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.

Trinity College Open Day
(& introducing NEW Open Day App)

trinity open day

On Saturday 9th of December Trinity College will host it’s  undergraduate Open Day from 9.00am to 3.30pm.   The event plan for the day is now available here.
This year an App has been developed and is available for download from the Apple and Android stores.  The App is a new resource which will assist prospective students with personalising their schedule for the day.

Download the Apple Trinity Open Day App here.

Download the Android Trinity Open Day App here.

With over 175 presentations and events taking place on the day, all of our undergraduate programme areas will have representation. We thought this App might be of interest to your teachers, and to any students planning to attend the day.
Presentation, on degrees in theology, and in theology with Irish/History/Italian/Philosophy will be at 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday here in the Loyola Building

UCD Computer Science Open Evening

Meet us the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science for the UCD Computer Science Open Evening on Tuesday 28 November. The talks will be held in the Moore Auditorium located within the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science.
Book your place now via the UCD Computer Science Open Evening event page.
Event Date: 28 November 2017 - 6.00pm

The evening will include:

6:00pm Registration (Venue: UCD O'Brien Centre for Science Ground Floor)

6:00 - 6:50: Coffee & Chat  (Venue: UCD O'Brien Centre for Science Ground Floor)

Lecturers and students from UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics will be available to chat with visitors over refreshments.

6:50: UCD Computer Science Open Evening Talks (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Prof. Padraig Cunningham will give an introduction to the evening with the followed by a series of short talks as follows:

7:00:The Undergraduate Learning Experience (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Assoc. Prof. John Dunnion will explain what students will learn during their 4 years in Computer Science at UCD.

7:20: Life as an Undergraduate (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Maryanne Doyle, a CS graduate, will talk about her experiences of life and study as an undergraduate in Computer Science.

7:30: Life as an Intern (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Lily Burke and Patrick Hession, two Computer Science students, will talk about working as Computer Science summer interns.

7:40: Computer Science Careers (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Prof. Mark Keane will discuss career opportunities available after a Computer Science degree.

7:50: Postgraduate Opportunities (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Prof. Julie Berndsen will outline opportunities for post-graduate study and research at UCD Computer Science. A Computer Science postgraduate student will explain their Ph.D. thesis in three minutes.

8:00: Questions & Answers (Venue: Moore Auditorium)

Prof. Padraig Cunningham will answer questions from the floor.

8:10: Demonstrations in Computer Science

Postgraduate and undergraduate students will give demos of research projects underway in CS. Demos include Robotics and Virtual Reality. 

8:30 Event Concludes

Book your place now via the UCD Computer Science Open Evening event page.

Information on the degree subjects offered through DN201 Science is available on the following pages; 

IADT Open Days

iadt open days

Come along to our Open Days this month! Attend course talks, workshops, demonstrations and check out exhibits of student work and best-in-class portfolios. Current students will be on hand to tell you about their own personal experiences at IADT. Visit our studios, explore the campus and see why so many students fall in love with our college.

Time & Location:  Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November.  10am - 4pm.  Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire.

Click on link for Schedule and Registration

DIT Open Day

dit open day

DIT CAO Open Days Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December

DIT, Aungier St., Dublin 2

As the second largest provider of third level education in the country, we have a lot to offer your students.  We will be hosting Open Days for school leavers on the 1st and 2nd of December where we will be sharing with you and your students what it means to be a student and graduate of DIT.
Throughout the Open Day, students will get the opportunity to hear a range of talks and discussions about areas of study or career paths they may be considering.  There will be a large number of lecturers and students available to speak with you and your students about course details, work placements, study abroad options and career opportunities.  We’ve added some great new workshops that will help your students with their course choice and in their transition to third level.   The following workshops are taking place between Friday and Saturday:

Making a Good Course Choice - Making informed choices - what to consider when choosing a college course
Pre-registration is required for the following:

Study Skills Workshops (Concentration strategies, Good Notetaking, Getting Organised, Memory: Revision & Exam Preparation)

Supporting Positive Mental Health (Aimed at parents/guardians who are supporting a Leaving Cert. student)

Parents’ Information (CAO explained, tips & advice on accommodation, college costs etc.)

If you would like to print an Open Day poster for your School noticeboard, you can do so here.
This year, Guidance Counsellors can enjoy complimentary tea/coffee in an area reserved for Guidance Counsellors in the first floor restaurant.  For more information on the Open Day and for the full schedule of talks please see www.dit.ie/openday.

UCD Alternative Entry Pathways Information Evening

UCD cordially invites you to attend the UCD Alternative Entry Pathways Open Evening which will take place on-campus from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 23 November 2017     Register Here
Event Date: 23 November 2017 - 5.30pm

UCD is committed to attracting a diverse and excellent student population regardless of age, disability or background.  UCD offers a number of alternative admissions pathways to full-time undergraduate courses along with part-time study options. 
Our information evening will cover all admissions pathways to UCD.  You will also have the opportunity to speak to staff in Admissions who can advise you further on the best options for you.  The event is free but booking is essential.

UCD HEAR & DARE Information Session

These sessions will cover all the details necessary to make an application to either the HEAR or DARE schemes.   Register Here
Event Date: 22 November 2017

Date & Time: 22nd November at 7pm

Venue: UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Choices 2018 College Evening

further education

Senior Cycle Students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend an exhibition organised by local guidance counsellors for local schools

‘CHOICES 2018’ College Evening on Thursday 23rd November 2017 from 7.30pm to 9pm in the main hall of ST KILIAN’S GERMAN SCHOOL Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh.
Meet representatives from….UCD, TCD, DIT, IADT, NCAD, RCSI, DCU, NCAD, Maynooth University, NUIG, DBS, GCD, ITTallaght, ITBlanchardstown, ITCarlow, IBAT college and local Colleges of further Education (Ballsbridge, Bray, Rathmines, Stillorgan, Blackrock and Sallynoggin), Browyn Conroy International Beauty School, An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, STEPS Engineering, Oxbridge Academic Programs, and Fullbright (Education USA). Foreign universities including IE Spain, Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne and The German Federal Employment Agency.

Current third level students from a wide range of courses will be available to answer your queries about particular courses or careers.

Royal Irish Academy of Music

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (www.riam.ie) is Ireland's oldest music conservatoire. Specialising in classical music performance and composition, the RIAM is an associate college of Trinity College, Dublin. We are an eligible college under the HEA free fees scheme and all degrees are accredited by Trinity College Dublin.

The RIAM has the following programmes which may be of interest to school leavers:

  1.  Access Course - a post leaving certificate course in instrumental or vocal performance, or composition. Suitable for students who need a little more  time working on their music technique before entering a Bachelor programme.
  1. Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance - a one year programme for

            advanced musicians

  1. Bachelor in Music Performance (Instrumental pathway)
  2. Bachelor in Music Performance (Classical voice pathway)
  3. Bachelor in Music Composition

The closing date for applications for all RIAM Bachelor programmes in music performance and composition is December 1st. Application is done online through this link: https://www.riam.ie/online-course-payment/

Interested students are welcome to attend the RIAM's Open Day on Saturday November 18th between 3pm and 5pm. Students can secure their free place by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/third-level-open-day-tickets-37648362265

Portobello Institute Information Day

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UCD College of Arts & Humanities Open Evening

The college's Open Evening will take place on 16th November from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to talk to faculty members about the new Arts & Humanities programmes commencing in September 2018. 

Further information and the registration portal can be found here:


UCD Chemistry Open Evening

UCD Science cordially invites you to attend the UCD Chemistry Open Evening which will take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017 in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science.

Register Here

Event Date: 21 November 2017 - 5.30pm

We are opening up our new Chemistry undergraduate teaching laboratories and there will be demonstrations and an opportunity to talk with staff and current students about studying Chemistry in UCD.

Registration will take place in the foyer of the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science. There will be stands present from UCD Chemistry Staff, Royal Society of Chemistry, UCD ChemSoc and current undergraduate students.

This will be a great chance to see the world-class facilities available to Chemistry students in UCD.

The event is free but booking is essential. 

For information on all UCD Chemistry Degree Courses please visit: www.ucd.ie/myucd/science

Register Here

We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event.

UCD Physics Open Evening

Meet us the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science for the UCD Physics Open Evening on Tuesday 14 November. The talks will be held in the Moore Auditorium located within the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. Book your place now via the UCD Physics Open Evening event page (link). 
Date & Time: 14th November 2017 - 6:00pm

The evening will include:

  • An introduction to the program by Prof Martin Grunewald, Head of School, UCD School of Physics
  • Talks on career paths from UCD Physics graduates and current undergraduate students about their experiences.

The programme of events is as follows:

6:00pm: Registration on the ground floor of the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science

6:30 - 7:30pm: UCD Physics Open Evening Talks: An introduction to the program by Prof Martin Grunewald, Head of School, UCD School of Physics followed by talks on career paths from UCD Physics graduates and current undergraduate students about their experiences. 

Speakers on the night will include:

Evelyn Cusack is Deputy Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann, Secretary of the Irish Meteorological Society, and a well-known RTÉ weather presenter. Evelyn has been a weather presenter on RTÉ since 1988. Her recent expert coverage of Storm Ophelia hurricane winds means she needs little introduction to us all. She holds a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from University College Dublin, and an MSc in Physics from UCD.

David Murphy is a PhD student in the UCD Space Science group. He entered UCD as a mature student, graduated with a BSc in Physics with Astronomy and Space Science and went on to complete an MSc by Research in UCD. David's research interests include gamma-ray astronomy and instrumentation. During his time at UCD he has operated and maintained UCD's Watcher robotic telescope and worked on developing new sensors for the next generation of gamma-ray space telescopes. David is currently lead system engineer on the EIRSAT-1 project, Ireland's first satellite, which will orbit the Earth for more than a year studying cosmic gamma-ray bursts.

Cian Ó Ceallaigh is a member of the Web Summit Startup team, a member to the US-Irish Youth Council, an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow of UCD's Innovation Academy and a recent Theoretical Physics graduate. During his time in UCD he chaired the UCD Physics Society, was a founding member of the Irish Student Consulting Group and won numerous innovation and entrepreneurship competitions hosted by Deloitte, the US Embassy and others. He joins us fresh from his first Web Summit and will share an insight into the life of a physics graduate in the world of business. 

Athina Lange is a final year Theoretical Physics undergraduate student. In her third year she was Auditor of the Physics Society as well as Chairperson of the Taekwondo Club, and is now heavily involved in the Judo Club. Last summer she completed a summer internship in quantum simulations within the School of Physics, which involved participating in an extended conference. She will be begin a PhD studying water waves in Autumn 2018.

The presentations will be followed by an informal session where students will have the opportunity to talk with lecturers, speakers, and current students over a cup of tea/coffee.

Information on the degree subjects offered through DN200 Science is available on the following pages:

Medical Poland

We are delighted to invite you to our very anticipated, Medical Poland Open Day! The event will take place on Saturday, 18 November, 11:00-12:30 at Polish Weekend School SEN (Colaiste Mhuire, Ratoath Road, Dubln 7, map). Make sure to put this date in your students' calendars!

Our annual Open Day is to encourage students to consider, as well as inform about Polish public medical university programs in English language, including degree courses in :

  • Medicine (no HPAT required)
  • Veterinary
  • Dentstry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy

Throughout the event we will introduce you to:

- Irish teachers who visited Polish universities, who share their impressions from their visit to Poland
- profesor Arkadiusz Jawień, vascular surgeon at Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz

- medical and veterinary schools from around Poland.

We will also answer questions.

Universities of Medicine and Veterinary in Poland are one of the best options for students looking to study in English language abroad, so come along to our Medical Poland Open Day. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to help.

Medical Poland’s Team

UCD Open Day 2017 

UCD will be hosting its annual Open Day for prospective students, mature students, their families and guidance counsellors on Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Date & Time: 4th November 2017 -  10.00- 16.00

We expect to welcome approximately 10,000 visitors from Ireland, UK and other international countries on the day. Academic staff, students and administrative staff from all course areas, schools and student services will be on hand to answer questions and talk about academic courses and student life at UCD. Tours of the campus, will run throughout the day. We encourage students to register online to at:www.ucdopenday.ie.

The 2017 Open Day booklet, which contains the talks programme, the layout of the Central Exhibition area and day planner, will be available shortly to download at www.ucdopenday.ie. Hard copies of this booklet will also be available for students on the day.

We are grateful for your continued collaboration to assist students in making choices about their academic future.

Best wishes,

UCD Student Recruitment


T: +353 (1) 7161507

UCD Mathematics & BAFS Open Evening 

UCD Science cordially invites prospective students, their families and guidance counsellors to attend the UCD Mathematics & BAFS Open Evening. This event takes place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 9 November 2017 in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science.

Date & Time: 9th November 2017 - 5:30pm

The evening will offer prospective students the opportunity to meet staff, alumni and current students from the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics to hear about the following degrees UCD:

DN200 Science: In the DN200 Science programme, students can focus on their preferred stream immediately or explore a range of subjects. The UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics offers the following degree subjects:

Applied & Computational Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics and our suite of Science & Mathematics Education courses.

Further information on DN200 Science is available at http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/ucdscience.pdf


DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies: The DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies course will prepare you for a professional career in the actuarial or financial professions. There will be an opportunity to meet staff, alumni and current students from the programme.

Further information on DN230 Actuarial & Financial Studies is available at http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/ucdscience.pdf


Degrees via DN520 Arts and DN700 Social Sciences will also be discussed.

The event is free but booking is essential via the Mathematics and BAFS Open Evening Booking Page,

Further information including the programme of events will be added to this page closer to the event.

For information on all UCD Science Degree Courses please visit: www.ucd.ie/myucd/science

Kind Regards,

Gary Dunne
Science Outreach
UCD College of Science
O'Brien Centre for Science

UCD Business Open Evening 

We would like to invite sixth year, fifth year students and mature applicants to the UCD Business Open Evening taking place on Monday 23rd October from 6.00PM to 8.30PM in the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business.

Date & Time: Monday 23rd October 2017 - 6:00pm

Current students will be on hand to answer questions and to give their perspective on life as a Quinn School of Business student. Lecturers and other staff members are available to give all the insight needed on all aspects of the School - the use of technology and e-learning, international travel opportunities and career prospects for our graduates.

We will hold presentations on each of our degree programme:

Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)
Bachelor of Commerce (Intl)
Bachelor of Business & Law
BSc Economics & Finance (Quantitative Business option)


For more information and to register click here: https://www.myucd.ie/visiting-ucd/events/ucd-lochlann-quinn-school-business-open-evening-2017/

Each student is welcome to bring guests. Places are limited and each year this event books out so please book early.

We look forward to welcoming you all on the 23rd October.

Kind regards,

Adam Baker
Marketing Manager
UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business

IADT Taster Days 

Click on http://www.iadt.ie/news/taster-days-31st-october-2nd-november for further information

Taster Days

Join us for our Taster Days and find out what it's really like to study at IADT.
Take part in our hands-on workshops to learn more about the perfect course for you. 


Time + Location

Date: 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2017
Time: Check workshops schedule www.iadt.ie

Location: IADT & Sound Training College, Dublin

UCD Science Open Evening

ucd science

UCD Science cordially invites you to attend the UCD Science Open Evening. This event takes place from 5.00pm to 8.00pm on Tuesday 24 October 2017 in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science.

Click on the link for further details  UCD Science Open Evening

IADT Taster Days & Open Days


Please click here for IADT Open Days & Taster Days 2017/18.


UCD Social Science Prospectus

ucd soc sciencePlease click on the link for the Autumn 2017 UCD Social Science Prospectus

Higher Options 2017

R.D.S,Simmonscourt  Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.  Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th September 2017

Preparation Notes and Evaluation Worksheet



iadt autumn courses

The Institute of Art, Design + Technology offer a wide range of short term autumn courses. These courses will be of benefit to any students hoping to prepare a portfolio of art or to try out some creative skills courses before pursuing further study in these areas.

Further information at IADT Autumn Courses - Further Information

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

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.

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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