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Senior Cycle Options in Confey College Geraldine Clarke Guidance Counsellor March 2014. Senior Cycle Options. Traditional Leaving Certificate LCVP Transition Year Leaving Certificate Applied. How do I choose?. You choose the senior cycle option which is best for you by considering age
You choose the senior cycle option
which is best for you by considering
You need to consider
Available at Higher and Ordinary
- Home Economics
- Construction Studies
- Design & Communication Graphics
Applied Maths sometimes available
Each student has 3 core subjects,
i.e. Irish, English and Maths.
You then choose 4 other subjects
Consider – What do I need for
Each College requires certain subjects before a student can be admitted. These are called Matriculation or Minimum Requirements
UCD; UCC; NUI Galway;
NUI Maynooth; St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth; NCAD; RCSI; St Angela’s, Sligo;
Shannon College of Hotel Management; Milltown Institute; Institute of Public Administration.
NUI Colleges require:
* For entry to Science & Engineering Courses in Maynooth a 3rd language is not required and another recognised subject can be substituted.
A 3rd language is not required for entry to Engineering or Agricultural Science Degrees in UCD. Another recognised subject may be substituted.
Students entering Nursing may substitute any other recognised for the 3rd. Language
Students entering the NCAD may present Art in place of the 3rd. Language.
(Irish, french, German or other)
DCU and UL require:
DIT and other IT requirements:
Many courses, especially at Level 8 will require you to have a particular subject and sometimes even to Honours level. These must be checked with the college brochure or on qualifax.
Engineering – you will require Honours Maths and often a Science subject also
Medicine and other Paramedical courses – one or two science subjects (Chemistry very important as may reduce length of college course.)
Nursing – must have a science subject – not necessarily Biology
Primary Teaching – Must have Honours Irish to get straight into Teacher Training
Languages – for all NUI Colleges you must have a modern language (except for a small number of courses). For all courses that includes the study of a language.
Business & Accounting – not essential for any course but would make college life easier if you intend to choose this type of career/course
If you are not sure at all, or have only a vague idea of what you would like to do after you leave school then –
N.B. - Points restrict entry to many courses more than subjects do.
Remember that there are many ways to reach the career of your choice.
If you do not get the points you would need to do a Level 8 course, then you could start at Level 6 and work your way up.
This is true for many careers and courses, but not all.
Post Leaving Cert Courses (PLC) are available in many colleges in Dublin and around the country. There are courses in almost everything you could wish for. They lead to a FETAC qualification
Entry to these courses is based on an application to the college and an interview. Not on Points!
They can be used to improve your prospects of entry to 3rd. Level Colleges, or to gain a qualification.
Courses are from 1 – 4 years, with qualification from Level 5 to 8.
Good luck with your decisions!