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March 2014. Options’ Week 2014. A Curriculum Content Outline for each subject is available @ www. ricecollege.ie under Links (Career Guidance Website) Or www.careersportal.ie. Agenda. Examine importance of choosing the right subjects: Understanding DATS

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March 2014

March 2014

Options’ Week 2014

A Curriculum Content Outline for each subject is available

@ www.ricecollege.ie under Links (Career Guidance Website)

Or www.careersportal.ie

Breda Whelan Guidance Counsellor 2014


Agenda

Agenda

  • Examine importance of choosing the right subjects:

  • Understanding DATS

  • Understanding College System

  • How to choose subjects

  • All students sat Aptitude Tests

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Dats differential appitude test

DATS (differential Appitude Test

  • Snapshot

  • Percentile

  • Links with some subjects

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Help with choosing subject choice

Help with choosing Subject Choice

  • Classes with Guidance Counsellor

  • Subject teacher spoke to students in their class about their subject

  • Presentation of subjects by Head of each Subject Department

  • All students sat their DATS

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Consider the following factors when choosing your subjects

Consider the following factors when choosing your subjects:

  • ABILITY - choose subjects in which you are likely to get good grades.

  • APTITUDES - The Differential Aptitude Tests consist of eight different tests. The results show where your greatest strengths lie. You will cope well with subjects for which you have an aptitude.

  • INTEREST - Choose subjects that you are genuinely interested in as you are much more likely to study those subjects and do well in them.

  • CAREER - In addition to the core subjects (Irish, English, Maths) there are other subjects that are essential for some courses and careers.

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National framework of qualification

National Framework of Qualification

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3 hurdles to entry to college

3 Hurdles to Entry to College

  • Matriculation/entry to College Requirements

  • Course/Faculty Course Requirements

    Points

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Matriculation requirements

Matriculation Requirements

The Matriculation Requirement is the minimum academic qualification for entry that a Third Level College demands from a student.

So, what subjects do I need to be doing for my Leaving Cert before I can apply to X college?

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Colleges that require a minimum d3 at ordinary level

Colleges that Require a Minimum D3 at Ordinary Level

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All matriculation subjects covered

All Matriculation Subjects Covered:

  • Irish

  • English

  • Maths

  • Language(option)

  • NB colleges will require you to generally have 2HC +4OD for level 8 courses

  • 5OD for level 6+7 courses

  • Teaching Colleges and Trinity require 3HC+3OD

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Course requirements subject requirements

Course Requirements/Subject Requirements

  • Particular courses may require grades at certain levels, in particular subjects

    Some examples are:

  • Primary Teaching requires HC3 in Irish

  • Medicine in UCC requires HC in chemistry + HC in Physics or Biology

  • Business in UL requires C3 in Ordinary level maths

  • Engineering courses (Level 8) need maths HC3 and science subject

  • www.qualifax.ie/students/uselfultools

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Points

Points

  • Points are allocated for the six best grades

  • Grades must be achieved in one sitting of the Leaving Certificate

  • Entry to a course will be granted to those who have highest points

  • Colleges do not set the points

  • The points reflect: the results of the student and the number of places available in the college in that year

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Leaving Cert PointsHons Maths bonus 25 pointsLCVP Distinction 70 points, Merit 50pts ,Pass 30 points

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Qualifax

Qualifax

  • All students shown how to use Qualifax Minimum Subject Module

  • Instuctions are on page given

  • Please ensure your son/daughter has used this search engine before they make their final subject choice

  • E.G courses that specifically need Biology are:

  • Genetics in UCC and Human and Health disease inTCD

  • But 215 courses require science subject!

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Search requirements

Search Requirements:

  • There is a total of 217 courses that match your search requirements.

  • Please select one of the options below to view your results.

    Show me the courses that:

  • Definitely requires: Subject Chemistry.- Total of 7 courses

  • May require: Subject Chemistry. - Total of 210 courses

  • Does not require Subject Chemistry. - Total of 1194 courses

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Subject choice 5 th yr

Subject Choice – 5th Yr

  • You will take 7 subjects unless you have an exemption from one

  • You will choose 4 subjects as well as English, Irish and Maths (compulsory )

  • Applied Maths and LCVP can be taken as an eighth subject

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14 options to choose from

14 Options to choose from:

History BUSINESS divided into 3

Geography Accounting

Art Business

Music Economics

French Science divided into 3

German Biology

Construction Chemistry

DCG( Tech Graph) Physics

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Science subjects foreign languages

Science Subjects & Foreign Languages

A decision to drop all science subjects or foreign languages will have significant implications on the range of courses/careers open to you later on.

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WHY?

  • If you are considering Medical, Paramedical, Nursing, Science or Engineering courses you should select a laboratory science subject or two for some courses

Physics

Biology

Chemistry

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Do i need a foreign language

Do I need a foreign language?

  • UCC, NUI Galway,UCD, NUI Maynooth,Trinity and the Royal College of Surgeons require a pass (OD3)in a third language for most of their courses.

  • Entry to the Cadetships in the Defence Forces requires a third Language.

  • NCAD require a third language or Art

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E xception

Exception

  • Third Language dropped for all science engineering and nursing courses in NUI colleges.

  • But Not Health Sciences

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The importance of maths

The importance of Maths?

  • A pass in ordinary level maths is essential for entry to the majority of courses. For students who study foundation level maths, there is a growing number of colleges and courses that offer places to students who secure a minimum of a grade A or B in maths at this level.

  • Whatever you do over the next two years, don’t neglect your studies in this subject.

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Leaving certificate vocational programme

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

  • European Language/Vocational Language Module

  • Correct combination subject

  • Three Link Modules

  • Enterprise Education

  • Preparation for work

  • Work Wxperience

  • Written exam 40%

  • Portfolio 60%

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LCVP

  • LCVP

  • Distinction 70 points

  • Merit 50 points

  • Pass 30 points

  • study 2008 82% students used lcvp points

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8 th subject

8th Subject?

  • School

  • LCVP

  • Applied Maths (50% in school,50% outside)

  • Factor in time to and from Class

  • Extra work

  • Effect on other 7 subjects

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Careersportal reach programme a must 2 3year programme

Careersportal Reach Programme a must!! 2/3year programme

  • careersportal.ie

  • Cao.ie

  • Qualifax.ie

  • Ncca.ie

  • Gotocollege.ie

  • Scoilnet.ie

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Making a wise choice

Making a Wise Choice

  • What subject am I most interested in?

  • What subject am I likely to be best at?

  • What subjects will I need?

  • Balanced choice of subjects

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for Third Level courses vary from course to course so you must refer to the relevant literature or information given on the website.www.qualifax.iewww.cao.ie for a full list of points

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Important points

Important Points

Remember that the Leaving Certificate requires a great amount of hard work over two years. It is easier to work hard if you have chosen, in so far as possible, subjects you like.

It is easier to be motivated if you have a sense of purpose, a clear (SMART) goal in your sight, a particular career area, etc.

A good level of education can only improve a students chances. Everyone has ability, but they must use it fully.

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Note the following

Note the following

  • Numbers for particular classes may be limited

  • In so far as possible students will be given their subject choice

  • It is very important when choosing the subjects to put them in preference order.

  • You must choose four choice subjects.

  • NB In Rice ask each year group what subjects they want and try our best to accommodate each student.

  • Our interest to have a happy student ,parent +teacher!!!!

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An finally

An finally…

Do not give up subjects you love!

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The Leaving Cert

is like a cake:

Bake it in 5th Year,

Ice it in 6th Year!

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March 2014

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Questions

A Curriculum Content Outline for each subject is available

www.ricecollege.ie under Links (Career Guidance Website)

Or by www.careersportal.ie

Breda Whelan Guidance Counsellor 2014


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