Applicants should check for courses that did not appear in CAO handbook
Going to college
There are many new courses available to CAO applicants which did not appear in the original version of the CAO handbook 2015.
Many colleges offer new courses each year, however they are not always approved in time for the publication of the CAO handbook.
They are however available for application and although applicants may not have spotted them by the February deadline, applications may still be submitted in the change of mind process.
Applicants can submit changes to their original CAO applications between now and July 1.
There are currently over 30 courses available for application in 2015 which were not entered in the CAO handbook. Here is a brief introduction to just a few of them.
DC119 Global Business (Canada) Level 8
For the past number of years DCU's global business degrees have risen in popularity. These unique degrees offer students the opportunity to study business with particular attention to international business.
This four-year, Level 8 degree allows students to spend two years studying at DCU and two years at a partner university in their chosen country.
The programme also allows students to earn a degree from both institutions.
This year DCU has added the options of studying in Canada to their list of partner countries which already include, Spain, France, Germany and the USA.
DT219 Ophthalmic Dispensing Level 7
In addition to its well-established Level 8 Degree in optometry, this year DIT is offering a Level 7 Degree in ophthalmic dispensing.
Dispensing opticians advise clients on the best frames and lenses for their prescription. Each year of this programme is split into two semesters. The first two years are delivered in the laboratories and classrooms at the DIT campus, Kevin Street, Dublin, and the third year is a structured work placement.
The current programme is the only one in Ireland and provides the training and education required by dispensing opticians for registration with The Opticians Board. Graduates may also practice in Australia and DIT intends to seek approval for graduates to work in the UK.
WD194 Culinary Arts Level 8
There are a number of culinary arts course available around the country however there are few at Level 8.
This year, Waterford IT will introduce one such course and it will be the first in the south east or Munster.
Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community Schoool, Co Dublin