Private colleges offer a range of courses for school-leavers
There are some well-known private colleges with a strong tradition of offering courses at both honours degree and ordinary degree/higher certificate level.
While these colleges list some courses on the CAO, they also invite direct application for others, so it is worth checking them out.
Students are often attracted by the fact that the colleges are smaller than universities and institutes of technology There are about 100 direct entry courses, in both private colleges and universities, listed on the careersportal.ie website. Students can also use the courses search function on the Qualifax.ie website, selecting 'direct entry course' to limit the search to find these courses.
If these colleges still have vacancies on courses listed on the CAO, they will be published on the 'available places' list at cao.ie from 12 noon tomorrow.
If students are interested in pursuing study at a private college they should contact the college. Fees are in the region of €5,000, but tax relief at 20pc is available. Given that the student contribution fee will be €3,000 this year, the private education sector is becoming a more realistic option for many families, particularly if the alternative involves the costs associated with leaving home
Well-known colleges include Dublin Business School (DBS), Griffith College, Independent Colleges, IBAT, Portobello Institute, to name a few.
DBS, the largest private college, located in Dublin 2, specialises in business, law, psychology, computers and media.
Griffith College is long established and is a well-recognised private college with campus in Dublin (South Circular Road), Cork and Limerick, specialising in law, arts, media and business. They are one of the only private colleges which have student accommodation.
Dorset College offers courses at all levels in areas including business and computers. It recently announced a collaboration with Letterkenny IT for a BSc in Early Childhood Care Health and Education.
IBAT has campuses in Dublin city centre and Swords, mainly offering business and computer-related courses, but this year they are adding a degree in sports management and development.