Senior Cycle Options
in Confey College
March 2015
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Senior Cycle Options
• Traditional Leaving Certificate
( includes Leaving Certificate
Vocational Programme LCVP)
• Transition Year
• Leaving Certificate Applied
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How do I choose?
You choose the senior cycle option
which is best for you by considering
• Your age
• Your intentions for after school
• Your aptitudes and interests
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Subject Choices for the
Traditional Leaving Certificate
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How do I choose my subjects?
You need to consider
• Your strengths
• Your interests
• Your skills or aptitudes
• Your plans for the future, i.e. do I
plan to go to college, what would I
like to do?
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when choosing subjects:
• Students should research what the
study of each subject entails on
websites such as
www.careersportal.ie and
www.education.ie
• Students should research entry
requirements for 3rd level courses
on the website www.qualifax.ie
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How can we help?
• Presentations to students over last
few weeks
• Presentation to parents
• Individual teachers can advise on
their subject
• The Guidance Counsellor can
advise about course requirements
• Email queries to
[email protected]
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Subjects Available in Confey
College
Core Subjects:
• Irish
-Higher, Ordinary and
Alternative Level
• English -Higher and Ordinary Level
• Maths -Higher, Ordinary and
Alternative Level
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Option Subjects
Available at Higher and Ordinary
Level only and according to demand
expressed by students
• Languages -French and German
• Sciences
-Biology
-Chemistry
-Physics
- Agricultural Science
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Option Subjects 2
• Business - Business
- Accounting
- Economics
• Social Studies
- History
- Geography
- Religion
• Artistic & Creative -Art
-Music
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Subject Options 3
• Applied Sciences
- Home Economics
- Engineering
- Construction Studies
- Design & Communication
Graphics
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How many subjects do I
choose?
Each student has 3 core subjects,
i.e. Irish, English and Maths.
You then choose 4 other subjects
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Choosing a language
• Choosing French or German builds
on the knowledge acquired for the
Junior certificate
• Would suit students with an interest
in French/German culture and who
have an aptitude for the language
• Important choice as many 3rd level
courses have a language
requirement
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Choosing a language
• French/German would be of benefit
to many careers including teaching,
translation, interpreting, journalism
media, engineering, finance,
tourism, hospitality, food and wine,
sales and marketing
• There are a total of 13 courses that
require French and 7 courses that
require German as part of their
entry requirements
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Choosing Business
• Business provides students with a
learning experience for a wide
range of careers in business,
marketing, law enterprise and
management
• Would suit students who have an
organised mind and who like to
answer questions in bullet points not
in long essay format
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Choosing Business
• Students don’t have to have studied
business at Junior certificate level
• Business is not an essential subject
for any courses in the CAO system
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Choosing Economics
• Economics provides students with a
learning foundation for a wide range
of careers in business, economics,
finance, enterprise and
management
• Ideally students should have a
general interest in how the economy
works and be interested in current
affairs
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Choosing Economics
• Economics is not an essential
requirement for any courses in the
CAO system
• The study of Economics is
concerned with the workings of a
modern economy at both macro and
micro level
• It suits students who are willing to
work hard and caters for all abilities
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Choosing Accounting,
• Accounting develops students
numeracy skills within the context of
business and enterprise
• Strongly recommended when
Accountancy is the career path you
want to follow although not required
for any course at third level
• Students needs to be comfortable
with numbers but do not need to be
higher level maths students
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Choosing History
• History suits students who enjoy
history and who are willing to
commit a lot of time to study and
research
• Students who have strong English
language skills
• It is not required for any CAO
courses
• Useful for careers in education, law,
media, politics, research etc.
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Choosing Geography
• Suits students considering further
study in areas such as geography,
economics, environmental science
• Not an essential requirement for
any course in the CAO system
• TCD accepts Geography as a
science subject into science and
pharmacy
• UCD acceots Geography as a
scinece subject into science
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Choosing Religion
• The study of Religion explores
issues such as meaning and value,
the nature of morality the
development of diversity and belief,
the principles of a just society and
the implications of scientific
progress
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Choosing Religion
• Students personal faith commitment
and /or affiliation to a particular
religious grouping will not be
assessed
• Possible future careers: Arts, Law,
Journalism, Education, Social Work
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Choosing Art
• Suits students who have shown an
aptitude for art
• Suits students who are considering
a career in a creative disciplines
such as Architecture, Marketing,
Film and Entertainment, Web
Design, Fashion, Game Design or
Advertising
• For most 3rd level Art and Design
courses, a portfolio is required as 24
well as Leaving Cert art
Choosing Music
• Music involves three core areasperforming, composing and listening
• Suits students considering a career
in a creative discipline such as
singing , playing in a band, music
production and performance
technology and management
• Most music courses require an
interview and an audition along with
Leaving cert results
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Choosing Home Economics
• Suits students who enjoy practical
work such making things, doing
things and knowing how things work
• Much of the course is theory based
and includes in-depth study of
Nutrition, Resource Management
Consumer studies and aspects of
sociology
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Choosing Home Economics
• Suits students interested in careers
in food, textiles, science, design,
social studies and tourism
• Not essential requirement for any
course in the CAO system but
useful if seeking entry to study
Home Economics at third level
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Choosing Biology
• Suits students who had a good
understanding and interest in junior
cert science at higher level
• Suits students who have excellent
memories and attention to detail
• Many CAO courses require at least
one science subject
• Choosing biology will be a huge
benefit when studying Medicine,
Nursing and related courses
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Choosing Chemistry
• Suits students who have done well
in Mathematics and Science at
junior cert level
• Chemistry is an essential element in
the study of careers including
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary
Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing,
Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory
Technology
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Choosing Chemistry
• Chemistry is an essential
requirement for study of Dentistry,
Medicine, Pharmacy (UCC),
Pharmacy (TCD),
Human Nutrition & Dietetics (DIT),
Public Health Nutrition (DIT),
Veterinary Medicine (UCD)
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Choosing Physics
• Suits students who have an interest
in science at junior cert level and
those who enjoy learning about how
things work
• Students who are interested in the
following careers would be advised
to study physics: electrician,
optician, doctor, dentist, engineer,
computer technician and
programmer
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Choosing physics
• Physics is a requirement for entry
into a number of CAO courses
including Theoretical Physics in
TCD and UCD
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Choosing Agricultural Science
• The study of the science and
technology underlying the principles
and practices of agriculture
• Suits students interested in ecology,
plant and animal physiology, farm
crops, farming practices, genetics
and microbiology
• Useful for careers in Chemical,
Biomedical Sciences,
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Choosing Agrcultural Science
• Useful for careers in Animal and
Veterinary Science, Earth Science
and Environment, Mechanical
Engineering & Manufacturing and
Medical Devices
• Not essential requirement for any
courses in CAO system
• Meets science subject entry
requirement for many courses
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Choosing Engineering
• Suits students who have an aptitude
and interest for design and practical
work and an interest in the study of
mechanical engineering
• Suits students who have an interest
in careers in Mechanical
Engineering and Manufacturing,
Space Science and Technology,
Computers and Software.
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Choosing Engineering
• Suits students interested in careers
in Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, Art, Craft and Design,
Building, Construction & Property
• Engineering is not an essential
requirement for any course in the
CAO system
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Choosing Construction
• Suits students with an interest in
buildings and the built environment
• Students should have an aptitude
and interest for design and practical
work
• Suits students interested in
Building, Construction & Property
• Not an essential subject for any
courses in the CAO system
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Choosing Design &
Communication Graphics
• Suits students who have an interest
in the practical aspects of
engineering and construction and
who have taken Tech Graphics to
Junior Cert level
• Suits students who have an interest
in careers in Building, Construction
& Property, Computers & Software,
Art, Craft & Design
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Choosing Design,
Communication & Graphics
• Suits students interested in careers
in Mechanical Engineering &
Manufacturing and Medical Devices
• DCG is not an essential requirement
for any courses in the CAO system.
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Entry requirements 3rd level
• Remember choose 4 subjects that
you are genuinely interested in,
have an aptitude for and subjects
that fulfill entry requirements for
third level courses that you may
wish to pursue after Leaving
Certificate
• Check entry requirements for all
third level courses on
www.qualifax.ie
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Minimum Requirements
NUI Colleges require:
• Irish, English and a third language*
• 3 other subjects
• At least 2 HC3’s
• Maths for all courses except Arts, Law and
Social Science
• Science, except for Arts, Law, Social
Science and Commerce
* For entry to a small number of Engineering Courses in
Maynooth a 3rd language is not required and another
recognised subject can be substituted.
A 3rd language will not be 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 subject for the 3rd. Language
Students entering the NCAD my present Art in place of the
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3rd. Language.
Minimum Requirements cont.
TCD requires:
• English, Maths and another language
(Irish, French, German or other)
• 3 other subjects
• At least 3HC3’s
DCU requires
• Maths and English or Irish
• 4 other subjects
• At least 2HC3’s
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Minimum requirements cont.
DIT and other IT requirements:
• English or Irish and Maths
• 4 other subjects – for Level 8
courses
• 3 other subjects – for Level 7
courses
• At least 2 HC3’s – for Level 8
courses
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Course or Essential
Requirements
Many college courses and faculties have
requirements in addition to the minimum
requirements outlined. These must be
checked with the college brochures or
websites
Examples:
- Medicine may require
honours Chemistry
- Level 8 Engineering may
require honours Maths
- Art and Design courses
require a portfolio of
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College Courses
• All college courses are listed as Level 6,
7 or 8 for students with Leaving
Cert.which is Level 5.
• Level 6 courses are usually 2 years and
the Qualification gained is a Higher
Certificate.
• Level 7 courses are usually 3 years and
are called Ordinary Degrees
• Level 8 courses are 3/4 or more years
and are called Honours Degrees.
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Colleges in Ireland
Type of
College
Name of
College
University Maynooth
(NUIM).
Pontifical
University,
Maynooth.
Trinity College
(TCD).
Galway
(NUIG).
Cork (UCC).
Dublin (UCD).
Limerick (UL).
Dublin City
University
(DCU).
Length of
Course
Level
Entry
of Qual Requirements
Minimum
3 years
Level 8
4 or more
for many
courses
4 or
more
honours
in LC
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Colleges in Ireland continued
Type of
College
Name of College Length of
Course
Institutes of Dublin (DIT)
2 years
Technology Blanchardstown
, Tallaght,
Carlow, Athlone,
Dundalk,
3 Years
Galway/Mayo,
Cork, Waterford,
Letterkenny,
Limerick, Tralee,
Sligo
3/4 +
years
Level
of
Qual
Entry
Requirements
Level
6
2 +
Honours
Level
7
2-3 +
Honours
Level
8
4+
Honours
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Colleges in Ireland continued
Type of
college
Name of College
Length
of
Course
Level of
Qual
Entry
requirements
Miscellaneous
State
Funded
Colleges
--National College of
Ireland(NCI)
-Tipperary Rural
Business Development
College(TRBDI)
-National College of Art
and Design (NCAD)
-Dun Laoghaire
Institute of Art, Design
and
Technology(DLIADT)
-Royal College of
Surgeons (RCSI)
-Shannon College of
Hotel Management
-Carlow College
-Milltown Institute
2 years
Level 6
2 + Hons
3Years
Level 7
3/4 +
Hons
3/4 Years
+
Level 8
4 + Hons
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Colleges in Ireland continued
Type of
college
Name of College
Length
of
Course
Primary
Teaching
St. Patrick’s,
3/4 Years
Drumcondra
Coláiste Mhuire,
Marino
Froebel NUIM
Church of
Ireland College,
Rathmines
Mary Immaculate
College,
Limerick
Level of
Qual
Entry
requirements
Level 7
or 8
4+
Honours
Home
St. Angela’s,
Economics Sligo
4 Years
Level 8
4+
Honours
Teacher of
Religion
4 Years
Level 8
3/4 +
Honours
3 years
Level 8
Mater Dei,
Drumcondra
St Patricks
Pontifical
College
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Colleges in Ireland continued
Type of
college
Name of
College
Length of
Course
Private
Colleges
-American 1 – 4
College
Years
-Dublin
Business
School
-Griffith
College
-Portobello
College
Level of
Qual
Entry
requirements
Level 6
Level 7/8
Level 8
Pass
Leaving
Cert +
N.B. Large Tuition Fees are payable at Private
Colleges – Ranging from €4,000 upwards per
annum.
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To Keep Your Options Open
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 –
• Take at least one science subject
• Keep your modern language
• Take 2 other subjects that you are good
at, or that you enjoy and will do well at.
N.B. - Points restrict entry to many
courses more than subjects do.
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Essential Subjects
Many courses, especially at Level 8
will require you to have a particular
subject and sometimes even to
Honours level. For example:
Engineering – you may require
Honours Maths and often a Science
subject also
Medicine and other Paramedical
courses – one or two science
subjects (Chemistry very important)52
Essential Subjects cont.
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
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Alternative routes
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.
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Post Leaving Cert Courses
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.
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.
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Finally
• Most Employers want a good
graduate,but not of a particular type
• Keep your options open as long as
possible – keep your science and
language if possible
• Students should work as hard as they
can now to get the best grades in their
Junior Cert as this can often affect at
what level they take a subject for the
Leaving Cert.
• If they are unsure, ask a teacher or the
Guidance Counsellor for help
Good luck with your decisions!
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