THE GOING TO COLLEGE PODCAST EP 1: Preparing for Leaving Cert Results Time
In the first of a four part podcast series, Going to College, the Irish Independent's John Walshe has advice for students and parents as they deal with the Leaving Cert results.
Joining John to give their advice and insights on how best to prepare at this time is guidance counsellor, Betty McLaughlin, Kevin Keane, TCD Students Union President, and Padraig Walsh, CEO of Quality & Qualifications Ireland.
"Students still going into the school in the morning to collect their results," explains McLaughlin. "It's good for camaraderie and social support, though there is also the option of getting your results online from 12pm."
"I went into school and collected the envelope," Kevin Keane remembers. "It’s nice to be back in that community where you’ve grown up and to collect your results with your friends."
2017 is also the year of the new results points system with eight different grades replacing the previous fourteen with new grades of H1-H8 for Higher Level and 01-02 for Ordinary Level and it 'will help people make more informed decisions' says QQI CEO, Padraig Walsh.
"It took a long time to develop this system and took quite a few iterations to develop. The real intent was to eliminate the tight bands and to allow for broader entry to the system and give more scope to the marking," he explains.
Whilst 85% of students apply to go to college it must be remembered there are also other options available such as apprenticeships which are seeing an increased take-up and gender balance in recent years.
And while you're waiting the five days between your results and a CAO offer, don't forget that you've done the hard work and should just try and distract yourself and not worry too much about what lies ahead.
The four-part Going to College education podcast series is in association with QQI – promoting quality and accountability in Irish education and training. Subscribe to the series on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or via the RSS Feed.