Welcome to the Guidance and Counselling web page. Should you wish to contact us our email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The care of each student is of utmost importance in our school. The Guidance and Counselling service aims to offer a full range of learning experiences which are designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make the transitions consequent to these choices.  The Guidance Counsellors’ function is to assist students to obtain information about opportunities and to assist the students to gain self-knowledge that allows them to choose among alternatives.  Counselling is offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis. Counselling may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or combinations of these.  We have a number of useful links below and our diary will be updated regularly.

UCD Midwifery

Midwifery Information Sessions

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) Education and Practice Development Department will hold information sessions for CAO 2017 applicants who have selected Midwifery as a CAO choice.

Date & Time : 21st April 2017  10.30am and 14.00pm

The aim of the sessions is to give prospective students an insight into the clinical placement aspects of the course over the 4 years of the BSc Midwifery programme.

In 2017, there will be 2 sessions and they will take place on Friday 21 April at 10.30am and 14.00pm. The sessions will take place in the Education and Research Centre, First Floor, No 65/66 Mount Street, Dublin 2. 

Booking is essential and those wishing to attend should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name and preferred session time for Friday 21 April 2017.

Kind regards,

Catriona Cullen

Allocations BSc Midwife Programme
National Maternity Hospital
Holles St, Dublin 2, Ireland

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EUCD Science, Computer Science and BAFS 6th Year Open Day

We would like to invite 6th Years, A-Level students, FETAC applicants, mature applicants, parents and teachers to the UCD Science, Computer Science and BAFS 6th Year Open Day taking place on Wednesday 19th April 2017 in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science.


Date & Time: 19th April 2017 - 2:00pm -4.00pm

Join us for an afternoon where 6th Year students can take a look at the Science facilities and to talk to our current students and staff about Science, Computer Science and Actuarial & Financial Studies. Learn from our students about what to expect in your first year in UCD and get a tour at the facilities in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science. 

We will also hold a short talk on DN200 Science, DN201 Computer Science and DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies in the Moore Auditorium. We will also run a 50-minute Career Workshop as part of this event to help explain what it is really like to work as a scientist across a range of disciplines.

There will be an opportunity to meet academic staff and current students at the following stands:

Actuarial & Financial Studies
Computer Science/Computer Science with Data Science
Biology and Environmental Science
Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Mathematics Education

Light refreshments will be served and booking is essential. To book your place please complete our online registration form here.


Education USA

The annual EducationUSA Undergraduate Seminar will take place 10am-1pm on Saturday 11 March 2017 in Dublin at IBAT College.

Students, parents, teachers, and guidance counsellors who are interested in learning more about undergraduate study in the United States are welcome to attend. You can view the full schedule here.

It is free to attend this seminar, but you must register in advance.

Study in Poland in English
Open Day
Medicine ▪ Veterinary
Pharmacy ▪ Physiotherapy ▪ Dentistry

11am, 4 March 2017     Polish Weekend School SEN (Colaiste Mhuire, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7)
11:00 Why Poland?
11:10 Polish higher education – Ministry of Science and Higher Education
11:15 Medicine – Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz
11:30 Veterinary – Wroclaw University of Life and Environmental Sciences
11:45 Other options
12:00 Students’ account of Poland and Medical Poland’s support
12:10 Q&A and prizes



Guidance Updates February 2017
Over the Christmas break students in our Leaving Cert classes have been busy researching their courses and making applications to the CAO and UCAS.
In January, we continued our series of career talks for the Sixth Years, including options available at DBS and IADT. IADT’s website provides a lot of information on the wide variety of courses available. They also run Taster Days during the February break and Summer courses to assist students with portfolio preparation, etc.

On Jan 19 and on Jan 26 we welcomed back a number of past pupils from the class of 2016 to speak about their experience of college to date. This is a great source of information as 6th years hear first- hand what courses are really like. A wide range of courses were covered including Engineering and Architecture, Agri-Business, Science, Law and Social Justice, Social Science, Arts, Business and Law and Biomedical Science at UCD. We also heard from students studying BESS at TCD, Computing at NCI, Post-primary Teacher Education, Religious Education and English at DCU (Mater Dei), Nursing at DKIT, Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition at DIT, Sport Science and Health at DCU, Education - Primary at DCU (St Pats) and Animal Health at DIFE.

We have also initiated a series of talks for Fifth Years starting with Patricia Wroe of the Loyola Institute at TCD. The Loreto order are involved with the programmes on offer at the Institute. The girls were also given the opportunity to hear Guy Flouch from ENUICAS, talk about courses available on mainland Europe which are taught through the medium of English. Some of the universities he spoke about are higher ranked than the Irish universities. This would appear to be where the future of higher education is heading.

On Jan 24 the Guidance Dept in conjunction with the TY Dept and the PSA held our annual TY Career Evening. The girls heard from women in a wide variety of careers and at different stages of their careers in marketing, medicine, law, public office, journalism and a female student in her third year of the apprenticeship scheme with the ESB. We would like to thank all our volunteers who gave so generously of their time as without them, it would not be possible to hold such an event.

The Guidance Department would like to take this opportunity to remind any Leaving Cert student who wishes to be considered for the DARE scheme to make sure to have clicked on the ‘Modify Disability/SLD (and DARE Application) Status button on their CAO online application form and follow the instructions provided. This must be done before March 1st at 5.15 pm. In addition, please complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) before the same deadline.

Engineering Week for Transition Year Students

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Preparation Notes & Evaluation Worksheet - Higher Options 2016

The President’s Scholarship Programme encourages and rewards inspiring young people who show a capacity to shape a better society.  Five exceptional young students will be awarded scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000 each.
There will be one scholarship available in each of the Institute’s five discipline areas: Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science & Computing.  Each President’s Scholar will receive a bursary of €2,000 per year of study along with €500 per semester on each student’s WITCard (college smart card).
Full details on the programme and how to apply are at

Important CAO  Information Booklets for Students and Parents

Please click below for the relevant booklets:

New Common Points Scale - changes to be implemented from 2017

The CAO: A guide for parents and guardians

Universities & Colleges of Further Education

IADT Taster Day

IADT is hosting a Taster Day on Monday, 20th February 2017. The Taster Day is open to 6th year students who may have already applied to the CAO for any of our courses, or who are considering it (by availing of the 1st May late application deadline or the Change of Mind facility) and to any 4th or 5th year students starting to explore their 3rd Level options.
The Taster Day will allow students to explore the campus, talk to our staff and experience what our courses would feel like by taking part in one of our workshops.  During the day, we will host 10 different workshops: from Entrepreneurship, Arts Management, English and Media Studies to Computing, Technology, Psychology and Photography.
As places are limited, booking is essential.  All information on the Taster Day workshops (schedule of workshops, booking form, etc) is posted on

Medlink Dublin Exhibition - Feb 15 2017, Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin.

Why Attend? What’s going on?
Applying to university for  Medicine, Veterinary Science and the Health Sciences?  They’re some of the hardest and most competitive subjects. But don’t worry! We will help you with every aspect of an application to your chosen subject, give you practice in key areas, inside track information and everything you need to blow the competition away.  Click on the following link for more information and to book your FREE ticket: 
Medlink Dublin Exhibition/ Seminar.

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Just some of the seminars:

  • Ace the HPAT
  • Essential Study Techniques
  • How to Get Top Exam Grades
  • Study in the UK and Beyond

Just some of our Pods:

  • Virtual Reality Stations
  • Build Your Own Genetically Modified Organism

From mini-HPAT tests to medical equipment training and virtual reality headsets, the activity-pods offer a range of interactive and relevant activities aimed at covering all yu need to succeed. 

All this and a free stethoscope for the first 250 students to register!

Rathmines College of Further Education

Open Day Thursday 26th January 2-6pm.
Rathmines College Open Day gives  the opportunity to meet tutors and students, get information and advice, apply for courses and walk around the historic Town Hall building.
Courses in Accounting, Business, Computer Programming, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Marketing and Office Administration.
QQI qualifications at Level 5 & 6 and ATI & ACCA Professional Accounting qualifications.
Full time courses and part-time morning-only options available from September 2017. 

Whitehall College of Further Education

Whitehall College of Further Education is holding an Open Day for prospective students on Thursday 26/1/2017 from 2.00 -  6.00 pm.
Further information is available on our new website www.whitehallcollege.com. Our on-line application facility is live and our first round of interviews will take place on Thursday 9/2/17 from 4.00-6.00 pm.

Higher Certificate in Business with Music & Instrument Technology (M.A.I.T) in Athlone

Higher Certificate in Business with Music & Instrument Technology (M.A.I.T) course at the Athlone Institute of Technology.


Further Information

CAO Business Degrees in IADT

IADT Entrepreneurship / Business Degrees on the CAO.

Interested in making a difference in the business world? Check out IADT's degrees (CAO codes: DL701 and DL823) for a personal and applied approach to business education.

More information at: HERE

UCD Economics Open Evening

We would like to invite students and Guidance Counsellors to the UCD Economics Open Evening which is taking place on Tuesday 17th January 2017 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.  Current students and recent graduates will be on hand to answer questions and to give their perspective on life as a student. Lecturers and other staff members are available to give all the insight needed on all aspects of being a student – choosing the right course for you, international travel and career prospects.
Professor Karl Whelan, Head of UCD School of Economics will discuss the range of Economics degrees at UCD and will address the new entry changes for 2018:

Economics Single Honours DN510
Economics and Finance DN670 ECF
Economics Joint Honours DN500
Law with Economics DN600FL

For more information and to register for the UCD Economics Open Evening please click here.

Athlone Institute of Technology

Higher Certificate in Business with Music & Instrument Technology (M.A.I.T) course at the Athlone Institute of Technology.

Further information


DFEi Information Day

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute is running an Information Day on Wednesday 25th January from 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Click link for further details:  DFEi Open Day 2017

RCSI Open Days

In 2017, RCSI will have 3 separate Open Days for the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. All will take place on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Please see the RCSI website for more information and a link to register for our Open Days. Please note that registration is compulsory to attend.


IADT  Open Days
Open Day  14th January 2017 

 This Open Day will give  students an opportunity to:

ü  Ask all those last minute questions before the CAO deadline next month.

ü  Hear about our unique courses on offer and find out more about student life at IADT.

ü  Meet our staff and students and quiz them on those all-important tips and guidelines about how best to prepare and submit their portfolio.

ü  Check out portfolios from current students in our open studios.

 Students are invited to view our full schedule of events and register to attend Open Day here - REGISTER NOW.

NCEF Open Information Evening

We are holding an Open Information Evening on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at 19:00 in DIT, Dublin.  This will give students, parents and career guidance counselors an opportunity to meet with an NCEF/Motions Representative, past graduates and to gain an insight into the UL/NCEF Flexible Learning Pathway to the B.Sc. in Exercise & Health Fitness.   You can book directly for this event by clicking here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ncefmotions-health-fitness-open-information-evening-tickets-30071223840

If require further information you can e-mail the NCEF Head Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Motions Health & Fitness This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GMIT Letterfrack Open Day

GMIT Letterfrack will host an Open Day on Friday 27th January, 2017 at 11.00am. This will include information sessions, tour, live demonstrations and a visit to the student furniture gallery. Please click link below for a summary of the programmes and information on the campus. More details can be found in the GMIT prospectus on  http://www.gmit.ie/sites/default/files/public/general/docs/gmitprospectus-20172018web.pdf

Waterford IT Open Day

The WIT Schools’ Open Day will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 from 10am until 2pm at the new WIT Arena, moving from its usual December date.

The Open Day is a great opportunity for students to start considering their future and the right career path for them. The format of the day will be similar to previous years and students can attend talks on courses that interest them, talk to our experienced academics, hear about progression paths through to postgraduate study, tour our fabulous new sports complex and learn about student life from our student ambassadors.

The institute has 70 CAO courses across a range of disciplines including business, engineering and architecture, sports and nursing, law, social sciences, arts and psychology, the creative & performing arts, languages, tourism & hospitality, science and computing.

The day includes presentations on all CAO courses as well as the opportunity to experience what it would be like to study on those courses and talk to lectutrers directly.

The event is mainly aimed at 6th Year Leaving Certificate students, but we also welcome 5th years and anyone thinking about going to college in September 2017.

TY Careers Fair - 11 October 2016

Entering higher education is a significant milestone in anyone’s life.  For young people thinking of going to college, it is important that they and their families are properly informed so that they can make the right choices. We know that almost half of students who do not complete third level cite the main reason as not having understood the implications of their chosen course. (ESRI: Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transition, 2014).

With this in mind, Ms O’ Malley, (Guidance Counsellor) and Ms Early (TY Co-ordinator) organised a Careers Fair where we invited past pupils from Loreto College to come and speak with TY students and their parents.

There was a very broad range of courses covered on the night including:

  • Business courses from Business and Management at DIT to Business and Law at UCD, DIT, BESS at TCD – past pupils at different stages of their courses and having followed different pathways
  • Law – a student who studied Law at TCD followed by a Masters degree (LLN International and Comparative Law) and Law and Politics at UCD
  • Medicine
  • Engineering – Civil Engineering – this student completed her degree and Masters at UCD and is currently working on a graduate programme; Biomedical Engineering at UCD
  • Primary Education and Early Childhood Education – St Pats(DCU); Marino Institute of Education – at various stages of their courses and some are finished and are working
  • IT – International Computer Science and German at DIT; Marketing and Innovation and Technology at DCU
  • Beauty Therapy and Personal Trainer
  • Sports Science and Health at ITT (Tallaght)
  • Biomedical Science at UCD, Pharmacology at UCD
  • Arts – English, History, Spanish, Political Science, Sociology, Music, Italian

It was great to see such enthusiasm from our past pupils and such interest from parents and our TY students. We would like to sincerely thank the past pupils who gave so generously of their time as without them it would not be possible to run such events.

Vacant Places

Useful links:

IGC- Institute of Guidance Counsellors - Contains useful information, support and advice for parents/guardians

Qualifax - Comprehensive guide to all courses



Congratulations to Sinéad Ellison (Class of 2016) who was awarded a Naughton Scholarship which promotes the study of engineering, science, technology and mathematics at third level. Each year, a number of exceptional students in Ireland are awarded scholarships to study at undergraduate level.  Sinéad is currently studying Engineering in UCD having achieved fantastic results in her Leaving Certificate this year.  Well done, Sinéad!  Pictured here with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Awards ceremony.

Sinéad Awarded Naughton Scholarship


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