Make sure to research what STEM course is right for you
Science, technology, engineering and maths have all grown in popularity in recent years, writes Aoife Walsh
Careers in science, technology (including computers and ICT), engineering and maths are often grouped together under the umbrella term STEM. The popularity of these courses has grown greatly over the last number of years and the number of courses available has increased with it.
Students can study in this area at level 6,7 and 8 and many courses offer students at level 6 and 7 the opportunity to progress to level 8.
There can be much overlap in these courses and students need to research each of them carefully before making a decision. The tables here cover hundreds of courses with a strong stem content and may be useful to assist students in their research.
They take into account recent updates in the CAO listings and, as a guide, are accompanied by the 2013 round-one points. The tables are not exhaustive and new courses are announced all the time. You can find information on any new courses that will be available for application 2014 on cao.ie.
Some courses may fit into more than one area and some, such as health care, have not been included. Many courses even in the art/humanities area also now may have a technology element so it is very important that students research all areas carefully.
Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin