The C.A.O. System

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					Career Guidance
       Overview
      Breifne College
The History of the C.A.O.

   1977, 5 Colleges with 69 courses.
   2009, 43 colleges with 581 degree and 350
    cert/ordinary degree courses.
The Choosing a Course
                  Course Choice
                  Think about:
                      Skills
                      Interest
                      Career

               l   Informed decisions
                   ensure right results
Sources of Information
   CAO Handbook warning.
   Publications.
   Guidance Counsellors/teachers.
   Current students/graduates/people doing that
    job.
   Open days - College visits.
   Parents/older siblings.
   Internet & General Media.
Points

   Realistic Expectations

   (8% > 500 points, average = 310 points)
C.A.O.
   CAO Application Timetable
   EU Closing Date - 1st February (paper or on-line).
    Demo on CAO web site - www.cao.ie
   2 lists of 10 choices - level 8 and level 6/7
   Restricted Application courses
   Strict order of preference
   Study ALL preferences carefully
   Late Closing Date - 1st May
   Check Application Record
   Change-of-Mind 1st July (on-line)
Making a C.A.O. Application
Points to Note
   Select in order of preference not points.
   Once you have the points for a particular
    course all courses below are deleted.
   You then have to pick between your level 8 or
    6 and 7 courses.
   You may move up your list if points drop in
    round two or your points increase on a re-
    check of papers
Tips for Success!!
   Research course choices well
   Attendance and follow-up work
   Active in clubs and/or societies - meet new
    friends
   Seek support and advice early if necessary
   Try to get the BALANCE right
   Approx 5,000 re-applications to CAO
Alternative Entry Routes
   UCAS
   PLC’s
   Apprenticeships
UCAS
   The UK version of the CAO
   Closing Dates: 1st October for Medical
    Courses and 1st January for all other courses.
   Differences from the CAO
       Personal Statement
       Subjects
       Apply for 6 courses and then choose from
        successful applications.
PLC’s
   Irish Colleges that don’t fall under the CAO
    umbrella.
   You have to apply to each college directly.
   Offer some very artistic courses:
       Ballyfermot or Dun Laoghaire
   Allows re-entry into the CAO system.
   Courses vary in quality.
Questions to Ask
   What does the average student do after they
    finish the course.
   Does it have links in order to get me to
    degree level.
   Does this take course me to where I want to
    go.
Types of Post Leaving Cert
Courses
   Media/Drama            Art and Design
   Outdoor & Animals      Adventure Sports
   Performing Arts        Beauty Therapy
   Social Care &          Business
    Childcare              Computing
   Travel & Tourism       Engineering
   Science &              Leisure and
    Technology              Recreation
National Qualifications Framework
National Qualifications Framework
1: Primary Certificate
2: Primary Certificate
3: Junior Certificate
4: Leaving Certificate
5: Leaving Certificate and FETAC Qualifications
6: Higher Certificate: (HETAC, FETAC and I.T.’s)
7: Ordinary Batchelor Degree
8: Higher Batchelor Degree and H. Dip’s
9: Masters Degree
10: Doctoral Degree
     THE ‘LADDER’ SYSTEM
     THIRD LEVEL EDUCATION IN IRELAND
6+

 5                         Post Grad      Post Grad

 4          Degree      Honours Degree

 3           FETAC      Ordinary Degree
                                          Degree 3 -6
               6                            years
 2                         Higher
            FETAC         Certificate
 1
               5

No. of      Further      Institutes of
                                          University
Years      Education     Technology
Apprenticeships
   Many Apprenticeships Offered.
   Seven Phases: Four “on the job” phases and
    three college phases.
   The key to getting an apprenticeship is
    getting a contact.
Conclusion
   Choose courses that accommodate:
       Skills
       Interest
       Career
   Research is the key to good course selection.

				
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