Cnoc Mhuire
Subject Choice 2012
Ms Eimear Flanagan
Further Study
Options
FETAC Courses
Traditional
Leaving
Certificate
Junior
Certificate
Transition
Year
With or
without
Leaving
Certificate
Vocational
Programme
(LCVP)
Institutes of
Technology
Higher Certs.
Ord. Degrees
Hons.Degrees
University
Honours
Degrees
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Irish
English
Maths
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3 Core Subjects
4 Options
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS 2012
BUSINESS
APPLIED SCIENCES
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Business
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Home Economics
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Accountancy
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Construction Studies
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Design and
Communication Graphics
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
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Biology
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Physics
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History
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Chemistry
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Geography
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Ag Science
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Music
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Art
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Home Economics
LANGUAGES
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French
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Spanish
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Websites.
www.ncca.ie
www.careersportal.ie
www.qualifax.ie
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Teachers.
Why is this important?
 Access to courses
and Colleges.
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To maximise
potential
To prevent
boredom!
Keep in mind the
following:
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Entry
Requirements.
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Course
Requirements.
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Points
Requirements.
Institution
Minimum grades
NUI Colleges: UCD, NUIM, 2HC3 + 4OD3
NUIG, UCC. (RCSI,
Shannon,NCAD)
Required subjects
OD3 in English, Irish &
Language.
Trinity College Dublin
3HC3 + 3OD3
OD3 in Maths, English
& another Language
Dublin City University
2HC3 + 4OD3
OD3 in Maths, English
or Irish
University of Limerick
2HC3 + 4OD3
OD3 in Maths, English
& Irish or another Lang.
Institutes of Technology
2HC3 + 4OD3
OD3 in Maths, English
or Irish
(H.Degree)
5OD3 (O.Degree. or
Higher Cert)
◦ Cavan Institute
………….and other FETAC Colleges around the
country.
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Entry Requirements
◦ 5 OD3 in Leaving Certificate.
Progression routes to IT’s and Universities.
◦ Note some courses have subject requirements
e.g. Biology necessary for Beauty Therapy.
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In UCD a European language is not
required for Engineering, Science or
Agricultural Science.
In NCAD (National College of Art &
Design)
Art counts as the third language. It is
regarded as a visual language.
In addition to the Minimum Entry
Requirements, additional subjects and grades
may be required to gain entry to specific
courses.
For Example:
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Engineering Degree Courses: HC3 Maths
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Veterinary Medicine: HC3 Chemistry
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Primary Teaching: HC3 Irish
Mathematics
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Business Studies (DCU)
– OC3/HD3
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Optometry (DIT) - OB3
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Business (TCD) – OC/HD
Check booklet on Subject
Requirements.
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Science
Many courses require any one
science subject
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Some courses require 2 science
subjects.
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Nursing – OD3 in a Lab.
Science.
Chemistry Requirements
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Pharmacy, Human Nutrition,
Veterinary Medicine, Medicine
& Dentistry (UCC) – HC3
You can study Business in College without
having it as a Leaving Certificate Subject.
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You can study Art in College without
having Leaving Cert Art. However you do
need a Portfolio.
Students should consider useful
subjects for future careers.
The majority of courses do not have
subject requirements.
The points system is used to select students
for a course at college. Students must meet
the College Requirements and subject Entry
Requirements first.
• Points are awarded for each Grade achieved
in the Leaving Certificate.
• A student’s points total is calculated from
his/her six best subjects.
• Maximum points is 600.
www.qualifax has updated details on
requirements for each course.
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What should I do now?
Research the course content and exam structure of subjects
• Discuss options with parents/guardians.
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Find out if the careers that I am interested in, have
particular subject requirements.
• Talk to subject teachers.
• Keep in mind future career plans, but not essential at this
stage! Career theorists estimate age 18-19 years is the
best age for career choice.!
• If unsure, keep options open. Choose a balanced range of
subjects.ie a language,a science subject and 2 others.
Complete an interest test on Careers Portal or
Qualifax.
If I have no interest in Science I will never be a
Scientist.!!!!!
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Ability
Aptitude: Take time to analyse DATS
feedback handout
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Interest
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Personality
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Have I selected subjects that I like and enjoy?
Have I chosen subjects that I have an aptitude
for?
Have I considered potential career options?
Is this my decision and not my friends?
Am I happy to study these subjects for 5 class
periods for the next two years?
Have I selected a balance of learning,
reasoning and practical subjects that suit my
personality, interests, abilities and aptitudes.?
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First round of subject options are completed.
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Now 4 lines of options will be formed.
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This is set up to maximise student
satisfaction.
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A very small number of students will not get
their first 4 choices.
These Students will be offered their fifth
choice.
If in need of Guidance, then……….
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Individual Appointments are offered to all
students with the Guidance Counsellor as
required.
Make appoint via email see Support section on
school website
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To discuss Course Choice.
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To discuss Subject Options.
Thank You.
Good Luck.!
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