Tuesday 31 January 2017

TY Programme - Engineering Your Future

Transition Year programme now open

Applications are now being accepted for Engineering Your Future - a week-long, hands-on programme designed to introduce TY students to the exciting and diverse world of engineering.
The programme, supported by STEPS at Engineers Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, will be hosted by a number of third-level institutes around the country in May 2017, including:
  • DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology)
  • UCD (University College Dublin)
  • IT Tallaght
  • IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Technology)
  • CIT (Cork Institute of Technology)
  • IT Carlow
  • WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology)
  • IT Sligo (*coming soon*)
Interested students must fill in an application form and, if accepted, agree to pay a small fee to take part. (Fees are waived for students attending DEIS schools.)
Applications will remain open until 10th March.

Thursday 26 January 2017

Live CAO Online Q&A UCC

Live CAO Online Q&A UCC

UCC will hold a live Online Q&A session for prospective undergraduate students tomorrow, Thursday 26 January, 3-5pm. Participation is easy - students can simply go to www.ucc.ie/caolive and type in their question. Registering to participate is not required so anonymity, if preferred, is guaranteed. A panel of staff from around campus will be on hand to answer all queries. We have been finding that this is a forum that this age group feel comfortable in, so we ask that you encourage your students to join in!

Campus Accommodation 2017/18
UCC anticipates that initial demand for UCC Campus Accommodation will again exceed supply for the academic year 2017/2018. As a result of this, and following extensive research and on-going discussion with our reservation system developers, Campus Accommodation will this year generate a lottery system using a Randomiser Algorithm. Some important points to note about reserving accommodation this year:

  • Applications will open on February 7th, 2017 and close on March 7th, 2017.
  • The link to the Application Portal will appear on the UCC Campus Accommodation website on February 7th 2017. 
  • Booking Deposits are not required to make an Application
  • Allocations per category i.e. First Year Students; International Students etc. are predetermined by Campus Accommodation UCC Ltd.
  • Applications received before the closing date and with a valid CAO number will be included in the random selection lottery.  
  • Rooms will be offered to successful applicants, by e-mail, in the first round of the lottery at the end of March 2017. 
  • Successful applicants are required to confirm within one week, i.e. pay the Booking Deposit of €250.  Once the initial room offers have been made; all remaining applicants are placed on a Waiting List.
  • As cancellations come in during the summer and are processed up to the beginning of the academic year, the lottery continues and rooms are offered to students on the Waiting List.
  • Accommodation for all eligible CAO students is determined by this lottery system and probabilities of receiving a room are the same, regardless of when the application is made between February 7th and March 7th. 
  • In the case of cancellations, €200 is refunded, from a deposit of €250.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

NUI Galway CAO Q&A Wed 25th 3-5pm

Live CAO Q&A Session
Wednesday 25th January 3-5pm
Do you want to know more about NUI Galway?
Are you searching for information about a particular course, wondering about accommodation options, have questions on fees or interested in what student support services are available to you, then we are here to help!
Our team of experts will be live online to answer all your questions from 3-5pm on Wednesday 25th January
To join the conversation simply log onto www.nuigalway.ie/askus
Visit our dedicated CAO website to get an insight into university life and studying at NUI Galway.

Tuesday 24 January 2017

UCD Ad Astra Scholarships

Please see the following information about the UCD Ad Astra Scholarships and upcoming deadlines. 

The Ad Astra Academy offers three different types of scholarships - Academic, Performing Arts and Sports. The academy encourages students with exceptional talents to develop their abilities to their full potential within these areas. We have recently launched our new website which features online applications; up-to-date news and information via our Facebook and Twitter feeds and FAQ for each section! Further information available here: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/ 

Ad Astra Academic Scholarships: 
A reminder that the Ad Astra Academic Scholarship now has an online application system. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must receive 6 H1's in the first sitting of the Leaving Cert and complete the online application. If you think you'll get 6 H1s please apply! This consists of a personal statement and a statement of achievement ‘beyond the classroom’.
Applications Opening Date: 1st February through the Ad Astra website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/academic
Closing Date: 25th August (TBC). However we would encourage applicants to apply before mid-July. No late applications accepted.
Selection: Panel will review and invite shortlisted applicants for interview at the end of August / start of September. Only those shortlisted will be contacted and students must be available on the interview date. Successful candidates will be notified before the start of term time. If a student meets the academic criteria but has not submitted an application they will not be eligible.

Ad Astra Sports (previous called Elite Sports) Scholarship: 
Application Closing Date: 31st January 2017 online via our website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/sports/applications . No late applications permitted.
Selection: Panel will review and invite shortlisted applicants for interview in March and April. Only those shortlisted will be contacted and students must be available on the interview date.
All applicants who are interviewed will be notified of their outcome in April. Some students may be put on a reserve list.
Some provision may be made for successful candidates who do not attain the required points for their chosen degree but who can show evidence of ability to undertake their chosen course. Further details are available on our website www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/sports/applications .

Performing Arts Scholarships: 
Performing Arts consists of drama, music and dance.
Application Closing Date: 31st January 2017 online via our website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/performingarts/applications. No late applications permitted.
Selection: Panel will review and invite shortlisted applicants for auditions and interviews in April and May. Only those shortlisted will be contacted and students must be available on the interview date.
All applicants who are interviewed will be notified of their outcome in June. Some provision may be made for successful candidates who do not attain the required points for their chosen degree but who can show evidence of ability to undertake their chosen course. Further details are available on our website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/performingarts/applications .
Scholarship Benefits:
Each new Ad Astra scholars will receive a bursary of €3,000 which they can choose how to spend; they are guaranteed on-campus accommodation (bursary can be used towards this); academic mentors; high performance gym for sports; rehearsal space for performing arts; team building events and more! For further information on each of the strands benefits, please visit www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy or email adastraacademy@ucd.ie.

PLC Open Days Wed 25/01/17

These PLC colleges have Open Days tomorrow Wednesday 25th January. Many of the courses available in these colleges link on to Level 6,7 and 8 courses on the CAO

Free Online Revision Courses

Free online schools subjects courses and topic revision at this website Alison

Monday 23 January 2017

Maynooth University Sport Scholarships - Soccer, GAA, Rugby and Golf

Maynooth University Sport Scholarships - Soccer, GAA, Rugby and Golf. Also opportunities for other sportspeople with a suitably high level of achievement. Apply online now.


CAO Information Evening – Electrical and Electronic

Dublin Institute of TechnologyCAO Information Evening – Electrical and Electronic

CAO INFORMATION EVENING – School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Dublin Institute of Technology
Kevin St
Dublin 8

6:00pm to 8:00pm

CAO applicants and their parents are invited to an Information Evening at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT, Kevin St., Dublin 8. The Information Evening will focus on the range of programmes on offer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Staff from the School will be on hand to provide details of the courses on offer, the career options, the entry requirements and to answer any questions. Mature, non-standard and advanced entry applicants are also welcome.

Further details on our programmes are available on:
For further information call (01) 402 4575/4617/4650 or seeeadmin@dit.ie

Saturday 21 January 2017

Irish College of Music Theatre have Level 6, 7 and 8 courses accredited by DIT and ACD. Please see their website for more details on their courses and auditions, which are coming up in February. Please note that these courses are not part of CAO and you must apply online through their website.

Friday 20 January 2017

DARE/HEAR Clinic tomorrow Sat 21st January

HEAR & DARE Application Advice Clinics

Date: Saturday January 21st 2017
Where: DIT, Aungier St, Courtyard Cafe
Time: 10am – 2pm

Drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm for information on the HEAR and DARE Schemes
  • Talk to DARE and HEAR advisors about your application
  • Information Videos will be shown hourly throughout the morning
  • Applicants, parents, guardians, teachers - all welcome
  • Download the Application Advice Clinic Promotional Poster

Thursday 19 January 2017

UCD Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning, Geography & Environment Open Day

UCD Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning, Geography & Environment Open Day is this Saturday 21st January from 12-2.30. Any 5th or 6th years who might be interested should attend. Please register here

Tuesday 17 January 2017

UCD Economics Info Eve TONIGHT

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.

DCU CAO information evening

DCU will be hosting a CAO Information Evening on the 18th of January 2017.
The event will take place between 6-8pm in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences on DCU Glasnevin Campus.

It is a perfect opportunity for prospective students to:

  • Speak to admission staff about the CAO Application Process
  • Meet students and staff from all Facilities (DCU Business School, Facility of Science and Health, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Computing and DCU Institute of Education)
  • Explore all student supports DCU has to offer (DARE, HEAR, Scholarships, etc.)
  • Catch a glimpse of student life and what the Student’s Union has to offer
  • Find out more about Finance and Personal Development
  • Attend a talk for mature students on supports and 3rd level finance

DCU Academic Staff and Support Staff will be about throughout the evening to help answer any of your questions about courses, studying and life in DCU.

Along with the opportunity to speak with DCU Staff at various stands, we will have three talks throughout the evening:
  • 6.00-7.30pm: Refreshments will be served and parents/student will get the chance to talk to DCU Students and Staff
  • 7.00-7.30pm: Talk for mature students on supports available and 3rd level finances
  • 7.30-8.00pm: Talk for students on student life, finance and personal development
  • 7.30-8.00pm: Talk for mature students on the CAO application process

If you cannot make the CAO Information Evening there is no need to worry! We will be holding a Live Q&A Session on Wednesday the 18th of January between 4-6pm online.

Monday 16 January 2017

CAO Checklist

Please see this link for a useful CAO checklist. If you haven't registered yet please register asap and put down your preferred Level 8 and Level 6/7 courses, remember you can change your mind later. It is good practice to put your choices down on your application, it will help you decide what you really want and it will lessen the stress about your choices. Please see Ms. O'Connor if you need help with your application. 

Saturday 14 January 2017


There is a new website with information on apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice. Please see here for the website 

Friday 13 January 2017

UCD Engineering Open Evening 2017

UCD Engineering Open Evening 2017

Event Date: 18 January 2017  06:00 PM  to 08:30 PM  
Course Area: Engineering
Location: On-campus:
UCD Belfield UCD Sutherland School of Law
Event Information: On Wednesday, 18th January 2017, UCD Engineering will welcome 5th and 6th year students, A-Level students, mature applicants, parents and teachers to an evening on Engineering at UCD.

The open evening will take place in the UCD Sutherland School of Law in UCD, where prospective students will have an opportunity to speak with lecturers, students and recent graduates and find out about studying Engineering courses at UCD and the many career paths for UCD Engineers.

Admission is free but pre-booking is essential. Use the booking form here to book your place.

CAO Deadlines

Please note the following important dates for CAO deadlines.
If you haven't registered please do so now here.
CAO logo
  • Friday 20th January - Discounted CAO registration fee deadline 5.15pm (€25)
  • Tuesday 31st January - online CAO change of course choices (free) deadline 5.15pm
  • Wednesday February 1st - normal CAO deadline(€40) - all restricted courses must be listed
  • Wednesday 1st March - closing date for final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms for CAO
  • Saturday 1st April - deadline for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive at CAO
  • Thursday 6th April 10am-12pm - 5th year UCD campus tour, returning to school for afternoon
  • Friday 5th May - Free change of mind facility opens 12pm
  • Saturday 1st July - FINAL CAO change of mind deadline 5.15pm

UCD CAO advice

Please see here for UCD's dedicated CAO website for 2017 applicants.

Thursday 12 January 2017

Colleges of Further Education Open Days

The following Colleges of Further Education are hosting Open Days for their Level 5 and 6 courses, many of which have links on to Level 6, 7 and 8 courses in the ITs and Universities. Please see HERE for links to these courses.