages that can be studied alongside a law degree (French, Chinese and Irish). 

The Open Evening is also a great opportunity for sixth year students to take a tour of the unique facilities on offer in the new Sutherland School of Law building and really get a feel for what it would be like to study law in UCD while at the same time meeting lecturers and law students.

Register here

Thursday 29 September 2016

UCD HEAR and DARE info events

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning will host a HEAR/DARE information evening for students, parents and teachers 23rd November at 7pm UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield, Dublin 4
If you have any queries contact                  Image result for dare ireland

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Maritime careers event Cork

Maritime Event and Open Day

The annual Maritime Event and Open Day will take place at the National Maritime CollegeMaritime College of Ireland of Ireland (NMCI) on Thursday, 20th October 2016 from 10:00 to 15:00.

Please see more details here

Thursday 22 September 2016

Religion Leaving Cert Study Day

St Patrick’s College Maynooth will be holding its annual “REvision Day” for Students and Teachers on Saturday 15th October. Register at

Please also note that there will be an additional lecture (not on the schedule) in the afternoon: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text, Dr Jeremy Corley.

UCD Science Open Evening

UCD Science Open Evening is taking place on Tuesday 18 October in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science from 5.30-8.30pm.

The evening will cover degrees in DN200 Science, DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies and DN201 Computer Science. To book your place please complete our online registration form here:

It will comprise a series of talks from graduates and current students, a chance to meet lecturers and a talk on the UCD Science, Computer Science and Actuarial & Financial Studies degrees.

We will hold a special talk on the night for all parents, guardians and teachers during the Open Evening which will include a Q&A session with the Dean of Science.

A full listing of the undergraduate degrees on offer in UCD Science is available on the myUCD website

(There will be other subject specific open evenings for more courses in Science and other faculties throughout the Autumn and Winter evenings - see for full listings)

Tuesday 20 September 2016

US College Event 11th October

Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Princeton, and Vanderbilt will visit 
Belvedere College on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00-9:00pm for a public information 
session. Anyone thinking of applying to college in the US should attend.

Space is limited and advance registration is highly encouraged. 
Registration and additional details are available HERE

Monday 19 September 2016

Careers Talks Stillorgan

Please find details of four careers seminars being put on by Careerosphere. They are scheduled in October. The talks are tailored specifically for secondary school students and parents, and each talk features two guest speakers from the career area.

Talks will be held at the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan on Monday nights at 7.30pm:

October 3rd - Medicine
October 10th - Law
October 17th - Engineering
October 24th - Computer Science

More information is available at Tickets cost €25 and can be booked at

Thursday 15 September 2016

FREE HPAT courses

Please be aware that there are FREE HPAT courses available to students from the Dublin School of Grinds. Courses take place in Kill of the Grange NS, Deansgrange and take place on October 15th, 22nd, and January 1th, 15th, 21st and 22nd - places are limited so BOOK EARLY HERE

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Trinity School of Law Open Day

The School of Law is holding its annual Open Day for Law on Saturday, 15 October.  This event is designed to give prospective students more information about the subject of law and what it is like to study law at Trinity College Dublin.  Participants will have the opportunity to take seminars in core modules such as torts, constitutional law and attend a lecture on Criminal Law.

Students will be assigned to small seminar groups and assigned to current law student mentors. There will also be the opportunity to talk to staff members, who will be taking the classes and seminars as well as law students.  Parents, guardians and teachers are welcome to attend an information session on studying law at Trinity at the beginning of the event.

If any 6th yr students are considering undertaking a degree in law they should register for the event. Details of the event are available from Trinity's website and Facebook page

Registration is simple, but students must do so in advance.  Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Places are generally taken up very quickly so please advise your students to book as quickly as possible.

To register, please ask your students to email the following information:
1. name of person attending
2. home postal address
3. email address (for confirmation of place)
3. school name and address

All successful applicants will receive confirmation by email.

Monday 12 September 2016

Higher Options 6th years

The Irish Times Higher Options careers event takes place this Wednesday 14th October for all 6th years.
Please meet Ms. O'Connor outside the event by 9.15 latest to get your wristband and mark attendance.
It is hugely beneficial day in terms of exploring options for next year and beyond.
It's a very busy event so please be on time and come prepared - bring an empty schoolbag to fill up with freebies and college and career info.
Check out the TALKS listed here - they can be very informative so make a plan to go to one if it's relevant to you.
And remember to ask questions and visit each college stand you are interested in - there will be over 180 exhibitors there so plenty of people to talk to!
There are also plenty of nice food vans at the event so if you don't bring a packed lunch you could treat yourself!

Thursday 1 September 2016

CAO Round Two

LC candidates 2016 - today Round Two CAO offers have been issued - you must reply by Wednesday 7th September at 17.15. Please remember if you get a Round Two offer today you don't have to take it if you are happy with your Round One offer. Go to CAO to see your offers

Wednesday 31 August 2016

IADT Art Portfolio Preparation Courses

IADT have Art portfolio preparation courses on offer on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Saturday mornings that may suit 6th years hoping to get a portfolio in order for February CAO submission dates. Please see HERE for details

Friday 26 August 2016

Available Places and Second Round

I hope most of you are happy now with First round offers and have accepted your places.

Please bear in mind if you got an offer in Round One that you accepted you may still be offered a place in a course higher up you list of preferences in Round Two next week - you DO NOT have to accept the Round Two offer unless you want to. If you don't want to change just ignore the offer and stick with your original offer.

Another important thing to remember is if you don't accept your First Round offer please be aware that you won't always get an offer in Round Two so it's important to know that you could be left with no place at all.

If you have no offer or are unhappy with your offer please take a look at the Available Places here - providing you have the minimum entry requirements for the course you are guaranteed a place and can apply online immediately, this list will change after round two so keep an eye on it.

Please email me at if you have any queries.

Monday 22 August 2016

Art Portfolio Preparation Course

Attention new 6th years! Some of you may be interested in this Art Portfolio Preparation Course on offer from the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin city centre. Please see details on course and registration here

Friday 19 August 2016

LC results guide

Please find a fully comprehensive guide to the LC results and what to do next here
I will be available on and in the office on Monday from 9.30-11 for any queries 

Monday 15 August 2016

CAO Results and Offer Process

This Wednesday, 17th August is results day! Offers will start on Monday 22nd.

This page has a video guide explaining the CAO offer process - all 6th years should familiarise themselves with this important stage of offers - always accept the first offer as you may be offered something higher on your list in the next round but you also may not get any further offers, and if you haven't accepted anything you may be left with no place at all.

I will be in the school Monday 22nd August from 9.30-11 if there are any queries. Please don't hesitate to contact me at the school or on

There will be a full outline of the results, offers, deferrals and recheck process in the pack with your results on Wednesday, please read this carefully. Best of luck! :-)

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Advice for parents and students sitting exams

Please see this link for good exam advice from the president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Betty McLoughlin. Best of luck to all starting JC and LC exams tomorrow! 

Friday 20 May 2016

Funky Shoe Day - Walk in My Shoes

Big huge thanks to all students and staff for taking part in Funky Friday Shoe Day in order to raise awareness around mental health and how it affects us all. Check out for great resources on supporting yourself and your friends with all mental health issues. And check out the video montage from a great day of Fun-ky Shoe wearing!! Mind yourselves and each other :))

Thursday 19 May 2016

Funky Shoe Day this Friday

We are hosting a Funky Shoe Day tomorro, Friday 19th May to raise awareness around mental health. St. Pat's have a fabulous campaign we were involved with earlier this spring called Mind Your Selfie, supported by Adam Clayton. Now it's time to get your maddest, funkiest shoes on to support the Walk in My Shoes campaign. Check out for info on the day and have a read of these great resources on looking out for yourself and each other 

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Dublin Aerospace Aircraft Technician Apprenticeship

Dublin Aerospace are offering Aircraft Technician Apprenticeships. Aircraft Technicians inspect, maintain and repair airframe structures, engines, electrical and avionic systems. Please see this link for further details, requirements and to apply.

Sound Engineering Summer Camp

Sound Training College Sound Engineering Summer Camps in Temple Bar are aimed at giving teenagers a taste of what it's like to be a Sound Engineer. These are hands-on, 1-2 week courses that introduce students to the core concepts involved in Sound Engineering and Music Production. Please see this link for details and to book
To introduce beginners to music production and sound engineering in a very practical sense using our excellent studio and music production suites. - See more at:
To introduce beginners to music production and sound engineering in a very practical sense using our excellent studio and music production suites. - See more at:

Monday 16 May 2016

LC Results Guide for Parents and Students

This fully comprehensive guide to the Leaving Cert results for both parents and students is very helpful and well worth the read. If there are any concerns or questions please don't hesitate to contact me at at the school or at

Thursday 12 May 2016

Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Paid

Open Day for Students and Parents

When: May 18th 2016, 6pm
Where: Accounting Technicians Ireland, Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Refreshments will be served
Please RSVP by May 13, 2016
Tel: 01 649 8100.

If you are a school-leaver considering a career in Accountancy, then please see this link for details on the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship ... it could be the perfect route for you.
This Apprenticeship will put you on the fast track to a professional career, where you will work with a local business or practice four days a week, and study at a local college one day a week.
The apprenticeship system is undergoing major reform and expanding into new industries. Our programme gives budding accountants a viable alternative to the full-time college route.
As an Accounting Technician Apprentice, you'll earn while you learn, and your tuition will be paid by the State. You'll emerge from the programme in two years' time, with a nationally and internationally recognised qualification, solid work experience, and the opportunity to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant in just five years whilst being paid.

Tuesday 10 May 2016

New Course DCU - Data Science

The new DCU BSc in Data Science, CAO Code DC123, is the first dedicated undergraduate university course in data science in Ireland. It combines the three key skill sets of computing, mathematics and communication to provide the core knowledge needed to succeed in the area of Big Data and Analytics, a rapidly growing area of employment in Ireland and abroad. The course will introduce students to the major concepts in data analytics, data management, data processing, modelling, visualisation and communication.
Partnering with industry provides opportunities to engage with real-world problems and data sets. You will learn to program, to study mathematics and learn to apply that learning to data from the real world, communicating the results to different audiences.

This is the course for you if you are a curious investigator, a story-teller, or a problem solver. Data drives the world we live in, and a Data Scientist's job is to use computers to organise everything we know about the world, and communicate the importance to other people. The DCU BSc in Data Science is for everyone who has a curiosity about the world around us, and wants a role that helps advise key decision makers in enterprise, government, and society. No prior computing experience is needed: we will take you from novice, or hobbyist to programming professional.

Sometimes described as part scientist and part artist, the modern data science professional is in high demand for a variety of careers. The core role is that of Data Scientist, but the skills are also applicable to analytical roles, and to programmer roles. Data Scientist is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the world. In Ireland alone an estimated 20,000+ will be created through 2020. Data Scientists work closely with other technical roles such as programmers, as well as with executives and leaders.

Data Analysis is applied in areas such as customer insight, financial analysis, health and well being, media, sports and government. A key feature of the Data scientist is her or his flexibility: the core skills are in international demand, and highly transferable.

Data Science is also a key area of research interest, especially in the future of computer science and statistics. This includes areas such as Big Data analysis, high precision
personalisation, and the ethical future of Big Data.

Entry Requirements: B1 Higher Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate or Equivalent

Monday 9 May 2016

UCD Summer School 5th yrs

UCD Summer School for 5th yrs takes place in early June. Application deadline is Wednesday 18th May. Please register here

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Primary School Teaching without HL Irish

In case you ever thought of primary school teaching but do not have HL Irish please see this article  

CAO Change of Mind

CAO Change of mind facility opens tomorrow at 12pm. Any 6th years who would like to discuss their options please see Ms O'Connor. You have up until July 1st at 17.15 to enter your changes and you can do so as many times as you like for free. Please don't leave this until the last minute and if you have any queries please discuss them with me. 

Thursday 21 April 2016

Construction Apprenticeships

Interested in Construction? The Construction Industry Federation have just launched a new website which allows you to create an online profile which potential employers offering apprenticeships can view your details and contact you. Check out their website here and register

Wednesday 20 April 2016

UCD Library Leaving Certificate Student Study Programme

What is it?

Access to study facilities of University College Dublin's James Joyce Library.

When is it?

Monday, May 23rd to Friday, June 24th, 2016

Specific hours

Leaving Cert students will be welcome to study in the James Joyce Library during the following times:
Monday and Friday 08.30 - 17.30
Tuesday - Thursday 08.30 - 20.00

What is the cost?

Access to the Library only is €30.00
Library access with Maths Support is €60.00

How do I apply?

You may book and pay online (link coming soon). Alternatively, you may apply at the James Joyce Library Admission Desk from May 23rd.

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Exam stress help

These flashcards might help or inspire you with getting some mindful space everyday to help with the approaching exams and the stress that comes with them - the proven results of mindfulness shows that it can reduce stress and improve concentration - good combo for the exam season! You could try this two minute meditation now.

Thursday 14 April 2016

DCU Biomedical Engineering Workshop

DCU are hosting a Biomedical Engineering Workshop for senior cycle students who study Higher Level Maths on Saturday 14th May - max of 5 places available per school. Anyone from 5th or 6th year interested please give their name to Ms. O'Connor by Friday 29th April.

Saturday 9 April 2016

Leaving Cert Oral Exams

Best of luck to all our 6th years taking their LC French and German Oral Exams starting Monday. Remember to stay calm, go over everything you have been preparing in advance and don't cram notes in on the day! Whilst waiting for the exam why not try taking as many deep breaths as you can, feeling your feet firmly planted on the ground and your focus on your breath - don't panic! See here for nice quick breathing and calming exercise
See here for tips on the French Oral and here for tips on the German oral

Friday 8 April 2016

Mind Your Selfie

Have a look at the great class selfies from earlier today. Thanks to Mr. O'Herlihy and all staff, teachers and students involved. Check out the resources on looking after your mental health here. Mind your selfies and each other and talk to someone if you need support for anything no matter how small! #mindyourselfie

Tuesday 5 April 2016

New CAO courses 2016

NUI Galway is offering a NEW Level 8 Bachelor of Corporate Law for 2016 entry that is not in the CAO handbook. CAO code GY250 - for info on course see here

DIT also have a new Level 7 BSc Opthalmic Dispensing - Dispensing optics is a registered profession and this course is a one-of-a-kind in Ireland. See here for details 

For ALL new courses please see the CAO Alert List for any colleges listing new courses for Septmeber 2016 entry - take note of anything you think might interest you for the change of mind opening on May 5th :-)

Monday 4 April 2016

ESB Apprenticeships - HGV Mechanics and Electrical

ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company, is seeking dynamic people to join the company to help deliver our 2025 corporate Strategy and beyond.
ESB Networks Ltd carries out the construction, maintenance and operation of the distribution and transmission electricity network in the country.  This includes sub stations and the overhead and underground infrastructure that bring electricity to Ireland’s 2.3 million domestic, commercial and industrial customers.  
In this mission ESB Network Technicians carry out diverse roles combining exceptional technical expertise and the ability to deliver results even in physically demanding outdoor environments.
ESB Networks Ltd also services and maintains a large fleet of light and heavy goods vehicles at various ESB locations throughout the country.
Candidates must be over 16 years of age on 1st June 2016. Training will commence in Autumn 2016. 

IADT study sessions - King Lear and Law from Business/Home Ec

On Wednesday, 13th April 2016 from 5pm IADT’s Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities will be having an open evening with public lectures/talks on Shakespeare’s King Lear and the law elements of the Leaving Certificate Business and Home Economics courses. It is open to 5th and 6th year class groups.  

Event details:
Location:         IADT Campus, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire. Room No. A025 (Atrium Building)
Date:               Wednesday, 13th April 2016
Time:               5pm – 7pm

The event is free but all are advised to book in advance, as there are limited places available. Please get in touch with Dr. Kevin Wallace to indicate your interest and the size of the group you wish to bring. His email address is  

The law component of the Leaving Certificate Business studies syllabus and Home Economics syllabus
Delivered by Fiona McLoughlin, Lecturer in Law
Understanding King Lear’s main characters
Delivered by Dr. Kevin Wallace, (Acting) Head of Department of Humanities and Arts Management and Lecturer in English

Naughton Scholarships - €5000 a year

The Naughton Scholarships are a scheme of scholarships to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland. Successful students will be awarded €5000 a year during their Undergraduate Course - €20,000 in total! 

Leaving Certificate students can apply for a scholarship if they intend on studying science, engineering or technology at third level that year. Closing date 8th May 2016.
All applications are reviewed in August each year and the winners of scholarships are notified in September.  
Full details on who is eligible to apply for a scholarship, the terms and conditions applicable to the scholarships and answers to frequent questions are contained here in the website.