Guidance

College Awareness Week

November 27, 2017


Senior students enjoying a talk from the Social Sciences department from UCC
Senior students enjoying a talk from the Social Sciences department from UCC


Shauna Upton from sogeti speaking to Desmond College students about STEM CAREERS AND COLLEGE COURSES
Shauna Upton from Sogeti speaking to Desmond College students about STEM CAREERS AND COLLEGE COURSES


Students enjoying information presentation from Evelyn O'Brien from Griffith college celebrating COLLEGE AWARENESS WEEK
Students enjoying information presentation from Evelyn O’Brien from Griffith college celebrating COLLEGE AWARENESS WEEK


6th year and TY students inspired by a talk from Adrian O'Brien on careers in fitness and wellbeing.
6th year and TY students inspired by a talk from Adrian O’Brien on careers in fitness and wellbeing.

Study Skills and CAO Talk

November 16, 2017

Monday 20th November 2017 @ 7pm: Study Skills Talk
Desmond College are delighted to offer a Study Skills Talk for all Parents to give them the information on how to support their child in studying for examinations.

The presentation will be held in the school commencing at 7pm.
 
 
Monday 20th November 2017 @ 8pm: Information evening for 6th Year Parents

This meeting will give parents the information on applying to the CAO (colleges and Universities system).

The presentation will commence at 8pm.

Open Day in Institute of Technology Tralee

October 27, 2017


Oct 2017: Desmond College students attend the Open Day in Institute of Technology, Tralee
Rebecca O’Connor, Clodagh O’Keefe, Zoe Philips,
Sophie Bridgeman and Amy Ryan at the Open Day in Institute of Technology, Tralee.


Oct 2017: Desmond College students attend the Open Day in Institute of Technology, Tralee
Michael Hogan, Jeremiah Cahill and Gary Byrnes
at the Open Day in Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Desmond College celebrates College Awareness Week 2017!

October 27, 2017

Desmond College organises a week of activities and guest speakers to mark College Awareness Week.

  • The fourth annual College Awareness Week (CAW) is taking place from
    November 20th to November 26th 2017
  • The campaign promotes the benefits of a post-secondary plan for all, supports students to become ‘college ready’ and features local role models
  • For further information visit www.collegeaware.ie

We at Desmond College are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future.

CAW aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

CAW is supported by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Many other organisations such as The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have backed the campaign.

The inaugural CAW in 2014, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success with over 350 events in locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. Last year’s campaign saw over 1,200 events and approximately 125,000 participants. CAW 2017 is expected to bring even more participants on board, with events from Malin Head to Mizen Head and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.

College Awareness Week gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of Perrigo, the Higher Education Authority, Trinity College Dublin and Solas, the Further Education and Training Authority, and commends their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society through enhanced educational experiences.

For more information on CAW, please visit www.collegeaware.ie

For further details please contact:
Kerrie Collins – Career and Guidance Counsellor in Desmond College

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Desmond College students travel to UL, LIT
and Mary Immaculate College, Open Days

October 26, 2017

Oct 2017: Desmond College Students travel to the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate
Sophie Bridgeman, Amy Ryan and Katie Hallinan visiting the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary I.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Students travel to the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate
Aine Upton and Muireann Tobin visiting the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary I.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Students travel to the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate
Eimear Ahern, Amy Ryan and Mary O Connor visiting the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate College.


Oct 2017: Desmond College Students travel to the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate
Niamh O Connell and Jaimie Cambell visiting the college open days in UL, LIT and Mary Immaculate College.

Careers Exhibition in the University of Limerick

October 6, 2017


September 2017: Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students enjoying the Careers Exhibition in the University of Limerick
Mary O Connor, Niamh O Connell and Eimear Ahern enjoying the careers exhibition in the University of Limerick.

September 2017: Desmond College Post Primary Students exploring the Careers Exhibition in the University of Limerick
Emmett Wren and Jason Ryan exploring the careers exhibition in the University of Limerick.


Sept 2017: Desmond College (newcastle west) Post Primary Leaving Certificate Students, getting information at the Career's Exhibition at the University of Limerick
Aoife Corbett, Leona Mulally and Rhea Crowley getting information at the Careers Exhibition at the University of Limerick.


Sept 2017: Desmond College students enjoying the Careers Exhibition at the University of Limerick.
Sarah Walsh and Aisling O Dwyer enjoying the Careers Exhibition at the University of Limerick.

Information for Leaving Certificate Students

August 16, 2017

CAO / UNIVERSITY / IT AND COLLEGE.

Mid August
(often the Monday after the Leaving Cert results come out)
The pupil’s results are inputted into the CAO computer, and for each course that the applicant applied for, the CAO system will first check that they meet the minimum entry requirements (e.g. 2 x H5 & 4xO7 or a third language if required).

If the applicant meets the eligibility criteria for the course the system then calculates a points score based on the examination results.

The applicant will be then offered a place on the course that they meet the points requirements for. There may be a situation that they may meet the points for a certain course but due to a number of others also meeting the requirements there may be a ‘random selection’ process. (A unfair process but it might happen, although the new grading system is designed to alleviate this problematic process.)

It is really important for students to realise that they will be offered the single highest preference course on the list which they are deemed eligible for and have the required points. The applicant cannot be offered a lower preference course if they receive an offer of a course higher up on their preference list.

If an applicant receives an offer from both list Level 6/7 and Level 8, they must choose between them.

 

Second and Third Round offers

If an applicant does not receive an offer in the first round of offers they may receive an offer in subsequent rounds.

An applicant may also be offered a different course in 2nd Round and will then have the choice of the courses they will pursue (i.e. the course they were offered in Round 1 or the new offer).

NOTE : BE CAREFUL that you do not ….. NOT accept an offer in hope that you get a second round offer – it may not happen – accept your offer OR DEFER and then decide if a second round offer does occur.

 

Accepting the Offer

Offers can be accepted on line. Alternatively they can be accepted by returning the offer notice by post to CAO before the reply date indicated on the Offer Notice. Do not do both. If an applicant receives an offer from both lists they must choose between them, they can only accept one from either their Level 6/7 or Level 8.

Accepting an offer in Round One does not mean that you may not receive an offer of a place in a higher preference course in subsequent offer rounds. Should a place become available at a later round, and if the applicant is entitled to this place they may receive an offer which they can accept or choose to ignore. Accepting a new offer will automatically cancel the previous acceptance.

NOTE : Do not ….. NOT accept an offer in hope that you get a second round offer – it may not happen – accept your offer / DEFER and then decide if the second round offer does happen.

After accepting an offer the applicant should receive formal notification within 3 working days after the Reply Date. Contact the CAO immediately if this does not happen.

 

The recheck process

If an applicant has requested to have some of their Leaving Certificate examinations rechecked, and if the recheck discovers that they deserved a higher mark and thus they obtain a higher points score, their position on the Order of Merit will be altered to reflect their new score.

Unfortunately even if the applicant is entitled to a new place on a course based on their improved Leaving Certificate results, if all of the places for that course have been allocated then the applicant may not receive an offer of a place this year: they will, however, receive a deferral of the offer for the following academic year.

 

Available places facility

If an applicant does not receive a place in any round of offers they may also apply through the Available places facility on the CAO website. The available places facility lists all of the courses which institutions have not yet filled. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria may apply for such courses.

They must do so through the Available places facility on the CAO website. An application for the available places course does not guarantee an offer.

 

Deferring from 2017 to 2018

Deferring a place is when an applicant holds the place on the course that they are offered for ONE YEAR. If an applicant decides to defer a place they must write or email IMMEDIATELY to the Admissions office of the appropriate College/University/IT. They must give their name as it appears on their CAO application, quote their CAO application number and the course code of the offer they wish to defer, and set out the reason for the request. They must mark ‘DEFERRED ENTRY’ clearly on the envelope or in the Subject line of their email.

The letter must arrive in the Admissions office at least two days before the ‘REPLY DATE’ shown on the offer Notice. The HEI will communicate their decision to the applicant. A deferral request is not always granted.

It would be advised that if an applicant is unhappy with their course offer or planning on taking a year out – to defer the place so that they have time to think about the course offer and are not left in a situation that they have no course again for September 2018. The applicant can reapply in the academic year 17/18 to the CAO with different course choices using their Leaving Certificate results of 2017.

NOTE : HEI’s will be reissuing their new college / course requirements for year 17/18 – ensure that you can meet these new requirements – they will be different to this year.

Where a student gets an offer this year and looks to defer, it is possible that the course they were offered will not be running in 2018 as a result changes to the HEI. In such circumstances, where the deferral is approved, the student will be given the opportunity to defer to the equivalent course that will be available in 2018.

 

Repeating the Leaving Certificate/Re-applying in 2018

Where a student decides to repeat their Leaving Certificate in 2017/2018 – In counting the ‘points’ for college courses they must use the 6 results of the Leaving Certificate of the same year/sitting. They can not count the best grades from the 2 different sittings of the Leaving Certificates.

However they can use the grade of the first sitting of a subject where the HEI looks for a particular requirement in that subject. An example of this is English. If the student achieves a pass grade in English in 2017 and decides to repeat the Leaving certificate year – they do not need to take English as one of their subjects for the 2018 exams – since a pass grade in English has been achieved, it need not be repeated. They can then concentrate on the 6 subjects that they are using for points in 2018.

 

Communicating with the CAO

www.cao.ie 091 509800 Always have your CAO number – they will not communicate with you without it.

 

PLC Courses

Post Leaving Certificate courses (PLC) are Level 5 courses run by smaller colleges/schools. At this stage many students have applied for Level 5 courses and have completed their interviews. For those that have offers, make sure that you contact the college as soon as you get your Leaving Certificate results to formally take up your place.
For those that have not yet applied there are still many colleges with many courses that are not full. There will also be places made available after the Leaving Certificate results. Contact the college IMMEDIATELY – even if you accept a place a get a better second round offer – it means that you have not left yourself with nothing.
(Some local colleges with PLC courses include – Tralee Community College, Listowel community College, Limerick College of Further Education, Central College, Mallow Community College, Cholaiste Chiarain Croom)

 

Defence Forces

See website : http://www.military.ie/careers/army/

 

Apprenticeships

You need to register with your local social welfare office or Intreo centre first. You will then get called for interview to see what apprenticeship course would best suit you. Availability can be limited on courses so you may not get a place on the course of your choice.

Criteria for becoming an apprentice:

  • Be at least 16.
  • Have a minimum of five D grades in the Junior Cert. Some employers require more than this.
  • You must get employment as an apprentice in your chosen field with a person/company that is registered with SOLAS as an approved employer.

 

HEAR Applicants – ACCESS

If you were a HEAR applicant and did not obtain your preferred course in a HEAR approved HEI – there is another route available to you. Please contact Ms Collins to go through this option and see http://accesscollege.ie/hear/

Please Contact the school to speak to Ms Collins if you have any queries.

Introduction to University

June 6, 2017

Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba’s first Year students have been given the fantastic opportunity to learn about 3rd Level courses and colleges. After completion of the programme the group were awarded certificates for their effort and achievement from the University of Limerick.

May 2017: University of Limerick awards certificates to Desmond College first year students.

Second Year Orientation Trip to the University of Limerick

June 2, 2017

:: 2nd Year Orientation Day to University of Limerick ::

On May 17th 2017, 20 Second Year students were invited to the University of Limerick to experience college life for a day. The students had great fun and excitement in a science workshop given by Conleth Hussey, a politics workshop by Maura Adshed and Limerick Corlaith na Og.

After the group were treated to lunch and had a tour of the UL facilities, they were impressed by a writing workshop with Lawerence Cleary followed by a thought provoking Computer Engineering workshop presented by Eoin O Connell.


May 2017: Desmond College Second Year Students who went on Orientation Trip to UL
Some of our second year students who went on an orientation
trip to the University of Limerick.

Leaving Certificate Students visit the Institute of Technology, Tralee

November 30, 2016


November 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School visit the Institute of Technology Tralee to check out available courses
Denis Cronin, Liam King, Thomas Mullins and Thomas Clifford checking out the courses available at the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Nov 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School visited the Institute of Technology of Tralee to see the courses available
Eimear Ahern, Ellie O’Reilly and Mary Curtin visiting the Open Day in the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Eunicas Speaks to 6th Year Students

October 14, 2016


Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School 6th Year Students attend a talk by Eunicas

6th year students enjoying an informational careers talk with Mr Guy Flunch from Eunicas. Eunicas is the organisation representing European Universities.

Desmond College Leaving Certificate Students Visit the Higher Options Conference

October 2, 2016

On 16th September the Leaving Certificate class of Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba had the opportunity to visit the Higher Options Careers Conference in the RDS in Dublin.

The event is sponsored by The Irish Times and lays claim to the biggest careers conference of its kind on Ireland.

It hosts most the Universities and Institutes of Technologies in Ireland and allows students from all over Ireland to gain the information to make decisions about their study and career options.

Desmond College students were offered  the unique opportunity to meet directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond.

Students were made aware of the many different options available to them and also the alternatives to the most popular routes in education.

Students were inspired and motivated by the information that they received as they returned to Newcastle West with bag loads of information and enthusiasm for their future careers.


16th Sept 2016: Some of our Leaving Cert students pictured at the Higher Options conference in Dublin
Some of our Leaving Cert students pictured at the Higher Options conference in Dublin.


Sept 2016: Eoghan Mulqueen and CJ O Brien pictured at the Higher Options Conference in Dublin
Eoghan Mulqueen and CJ O Brien pictured at the Higher Options Conference in Dublin.


2016 Sept: Claire Mortell and Emma Herbert check out the career options available to them.
Claire Mortell and Emma Herbert check out the career options available to them.

Summer Information for Leaving Certificate Students

June 1, 2016

Click here to view the Desmond College Important Careers Information for Leaving Certificate Students by Kerrie Collins, Career and Guidance Counsellor.

 

 

Desmond College TY Students go on Army Work Experience

November 14, 2015

November 2015: Desmond College TY Students go on Work Experience to the Army

November 2015: Desmond College Transition Year Students go on Army Work Experience

Higher Options Careers Fair

September 25, 2015

Leaving certificate students from Desmond College travelled to the RDS in Dublin on Friday 18th Sept to explore the many career opportunities available to them when they complete their Leaving Cert.

Many institutions were represented at the careers fair. These institutions included universities, colleges of further and higher education, agricultural colleges, art colleges, institutes of technology, nursing and paramedical schools, year-out organisations, professional bodies and central admissions bodies such as CAO and UCAS.

Kiara Carroll, Terri Keane, Leah Kelly, Rachel Dore and Marina Woulfe at the Careers fair in the RDS in Dublin

Kiara Carroll, Terri Keane, Leah Kelly, Rachel Dore and Marina Woulfe
at the Careers fair in the RDS in Dublin