Time to take a last look at the CAO site and make any changes to course choices
Going to college
Now the exams are almost over, there are still a number of career-related events that Leaving Cert students may wish to keep in mind.
Change of Mind
The CAO change-of-mind facility does not close until July 1. So, applicants should have one final look over their preference lists for Level 8 and Level 6 and 7, if they have not already done so. Course choices can be removed, added or the order rearranged.
Applicants should also consider taking a final look at the alert lists on the CAO website where they can see all new courses or courses that have been cancelled. Restricted-entry courses may not be added at this stage.
HPAT result are due to be released soon. When students receive these results they may wish to make some changes to their CAO. It is important to discuss any changes with someone they trust, in order to avoid impulsive decisions.
HEAR and DARE
In late June, applicants will receive news on whether they fit the eligibility criteria for these reduced-points entry schemes. Students may request a recheck of the decision if they so wish.
The recheck process takes place in July and the HEAR and DARE scheme will confirm the closing date for a recheck shortly. Students often ask what the points waiver will be. This depends on the particular college and course for which they have applied and the demand for the course among applicants on the same scheme
Most further-education colleges will continue to take applications during the summer. Many courses will be filled at this point and waiting list established but there are many places still available. However, colleges are unlikely to interview applicants until after the Leaving Certificate result in August. Further education colleges have many opportunities for students who wish to go on to universities and institutes of technology as well as those who wish to complete a short course before entry to the workplace.
Those not taking Irish
There are many students around the country who are exempt from the requirement to take Irish as a Leaving Cert subject.
These students will also be exempt from the requirement to present Irish as a subject for matriculation to universities, however, they must inform the institution of their exemption.
This must be done as soon as possible. Forms can be downloaded from nui.ie and returned to the NUI offices in Merrion Square, Dublin. Applicants to other universities should contact the admissions office.
SUSI will be accepting applications for the student grant until August 1. However, students should apply as early as possible to ensure that their application is processed by the time they start college.
UCAS closes for late applications on June 30
IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK:
Enrolment, Ballsbridge College of FE
Open Evening, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Part-Time Open Evening, National College of Ireland
Open Day, Griffith College Dublin
Open Day, Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences
Come and See DCU – Open Day for CAO Applicants, Dublin City University
Reply to Offers by this date for Decisions Received by June 5, UCAS
Summer Open Day 2014, NUI Maynooth
Summer Open Day 2014, Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin